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W. L. Garrison to his Wife.

Cleveland, Oct. 20, 1847.
1 As on a previous occasion, I received a letter from you last evening only an hour or two after I had mailed one for you. It came quite unexpectedly, and its contents were of a comforting character. To be assured that all is well at home, and that you lack for nothing, is a very great relief to my mind. O, the blessing of health! It is seldom appreciated until it is taken from us. I hope to prize it, hereafter, more highly than I have hitherto done.

The kind and unceasing attentions of our esteemed friends, Mr.Wallcut and Mrs. Wallcut,2 to which you gratefully allude, certainly demand of me the liveliest expressions of thankfulness. These you will proffer to them. Our indebtedness to them is very great, and ever increasing.

You also refer to the kind and efficient assistance rendered by Mrs. Garnaut. She is one of the ministering spirits of Love and3 Goodness in this world–too rare, alas!—and but for whom the world would present a dreary aspect indeed. Give her my warmest remembrances. . . .

I cannot specify the friends to whom I desire to be affectionately remembered. None of them are forgotten.

It is a most painful effort for me to write. This short letter has cost me the labor of hours.

P. S.-H. C. Wright will accompany me as far as Albany, and from thence go to Philadelphia. S. S. Foster will go with me as far as Worcester; and Samuel Brooke will go with me all the way through to Boston. You must have a bed ready for him.4

Is it not strange that Douglass has not written a single line to me, or to anyone in this place, inquiring after my health, since he left me on a bed of illness?5 It will also greatly surprise our


1 Ms.

2 Robert F. Wallcut (ante, 2: 422) was now the General Agent of the Liberator, succeeding Henry W. Williams (Lib. 16: 30).

3 Eliza Garnaut; see Lib. 19.163.

4 In the end, Mr. Wright, instead of Mr. Brooke, made the through journey with Mr. Garrison (Ms. Oct. 26, 1847, W. L. G. to H. E. G.).

5 S. J. May wrote from Waterloo to Mr. Garrison (Ms. Oct. 8, 1847): ‘Frederick Douglass was very much troubled that he did not get any tidings from you when he reached Syracuse on the 24th of September. He left you reluctantly, yet thinking that you would follow on in a day or two; and as he did not get any word from you at Waterloo, nor at Auburn, he was almost sure he should meet you at my house. His countenance fell, and his heart failed him, when he found me likewise in sad suspense about you. Not until he arrived at West Winfield did he get any relief, and then through the Liberator of the 23d.’

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