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[158] of the Atlantic, can act as Secretary, and discover nothing to dislike or censure!

The temperance cause in this kingdom has made very little progress, especially among the ‘respectable’ and ‘good society’ folks. Almost wherever I go to partake of the hospitalities proffered to me, decanters of wine are on the table, and not to take a glass of this poison is an act of singularity which immediately excites notice and observation.


One can imagine how much Mr. Garrison would have disturbed the harmony of the proceedings on the fifth day, had he not been better employed elsewhere. A resolution having been offered that it was essential to the reformation to ‘abstain from giving, as well as taking, intoxicating liquors,’ ‘Dr. Beecher (United States)1 recommended the terminating the impolitic suggestion by the previous question. If persevered in, the attempt at dictation would alienate their allies in America.’ The gag was accordingly applied, though the Convention unanimously agreed that it was a very naughty thing to manufacture and sell intoxicating drinks.

Mr. Garrison lost no time in seeking introductions to2 the conductors of the leading press of the metropolis. He had a very gratifying interview with Douglas Jerrold, who promised to aid the anti-slavery cause in his Weekly Newspaper, and presently reprinted several articles from the Liberator. He was well received by Dickens's locum tenens on the Daily News, the chief being at that time on the Continent. He opened relations with John Saunders, of the People's Journal, and renewed his friendship with William and Mary Howitt, now connected with this3 periodical.4 The Nonconformist, edited by the Rev.

1 Lib. 16:[150].

2 Lib. 16.146.

3 Ante, 2.377.

4 On Sept. 10, 1846, Mr. Garrison wrote to his wife (Ms.): ‘Mary Howitt has completed her autobiography of me for the People's Journal.’ The solecism was felicitous, for the sketch which appeared in No. 37 of that magazine, accompanied by a villanous portrait on wood (Lib. 18: 22), was based on data furnished by him, and is fairly to be called autobiographic. It has been already cited (ante, 1.13-15). It was copied in part in the National A. S. Standard (7.96, 100), and in full in the Pennsylvania Freeman of Mar. 25, 1847. Readers of the first two volumes of the present work will notice some slight discrepancies in Mrs. Howitt's narrative, as was to be expected under the circumstances. At the home of the Howitts, at Clapton, Mr. Garrison met the German poet of freedom, Ferdinand Freiligrath, then a refugee, and was ‘delighted with the modesty of his deportment and the beauty of his character’ (Lib. 18: 110).

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