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In Portland, which he reached by boat from Boston, he was the guest of Nathan Winslow, ‘one of the most1 thoroughgoing friends of the abolition cause in our land,’2 and was also the object of marked attentions from the colored citizens. His public addresses were well attended and respectfully listened to. Among his converts was General Samuel Fessenden, a man of fine presence, a lawyer of the highest standing, and one of the pillars of the Colonization Society in Maine. He had been induced to listen to Mr. Garrison's discourse on the subject from the Rev. Dr. Nichols's3 pulpit, and was so much affected as to be moved to tears by it. With eyes still suffused, he awaited the speaker on his exit from the church, and accompanied him to Mr. Winslow's, where conversation lasted till past midnight.4 In Hallowell, writes Mr. Garrison, ‘the first individual upon5 whom, as in duty bound, I called, was Mr. Ebenezer Dole, a philanthropist whose name is familiar to the readers of the Liberator—the first life-member of the New-England Anti-Slavery Society—the friend of the poor and needy, and supporter of the various benevolent operations of the times—whose interest in the abolition cause is unsurpassed—and to whom I labor under very onerous obligations. Our meeting was a cordial one.’ On his return from Bangor, he stopped at Waterville, where he was entertained by the President of the College,

1 Lib. 2.166.

2 The same might have been said of his brother Isaac Winslow, who shortly afterwards lent timely and generous assistance to the struggling firm of Garrison & Knapp. Nathan had subscribed to the Liberator from its first number, and took it to the day of his death in 1861—‘more than once preventing its suspension by his liberal assistance, and authorizing us to draw upon him at any time, in ease of emergency, for the means to continue it’ (Lib. 31.151). Both of these excellent men, who were members of the Society of Friends, took part in the formation of the American Anti-Slavery Society (Lib. 3.202). Nathan Winslow subsequently made his home in Massachusetts, and became the father-in-law of Samuel E. Sewall.

3 Ichabod Nichols, a prominent member of the Unitarian denomination.

4 Related by Mr. Garrison to his son F. J. G. General Fessenden presided at the formation of a State anti-slavery society in the spring of the following year (Lib. 3.75, 79). He was father of the distinguished Senator, Wm. Pitt Fessenden.

5 Lib. 2.166.

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