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[393] So the summons went out to every part of the North. To George W. Benson, at Providence, Mr. Garrison wrote:

W. L. Garrison to George W. Benson.

Boston, November 2, 1833.
1 Here is the warrant for our national meeting. Show it among the genuine friends of our cause as extensively as possible, and urge them to be fully represented in the Convention.

My mind is crowded with pleasing remembrances of my late visit to Canterbury and Brooklyn. How deeply am I indebted to you, to your brother, and all the members of your venerable father's household! And above all, how infinite are my obligations to that Almighty Being who has given me such dear friends, whose shield has protected me from the arrows of my bitter persecutors, and whose arm is made bare for my deliverance! Truly, ‘blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.’

I am more and more impressed with the importance of ‘working whilst the day lasts.’ If ‘we all do fade as a leaf’—if we are ‘as the sparks that fly upwards’—if the billows of time are swiftly removing the sandy foundation of our life— what we intend to do for the captive, and for our country, and for the subjugation of a hostile world, must be done quickly. Happily, ‘our light afflictions are but for a moment.’

Show a bold front at the annual meeting of your Society. I shall be with you in spirit, though not bodily.

Among your numerous friends, remember there is none more attached to you than

In another direction he sped the call to Whittier, on his farm at Haverhill, who answered doubtfully, but eagerly, November 11:

John G. Whittier to W. L. Garrison.

Thy letter of the 5th has been received. . . .2

I long to go to Philadelphia, to urge upon the members of my Religious Society the duty of putting their shoulders to the work—to make their solemn testimony against Slavery visible over the whole land—to urge them, by the holy memories of Woolman and Benezet and Tyson, to come up as of old to the standard of Divine Truth, though even the fires of another persecution

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