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[113] another for having killed the wretch who had captured and was carrying him back to the South, were mentioned in the briefest manner and without comment. The North submitted without protest to the obligations imposed upon it by the slave-catching clause of the Constitution and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. In alluding to the anti-Masonic excitement then agitating the country, in consequence of the disappearance of Morgan, Mr. Garrison exclaimed: ‘All this fearful commotion has1 arisen from the abduction of one man. More than two millions of unhappy beings are groaning out their lives in bondage, and scarcely a pulse quickens, or a heart leaps, or a tongue pleads in their behalf. 'Tis a trifling affair, which concerns nobody. Oh for the spirit that now rages, to break every fetter of oppression!’

There was not a dull or unattractive number of the Journal of the Times, and a perusal of its file inclines one to believe the assertion of Horace Greeley that it was2 ‘about the ablest and most interesting newspaper ever issued in Vermont.’ One column was always devoted to the subject of Temperance, and in his second number Mr. Garrison urged the claims to support of the National Philanthropist, which had now reverted to Mr. Collier's hands, and was in danger of sinking. His interest in the local temperance society was also manifested. The subject of war and the exertions of William Ladd3 in behalf of peace were frequently alluded to in the Journal, as they had been in the Philanthropist and Free Press; Mr. Ladd having visited and spoken in Newburyport while Mr. Garrison was editing the latter paper, and found in him a ready listener. Much space

1 Jour. of the Times, Feb. 6, 1829.

2 American Conflict, 1.115.

3 William Ladd, a native of Exeter, N. H. (1778), graduate of Harvard College (1797), and for a number of years a sea-captain, devoted himself during the last eighteen years of his life (1823-1841) to the advocacy of the Peace cause, and was largely instrumental in establishing the American Peace Society in 1828. See his Memoir by John Hemmenway, Boston, 1872, and Mrs. Child's “Letters from New York,” 1st series, p. 212. Mr. Garrison addressed a sonnet to this ‘great advocate’ (Lib. 1.39), but more intimate acquaintance led to the judgment, ‘He is a good-natured man, but somewhat superficial’ (Ms., spring of 1833, to Henry E. Benson).

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