‘I am told that it is supported chiefly by the free colored people; that the number of subscribers in Baltimore and Washington exceeds that of those in this city, and that it is gratuitously left at one or two of the reading-rooms in this place. It is edited by an individual who formerly lived at Baltimore, where his feelings have been exasperated by some occurrences consequent to his publications there,5 on topics ’
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2 Ante, p. 238.
5 This notion, that Mr. Garrison's heat against slavery must be the passionate resentment of an injured man, was not peculiar to Mayor Otis. It is apologetically put forth in the following (Ms.) letter from President Wayland of Brown University, which is also noteworthy for its perverse assumption that the editor of the Liberator was promoting a slave insurrection, as well as for the sophistry of the future author of the “Elements of moral science.” Its date (after the Southampton rising) should not be overlooked:
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