of his Tocsin of Liberty
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.”
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.