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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 1, Chapter 1: Ancestry.—1764-1805. (search)
(like raw beef, sometimes as red as blood) extending from ear to ear and under the chin, like a muffler. He had the light hair and fair skin of the Palmers. He is remembered by one of his contemporaries as a smart man, bright at most everything, and as an excellent penman. Moreover, he possessed a keen sense of the ludicrous, which often displayed itself—with the freedom of the time—in his versifying. Mary Howitt, in her Memoir of William Lloyd Garrison, in the people's Journal of Sept. 12, 1846, says the father was a fine poet. which is certainly going beyond the record, as there are no remains whatever of his muse. See hereafter (p.24) the last letter before his disappearance, in which the sentimental piece he promises to write is doubtless to be interpreted as verse. His son, William Lloyd, who had no personal recollection of him, thus summed up the traditions in regard to Abijah Garrison: I was probably not more than three years old when he Ms. took his final leave