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[121] and effort on the part of the Board, they felt that to keep dark any longer would be treachery to the cause. A full statement of facts will be made in next week's Herald. It will ruin French, and Rogers will in vain try to shield him. Rogers and French have thrown the utmost contempt on the Board, which is made up of some of the best souls in the State—some of the ablest men that take an anti-slavery position here. They call it ‘Foster's Board’—‘Foster's Committee.’ The Board does thus and so ‘to gratify a whim of Foster's.’

I understand you are to be at the Portland Convention, and that Bro. Rogers is also to be there. Can you not bring him to his senses? Your influence over him is greater than that of any other, I think, except J. R. French. Still, he might print the Herald if he had any manhood. 'Tis marvellous that Rogers can be so under his power. I knew nothing of this affair when I came into the State, and was astonished at the developments. I wish it could be reconciled even at this late hour. This can be done if French will fulfil his contract with the committee appointed by the Board to publish the paper, though it will be necessary to give a statement of facts. But no more of this. You cannot judge in the case till you shall see the report of the Board. But, I pray you, give us a lift up here in this granite field: 'tis terrible to cultivate.


Mr. Garrison was already implicated in the painful controversy between the New Hampshire Society and his dear friend Rogers, whose sensitive nature he understood but too well. He had, on occasion of French's stopping the Herald of Freedom, in June, without warning to the1 Society of which it was at once the property and the organ,2 urgently bespoken for it the needed support, praising with his customary heartiness Rogers's editorial ability, and3 was rejoiced to announce at the same time that the resumption of publication was ensured. A few weeks later, however, he felt compelled to notice Rogers's4 extraordinary comments on a meeting of the New Hampshire Society, at which the regular choice of officers was complained of by the ‘no-organization’ editor as business interrupting the current of anti-slavery discussion. With brotherly frankness, Mr. Garrison showed the impropriety5 of opposition in the Society's own paper to the steps

1 Lib. 14.106.

2 Lib. 14.198.

3 Lib. 14.106.

4 Lib. 14.118.

5 Lib. 14.118.

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