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[428] of his courtship, and which he had now been enabled to secure for the honeymoon. The situation was of great seclusion, embracing a grove, and of great natural beauty; distant a little more than three miles from the heart of Boston, and a good half mile from the nearest omnibus.1 Here for seven months the young wife and her husband rejoiced in their new existence, with Isaac Knapp as a pleasant and helpful inmate,—contributing generously to the common expenses,—the occasional companionship of his excellent sister Abigail from Newburyport, and visits of friends and relatives from Brooklyn and Providence—in short, with ‘open house,’ the beginning of a life-long hospitality. As the welcome ran out to the Mays:
If they are Grahamites, we have a fine spring of water in2 our cellar, and plenty of Graham flour upstairs. If they have an affection for coffee or tea, we have both. If they love retirement, we are in the midst of it. If they have an eye for natural scenery, we will show them as pretty a prospect as one could desire to see. Do they wish to be contiguous to the city, yet not implicated in its follies and fashions? Then they will assuredly come to Freedom's Cottage.

And yet, with all his imputed rashness, had the editor of the Liberator ever done a rasher thing than to get married and go to housekeeping? Hardly had he returned home from the Philadelphia Convention in December, 1833, before he set off again for the same city,3 to represent the precarious condition of his paper. The first number of the new volume, meantime, showed a fresh enlargement, in the teeth of a distinct announcement in the same issue that ‘more patronage must be4 given to the Liberator, or it cannot long survive,’ especially with the increased expenses consequent upon enlargement. Both in Philadelphia and in New York the

1 The midnight walk home from his office in Boston after the last ‘hourly’ had left, exposed Mr. Garrison to the risk of being waylaid by murderous enemies. On these occasions his solicitous colored friends sometimes followed him, keeping him in sight, often without his knowledge.

2 Ms.

3 Lib. 3.206.

4 Lib. 4.2.

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