LIFE AS A FREEMAN.
lovers of fair play, especially in a conflict between the
weak and the strong.
Thus did circumstances favor me, and favor the
cause of which I strove to be the advocate. After
such distinguished notice, the public in both coun¬
tries was compelled to attach some importance to my
labors. By the very ill usage I received at the hands
of Dr. Cox and his party, by the mob on board the
Cambria, by the attacks made upon me in the Amer¬
ican newspapers, and by the aspersions cast upon me
through the organs of the Free Church of Scotland, I
became one of that class of men, who, for the mo¬
ment, at least, "have greatness forced upon them."
Beople became the more anxious to hear for them¬
selves, and to judge for themselves, of the truth
which I had to unfold. While, therefore, it is by no
means easy for a stranger to get fairly before the
British public, it was my lot to accomplish it in the
easiest manner possible.
Having continued in Great Britain and Ireland
nearly two years, and being about to return to Amer¬
ica—not as I left it, a slave, but a freeman — leading
friends of the cause of emancipation in that country
intimated their intention to make me a testimonial,
not only on grounds of personal regard to myself, but
also to the cause to which they were so ardently de¬
voted. How far any such thing could have suc¬
ceeded, I do not know; but many reasons led me to
prefer that my friends should simply give me the
means of obtaining a printing press and printing ma¬
terials, to enable me to start a paper, devoted to the
interests of my enslaved and oppressed people. I