d, or merged in Douglass's paper!
Strange want of forecast and judgment.
But no more now.
Douglass had returned to America a free man, his English friends having negotiated his ransom (Lib. 17: 10). Mr. Garrison not only contributed while abroad to the amount raised for this purpose (Lib. 17.10), but justified Douglass in consenting to be freed by purchase—a point as to which the abolitionists were curiously divided, the scruple being shared by the editors of the Standard, Pennsylvania Freeman, and Bugle, and by many subscribers to the Liberator. Some Liberty Party editors were horrified.
(See Lib. 17: 10,11,18, 26, 38,46,47.) We would rather, said Mr. Garrison (Lib. 17: 38), if this must be the alternative, that the most exorbitant pecuniary exactions of the slave tyrants should be complied with than that their victims should never be set free.
We deny, he said further, in reply to the position taken by the Philadelphia Female A. S. Society, that such a purchase is necessarily