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3 This year witnessed a closer connection than hitherto between Emerson and the abolitionists. We read in Cabot's Memoirs of him (2: 430) the following extract from his Journal for 1844: ‘The haters of Garrison have lived to rejoice in that grand world movement which, every age or two, casts out so masterly an agent for good. I cannot speak of that gentleman without respect. I found him the other day in his dingy office.’ To which his editor adds: ‘He went to Garrison's office, perhaps, to concert for a meeting which the abolitionists held in the Concord Court-house on the 1st of August in this year (1844) to celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of the slaves in the British West Indies. Emerson delivered the address.’ See Lib. 14.127, 129, 146. No church was to be had for this humane service.
9 Helen Frances Garrison, born Dec. 16, 1844, and named for her mother and paternal grandmother. ‘You know they have a little daughter,’ wrote Ann Phillips to Elizabeth Pease. ‘Garrison is tickled to death with it’ (Ms. Jan. (?), 1845). ‘We shall demand for her the rights of a human being, though she be a female,’ wrote the happy father to Mrs. Louisa Loring (Ms. Jan. 11, 1845).
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