the country for aid in effecting this object. And they hereby invite all those who are disposed to contribute for this object, to do so without delay. . . .To this Mr. Garrison editorially added an announcement of his purpose to sail in the course of a few weeks, leaving the Liberator ‘in the hands of a gentleman [Oliver Johnson] in all respects qualified to make it an interesting and efficient publication.’ He returned ‘his grateful acknowledgments to the Colored Female Religious and Moral Society of Salem, for some valuable presents to him in anticipation of his voyage.’1 His preparations for departure were now earnestly begun; and with mind elated at the prospect of visiting kindred spirits in the Old World, we find him composing his formal farewells, yielding once more (after a whole year's preoccupation) to the inspiration of the poetic muse,2 and reviving an old friendship in the pursuit of a new. Some Haverhill young ladies—schoolmates at Derry, N. H.—styling themselves ‘Inquirers after Truth,’3 had by their sympathetic letters caused a lively emotion in an always susceptible bosom; so much so that, dates considered, an
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1 This was but the beginning of testimonials and contributions from the colored people. Meetings expressive of their esteem and confidence were held, and contributions to the mission fund made in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Newark, and Brooklyn (Lib. 3.47, 59, 74, 83, ). The speeches and resolutions testify to the affection felt for Mr. Garrison, and are noticeably apt in expression. About one-half the sum acknowledged in Lib. 3.86 ($624.50) was derived from this source. Besides these manifestations of personal interest, the Juvenile Garrison Independent Society presented him with a large and handsomely executed heart-shaped silver medal, suitably inscribed, on the eve of his departure; and colored gentlemen of Boston and Salem, among whose inscribed names we find that of C. L. Remond, gave him a beautiful silver cup ‘in commemoration of our farewell interview at the hospitable home of Mr. George Putnam.’
2 See the hopeful lyric, ‘Ye who in bondage pine,’ bearing date March 20, 1833, first printed in the April number of the monthly Abolitionist (p. 64, afterwards in Lib. 3.56), and sung at the anti-slavery meeting held on the 4th of July, 1833, in Boylston Hall, Boston (Lib. 3.107).
3 These were Miss Harriet Minot, afterwards Mrs. Isaac Pitman, of Somerville, Mass., and a lifelong friend of Mr. Garrison; Miss Harriott Plummer, afterwards Mrs. Charles Bartlett, and mother of the distinguished Gen. William F. Bartlett, of the civil war; and Miss Elizabeth E. Parrott, afterwards Mrs. George Hughes, of Boston.
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