Of jealousy or a selfish love of notoriety in the antislavery cause the first volume of the Liberator
shows no trace.
publishes the prospectus of the1 Genius
after its removal to Washington
; likewise, with special approval, the prospectus of the African Sentinel
, to be published at Albany
by John G. Stewart
, a colored man, for which he subsequently offers to act as agent.23
‘To Benjamin Lundy
, the veteran advocate of negro emancipation,’ he dedicates this sonnet:
Self-taught, unaided, poor, reviled, 4 contemned-
Beset with enemies, by friends betrayed;
As madman and fanatic oft condemned,
Yet in thy noble cause still undismayed!
Leonidas thy courage could not boast;
Less numerous were his foes, his band more strong;
Alone, unto a more than Persian host,
Thou hast undauntedly given battle long.
Nor shalt thou singly wage th' unequal strife;
Unto thy aid, with spear and shield, I rush.
And freely do I offer up my life,
And bid my heart's blood find a wound to gush!
New volunteers are trooping to the field—
To die we are prepared—but not an inch to yield!
Of Isaac Knapp
he speaks in these terms:
I am pleased to have an opportunity of bestowing a 5 welldeserved eulogy upon my partner in business.
He is willing, for the love of the cause, to go through evil as well as good report; to endure privation, and abuse, and the loss of friends, so that he can put tyrants to shame and break the fetters of the slaves.
He has been of essential service to me; and his loss would not be easily made up.6