had gone to Greece
either as spectators or participants in the conflict were eagerly printed.
The Free Press
copied from the New Hampshire Gazette
a series of seventeen articles entitled ‘Views of Greece
,’ by a Mr. Estwick Evans
, who gave, it must be confessed, a rather dull and prosy account of his experiences in that country, with reflections on some of the Americans
who had gone thither to proffer their aid, and who were popularly but erroneously supposed to be rendering valiant service in the cause of the struggling Greeks
These naturally elicited rejoinders in their defence, and sharp attacks on Mr. Evans
, by the friends of the absent patriots, and in the ensuing discussion the Free Press
, though differing from him on questions of home polities.
All of Mr. Garrison
's editorials in the Free Press
were set up by him at the case, without having first been written out on paper; and the ability to think with clearness and precision which he thus acquired was of great value to him then and in subsequent years.
Indeed, a large part of the manual work on the paper was done by him, a boy being his only assistant.
He discussed a variety of matters editorially, but they were chiefly of a political character, and his attention had not yet been directed to questions of reform.
He copied, without editorial comment or reprobation, in his second number,1
that portion of Edward Everett
's speech in Congress wherein the Massachusetts
clergyman declared, that there was no cause in which he would sooner buckle a knapsack to his back, and put a musket to his shoulder, than the suppression of a servile insurrection at the South
, and quoted the New Testament (‘Slaves, obey your Masters!’) in defence and justification of slavery.
A few weeks later, however, he commended to his readers2
a poem on ‘Africa
,’ just published and for sale at the local bookstores, and quoted a few passages from it in which the inconsistency and wickendness of tolerating slavery in the American
republic were denounced in impassioned phrase.
‘We have perused [it] with heartfelt ’