Idolatry of Garrison, and Opposition to Non-Resistance

Here is a letter to Garrison, from Abner G. Kirk, Stare Co., Ohio….  The writer says,

I think the weak ought to be protected  from the oppression of the strong, and if this cannot be done by moral power, it ought to be done by physical.

Earlier in the letter,  Kirk expresses the concern that abolitionists are too often “busily engaged in directing the attention of the community to their moving idol, during which time they are crying out ‘great is’ Garrison’ ‘of the’ American.”   (Quotes retained as they appear in the letter.)