wherever possible, of anti-slavery societies with a uniform title and constitution, which should cooperate with one another through correspondence and a general convention.
Gradually the subject took such possession of him that he resolved to dispose of his business and join Charles Osborn
, a Friend who had established at Mount Pleasant
, in the same State, a journal entitled the Philanthropist
, to which Lundy
sent anti-slavery articles, at first selected, and afterwards written by himself.
To consummate this arrangement, he made two trips to St. Louis
with his stock-in-trade, and was compelled to dispose of it there at a ruinous sacrifice, owing to the great depression in business throughout the country.
This disturbed him less than the plot, then in1
process of accomplishment, to force Missouri
into the Union
as a slave State; and into the discussion of that question, which was agitating the whole country, he threw himself with ardor, writing articles on the evils of slavery for the Missouri
When, after an absence of nearly two years, and a pecuniary loss of thousands of dollars, he returned home on foot, in the winter season (a distance, by the route he had to2
travel, of seven hundred miles), he found that Osborn
had disposed of his paper.
Meanwhile (in 1820) a small octavo monthly newspaper called the Emancipator
had been established at Jonesborough, Tennessee
, by Elihu Embree
, also a Friend, to whom must be accorded the honor of publishing the first periodical in America
of which the one avowed object was opposition to slavery.
heard of it he deemed it unnecessary to attempt anything of the kind himself; but, on his way home from St. Louis, news of Embree
's death reached him, and he then resolved to establish a new journal at Mount Pleasant
In July, 1821, the first number of the Genius of Universal Emancipation
It was begun without a dollar of capital, and with only six subscribers, and for a time3 Lundy
walked a distance of twenty miles, each month,