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The Philanthropist was now edited, and ably edited, by William Goodell (who had removed from Providence to Boston in order to merge his Investigator with it), and was printed by James Brown Yerrinton.1 Mr. Goodell had become thoroughly aroused on the slavery question, and he and Mr. Garrison took many a walk together on Boston Common, discussing anti-slavery projects. They also called upon a number of prominent ministers to secure their cooperation in the cause, and were sanguine in their expectations of important assistance from them.2

In June, Mr. Garrison accepted an invitation from the Congregational societies of the city to deliver a Fourth of July address at Park-Street Church, in the interests of the Colonization Society, and announced as his theme, ‘Dangers to the Nation.’ Ten days before the Fourth a malicious attempt to annoy and embarrass him was made, which he described in the following letter to a friend in Newburyport:

W. L. Garrison to Jacob Horton.3

Boston, Saturday, June 27, 1829.
My Dear Jacob: I am very reluctantly obliged to solicit a4 favor of you, which, if granted, shall be cancelled in a few weeks.

On Wednesday, the clerk of a militia company, (a poor, worthless scamp,) presented a bill of $4, for failure of appearance on May muster, and at the choice of officers. The fact is, I had been in the city but a fortnight, from my Vermont residence, when the notification came; and, as I expected to leave in a very short time, I neglected to get a certificate of my incapacity to train on account of short-sightedness. Moreover,

1 Afterwards (1841-1865) the printer of the Liberator.

2 See Fourth Annual Report Mass. A. S. Society, 1836, p. 57, and Goodell's “Slavery and Anti-slavery,” p. 401. The Philanthropist and Investigator was temporarily suspended at the end of August, 1829, for want of funds. Two months later its publication was resumed, the Genius of Temperance having been united with it, and in July of the following year it was removed to New York; but after a time Mr. Goodell was compelled to relinquish the publication, owing to inadequate support.

3 Mr. Horton had married Mr. Garrison's old friend and playmate, Harriet Farnham.

4 Ms., now (1885) in possession of Thos. Mack, Boston.

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