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[429] Jackson had been their landlord as well as near neighbor and generous friend. Now, in the year under review, the fund which had been accumulated to this end principally,1 was augmented sufficiently to purchase the house of Mr.2 Jackson, at its original cost. Mr. Hovey, already a liberal contributor to the fund, notified the Garrisons that, in addition, he proposed to pay them annually a sum equal to the interest on a contemplated legacy. This aid was gratefully accepted by Mr. Garrison, on condition that it3 should be freely revoked at any time, for any reason, and saving his own independence of thought and action.4

Close upon the heels of the mob anniversary, both Francis Jackson and Mr. Garrison fell ill—the former dangerously, so that his life was despaired of. Neither could visit the other, though but a short distance apart.

W. L. Garrison to Mrs. Eliza F. Eddy.5

[Boston], November 3, [1855].
6 I beg you to convey to your dear, noble father all the warm7 sensibilities and grateful emotions of my soul for his prompt and truly characteristic reply (through you) to my letter last evening. The grapes were delicious to my taste, and surprisingly sweet. But the quantity sent was over-liberal. . . .

Last night was a sleepless one to me throughout, and I feel much exhausted this morning; but I cannot refrain from sending you this brief note. Of course, your dear father was constantly in my thoughts. I lived twenty years of my life over


1 Ante, p. 265.

2 Mss. Oct. 1, 1855, F. Jackson to W. L. G., Sept. 12, Hovey to Jackson.

3 Ms. Sept. 15, 1855, W. L. G. to Hovey.

4 It was in Dix Place, and presumably on Sept. 21, 1855, that the gathering occurred which was thus described in a private letter by Miss Susan B. Anthony ( “Hist. Woman Suffrage,” 1: 256). A Woman's Rights Convention had just been held in Boston: ‘In the evening, Ellen Blackwell and I attended a reception at Mr. Garrison's, where we met several of the literati, and were most heartily welcomed by Mrs. Garrison, a noble, self-sacrificing woman, the loving and the loved, surrounded with healthy, happy children in that model home. Mr. Garrison was omnipresent, now talking and introducing guests, now soothing some child to sleep, and now, with his charming wife, looking after the refreshments. There we met Mrs. [Caroline H.] Dall, Elizabeth Peabody, Mrs. McCready, the Shaksperian reader, Mrs. [Caroline M.] Severance, Dr. [Harriot K.] Hunt, Charles F. Hovey, Francis Jackson, Wendell Phillips, Sarah Pugh of Philadelphia, and others. Having worshipped these distinguished people afar off, it was a great satisfaction to see so many face to face.’

5 Daughter of Francis Jackson; Mrs. Meriam by a previous marriage.

6 Ms.

7 Saturday morning.

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