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[134] aside from the fact that they addressed, for the most part, readers who were already convinced, addressed few of these. Garrison's Liberator had only between 150 and 2,500 subscribers during its entire career, and the National Antislavery Standard, whose paying circulation in 1846 was 1,400, was kept alive by annual bazaars. The Tribune's circulation grew with the intensity of its antislavery views, and in January, 1854, it had a circulation of 96,000 for its weekly, and of 130,000 for its total issues. How Horace Greeley led on his readers, step by step, to face the great issue, we may now learn from the words he addressed to them.

When conducting the New Yorker, in 1834, Greeley, while believing slavery “to be at the bottom of most of the evils which affect the communities of the South,” accepted and defended the right to be let alone, as regards this question, for which the South was contending. His paper said in July of that year: “The Union was formed with a perfect knowledge, on the one hand, that slavery existed in the South, and, on the other, it was utterly disapproved and discountenanced at the North. But the framers of the Constitution saw no reason for distrust and dissension in this circumstance. Wisely avoiding ”

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