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[64] midst of a cold rain-storm. I might have immediately taken another train onward, and arrived at Rochester (450 miles from Boston) on Sunday afternoon. Wishing to keep my rest1 unbroken, I concluded to tarry overnight, and went to a Temperance hotel near the depot, and in the morning left for Utica,2 arriving in that beautiful city at 2 o'clock P. M. Here I concluded3 to remain until the next morning. On going up Genesee Street, in quest of a Temperance house, I met Alvan Stewart going to church. We shook hands with each other, and he politely asked me to go and stop with him overnight. I declined, not wishing to incur any special obligations at that time, or in that quarter; but, on his invitation, I spent the evening with him and James C. Jackson (whose headquarters are now in Utica), and we had a talk on a great variety of topics, not excepting third-partyism. I spoke very plainly on the last topic, and made them both rather uneasy; for poor James evidently felt that he stood on a sandy foundation.4

Early on Monday morning, I left in the cars for Rochester,5 and arrived at that place in the afternoon, where I met with a most cordial reception from friends Post, Burtis, and others.6 Dear bro. Collins, to our astonishment, arrived from Buffalo the same evening, in feeble, but improved, health.7 Abby Kelley did not get along till the next day at noon. She came8 from Waterloo, in company with friend McClintock, wife, and daughter Mary. Our meetings continued in Rochester, three times a day, from Tuesday morning until Friday, 1 o'clock P. M. In consequence of the bad weather, and the very bad state of9 the travelling, and the uncertainty of my arrival, etc., etc., there were not so many delegates from abroad as were expected;

1 Nov. 13.

2 Mr. Garrison's scruples about travelling on the Sabbath had apparently vanished.

3 Nov. 13.

4 In company with Luther Myrick, J. C. Jackson founded at Cazenovia, N. Y., in September, 1841, a third-party paper called the Madison County Abolitionist. Gerrit Smith had invited him to edit it, and contributed to his support (Lib. 11: 159; Mss. Sept. 29, 1841, J. S. Gibbons to W. L. G., and Oct. 9, 1841, J. C. Jackson to Abby Kelley). Just before Mr. Garrison's arrival, Jackson had publicly advertised a Liberty Party lecturing partnership with W. L. Chaplin, on the independent contract system— i. e., not as agents for any society or organization, and neither salaried nor living off the field; but on special terms for their services in every instance. This was as near as the Liberty Party in New York ever came to the maintenance of the moral agitation against slavery hand in hand with the political (ante, 2: 434).

5 Nov. 14.

6 Isaac Post, Lewis Burtis, J. A. Collins.

7Collins is now acting as General Agent, pro tempore, of the National Society’ (Ms. July 8, 1842, W. L. G. to G. W. Benson).

8 Nov. 15.

9 Nov. 15-18, 1842; Lib. 13.2, 17.

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