It led to his deciding to remove the Genius
to the Atlantic
seaboard, and this was done in October, 1824, when he established himself at Baltimore
, after making the journey from Tennessee
on foot, with knapsack on back.
His course took him through southwestern Virginia
into North Carolina
; and at Deep Creek
, in the latter State, he delivered his first public address on the subject of slavery, in a grove near the Friends' Meeting House
, and inspired the formation of an anti-slavery society.
Before he left the State
he had addressed fifteen or twenty meetings at different places, and formed a dozen or more societies, one of them at Raleigh
, the capital.
These were chiefly among the Friends, but one embraced some of the members of a militia company who had assembled for a muster, and its captain became the president of the society, while a Friend was chosen secretary.
, and traversing the middle section of the State
continued the good work without molestation, his Quaker
brethren giving him their ready sympathy, while the community at large took no alarm.
Nor did the establishment of the Genius
cause any excitement, for, in his initial article, the editor declared ‘the end and aim’ of the paper to be ‘the gradual, though total, abolition of slavery in the United States
,’ and he devoted the larger portion of several numbers to the advocacy and furtherance of a scheme for colonizing the emancipated slaves in Hayti, using some of the very arguments employed by the American Colonization Society, which stood in high favor throughout