f the goodliest fellowship . . . whereof this land holds record.
To a sweet and gentle spirit like Samuel J. May, the acrimony and scenes of strife among his old associates was unspeakably painful.
Writing to Garrison from South Scituate, May i, 1839, he touches thus upon this head: I now think I shall not go to New York next week.
In the first place, I cannot afford the expense . . . But I confess, I do not lament my inability to go so much as I should do if the prospect of an agreeable meetxpense, conflict, and confusion consequent upon the employment of two sets of agents to work the same territory.
Matters went on quite smoothly under this plan between the Massachusetts Board and the National Board until the beginning of the year 1839, when the former fell into arrears in the payment of its instalments to the latter.
Money from one cause or another, was hard to get at by the Massachusetts Board, and the treasury in New York was in an extremely low state.
The relations between
sts of our country should be agreed, are the two following: (I) The Liberator must be sustained; (2) its editor must be kept above want; not only, nor mainly, for his own or his family's happiness; but that, having his own mind unembarrassed by the cares of griping poverty, he may be a more effective advocate of the cause of the Saviour's enslaved poor.
A new arrangement, in accordance with this suggestion for the support of the paper and the preservation of the editor from want, was made in 1839, and its performance taken in charge by a committee of gentlemen, who undertook to raise the necessary funds for those objects.
Thus it was that Garrison, through the wise and generous provision of friends, was enabled to augment the happiness of an increasing family, and at the same time add to his own effectiveness as an anti-slavery instrument.
Garrison found occasion soon after his return from the World's Convention for the employment of all his added effectiveness for continuing the