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?
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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.’
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