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From Oct. 1st, 1834, to Nov. 27, 1835.

LIBRARY

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY ISAAC KNAPP,

No. 25, Cornbill.

1837.

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NOTE.

A volume has preceded the present one-published by Mr. KNAPP, at 25, Cornhill, Boston-containing the Lectures of George THOMPSON in England, with a full report of the discussion between Mr. Thompson and Mr. Borthwick, the pro-slavery agent, held at the Royal Amphitheatre, in Liverpool. In noticing that volume, the editor of the American Quarterly Anti-Slavery Magazine most happily remarks:

Whoever has listened to the rapturous, impetuous, cataract eloquence of George Thompson, will not so much wonder that his reporters have failed fairly to write him down, as that they did not give up in utter despair. These speeches are not George Thompson; yet, like pictures of rainbows, forked lightning, and the starry concave, there is something of glory in them which will do very well till you compare them with the original. We remember that before we heard our friend lecture, or dreamed of his coming to this country, we used to wonder whether his printed controversy with Borthwick were not an improvement upon the spoken one. We advise the American public, for their own credit, first to buy the book and then recall the man.'

The sketches of Mr. Thompson's Lectures in the United States, contained in the following pages, do not furnish the reader with any adequate conception of his eloquence and pathos : yet they are deemed too valuable, and are too closely connected with the history of the anti-slavery cause in the United States, to be left scattered through the pages of a newspaper. The letters are fine specimens of epistolary writing-full of thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.' Boston-1837.

WM. LLOYD GARRISON.

INTRODUCTION.

It was deenied a sublime spectacle when the youthful LAFAYETTE lest bis native land for a foreign shore, and perilled his fortune, ease, reputation and life, in order to espouse the cause of a brave but injured people, in their unequal struggle for liberty. An example of patriotism so rare, so full of high-wrought chivalry, and so opposite to the dictates of human selfisliness and prudence, could not fail to excite the admiration of the world, even before the termination of the generous and daring adventure.

In the eye of mercy, in the judgment of charity, in the estimation of piety, and ultimately in the decision of mankind, far more of moral sublimity attended the embarkation of GEORGE THOMPSON for these shores, and still higher courage, devotion, fortitude and integrity were required in the prosecution of his great anti-slavery mission among us.

Let this assertion be tested by a comparison of circumstances, objects and situations.

The people, whose cause Lafayette They in whose behalf George espoused, were respectable, intelli- Thompson pleaded, were degraded gent, enterprising and heroic. He -unenlightened-servile; and were was not required, therefore, to make universally the objects of derision, any sacrifice of respectability, or in- hatred and persecution. Hence, it cur any odium or ridicule, arising required one to make himself like from their condition.

Christ on earth, of no reputation,'

to identify himself with them. -They were not enslaved : no - They were ranked & treated as chain ever galled their limbs, uo whip pieces of merchandize and as cattle; was brandished over their heads, no were chained, whipped, driven, task. driver followed at their heels, no la- ed, plundered, forbidden to learn borious task was assigned them, no even the alphabet, sold in private knowledge was withheld from their and in public, cruelly restricted as minds, no robbery of their wages was to locomotion, and subjected to a attempted, no parental or filial rela- bondage as brutal as it is intermination was violated, no restriction was ble. Hence, whatever concerns the placed upon their egress or ingress, whole man, for time or eternityno claim of property in their persons whatever of value is seen in the was set up, no traffic was carried on sanctity of marriage, in the imparin any of their bodies. Hence, the tial administration of justice, in the injustice from which they were to be protection of law, in the prevalence delivered was, comparatively speak- of christianity-was bound up in the ing, less than the weight of a feather. struggle for their emancipation

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