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[87] your important duties as a lecturer. Hildreth told me that in1 Demerara he often prepared the matter in advance of two or three weeks papers (issued three times a week), and then went into the country to enjoy himself. Surely you could do something of the sort by a little forecast and method.


Sound as was this complaint and reproof, the remedy was not to be found in ‘pigeon-holes labelled “ Refuge,” “Selections,” “Selections to be commented upon,” ’ etc. The demands on Mr. Garrison's time and strength merely as a journalist were greater than Mr. Quincy could realize. He had no editorial assistant. The volume of matter, in manuscript and in print, relating to the cause was growing with tremendous rapidity. As a rule, besides reading proof, he shared in the mechanical work of the paper. Add the interruptions to which he was exposed as the leader of the abolitionists; his lecture engagements; his anti-slavery2 hospitality; his domestic cares; his constant anxiety concerning his means of support, and the wonder is that he found leisure to write as much as he did, whether for the Liberator, the Massachusetts Board, the American Society, or in his private correspondence.3

In a more important particular he was never delinquent. As a reformer, he was never dispirited; he never lost his grip on leading principles. He came directly from his sick-room to his post in January, with a cheering survey of recent events during his absence. It had4 consoled him while ill to reflect that his removal would be of no consequence to the cause. He affirmed anew the irrepressible conflict betwixt freedom and slavery, and advanced fresh arguments for disunion:

‘The proposition,’ said he, ‘may be ridiculed and denounced,5 and some who call themselves abolitionists may be loudest in their condemnation of it; but all this will avail nothing. The hour is coming when men of all sects and of all parties at the North will rally under one banner—the banner of Liberty; ’

1 Richard Hildreth; Lib. 13.163

2 Lib. 14.63.

3 Quincy himself bore testimony to the sum of his friend's performance: ‘Garrison is, as usual, putting off everything he can till the last moment, but contriving to do a good deal on the whole’ (Ms. Sept. 22, 1844, to R. D. Webb).

4 Lib. 13.10.

5 Lib. 13.10.

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