and tried to devise some means of effecting his release.
He could think of nothing better than to write to Henry Clay
, asking him to use his influence with his personal1
and political friends in Baltimore
to that end, and he took pains to remind the Kentucky statesman that the imprisoned editor had nominated him for the Presidency two years before, and was his warm admirer.
soon afterwards replied that he had communicated with a friend (Hezekiah Niles
) in Baltimore
, in compliance with Whittier
's request, and had just learned from his correspondent that he had been anticipated, and that the liberation had been effected without the aid he would otherwise have given.
was probably disposed to unite with his friend Niles
in paying the fine, if the latter considered the case a worthy one, and to testify thus his appreciation of the support which both Garrison
had given him in the Journal of the Times
and the Boston Manufacturer
had nearly completed his seventh week in jail when Lundy
received the following letter from a New York merchant, well known for his philanthropy and generosity: