ile he was on a visit to Boston, and at a later date he walked from Baltimore to Bennington, Vermont, where Garrison was editing a journal, in order to convert Garrison.
Garrison left Vermont and became co-editor of the Genius in Baltimore.
Before he migrated to Baltimore, however, he visited Boston and there on July 4th, 1829, he delivered an address in the Park Street Church which is really the beginning of his mission.
The Reverend John Pierpont (the grandfather of Pierpont Morgan) was present and wrote a hymn for the occasion.
Whittier, a stripling, was also present.
The tone and substance of this address are strikingly like those of Emerson's Phi Beta Kappa address (delivered six years later), in which Emerson made his manly salutatory to his age. Garrison's words are as follows:--
I speak not as a partisan or an opponent of any man or measures, when I say that our politics are rotten to the core.
We boast of our freedom, who go shackled to the polls, y
Insolently defying us while they rob us—all of us that eat beef or use a coal fire or coal oil—on a scale that yields them profits a hundred fold more than any Eastern despot ever extorted from his subjects, the trusts could not be ignored.
The brave words in which the President declared that the Government had the power and would find the way to curb the trusts bring no relief, nor promise any. It is in strange contrast with the humble attitude in which he so lately approached Pierpont Morgan—a mode of procedure so humiliatingly different from the way that Presidents have hitherto summoned citizens to their councils, that it has justly provoked scornful criticism and bitter satire.
As to the future, what may we hope?
For those who are humbly submissive to the powers that be there is no doubt a sort of career.
Some few Southerners showed long ago that a good name could be sold at a good price to the authorities in Washington.
Do any wonder that a Republican party exist<