A Question of Being
Late spring and summer came and, as was now the custom, the Hutchinsons returned to farming, and making their "community" work. The occasional antislavery or temperance meeting served as respite. Two of these, the New England Anti-Slavery Society Convention at the end of May and the New Hampshire meeting in early June, found the quartet supplemented by others of the family: David, Noah, Caleb, Joshua, Benjamin, Zephaniah, Rhoda, and Fanny joined them at one time or another, a true community-family of reformers.
The Hutchinsons in turn had the antislavery movement come to them, befitting their new status as reform celebrities: in mid-July there were visits by Parker Pillsbury, Francis Jackson, and William Lloyd Garrison. "Free-meetings" were organized of the "Come-Outers" in Milford where Pillsbury preached on one occasion and Garrison spoke on another. Come-Outers held to the side of the Church Question that believed those churches not speaking against the system of slavery were as culpable as the slave-holders, which then raised the issue of church membership. The Hutchinsons, in concert with others of like conscience, chose to leave a church and a religion without, as they saw it, the fortitude to stand against egregious depravity.1 The Hutchinsons provided Milford with a Come-Outer meeting hall when their building was completed.
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