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Isaac Knapp to W. L. Garrison.

Boston, Dec. 8, 1841.
1 To the editor of the Liberator.
Sir: I have this day issued the annexed circular. You, in my opinion, being, next to myself, the most interested, are herewith furnished with the first copy I send forth.


This circular, dated Boston, December 6, 1841, professed to be dictated by ‘a sense of private wrong alone,’ and alleged that Knapp had been deprived, ‘by treachery and duplicity,’ of his former right and interest in the2 Liberator—by an arrangement, it will be remembered, which would expire on January 1, 1842. All his offers to resume the publication of the paper, giving ample security, had been rejected, “mostly through the influence of one merciless, hard-hearted rich man.” E. G. Loring; see Knapp's Lib., p. 2. ‘I have even,’ continued Knapp, ‘been denied the most humble situation in the Liberator office; at a time, too, when Mr. Garrison well knew that I was absolutely suffering for the want of employment’—the same rich man opposing. In order to tell his story, and to show ‘that, however many inferior causes may have been at work, the great and overshadowing reason why there has been so much division and mutual alienation in the anti-slavery ranks, has been the selfish and deceptive conduct of Mr. Garrison and others at his elbows,’ he proposed ‘to start the “true” Liberator’ (calling it Knapp's Liberator) ‘as often as there may be a call for it.’ Garrison's Liberator ‘is no longer a free-discussion paper, but has departed from its original character, and is the organ of a clique, always ready to puff and extol all those who will obsequiously bow to and profess the utmost faith in their rescript—and as ready to condemn, as pro-slavery and enemies of virtuous liberty, all who dare express a doubt of its infallibility.’ A note appended to the circular (in which the hand of the New Organization Esau was manifest) testified to the knowledge and belief of the signers,

1 Ms.

2 Ante, 2.331, 332.

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