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[104] consists in improving their natural advantages, and exploring their own resources.

Finally. We have started the Journal with the conviction that, to be well and permanently supported, it need only merit support. We are satisfied, moreover, that the public voice is nearly unanimous in favor of this establishment. This county has probably a population of twenty thousand,—nineteentwen-tieths of whom are friendly to the reelection of John Quincy Adams; but their confidence has been abused, their views misrepresented, their feelings insulted; they have had no organ through which to express their desires, or hold communications with other sections of the country; they have been upbraided with apostasy, with treachery, with insincerity; and they have in their meekness borne till endurance has passed its bounds, and the pen of the slanderer become intolerable.

We come, then, in the name, and to supply the wants, of the people. Be ours the task, not to rake open the smouldering embers of party, but to extinguish them; not to nourish animosities, but to encourage the growth of liberal principles; not to fight with the shadows of things which are dead, but with existing evils of national magnitude; not to give sound for sense, or roaring for argument; not to inflame, but to heal; not to swagger and brag about our exclusive patriotism, but to enlarge the number of patriots; not to divide the community, but to unite all hearts.

Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Editor. Henry S. Hull, Proprietor.

In another column, on the editorial page, an indignant denial was given to a report, said to have been industriously circulated in Bennington and the neighboring villages, that the Journal was to be influenced by a sect and controlled by a party. ‘The blockheads who have had the desperate temerity to propagate this falsehood,’ declared the editor, ‘have yet to learn our character. We should like to see the man, or body of men, the single sect or particular party, that would dare to chalk out our limits, or dictate our words, or hold us accountable for the soundness of our faith, or the spirit of our doctrines. The bare insinuation of such an attempt, where we are known, would be met with derision. We conduct a hireling press!—we shall see.’

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