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[127] He takes blame and advice as kindly as he does panegyric, and, what is more, he profits by it.1


Postscript by Maria W. Chapman.

We expect Rogers to-day; he is to pass the week of the Fair among us all, and I hope we shall not lose him. We have all felt grief indeed, as you may suppose. I wish we had the means of sending him to England for health. Your kind sympathy in his best feelings, and forbearance with his incidental and constitutional temporary sensitiveness, would be a cordial to him. I hope he will be able to receive ours, but as we are obliged by sense of duty to take sides against his recent course, we cannot do it so fully, I fear. We shall soon know, for to-day he comes.

N. P. Rogers to Elizabeth Pease.2

Here a break-off again, and it is now Dec. 23, 1844, and I am at Francis Jackson's in Boston, just creeping up from a threemonths' sickness, with system irrecoverably broken up. Herald of Freedom stopped by the violence of Foster, one of my old coadjutors. He is backed up by Garrison himself, by Quincy, Mrs. Chapman, Wendell, and I don't know by whom else of those once my lovers. They know nothing about the merits of the case, which was merely this. Foster got a notion the3 publisher of the paper, John R. French, was receiving too many donations, and himself too few—which [last was] true enough, though he was so rudely radical and so offensive nobody could fancy him enough to sustain him much. French was publishing the paper nominally for the N. H. Society, but actually not. [He was] publishing it in fact dependent on donations and the subscribers to the paper. He was not, therefore, accountable to the Society, and the Society so consider it. But Foster got himself appointed, with some others of the same feeling towards the publisher, on the Society's Executive Committee. Most of the Society, by the way, do not vote, and did n't care to have

1 With reference to Rogers's sensitiveness to criticism, Mr. Garrison wrote to R. D. Webb on Mar. 1, 1845: ‘Certainly, we ought to remember that, in every strife, there are blows to take as well as blows to give; and we ought to receive them in good temper and with manly endurance. Especially should we receive with patience and kindness the admonitions of our friends, and love them all the more cordially for their rare fidelity; for, alas! how prone are friends to wink at each other's failings, under circumstances that require a prompt and frank rebuke!’ (Ms.)

2 Ms. begun Apr. 4, 1844, in Concord, N. H., resumed July 25, and finished in Boston. Fragmentary. W. Phillips.

3 S. S. Foster.

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