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[431] third volumes, up to 1000, and then to about 1400; and so did its expenses increase, owing to its enlargement without enhancing the terms of subscription. All this time, we lived in the most frugal and humble manner, in order by the utmost selfdenial to sustain the paper, and disappoint the hopes and predictions of its enemies. Still we struggled under many embarrassments, and were in bondage to penury. We gratefully acknowledge that several generous donations were made to us for the support of the paper, from various persons and societies; and had it not been for these, it would have long since ceased to exist. These were not sufficient to remove the burden, although they alleviated its pressure.

In commencing our present volume (the fourth) we again enlarged the Liberator, still affording it at its original price. At first, the prospect looked very encouraging. In less than three months, six hundred new subscribers were added to our subscription list—principally obtained in the cities of New York and Philadelphia, but under such circumstances as to afford us no substantial aid: in fact, so remiss have they been up to this hour, in complying with the terms of the paper, that they have only increased our difficulties.

We have been continually harassed and fettered in our pecuniary resources, then—1st. Because at no one time since its commencement, anterior to the present volume, have there been subscribers enough to defray its expenses. 2d. Because there are over $2000 due us for the three volumes, a very large proportion of which sum we never expect to realize. 3d. Because the expense of postage, the discount on foreign bills, the payment for the transportation of bundles and distribution of papers by carriers, the allowance to agents, &c., &c., have reduced the sum of $2.00 on each subscriber who has punctually paid, to less than $1.50. 4th. Because, in our anxiety to advance the sacred cause of freedom, we have liberally distributed copies of the paper where we deemed they were specially needed, and also gratuitously printed and circulated addresses, tracts, pamphlets, &c., on the subject of slavery and colonization, to a large amount.1

1 Thus, in a subsequent letter to S. J. May, July 28, 1834, Mr. Garrison says (Ms): ‘In reply to your favor of the 24th, my partner joins with me in consenting to print an edition of Miss Crandall's [defense], as large as the one proposed by you, at our own risk. As to the profits that may arise from the sale of the pamphlet, we do not expect to make any: on the contrary, we shall probably suffer some loss, in consequence of the difficulty of disposing of any publication, however interesting or valuable in itself. But a trial so important as Miss C.'s—involving such momentous consequences to a large portion of our countrymen—implicating so deeply the character of this great nation—ought not to go unpublished, and shall not while we have the necessary materials for printing it.’ See, in fact, the pamphlet Report of the arguments of counsel. etc., published by Garrison & Knapp, 1834.

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