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Since I began this letter, I have been surrounded by a troop of anti-peace men, who have so hindered me by discussions1 that my time allotted to fill this sheet has been consumed three or four times over—and it is now so dark that I must finish what I have got to say, in a very few words; for this letter must be dropped into the post-office without delay.

Mr. Quincy's adhesion to the new society was not long withheld.2 In the meantime, as was inevitable, a larger and larger portion of the Liberator was given up to the subject of peace, until at least half of the fourth page was regularly devoted to it. The editor had anticipated complaints by assuring the colored people that their3 cause was not to be abandoned; but if not directly from them, from his white supporters and co-workers protests4 began to be heard, in public and private, and subscribers to drop off. He made no secret of this, being ‘tenacious of principle, but reckless of patronage.’ Nor could he disguise from himself the larger bearing of his course upon those already estranged from him by the Clerical Appeal. From New York, for example, came this friendly admonition from George Bourne, anxious to break a lance with him over the non-resistance doctrine, yet more anxious to have him see the impolicy of its advocacy:

I may as well mention, however, that I anticipate no peace5 from your Non-Resistance oppugnation!—and I hope I shall be deceived, but I foresee in it mischief to the anti-slavery cause. I am aware that you judge differently, but I cannot evade the apprehension that another firebrand has been thrown into the

1 So, to Sarah Benson, Sept. 24, 1838: ‘Since my arrival, I have been in a whirl of social, intellectual and moral excitement. My poor brain already reels under the pressure, though my heart is as tranquil as a summer's sea, and happier than any bird that ever warbled forth a song. I have had to perform considerable writing, and an immense amount of talking. As my head grows hot, my scrofulous complaint is excited to fresh malignity, and will probably give me much trouble the ensuing winter’ (Ms.)

2 On Jan. 4, 1839, Mr. Garrison writes to Mr. May: ‘I am anxious to know the precise state of your mind with regard to our Non-Resistance Society. Edmund Quincy and Robert F. Wallcut are now both members of our Executive Committee, and have arrived at clear satisfaction.’

3 Lib. 8.155.

4 Lib. 8.180, 192.

5 Ms. Oct. 1, 1838.

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