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‘ [23] than to be flues for besotting tobacco-smoke. They may as well almost be rum-ducts as tobacco-funnels. And we rejoice that so few mouths or noses in our ranks are thus profaned. Abolitionists are generally as crazy in regard to rum and tobacco as in regard to slavery. Some of them refrain from eating flesh and drinking tea and coffee. Some are so bewildered that they won't fight in the way of Christian retaliation, to the great disturbance of the churches they belong to, and the annoyance of their pastors. They do not embrace these ‘new-fangled notions’ as abolitionists—but then one fanaticism leads to another, and1 they are getting to be mono-maniacs, as the Reverend brother Punchard called us, on every subject.’


Rogers's light-heartedness was manifested under difficulties. In January the circulation of the Herald of Freedom had dwindled to some 900, and, the publisher being unable to sustain it, the New Hampshire Society had to take the paper on their hands again. ‘J. R. French and two other boys,’ as Quincy wrote to Collins, “print it for nothing, asking only board and clothes.” Ms. Jan. 30, 1841. In July, a frank review of the struggles of paper and editor, made3 by Rogers in his own columns, showed that very little of his salary had reached him, that much was due him, and that he forgave much.4 Meantime he had given up the5 law, in which his career might have been brilliant. He had likewise broken with the church at Plymouth, N. H., —‘excommunicated’ it, as Quincy said, and as was,6 indeed, the fashion of a ‘come-outer’ period. He was, furthermore, in sympathy with that spirit of ‘no-organization’ which we have seen manifested at the Chardon-Street Convention, and which had now to be combated by the abolitionists along with ‘new organization.’

No-organization and come-outerism were twin brothers; protests, both, against pro-slavery clerical and ecclesiastical despotism. But the ranks of the disorganizers were swelled by the followers of Channing, whose dread of7 organization was most acute, and belief in the ‘superiority ’

1 Cf. ante, 2.423.

2 George Punchard.

3 Herald of Freedom, 7.82, Lib. 11.118.

4 On Sept. 7, 1842, he writes to H. C. Wright (Ms.): ‘To-morrow I must go to my native village to hunt up some means of support, having received only half-a-dozen chairs and a bureau as my first quarter's salary.’

5 Ms. Mar. 14, 1841, Rogers to W. L. G.

6 Ms. Jan. 30, 1841, to J. A. Collins.

7 Lib. 15.29; ante, 2.56.

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