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[429] colored people responded with gifts of money, and with1 promises of more extensive subscriptions to the paper, which in the former city were vigorously followed up by Arnold Buffum, with Joshua Coffin as an active canvasser. For a time things went swimmingly, Buffum2 found that the fraudulent non-delivery of the former carriers had disgusted the local subscribers, but upon his assurance that this should not happen again they gave in their renewals in large numbers. His dependence on Coffin, however, was fatal. That voluble and ‘huge personification of good humor’ was the last person to import business strictness into any enterprise, and especially into one so loosely conducted at headquarters.3 He lacked neither industry nor devotion, but the more subscribers he obtained in his fashion,4 the worse the confusion grew, and the louder the complaints directed against his host and backer, Arnold Buffum. Mr. Garrison's anxiety deepened as his suit prospered with Miss Benson. On April 12, he wrote her as follows:
Hitherto, having had none to care or provide for but myself,5 I have felt contented in getting merely my daily bread. But duty to myself and to you requires that I should make such arrangements with the Liberator as shall afford me, if a moderate, at least a sure income. I am therefore resolved no longer to be shackled by the pecuniary responsibilities of the paper, but to have a stipulated salary for my services. This salary ought to be not less than one thousand dollars a year, for my editorial abilities will readily command more than that sun, if devoted to politics or literature: still, I shall be satisfied with $800 for the present. In order to make this new arrangement, I shall be induced to visit New York and Philadelphia in the course of a fortnight. ... I shall endeavor to have my income fixed at $1000. Indeed, I can now get that sum by abandoning the Liberator, and acting as a general agent for the National Society; but how can I give up my paper?

1 Ms. Jan. 5, 1834, to G. W. Benson.

2 Ms. Jan. 29, 1834, to W. L. G.

3 Neither of the partners had any aptitude for bookkeeping. ‘Brother Knapp, you know,’ writes Mr. Garrison to G. W. Benson, Nov. 30, 1835, ‘resembles me very closely in his habits of procrastination. Indeed, I think he is rather worse than I am in this respect.’

4 Ms. Feb. 4. 1834, A. Buffum to W. L. G.

5 Ms.

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