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[117] chiefly by pupils of the Seminary from abroad, and was near his office, on the stage road to Troy. The printingoffice of the Journal faced the village green, and its front windows looked eastward, across the valley in which lies the village of East Bennington, to the great wall of the Green Mountains, while the rear windows commanded a view of the beautiful Mount Anthony. Ever a passionate lover of nature, Mr. Garrison's enthusiasm over the scenery around Bennington could scarcely find expression in words. His spirits were exuberant, and he seemed each week to be more in love with his adopted State, and to regard his removal to Vermont as a wise and fortunate step. ‘For moral worth, virtue and 1 diligence,’ he exclaimed, ‘we would not exchange it for any State out of New England’; and he praised the Vermont people as possessed of ‘large, sound, roundabout sense,’ and declared that ‘a more hardy, independent, frank, generous race do not exist.’ To a correspondent who had expressed fears about the climate, he declaimed in a manner which would have done credit to a native:
‘Our Vermont climate against the world for a better! . . .2 O, there's nothing comparable to our clear blue sky, arching the high and eternal ramparts of nature which tower up on every side:—talk as you may of the dreamy, unsubstantial atmosphere of Italy, and the more vigorous one of Switzerland.—And, moreover, such stars! so large, and gorgeous, and soul-overpowering—painting the heavens with such glorious and never-fading colors! We have been so long habituated to look up through the congregated smokes of a city, and to see such dirty and discolored clouds, with here and there a fainting star just visible over the top of some tall spire or elongated chimney, that here we inhabit another clime, and behold another creation. The competition of a few moments with one of our mountain gales, as it comes sweeping down to the plain, rough and kind as the heart of a Yankee, will put every drop of blood in motion, and strengthen every limb.’

And he apostrophized the Green Mountains in the following sonnet:

1 Jour. of the Times, Nov. 14, 1828.

2 Ibid., Nov 28, 1828.

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