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[115] their praise, and most of the other pieces were amatory, descriptive, sentimental, or patriotic. Mrs. Hemans continued to be a never-failing source of poetic supply, but only four poems by Whittier appeared, the poet being now engaged in editing the American Manufacturer at Boston, a paper which had been recently established by Mr. Collier in the interest of manufactures and the ‘American System.’ He had accepted the position by the advice of Mr. Garrison, and though he received scarcely any other compensation than his board at ‘Parson Collier's,’ he did not regret the experience, as it opened the way to other and more congenial editorial engagements. ‘Our friend Whittier,’ wrote Mr. 1 Garrison, in introducing a poem of his, ‘seems determined to elicit our best panegyrics, and not ours only, but also those of the public. His genius and situation no more correspond with each other than heaven and earth. But let him not despair. Fortune will come, ere long, “with both hands full.” ’ Another young editor who was noticed and commended in the Journal was George D. Prentice, then conducting the New England Weekly Review at Hartford, in which he was, a year later, to be succeeded by Whittier; but while praising his vigor and independence, Mr. Garrison also criticized the tendency to coarseness which even then betrayed itself in his writings.

The winter which he spent in Bennington was a very happy one to Mr. Garrison. He was relieved, from the outset, of all pecuniary responsibility and anxiety, the gentlemen who had invited him there assuming the financial risks of the enterprise, while they gave him absolute discretion and independence in the editorial management of the Journal. The literary merit of the paper, and the fearless and aggressive tone of its leading articles, attracted instant attention, and it was speedily recognized by the editorial fraternity as one of the ablest and best of the country newspapers. Beginning without a subscriber, it counted six hundred on its list at the end

1 Jour. of the Times, Dec. 5, 1828.

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