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[63] of his Tocsin of Liberty,1 with this emphatic endorsement: “The simple truth is, the American A. S. Society has linked itself to pro-slavery, to get friends—and, like the Colonization Society, it has become an obstacle in the way of progress which must be removed. I trust the address will do the work in this State. We have too much to do to allow us to maintain a long contest over so slight a matter.” Lib. 12.173.

It seemed desirable to meet this Liberty Party manifesto by sending Mr. Garrison to Central and Western New York, which was virgin soil in his experience, whether as a lecturer or a tourist. He had, since June came in, been extremely active in the field, making a memorable first visit to Cape Cod, together with2 campaigns in Maine, New Hampshire, and various parts of Massachusetts. His adventures in the Mohawk Valley and beyond—the beautiful region settled by New England emigrants, and popularly known as ‘the West’ even down to the date of this narrative—are related in the following letters, which give a glimpse of the bright and the dark sides of apostolic abolitionism:

W. L. Garrison to his Wife.

Waterloo [N. Y.], Nov. 21, 1842.
3 Up to the present time, ‘all's well’ with me; but, as I anticipated before I left home, I have been so busily occupied in attending meetings and seeing friends, letter-writing has been out of the question. I am now at the dear hospitable home of Thomas McClintock, and at this moment am writing in a room crowded with rampant abolitionists, whose tongues are all in motion, and their hearts in joyous commotion. Whether, under these circumstances, I shall be able to write an intelligible scrawl, is at least quite problematical.

‘To begin with the beginning.’ I arrived at the Brighton4 depot half an hour before the cars came along; from thence I took the train for Albany, where I arrived at 7 o'clock in the5

1 Published at Albany, N. Y., Torrey being at this time the salaried editor. The name of the paper was subsequently changed to Albany Patriot ( “Memoir of Torrey,” p. 104).

2 Lib. 12.99, 102, 107, 114.

3 Ms.

4 Mass.

5 Nov. 12, 1842.

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