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[421] only seven antecedent months, abolitionists were in peril of their lives!—In ability, interest, and solemnity it took precedence of all the great religious celebrations which took place at the same time. During the same month, a New England Anti-Slavery Convention was held in Boston, and so judicious were its measures, so eloquent its appeals, so unequivocal its resolutions, that it at once gave shape and character to the antislavery cause in this section of the Union. In the midst of all these mighty movements, I have wooed “a fair ladye,” and won her—have thrown aside celibacy, and jumped, body and soul, into matrimony—have sunk the character of bachelor in that of husband—have settled down into domestic quietude, and repudiated all my roving desires—and have found that which I have long been yearning to find, a home, a wife, and a beautiful retreat from a turbulent city.

Here, then, conveniently remote and protectingly obscure from the great capital of our State, I am located in a cottage which I have long since ventured to designate by Freedom's appellation; for within its walls I have written much in defence of human liberty, and hope to write more. If my health should be mercifully preserved, and no unforeseen obstacles prevent, I hope to make the ensuing winter memorable for the aid I shall give to the anti-slavery cause; so that it shall be seen that matrimony, instead of hindering, rather advances my labors.

What, indeed, strikes the reader of the fourth volume of the Liberator, from the very beginning, is the frequency, fulness and animation of the editorial articles. It is not merely the Colonization Society's deficit of $46,000, nor1 the ardor of renewed conflict with the old ‘humbug’; nor the abortive movements looking towards gradual2 emancipation in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland; nor the equally abortive attempt of the last-named State3 to effect forcible colonization, which led to an exposure from Mr. Garrison's pen4 scarcely less elaborate than the Thoughts; nor the suppression of free debate in Lane5 Theological Seminary and the withdrawal of the students; nor the accession of James Gillespie Birney to the 6 anticolonization

1 Lib. 4.19, 22, 27, 106.

2 Lib. 4.5, 14, 178, 23.

3 Lib. 4.125, 133, 137.

4 Afterwards published by Garrison & Knapp in pamphlet form: “The Maryland scheme of expatriation examined.” Boston, 1834.

5 Lib. 4.50, 53, 57, 158, 170, 174, 178; 5.10.

6 Lib. 4.129, 131, 157, 158.

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