Unitarian Chapel, August 9, 1840, Glasgow, Scotland
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6 Unitarian Chapel, 1840 that almost all members of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society did not believe in non-resistance, and thus, in the case of the resolution now under consideration, could not “pass a resolution expressing what they did think” (Liberator, October 11, 1839). 3. The resolution stated that “all human penal codes . . . [that] necessarily involve an armed and bloody resistance to evil . . . are a nullification of the precepts and example of Christ, and cannot innocently be sustained by any of his disciples” (The Non-Resistant, November 2, 1839). 4. The resolution stated that the principles the Society was “applying to civil government ” should also pertain to its individual members and families (The Non-Resistant, November 16, 1839). 5. This resolution stated that members “with delight forego the pleasures and luxuries of life, to alleviate human suffering in any form” (The Non-Resistant, November 16, 1839). 6. All resolutions were adopted (Liberator, November 1, 1839). See also Palmer, 67, 69; Faulkner, 82–83. Unitarian Chapel, August 9, 1840, Glasgow, Scotland On Sunday evening, August 9, the chapel was crowded to hear her.1 Mr. [James] Mott first addressed the meeting, stating who they were, their object in visiting this country, their difference in religious views from the Society of Friends in Britain; and reading, in corroboration of his statements, certificates from the Monthly Meeting of Friends in Philadelphia, and of Abolition Societies.2 Mrs. Mott then spoke, and for nearly two hours held a delighted audience in breathless attention. She began by saying, that she was glad of the opportunity which the generous offer of that pulpit had given her of addressing them; that she had been denied a hearing elsewhere because she was a woman,3 and by her own body in this country, because she differed from them in her views of religion; that the body of Friends with whom they were connected, were looked upon with the same dislike by the other party, as the Unitarians were by those calling themselves Orthodox; she regretted this bigotry, as she wished the enlarged, and beautiful, and exalted views which she and the Unitarian brethren entertained, could be embraced and felt by all; and she was happy in believing that such views were spreading and would continue to spread, till all mankind, from their holy influence , would become like one large family, living in love and harmony together as the children of one common Father. Mrs. Mott called on the Unitarians to exert themselves to the utmost to bring about this happy state of things; to let no fear of man, or any worldly motive, deter them from openly avowing their convictions , and acting up to them; that there were too many mammon-worshippers in the world, and she feared a great lack of moral courage also. She said, her address might perhaps be thought desultory, but as it was the only opportunity she should have of speaking to them, she felt it necessary to direct their attention to many topics worthy of thoughtful contemplation. She defended, on Scriptural grounds, the right of woman to speak in public; spoke of the imperfect education which women too commonly received, which consequently debarred them from occupying their proper places in society; called upon her sisters to look to this, Unitarian Chapel, 1840 7 and embrace every opportunity of gaining knowledge on every subject; not to be content with a little reading, a little writing, and a little sewing; to brush away the silken fetters which had so long bound them—no longer to be content with being the mere toy or plaything of man’s leisure hours, but to fit themselves for assuming their proper position, in being the rational companions, the friends, the instructors of their race. Better views, she rejoiced to know, were beginning to be entertained on this and kindred subjects. War, too, was looked on in a different light from what it was once wont to be; and highly gratified had she been at being present and listening to a powerful address on Capital Punishments, by the pastor of the congregation, when in Birmingham. Slavery also was calling forth those efforts for its extermination, which it behooved humanity and Christian principle to make; and deliverance to the captives of every clime would be the result. Having depicted in glowing colors the evils and abominations of slavery as it existed in America, and roused the best and holiest feelings of her audience to sympathy with the wrongs of...