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Chapter 5: Bennington and the Journal of the Times—1828-29.

Garrison edits this new paper in Bennington, Vt., in advocacy of the reelection of President John Quincy Adams, but also begins in it his first warfare on slavery. Lundy visits him and engages him as associate editor of the genius. Returning to Boston, Garrison delivers an anti-slavery Fourth of July address at Park-St. Church, with a perfunctory approval of Colonization: and then removes to Baltimore.


The exciting Presidential campaign of 1828 had already begun, when Mr. Garrison received an invitation from a committee of prominent citizens of Bennington, Vermont, who visited Boston for the purpose of seeing him, to edit a paper which they proposed to establish in that town in advocacy of the reelection of John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson; the Gazette, the existing local paper, having practically gone over to the Jackson party. As Vermont was strongly for Adams, and as Bennington, though in an extreme corner of the State, was politically a very important town, the need of an Administration paper there was felt to be imperative. Mr. Garrison, while no very warm admirer of Mr. Adams personally, had still a well-founded dread of the election of Jackson and its consequent effect upon American politics, and he readily consented to a six months engagement on condition that he should have the liberty of advocating in the columns of the paper not only the reelection of Adams, but Anti-Slavery, Temperance, Peace, and Moral Reform as well. ‘It was a very 1 singular kind of political paper,’ he said, ‘but they gave me carte blanche, and I agreed to undertake the enterprise.’ Arrangements were made with Mr. Henry S. Hull, an acquaintance of his, to print it, and on Friday, the 3d of October, 1828, the first number of the Journal of the Times was issued, a well-printed sheet of four pages, with

1 Proceedings Am. A. S. Soc'y, Third Decade, p. 121.

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