LLFE AS A FREEMAN.
Not, however, as before, did the learned doctor pro¬
ceed. The exclamation of Thompson must have re¬
echoed itself a thousand times in his memory, during
the remainder of his speech, for the doctor never re"-
covered from the blow.
The deed was done, however; the pillars of the
church—the proud, Free Church of Scotland—were
committed, and the humility of repentance was ab¬
sent. The Free Church held on to the blood-stained
money, and continued to justify itself in its position
— and of course to apologize for slavery—and does
so till this day. She lost a glorious opportunity for
giving her voice, her vote, and her example to the
cause of humanity ; and to-day she is staggering un¬
der the curse of the enslaved, whose blood is in her
skirts. The people of Scotland are, to this day,
deeply grieved at the course pursued by the Free
Church, and would hail, as a relief from a deep and
blighting shame, the " sending back the money " to
the slaveholders from whom it was gathered.
One good result followed the conduct of the Free
Church ; it furnished an occasion for making the peo¬
ple of Scotland thoroughly acquainted with the char¬
acter of slavery, and for arraying against the system
the moral and religious sentiment of that country.
Therefore, while we did not succeed in accomplish¬
ing the specific object of our mission, namely — pro¬
cure the sending back of the money — we were am¬
ply justified by the good which really did result from
Next comes the Evangelical Alliance. This was
an attempt to form a union of all evangelical chris-