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‘ [427] heighten her charms and allure by outwardattractions.’1 Deep and genuine affection, modesty and self-respect determined her behavior on this and on every other occasion. The short hours spent together in rambles up the romantic Gray Mare hill which overhangs the little valley, or in the privacy of evening, or in the common intercourse of the amiable household, confirmed them in the wisdom and sacredness of their new relation. Other interviews, on Mr. Garrison's return to Boston (in May) and again in July, pleasantly interrupted and stimulated their ardent correspondence.

At last the wedding was fixed for Thursday, September 4, when the ceremony was feelingly performed by Mr. May. All the appointments were plain and unostentatious. Wine of course was absent from the feast, and even cake was not provided, both bride and groom feeling the importance of their example to the colored population, whose interest in the event would naturally be keen2As for the enemies of that race, accustomed to denounce Mr. Garrison as an amalgamationist, they were playfully informed in advance that they would soon ‘be3 enabled to decide whether the editor of the Liberator is to espouse a white or a black woman.’

On the nuptial day, the journey for Boston was begun in carriages by way of Worcester, the couple being accompanied by Mr. Garrison's aunt Newell, his mother's youngest sister, the only one of his relatives present at the wedding. On the 5th, housekeeping began in ‘Freedom's Cottage,’ on Bower St., near Walnut St., Roxbury, in which Mr. Garrison had boarded during the first part

1 ‘Premierement ta parure, car tu n'en avais point, et tu sais bien que jamais tu n'es si dangereuse’ (Rousseau, “Nouvelle Helise” ).

2 Speaking generally, Helen Benson wrote on May 22. 1834. ‘I am aware of the responsibility that will devolve upon me, and how much my example will be copied among that class you have so long labored to elevate and enlighten. I have been considering how much the colored people think of dress, and how much of their profits are expended for useless ornaments that foolishly tend to make a show and parade. As much stress will of course be laid on Garrison's wife by that class, it behooves me to be very circumspect in all things, when called upon to fill so important a station.’

3 Lib. 4.131.

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