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In reviewing at its close the busy, eventful year, Mr. Garrison could look back on a flattering increase in the subscription list of the Liberator, with a prospect of enlarging the paper with the new volume; on the sale of three editions of his “Address to the people of color” in two months; and on a thousand evidences of the effect of his writings, his public discourse and his daily conversation on the friends and the foes of human freedom. His office was a rendezvous to which came men of all grades and professions—fellow-editors like David Lee Child,1 John G. Whittier,2 William J. Snelling,3 Moses Thacher,4 and Oliver Johnson;5 lawyers like Samuel E. Sewall6 (‘a man full of estimable qualities’) and Ellis Gray Loring; schoolmasters like ‘the Lynn bard’ Alonzo Lewis, and Joshua Coffin; the Quaker hatter, Arnold7 Buffum; ‘the distinguished advocate of peace,’ William Ladd; from Maine, the generous merchant, Ebenezer Dole; from Rhode Island, the young wool-dealer, George William Benson; from Connecticut, the Rev. Samuel J. May, whose genial sympathy and bold support had won Mr. Garrison's instant affection, so that in the second number of the Liberator appeared this tribute to one then unnamed:

Friend of mankind! for thee I fondly cherish8
     Tha exuberance of a brother's glowing love;
And never in my memory shall perish
     Thy name or worth—so time shall truly prove!

1 Massachusetts Journal and Tribune, Boston;

2 New-England Weekly Review, Hartford, as George D. Prentice's successor;

3 The Amateur, Boston;

4 The Boston Telegraph;

5 The Christian Soldier, Boston, printed on the Liberator press. These editors, again, were lawyers, ministers, and litterateurs. Oliver Johnson, who was four years younger than Mr. Garrison, was a native of Peacham, Vt., of Massachusetts parentage. He became an apprentice in the office of the Vermont Watchman, at Montpelier, where he read the Journal of the Times. Already, July 4, 1828, he had delivered in that town an address against slavery, from the colonization point of view. Like Mr. Garrison, he strove as early as possible to edit a paper of his own, and the first number of his Christian Soldier was issued in Boston within a week of the first number of the Liberator. It opposed the rising ‘heresy’ of Universalism.

6 Ms. Feb. 14, 1831.

7 Lib. 1.39.

8 Lib. 1.6; Writings of W. L. G., p. 200.

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