Bishop, as was expected, filled the entire first page of the first number of Knapp's Liberator3 with his own quarrel with the Massachusetts Board in regard to4 Collins's accounts. Smith and Bates followed with intended corroborations of the truth of Knapp's circular, which was here reprinted. Knapp had little to say in his own behalf, being the merest tool of his false friends; but there were many anonymous communications aimed at Mr. Garrison and the Board.
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2 Mr. Garrison wrote to Mr. Benson on January 7, 1841 (Ms.), that in the twelvemonth the Liberator had lost nearly five hundred subscribers net, and cut off two or three hundred delinquents. Once firm friends had ordered the paper stopped. ‘The Sabbath Convention has been more than they could tolerate; and to save the formal observance of the first day of the week, they are willing that slavery should be perpetuated.’
4 Ante, p. 39.
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