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W. L. Garrison to his Wife.

Detroit, October 17, 1853.
1 Sallie Holley has recently lectured here, to very general acceptance, as she does everywhere—her addresses being of a religious character, without dealing with persons, churches, and parties in a way to probe them to the quick, yet doing good service to the cause. More recently, our friends the Fosters have held four or five meetings in the City Hall, which were well attended, and which created a good deal of excitement and discussion. They are acting, in various places, as my forerunners; and, by their solicitation, I came this long distance from Battle Creek (about 140 miles) on Saturday, with my2 friend Marius R. Robinson,—they having left a few days previous,—thinking I should find all the necessary arrangements made for my lecturing on Sunday afternoon and evening. But, lo! on our arrival, we found nothing had been done—or, rather, that not a hall in the place could be obtained for me, ‘for love or money.’ Stephen and Abby, instead of3 facilitating my progress, appear to have given me an Irish hoist, ‘a peg lower.’ Indeed, the last evening they lectured here, they were enabled to get into the City Hall only by some persons breaking the lock, and taking possession of it without leave— a measure I would not have sanctioned. The notices of their meetings and persons, by the Detroit papers (especially the Free Soil organ), were abusive, untruthful, and scurrilous, to the last degree. Everywhere the press in this country is as foul as the gutter, and as unprincipled as the father of lies. Most of the proprietors and editors more richly deserve a place in the penitentiary than many of its inmates; for they sin as with ‘a cartrope,’ and on the largest and most comprehensive scale. It is a terrible sign of general corruption.


To pass the time, on Sunday, October 16, Mr. Garrison4 crossed the Detroit River, and first set foot on Canadian soil at Windsor—a fit place, as it was largely populated

1 Ms.

2 Oct. 15.

3 Foster.

4 Ms. Oct. 17, 1853, W. L. G. to H. E. G.

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