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Towards the close of the year, fresh expostulations with Mr. Garrison for his so-called harsh and sweeping language began to be heard. It afflicted not only the1 recognized apologists for slavery ‘much more grievously2 than the daring transgression of the Southern kidnappers, or the wrongs and sufferings of our immense slave population,’ but also natures like Follen, whose first speech on the anti-slavery platform especially deprecated intemperate language and personal abuse (videlicet Mr.3 Garrison's); or like Stuart, who, on learning of Miss Benson's betrothal, bade her write her lover that ‘the4 only jangle of words we ever had together was when I cautioned him on the severity of his language; remind him of my advice, and tell him not to forget it.’ Similarly, Lewis Tappan wrote from New York to George5 Thompson, on January 2, 1835: ‘The fact need not be concealed from you that several of our emancipationists so disapprove of the harsh and, as they think, the unchristian language of the Liberator, that they do not feel justified in upholding it. For one, I have abstained from mentioning this to our friend Garrison, and have vindicated him so far as I could. Mr. G.'s error, they say, is in applying severe epithets to individuals rather than to bodies of men and principles.’ Short memories, that had forgotten the cause of Mr. Garrison's imprisonment in Baltimore, and the ‘severe epithets’ applied to Francis Todd, and the covering of ‘thick infamy’ which the junior editor of the Genius held ready for any Northerner guilty of complicity with slaveholding—and all that had come of it! No wonder if Mr. Garrison's patience was tried, and that he once more defended himself in his

1 Lib. 4.207.

2 Lib. 4.11.

3 Lib. 4.42.

4 Ms. June 23, 1834, H. E. B. to W. L. G.

5 Ms.

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