Arnold Buffum to W. L. Garrison, at Newburyport.
Andover, 10th mo. 23, 1832.my dear friend: Thine of 20th was received last 1 evening. . . . Here I am now in the hot-bed of Colonizationism; have been trying all day to get a house to lecture in, this and tomorrow evening. The Orthodox minister refuses his house in toto. . . . I am now, 4 o'clock P. M., treating for the Methodist meeting-house. . . . I intend to go to Newburyport on Thursday of this week, and meet thee there, and we will go to Boston together to make arrangements for thy voyage to England and France, for thou shalt see the good Lafayette. I think all the difficulties thou mentions in regard to the School may be easily obviated. I am sure the idea of a farm school is much more acceptable to the public than that of a college. At the same time, when it is established we can make what we please of it—that is, we can have a branch located either at the same or another place, where honors may be dispensed to woolly heads. At all events the plan must go forward. . . . Let us do something at Newburyport: do thou give one lecture there and I will give one, and let us see what impression we can make.
Arnold Buffum to Garrison & Knapp, Boston.
Andover, 10th mo. 24, 1832.2 I am to deliver a lecture here this evening, and to-morrow morning I go to Newburyport and hope to meet Friend Garrison there and proceed with him to Boston. . . . I got a letter from him at Lowell, saying he proposed to return to Boston this week to prepare for a voyage to Europe, should the means be provided and his friends unitedly think it desirable. I hope and presume there will be but one opinion on the subject. It was to consult on that matter that I wished to have had a meeting of the Board of Managers when in Boston, but I consulted all I saw, and heard one uniform favorable opinion.
The Liberator had reached England early in the summer of 1831, where it met with a warm welcome, and at once induced a friendly interchange of documents and private correspondence between the abolitionists of the