The home in which Ashurst had been an honored guest, was in Dix Place, near Hollis Street, whither the3 Garrison family had removed in 1853 from Concord Street, on Boston Neck—their residence for a year after quitting Shawmut Avenue. In the heart of the city, and very4 accessible, it drew upon the anti-slavery leader and his wife a great deal of company, to entertain which was no small tax on their slender resources.5 Hitherto, Francis
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2 Mr. Ashurst landed in America in July, 1853, and sailed for home on Sept. 7, in a very feeble state (Lib. 23: 118; Ms. Sept. 5, 1853, W. L. G. to his wife). An amusing adventure of his while in Boston is worth recording. Having occasion to inquire his way, he excused himself by explaining that he was an Englishman. ‘An Englishman, eh?’ was the response. ‘Well, we licked you in ‘76!’
3 No. 8, afterwards No. 14.
4 Ante, p. 262.
5 On June 26, 1855, C. F. Hovey begged Mrs. Garrison's acceptance of a barrel of flour. ‘I see you have a houseful of people. . . . Your husband's position brings him many guests and expenses which do not belong to him’ (Ms.).
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