His mother received this letter on June 2, 1823, and promptly wrote an earnest and pathetic appeal to Mr. Federal Republicans of Massachusetts Democracy has finally triumphed over correct principles, and this State may expect to see the scenes of 1811-12 revived in all their blighting influence ;—may they be as short-lived as they were at that period. You will undoubtedly smile at my turning politician at the age of eighteen—but, ‘true 'tis, and (perhaps) pity 'tis 'tis true’—and I cannot but help smiling myself at the thought.— I have likewise published another political communication under the same signature. Besides these, I have written three other communications under the head of ‘A Glance at Europe’ —analyzing the present state of political affairs between Spain and the Holy Alliance—and which called forth a very handsome1 notice of the same from Mr. Cushing, the Editor of the Herald.— But I am at last discovered to be the author, notwithstanding my utmost endeavors to let it remain a secret.—It is now but partially known, however, and has created no little sensation in town—so that I have concluded to write no more at present. Thus you perceive, my dear mother, that my leisure moments have been usefully and wisely employed;—usefully, because it is beneficial in cultivating the seeds of improvement in my breast, and expanding the intellectual powers and faculties of my mind: wisely, because it has kept me from wasting time in that dull, senseless, insipid manner, which generally characterizes giddy youths. It is now about one year since I commenced writing for the Herald—and in that time I have written about fifteen communications.—When I peruse them over, I feel absolutely astonished at the different subjects which I have discussed, and the style in which they are written, Indeed, it is altogether a matter of surprise that I have met with such signal success, seeing I do not understand one single rule of grammar, and having a very inferior education.—But enough of my scribblings, in all conscience, for the present, to something that is more important and interesting. Write particularly where I shall find you, should I come to B., and how I shall get to your boarding place.—I cannot but2 exclaim—‘Oh! had I the wings of a dove, then would I soar away, and be with you.’ Excuse this hasty scrawl, as it is now midnight. Adieu! dear mother, and O may Heaven grant that I shall clasp you again to my throbbing breast.
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 : Ancestry.— 1764 - 1805 .
Chapter 2 : Boyhood.— 1805 - 1818 .
Chapter 3 : Apprenticeship.— 1818 - 1825 .
Chapter 4 : editorial Experiments.— 1826 - 1828 .
Chapter 5 : Bennington and the Journal of the Times — 1828 - 29 .
Chapter 6 : the genius of Universal emancipation. — 1829 - 30 .
Chapter 7 : Baltimore jail, and After.— 1830 .
Chapter 8 : the Liberator — 1831 .
Chapter 9 : organization: New-England Anti-slavery Society .—Thoughts on colonization.— 1832 .
Chapter 10 : Prudence Crandall .— 1833 .
Chapter 11 : first mission to England .— 1833 .
Chapter 12 : American Anti-slavery Society .— 1833 .
Chapter 13 : Marriage.— shall the Liberator die? — George Thompson .— 1834 .
Chapter 14 : the Boston mob ( first stage).— 1835 .
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