and socialism also diverted many.
In June, Mr. Garrison attended as a spectator two meetings, in the Chardon-Street Chapel, for the discussion of the questions pertaining to the reorganization of society and the rights of property, Lib. 13.91. in which Collins took a leading part.
He heard nothing which attracted him to the doctrines advocated.
On Dec. 16, 1843, Mr. Garrison wrote to H. C. Wright in Dublin (Ms.): John A. Collins is almost entirely absorbed in his Community project at Skaneateles, and is therefore unable to do much directly for the antislavery cause.
He goes for a community of interest, and against all individual possessions, whether of land or its fruits—of labor or its products; but he does not act very consistently with his principles, though he says he does the best he can in the present state of society.
He holds, with Robert Owen, that man is the creature of circumstances, and therefore not deserving of praise or blame for what he does—a most absurd and de