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every kind of violence. The windows were broken in, the attempt was made to overset the vehicle, but the driver wielded his whip with such dexterity, first upon the horses and then upon the rioters, that he got clear, and drove for the prison. Failing to reach there in advance of the ruffians, he drove circuitously about, and by a back passage Mr. Garrison was at length beyond the reach of danger, within the iron gratings. Even here his spirit was unfettered, and upon the walls of his cell he inscribed the following lines :

“When peace within the bosom reigns,

And conscience gives the approving voice,
Though bound the human form in chains,

Yet can the soul aloud rejoice.

'Tis true, my footsteps are confined

I cannot range beyond this cell;
But what can circumscribe my mind?-

To chain the winds attempt as well !

Confine me as a prisoner—but bind me not as a slave.
Punish me as a criminal—but hold me not as a chattel.
Torture me as a man-but drive me not as a beast.
Doubt my sanity—but acknowledge my immortality.”

After a mock examination he was released from prison, but, at the earnest request of the authorities, he left the city until the tumult had subsided. Thus ended a mob in that city containing the “Cradle of Liberty," which first rocked for freedom to the tune of “Hail Columbia," the echo of which made tyrants tremble. Throughout the whole transaction, Mr. Garrison retained that coolness and presence of mind which, evinced upon the battle field, in pursuit of that poor bubble, glory, wins for its aspirants undying fame, earth's immortality. The same devotion to human liberty which Garrison here manifested, when displayed by the actors in the dramå of the American revolution, caused a thrill of animation the world over ; but when evinced in behalf of the downtrodden African, it assumes the name of fanaticism.

Mr. Garrison has been severely criticised as an ambitious man; we know of no better method of dis. proving it, than to remark, that aspirants for honor are apt to strike out for themselves other paths of distinction than those leading through scenes like the above. There are a few noble thoughts from Whittier which are in point here, and which give the opinion of that sound man and earnest poet in regard to Mr. Garrison's character. They were addressed

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Champion of those who groan beneath

Oppression’s iron hand,
In view of penury, hate and death,

I see thee fearless stand;
Still bearing up thy lofty brow,

In the steadfast strength of truth,
In manhood sealing well the vow
And promise of thy youth.

Go on l-for thou hast chosen well;

On in the strength of God!
Long as the human heart shall swell

Beneath the tyrant's rod.
Speak in a slumbering nation's ear,

As thou hast ever spoken,
Until the dead in sin shall hear-

The fetter's link be broken!

I love thee with a brother's love

I feel my pulses thrill,
To mark thy spirit soar above

The cloud of human ill;
My heart hath leaped to answer thine,

And echo back thy words,
As leaps the warrior's at the shine

And flash of kindred swords!

They tell me thou art rash and vain

A searcher after fame;
That thou art striving but to gain

A long-enduring name;
That thou hast nerved the Afric's hand,

And steeled the Afric's heart,
To shake aloft his vengeful brand,

And rend his chain apart.

Have I not known thee well, and read

Thy mighty purpose long,
And watched the trials which have made

Thy human spirit strong ?
And shall the slanderer's demon breath

Avail with one like me,
To dimn the sunshine of my faith,

And earnest trust in thee !

Go on!—the dagger's point may glare

Amid thy pathway's gloom-
The fate which sternly threatens there,

Is glorious martyrdom!
Then onward, with a martyr's zeal-

Press on to thy reward-
The hour when man shall only kneel

Before his Father-God.

But since we have commenced quoting, we will will give a specimen of his fierce, denunciatory style of writing, which appeared in an editorial upon the Union. It is also a good opportunity to show his peculiar position upon the slavery question :

“ Tyrants ! confident of its overthrow, proclaim not to your vassals, that the American Union is an experiment of freedom, which, if it fail, will forever demonstrate the necessity of whips for the backs, and chains for the limbs of the people. Know that its subversion is essential to the triumph of justice, the de liverance of the oppressed, the vindication of the brotherhood of the race. It was conceived in sin, and brought forth in iniquity; and its career has been marked by unparalleled hypocrisy, by high-handed tyranny, by a bold defiance of the omniscience and oinnipotence of God. Freedom indignantly disowns it, and calls for its extinction ; for within its borders are

l three millions of slaves, whose blood constitutes its cement, whose flesh forms a large and flourishing branch of its commerce, and who are ranked with four-footed beasts and creeping things. To secure the adoption of the constitution of the United States, first, that the African slave-trade till that time


a feeble, isolated, colonial traffic--should, for at least twenty years, be prosecuted as a national interest, under the American flag, and protected by the national arm; secondly, that a slaveholding oligarchy, created by allowing three-fifths of the slaveholding population to be represented by their task-masters, should be allowed a permanent seat in congress; thirdly, that the slave system should be secured against internal revolt and external invasion, by the united physical force of the country; fourthly, that not a foot of national territory should be granted, on which the panting fugitive from slavery might stand, and be safe from his pursuers, thus making every citizen a slave-hunter and slave-catcher. To say that this covenant with death' shall not be annulled—that this “agreement with hell'shall continue to stand—that this “refuge of lies' shall not be swept away—is to hurl defiance at the eternal throne, and to give the lie to Him that sits thereon. It is an attempt, alike monstrous and impracticable, to blend the light of heaven with darkness of the bottomless pit, to unite the living with the dead, to associate the Son of God with the Prince of Evil. Accursed be the American Union, as a stupendous, republican imposture!”


It is not to be wondered at that such a writer should be accused of harshness and severity. English cannot be rendered with greater force and energy than he combines it to express his views upon this subject. But hear him criticise his critics :

“I am accused of using hard language. I admit the charge. I have not been able to find a soft word to describe villainy, or to idertify the perpetrator of it. The man who makes a chattel

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