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[37] and on the most amicable terms with Hubbard1 Winslow, George W. Blagden, et id., etc. Torrey is engaged in vilifying the old anti-slavery organization and its friends, and manufacturing political moonshine for a third party.2

More pitiful, if not more picturesque, than any of these dislocations was that of Mr. Garrison's old partner, now, ‘worse than foe, an alienated friend.’ The following letter bespeaks at once his outcast condition and his trust in the benevolence of the person to whom it was addressed:

Isaac Knapp to W. L. Garrison.

A. S. Office, Sept. 31 [1841].
3 long Dearly beloved friend:
My circumstances are such that [I] am induced to solicit an interview with you at your earliest convenience. For several reasons I am reluctant to call at the Printing Office, and therefore take this method to make known my desire. I am sincerely sorry to disturb you with my troubles, but for the sake of my dear wife, and her alone, I wish to do it.

Wishing you and yours every blessing, I remain your old coadjutor and friend,

The next communication from this unhappy man of which we have any trace, reached Mr. Garrison when his house had for a week ‘been turned into a hospital.’ Its4 formal tone was a menace:

1 Lib. 12.127.

2 In June, 1841, Mr. Torrey was active in forming in Boston a Vigilance Committee against kidnapping and for the prompt assistance of fugitives closely pursued by their owners (Lib. 11: 94). In December he went to Washington as a newspaper correspondent (Lib. 12: 10; Memoir of C. T. Torrey, p. 87). Those who are curious as to other leading new organizationists will find the above list extended in Lib. 12.127.

3 Ms. [Boston] The day of the month is copied as written. The year is conjectural.

4 Ms. Dec. 17, 1841, W. L. G. to G. W. Benson.

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