1838, at the burning by a mob of Pennsylvania Hall
— built by Abolitionists, because they could be heard in no other — his little property, consisting mainly of papers, books, clothes, etc., which had been collected in one of the rooms of that Hall
, with a view to his migration westward, was totally destroyed.
In July, he started for Illinois
, where his children then resided, and reached them in the September following.
He planted himself at Lowell, La Salle county
, gathered his offspring about him, purchased a printing-office, and renewed the issues of his “Genius.”
But in August, 1839, he was attacked by a prevailing fever, of which he died on the 22d of that month, in the 51st year of his age. Thus closed the record of one of the most heroic, devoted, unselfish, courageous lives, that has ever been lived on this continent.1
William Lloyd Garrison
, born in obscurity and indigence, at Newburyport, Massachusetts
, in 1805, and educated a printer, after having tried his boyish hand at shoe-making, wood-sawing, and cabinet-making, started The Free Press
, in his native place, directly upon attaining his majority; but Newburyport
was even then a slow old town, and his enterprise soon proved unsuccessful.
He migrated to Boston
, worked a few months as a journeyman printer, and then became editor of The National Philanthropist
, an organ of the Temperance movement.
He left this early in 1828, to become editor, at Bennington, Vermont
, of The Journal of the Times
, a National Republican gazette, and about the ablest and most interesting newspaper ever issued in that State.
Though earnestly devoted to the reelection of John Quincy Adams
, as President
, it gave a hearty support to the Temperance, Anti-Slavery, and other Reform projects, and promoted the extensive circulation and signature of memorials to Congress, urging the banishment of Slavery from the District of Columbia.
But its patronage was unequal to its merits; and, Mr. Adams
having been defeated, its publication was soon afterward discontinued.
was, about this time, visited by Lundy
, and induced to join him in the editorship of The Genius
, whither he accordingly proceeded in the Autumn of 1829.
had been a zealous supporter of Adams
; and, under his auspices, a single Emancipation candidate for the Legislature had been repeatedly presented in Baltimore
, receiving, at one election, more than nine hundred votes.
, in his first issue, insisted on immediate and unconditional Emancipation as the right of the slave and the duty of the master, and disclaimed all temporizing, all make-shifts, all compromises, condemning Colonization, and everything else that involved or implied affiliation or sympathy with slaveholders.
Having, at length, denounced the coastwise slave-trade between Baltimore
and New Orleans as “domestic piracy,” and stigmatized by name certain Baltimoreans concerned therein, he was indicted for “a gross and malicious libel” on those worthies, convicted, sentenced to pay fifty dollars' fine and costs, and, in default thereof, committed to jail.