like a hound on a scent, as he takes up and abandons one newspaper after another.
He is already a reformer, already a boiling enthusiast, already an insuppressible Volubility, already one-ideaed upon any subject that he treats.
If his theme be Temperance, then moderate drinking is the worst enemy of man. He joins most heartily in the anathema against tobacco either in chewing, smoking, or snuffing.
He is against capital punishment and imprisonment for debt, and it is safe to say that he would, at a moment's notice, have delivered a violent judgment upon any subject that aroused his compassion.
Whatever else he was, he was a full-grown being at the age of twenty-four, when Benjamin Lundy
persuaded him to devote his life to the cause of the slave.
, the quiet Quaker
, had been editing the Genius of Universal Emancipation
since 1821, and was at this time (1828) established in Baltimore
, where he had recently been assaulted and almost killed in the streets by Austin Woolfolk
, a slave trader.
's practice was to walk from town to town throughout the country, founding Antislavery societies, and introducing his newspaper.
He first met Garrison
while he was