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[120] The Upshur-Calhoun treaty with Texas, lost in the Senate,1 was to be reinstated at the polls. The monster mass meetings of both parties, all over the country, absorbed2 public attention, and caused the Massachusetts abolitionists to curtail their labors in the field till after the election. In New Hampshire it was otherwise, but there an obstacle was encountered domestic to the abolition ranks.

Abby Kelley to W. L. Garrison.

Franklin, N. H., Sept. 26, 1844.
3 You may not be aware of the fact that we are trying to upturn some of the hard soil of New Hampshire. Douglass, Pillsbury,4 Foster, Spear, Jane E. Hitchcock of Oneida, N. Y., and myself are in the field, and Remond and, perhaps, White will soon be here. The State has been most wofully neglected for some two years past, and this, with no-organization, has well nigh hedged up our way to immediate great usefulness. Bro. Rogers gives5 no word of cheer, blows no bugle rallying-cry for the efforts now being put forth. He cannot, with his views of carrying6 forward reforms. He don't like this coming forth as agents from a Board or Executive Committee. He thinks it will do but little if any good. This I presume is his feeling from what I have heard him say. It is on this ground that I account for his silence when we are striving to move the State. One clear note from his shrill clarion would thrill the State; but as he gives it not, will not you notice the fact that we are here, and7 by that means remind him that he is silent? Perhaps you may awaken him to do some little word.

All the agents, I believe, are in the employ of the American Society. The New Hampshire Board—for there is one, though Rogers and French wish to wink it out of sight—have entered8 into an arrangement with the Executive Committee to supply the largest possible amount of funds to sustain the agency while in this State. We hope to meet the entire expense, though we shall find it difficult, as some of those who have stood in the forefront of the battle, are in sympathy with Bro. Rogers on the question of organizations. And, again, this affair of the Herald is a most trying and soul-sickening affair. It has been a long time kept dark by the Board, in hopes that French might be brought to do the fair and manly thing; but after a year's trial


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