partnership with Lundy
was of necessity dissolved.
had no longer any reason for remaining in Baltimore
, he returned to Boston
, and in August, 1830, he issued proposals there for a paper of his own. He also began to lecture on slavery.
When he advertised for a free hall in Boston
for an anti-slavery address not a church volunteered, although it was the custom of the time to hold all kinds of meetings in churches, but a favorable response was received from an “infidel” society.
It was actually a fact that at that period Garrison
was almost the only man in New England
whose eyes were entirely open to the sin of slavery.
On January Ist,.1831, the first number of the Liberator
made its appearance.
At the head of its columns was the motto, “Our country is the World.
Our countrymen are Mankind;” and it was further ornamented by a wood-cut representing a slave-auction block and whipping post with the dome of the Capitol
in the background.
This initial number struck one note which distinguished it at once from all other antislavery publications.
It called for immediate and unconditional emancipation.
Until recently Garrison
had believed in the gradual freeing of the slaves, but on thinking the matter over he came to the conclusion that it was immoral