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[220] was a model of neatness and accuracy, and worthily introduced a series possessing to the end the same characteristics.1

On their return from Baltimore, the two friends, 2 Garrison and Knapp, had taken lodgings on Federal Street, with the Rev. William Collier, and there made the acquaintance of Stephen Foster, an intelligent and warmhearted youth of their own age, from Portland, then foreman of the printing-office of the Christian Examiner at Merchants' Hall. A zeal for the cause, added to personal friendship, induced Foster to allow them the use of his type for their new paper in return for their services by day as journeymen at the case. For three numbers this arrangement continued, when a change became necessary, and Foster's name was withdrawn from the paper; but his good — will and anti-slavery endeavor knew no abatement till his untimely death before the close of the3 year. A lot of well-worn, second-hand type was rescued from the foundry, and with this the fourth number was put to press.

The publication office, originally at No. 6 Merchants' Hall,4was shifted to No. 8, No. 9, and No. 11 with each succeeding issue; but at No. 11, in the third story, ‘under the eaves’—the old home of the National Philanthro-5 pist—with a temporary flitting to No. 10, it rested for some years. ‘The dingy walls; the small windows, bespattered with printer's ink; the press6 standing in one corner; the composing stands opposite; the long editorial and mailing table, covered with newspapers; the bed of the editor and publisher on the floor—all these,’ says7 Oliver Johnson, ‘make a picture never to be forgotten.’8

1 The first and several succeeding numbers were ‘dry-pressed.’

2 Ms. Mar. 1. 1874, W. L. G. to O. Johnson.

3 Lib. 1.179.

4 This building, like so many other historic landmarks, was consumed in the great fire of November 9 and 10, 1872.

5 Ante, p. 80.

6 In the interval of acquiring a hand-press of their own (procured. together with the second-hand type referred to, on credit, of Greele & Wills), the partners had used one belonging in the office of the Boston Daily Advocate, by permission of the foreman, James B. Yerrinton.

7 Garrison and his Times, p. 51.

8 ‘It was a pretty large room.’ says Josiah Copley (in the Pittsburgh United Presbyterian of June 5, 1879), who visited it in the winter of 1832-33. ‘but there was nothing in it to relieve its dreariness but two or three very common chairs and a pine desk in the far corner, at which a pale, delicate. and apparently over-tasked gentleman was sitting. . . . I never was more astonished. All my preconceptions were at fault. My ideal of the man was that of a stout, rugged, dark-visaged desperado—something like we picture a pirate. He was a quiet, gentle, and I might say handsome man—a gentleman indeed, in every sense of the word.’

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