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[71] in Syracuse, as he is remarkably successful in raising the spirit1 of mobocracy wherever he goes. Possibly, we may have quiet meetings;2 but, come what may, may we all be faithful to the cause. I could wish that bro. Foster would exercise more judgment and discretion in the presentation of his views; but it is useless to reason with him, with any hope of altering his course, as he is firmly persuaded that he is pursuing the very best course.

On Friday evening next, I expect to lecture in Albany, and3 on Saturday night hope to embrace you and the dear children again, in health and safety. . . . I am pretty well worn down with exertion. During the ride from Waterloo to this place, in the night, I took cold, and have been troubled with influenza ever since; so that I have spoken at our meetings here with great difficulty, in consequence of hoarseness. I am now better. Fear not about my taking care of myself. On my return, I have many marvellous things to relate to you about animal magnetism, having seen many experiments, and in which I am a full believer. . . .


Mr. Garrison's system, overtaxed by the fatigues of his tour, was ripe for the contagion which he found raging4 among his little ones, on his arrival home:

Garrison was very ill,’ wrote Edmund Quincy to Richard5 D. Webb, ‘as ill, I suppose, as a man could be and live. He said, and from his description I have no doubt of it, that his scarlet fever was no whit less virulent or less abominable than6 the small-pox in its most malignant form. His family has been7 in much trouble the past year. His brother James, a poor drunken sailor, was upon his hands for a long time, and died last summer [autumn]. Garrison's behavior to this poor fellow8 was very beautiful. Then his wife's sister, Mary Benson, was ill for a long time, and also died in his house.9 Then all his10

1 Lib. 12.201, 205; 13.9.

2 There was no disturbance until the evening of the third day, and then it burst not upon S. S. Foster but upon J. Cannings Fuller and Abby Kelley. The Mayor of Utica, Horatio Seymour, being present, endeavored, as a simple citizen, to quell the uproar, until taxed with official responsibility for it, when he said he would prosecute every individual implicated that might be named to him, and order was at once restored (Lib. 12: 205, 206).

3 Dec. 2, 1842.

4 Lib. 13.10.

5 Ms. Jan. 29, 1843.

6 Cf. Ms.

7 Dec. 19, 1842, Anna to G. W. Benson.

8 Oct. 14, 1842; Lib. 12.167.

9 Mr. Quincy's chronology is again at fault, for Mary Benson died before James Garrison, and at the beginning, not at the close, of the year 1842. In the fall of 1841, Mr. Garrison had removed his residence in Cambridgeport to the north-west corner of William and Magazine Streets, the scene of these afflictions.

10 Jan. 29, 1842; Lib. 12.19.

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