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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2 1 1 Browse Search
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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 3: the Clerical appeal.—1837. (search)
of the Liberator's continuance—this unlucky makeshift, as the event proved—and amid the depression caused in the Benson circle by their two-fold bereavement, I never knew a family which seemed to me to be bound together more closely in the bonds of brotherly and sisterly love than the Bensons, and it almost seems as if I could feel to my own heart's core the vibration of that string which has now been struck in theirs (C. C. Burleigh to Edward M. Davis, after Henry Benson's death. Ms. Jan. 23, 1837). Mr. Garrison sat down to compose the fifth annual report of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. Not a trace of despondency was to be found in the opening sentence: The Report, p. 3. tone which the Managers . . . would assume . . . is one of joyful hope to the manacled slaves—of sincere congratulation to the friends of human liberty, universally—of ardent gratitude to God. Yet these words were read in the loft of a stable, the only place obtainable by the Society for its meeting