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[39] J. Cutts Smith and Hamlett Bates, in the facts as stated by Knapp, for whom they offered to serve as a finance committee.

On the same sheet containing the circular and Knapp's autographic letter of transmission, Mr. Garrison wrote thus to his brother-in-law:

W. L. Garrison to G. W. Benson, at Northampton, Mass.

Cambridgeport, Dec. 17, 1841.
1 You will see, by the accompanying Circular, what mischief is brewing, and what a hostile position is assumed toward me, the Liberator Committee, and the Massachusetts A. S. Society, by my old, erring, and misguided friend Knapp, and his more crafty and malignant abettors—to wit, Smith, Bates,2 and3 Bishop. I have every reason to believe that it was drawn up by Bishop,4 and that it has been sent to a great number of persons in all parts of the country. A copy was sent to our venerable friend Seth Sprague, at Duxbury (the superscription being in Bishop's handwriting), who, thinking I might not have seen it, promptly and kindly forwarded it to me, with the following characteristic lines:

Respected Friend—I received the enclosed Circular, a few days since, by mail; and although I think it most likely that you are informed that it is in circulation, yet it is possible that you may not. I see that there is another storm brewing. If the devil was ever chained, certainly he has been let loose on the old Massachusetts A. S. Society.

Yours with much respect, Seth Sprague.


Thus far, we have not deemed it expedient to take any notice of the Circular, in the Liberator. The committee will probably wait until the first number of the ‘true’ (!!) Liberator shall have made its appearance, when it will, doubtless, be necessary for them to make a calm and plain statement of the facts in the case. This, of course, will suffice to satisfy all candid and honorable minds; for nothing can be more absurd, or more untrue


1 Ms.

2 A former clerk in the Anti-Slavery Office.

3 J. Cutts Smith (ante, 1.278).

4 Joel Prentiss Bishop had likewise been a clerk in the Anti-Slavery Office, and took advantage of Collins's absence to attack the office accounts (Lib. 11.2, 23), and to play into the hands of New Organization. He presently left the Old (Lib. 11.99). He was associated with Torrey in his Vigilance Committee (ante, p. 37). He was admitted to the bar while a student in Stanton's office (Stanton's “Random Recollections,” 2d ed., p. 65), and became the author of many well-known legal treatises.

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