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At Exeter, Mr. Garrison was received, at a meeting in the Subscription Rooms, “with enthusiastic shouts of welcome.” Lib. 16.166. His personal appearance was thus described in a local paper:

He is an extraordinary man—no one could even casually1 look at his grave and thoughtful countenance, beaming with love, and tinctured with a shade of profound melancholy, without feelings of the deepest interest. Although under 40, his2 head is quite bald, and he bears strong traces on his countenance of the severe intellectual labor he has gone through. . . . His voice is clear, calm, and moderate, in the most harmonious tone, and inspired a feeling in his hearers of veneration and awe. It may be said of him that he has the courage of a hero, the fortitude of a martyr, the piety of a saint, and the zeal of an apostle.

Returning to London, Mr. Garrison was plunged into fresh activity.

W. L. Garrison to his Wife.

London, Sept. 3, 1846.
3 Procrastinating, as usual, here I am at the desk of George Thompson, at the last moment before the closing of the mail for Boston, with pen in hand to send you a few words of greeting, with assurances of my health, which never fails to be excellent in this climate.4 My cheeks are quite ruddy, and I have little

1 Lib. 16.166.

2 Under 41.

3 Lib. 16:[155].

4 ‘The climate of Old England is much more congenial to me than that of New England. It affects my voice and lungs much more to give one lecture here than it did to deliver half-a-dozen abroad’ (Ms. Boston, Mar. 1, 1847, W. L. G. to H. C. Wright).

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