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Collins, at Mr. Garrison's instance,1 lost no time in securing Mr. Douglass as an agent of the Massachusetts Society; and the late ‘graduate from the “peculiar2 institution,” with his diploma written on his back,’ as Collins used to say, proved an invaluable accession to the apostles3 of abolition.

One other glimpse of Mr. Garrison's lecturing at this period must suffice. ‘We bargained last year,’ wrote N. P. Rogers in his Herald of Freedom for October 1, 1841,4 ‘with our beloved fellow-traveller Garrison, in the Scottish Highlands, either on Loch Katrine, on board the barge rowed by McFarlan and his three Highlanders, or else as we rode the Shetland ponies from Katrine to Loch Lomond, through “Rob Roy's country,” and along his “native heath,” and when we were gazing upward at the mist-clad mountains, that if ever we lived to get home again to our dear New England, we would go and show him New Hampshire's sterner and loftier summits, her Haystacks and her White Hills, and their Alpine passes.’ Released from the extra care of editing the Standard by5 the consenting of David Lee and Lydia Maria Child to6 conduct the new organ of the American Society,7 Rogers in July began to urge his ‘very brother’ to make the8 trip in question, then far from fashionable or well-known, or well-provided with houses of entertainment. ‘Forgive me for writing so much,’ he concluded. ‘You are the only person, almost, I love to write to well enough to attempt it, and the only one I can't write anything like a merchantable letter to.’ Such warm affection easily found a sentimental reason for a trip up the Merrimac by two friends, of whom the younger was born at the mouth,9 and the elder near the sources, of that noble river—thus

1 Lib. 15.75, from the preface to Douglass's Autobiography. But Edmund Quincy wrote: ‘I believe I was the first person who suggested to him becoming an A. S. speaker’ (Ms. Dec. 13, 1845, to R. D. Webb).

2 Life of F. Douglass, p. 217.

3 Lib. 12.11.

4 Writings of N. P. Rogers, p. 167.

5 Lib. 11.78.

6 Lib. 11.75.

7 They reached this conclusion at the close of March, 1841, and it was arranged that both names should appear in the paper, but that Mrs. Child should have immediate charge, removing to New York, while her husband remained on his beet-sugar farm near Northampton, Mass. (Ms. Mar. 30, 31, 1841, J. S. Gibbons to W. L. G.).

8 Ms. July 16, 1841, Rogers to W. L. G.

9 Rogers's Writings, p. 158.

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