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[332] inhabitants on the subject of slavery? (probably I should deem it expedient to say nothing derogatory to the Colonization Society.) If I can be sure of a house, I will try to come Sabbath after next. I will consult my friend Whittier, and see what can be done.


Boston, March 26, 1833.
1 I have written to Whittier respecting my visit to Haverhill, but have heard nothing from him. Nevertheless, I shall visit your beautiful village on Saturday next, even should no2 arrangements be made for the delivery of an address.


Boston, April 3, 1833.
3 Although it is midnight, and in a few hours I expect to bid adieu to Boston, yet I cannot consent to woo

Tired Nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep,

until I express to you—very imperfectly, indeed—the pleasure which I received from my recent visit to Haverhill. Beautiful village! it has almost stolen my heart. . . .

During my brief sojourn in H., my spirit was as elastic as the breeze, and, like the lark, soared steadily upward to the gates of heaven, carolling its notes of joy. How invigorating was the atmosphere! how bright the sun! how cheerful each field and hill! how magnificent the landscape! What have I not lost by a residence in this ‘populous solitude’—this city of bustle, dust and bricks!

But, pleasant as it is to behold the face of Nature, it has no beauty like the countenance of a beloved friend. Sweet is the song of birds, but sweeter the voices of those we love. To see my dear Whittier once more, full of health and manly beauty, was pleasurable indeed.


It would, perhaps, be difficult to find equally rapturous praise of a New England landscape in March from a runaway apprentice revisiting the scene of his 4 misdirected training. Mr. Whittier, it should be said, had abated nothing of his friendship, having already in his portfolio a poetical tribute to Mr. Garrison which he withheld from print till after their interview. He secured the church for the Sunday discourse, and though

Too quiet seemed the man to ride the winged Hippogriff Reform,

1 Ms.

2 March 30.

3 Ms.

4 Ante, p. 34.

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