of women's temperance societies was urged; and Mr. Garrison
, confessing his ignorance whether any were then in existence, promised to send the Philanthropist
regularly and gratuitously to each society of not less than twelve members that had already been or might thereafter be formed.
This offer developed the fact that such societies already existed in three Massachusetts
towns, and led to the formation of others, the suggestion meeting with a speedy response.
The incident is worth noting as showing the young reformer's early appreciation of the value of women's aid in any moral enterprise, and his quick instinct in enlisting them in the support of whatever cause he espoused.
In April, 1828, he invited subscriptions to a volume of poems by Whittier
, which it was proposed to publish at Haverhill
in order to raise money for the education of the Quaker
lad, but the project was subsequently abandoned.
The poet was now writing under the name of ‘Adrian
,’ and his productions appeared in the Haverhill Gazette
, with the editor of which he boarded while attending the winter term of the Academy.
Speaking of his verses and of the youth of the writer, Mr. Garrison
‘There is nothing feeble or puerile, however, in his num-1 bers; he does not deal in ornament, or betray what Junius calls the “melancholy madness of poetry” ; but his verse combines purity of sentiment with finish of execution.
Notwithstanding the numberless difficulties which surround his path, the ardor of his disposition remains undiminished; and considering the slender advantages he has enjoyed, his case is indeed remarkable and full of interest.’
In the second number of the Philanthropist
edited by him Mr. Garrison
commented on the passage, by the House
of Assembly of South Carolina, of a bill to prohibit the instruction of people of color in reading and writing:
‘There is,’ he declared, ‘something unspeakably pitiable2 and alarming in the state of that society where it is deemed ’