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1853 Excerpt: ...young man, of a pleasing figure and very easy
deportment, stepped forth, and was greeted with a salvo of
clapping, after which a profound silence prevailed. Wendel Phillips
spoke with the calmness and self-possession of a speaker who
perfectly understands both himself and his hearers, and he took up
that subject which Miss Lucy had passed over; he spoke for the
female slave, for the mother whose new-born child belongs not to
her, but to the slave-holder and to slavery. He spoke of this with
the low voice of suppressed emotion, and a simplicity of language,
yet powerful enough to excite to the utmost the human heart against
the circumstances and the mode of treatment which he described. It
was masterly. The assembly hung on his lips and took in every word.
Once, during an argument, he addressed my companion, Mr. Sumner,
saying, "Is it not so, brother Sumner?" Sumner smiled, and nodded
an affirmative. At the close of this speech an excited gentleman
leapt upon the platform and began to declaim at the side of
Phillips. Phillips laughed, and prayed the assembly not to listen
to this "incapable gentleman." The assembly were throwu into a
state of fermentation, yet in perfect good-humour; they smiled,
they whistled, they shouted, they clapped, and hissed, all
together. During this commotion the people began to leave the
galleries with the utmost calmness and composure. Plates were sent
round through the hall to receive a collection for the
Mulatto-woman, after which we left the hall together with many
others; and I could not but admire the quietness, the methodic
manner, in which this was done. There was no crushing nor
confusion; each one followed silently in his turn, and thus the
assembly flowed away like a quiet river. I was glad to have b...
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