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[520] hatred towards us, and do us the most injury, in order to win Southern votes. They are all ferocious and unprincipled, caring not for God—truth—honesty—or justice.

Mr. Garrison's fellow-tenant of the gallows (in the makers' intention) was meantime writing him as follows:

George Thompson to W. L. Garrison.

Marblehead Beach, Tuesday night,1 September 15, 1835.
my dear brother Garrison: Your letter of the 3d, obtained on my return from the Granite State, was truly refreshing. Its advice with reference to my visit to Plymouth [N. H.] was received too late. I am not sorry, as I had the privilege of giving three lectures to quiet, respectable, and very intelligent audiences, including many of the delegates to the General Association, then in session. We had a delightful sojourn under the roof of our truly excellent friend, N. P. Rogers. He is a charming man—as a companion I hardly know a man with superior endowments. A full mind; ready, polished wit, and a comprehensive and glowing heart: the whole adorned and sanctified by the influences of religion, which I believe he humbly but deeply enjoys.

You would have been delighted to have shared our adventures in Concord (??) on the memorable night of the 4th inst. The mirthful and the melancholy were so strangely and equally blended throughout, that I scarcely know which had the advantage, and certainly could not tell the story of our ‘hairbreadth 'scapes’ without exciting your risibility. However, my escape from the ignorant and murderous rabble that clamored and thirsted for my blood was very providential, and I desire to feel grateful to Him who I believe watches over our persons and our cause, and will restrain the malice of our foes, or cause our sufferings to advance his glory.

Poor Whittier was compelled to receive a tithe of the 2 vengeance accumulated for me. I had really little expectation and less desire to be stoned by proxy, but such is the fruit of keeping bad company. My friends must be cautious lest perchance they be made the vicarious victims of that wrath which has been kindled by the ‘foreign emissary.’

The signs of the times are encouraging. I do not think the Boston Gazette is quite right in saying, ‘The public press, with ’


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2 Lib. 5.157; Kennedy's J. G. Whittier, p. 112.

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