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[407] just ‘as busy as a bee’ with my pencil, the whole distance, writing the remainder of my address, which I finished just before my arrival, not removing from my seat, but for a moment, from Boston to New York. The jolting of the cars was often so great as to make it exceedingly difficult to write a word, and therefore my labor was very great. Of course, with my spinal trouble upon me, I was very much exhausted on my arrival, and felt more like going to bed than delivering a speech.

I found Oliver Johnson at the depot, and went home with him to tea. The weather was perfectly execrable—rainy, foggy, dispiriting—and the walking something less than knee-deep in mud. No evening could have been more unpropitious for my lecture—my usual luck. The Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, Jersey, and other ferry-boats found navigation difficult and dangerous in consequence of the dense fog; and the result was, that hundreds who intended to be at my lecture were deterred from coming over. I was prepared, therefore, to see ‘a beggarly account of empty boxes,’ on my going to the Tabernacle, but was agreeably surprised to find a large and substantial audience waiting for my appearance, who warmly applauded me as I walked down the aisle.

I got through with reading my lecture quite as well as I expected, though my voice was somewhat hoarse.1 My language was strong, and my accusations of men and things, religion and politics, were very cutting; but, strange to say, not a single hiss or note of disapprobation was heard from beginning to end, but some of my strongest expressions were the most loudly applauded. At the close, at the request of the editors of the New-York Times, through their reporter, I gave my manuscript entire to be published in that widely circulated daily; and the next morning it was published entire in that paper, occupying2 more than four columns of the smallest type. Was not that marvellous, as a work of dispatch, and as a sign of the times? The Executive Committee of the A. S. Society purchased five hundred copies of the Times for distribution. The address is to be published in the Standard, and they have ordered five3 hundred copies of that paper. Finally, they will print it in a small tract, and so I shall have delivered it to a large number


1 ‘Give yourself no uneasiness about the reading of your lecture. Of course, you will feel somewhat constrained, but know for your consolation that you always read impressively, never coldly or dully’ (O. Johnson to W. L. G., Feb. 4, 1854, Ms.).

2 Feb. 15, 1854.

3 Nat. A. S. Standard.

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