hastened to his dwelling to find it entirely deserted, his five children having been distributed among his friends.
In that hour of intense affliction, he renewed his solemn vow to devote his entire energies to the cause of the slave, and to efforts designed to awaken his countrymen to a sense of their responsibility and their danger.
In 1828, he traveled eastward, lecturing and soliciting subscribers to his “Genius,” and calling, in New York, on Arthur Tappan
, William Goodell
, and other anti-Slavery men. At Boston
, he could hear of no Abolitionists, but made the acquaintance, at his boarding-house, of William Lloyd Garrison
, a fellow-boarder, whose attention had not previously been drawn to the Slavery question, but who readily embraced his views.
He visited successively most of the clergymen of Boston
, and induced eight of them, belonging to various sects, to meet him. All of them, on explanation, approved his labors, and subscribed for his periodical; and, in the course of a few days, they aided him to hold an anti-Slavery meeting, which was largely attended.
At the close of his remarks, several clergymen expressed a general concurrence in his views.
He extended his journey to New Hampshire
, lecturing where he could, and obtaining some encouragement.
He spoke also in the principal towns of Massachusetts
, Rhode Island
, and Connecticut
; and, on his homeward route, traversed the State of New York
, speaking at Poughkeepsie
, and Buffalo
, reaching Baltimore
late in October.
made at least one other visit to Hayti, to colonize emancipated slaves; was beaten nearly to death in Baltimore
by a slave-trader, on whose conduct he had commented in terms which seemed disrespectful to the profession; was flattered by the judge's assurance, when the trader came to be tried for the assault, that “he [L.] had got nothing more than he deserved ;” and he made two long journeys through Texas
, to the Mexican
departments across the Rio Grande
, in quest of a suitable location on which to plant a colony of freed blacks from the United States
, but without success.
He traveled in good part on foot, observing the strictest economy, and supporting himself by working at saddlery and harness-mending, from place to place, as circumstances required.
Meantime, he had been compelled to remove his paper from Baltimore to Washington
; and finally (in 1836), to Philadelphia
, where it was entitled The National Inquirer
, and at last merged into The Pennsylvania Freeman
. His colonizing enterprise took him to Monclova
, and Victoria
, in Mexico
, and consumed the better part of several years, closing in 1835.
He also made a visit to the settlements in Canada
, of fugitives from American Slavery, to inquire into the welfare of their inhabitants.
On the 17th of May,