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‘ [228] or a disciple of Christ.’ ‘Why,’ he asked, “should we go to a book to settle the character of war, when we could judge of it by its fruits?” Lib. 19.3; cf. 19.6.

As the spring approached, it became more and more manifest that Mr. Garrison's system had not recovered from the effects of his Ohio fever. Not only rest but treatment seemed necessary, and both inclination and counsel—H. C. Wright's above all others'—prescribed1 for him the water-cure. At Bensonville, near Northampton, Mass., the seat of the lately defunct Community of which George W. Benson had been a leading spirit,2 and still his home, a hydropathic establishment had been instituted by David Ruggles, a colored man of remarkable strength of character, who had lost his sight in the3 service of the ‘Underground Railroad,’—i. e., in sheltering fugitive slaves and speeding them on their way.4 In December, 1847, Dr. Ruggles, hearing of his relapse, had5 offered Mr. Garrison gratuitous treatment; but not until the following July did the patient present himself.6 Edmund Quincy, with inexhaustible self-abnegation, again granted this release to his friend by assuming the7 conduct of the Liberator, while Francis Jackson and Wendell8 Phillips conspired with others to defray Garrison's personal expenses and lighten his domestic burden.

W. L. Garrison to his Wife.

Northampton, July 18, 1848.
9 The trip in the cars to this place, yesterday, was much more pleasant than the one I took with Fanny, as the heat was much10 less intense; but the dust and smoke were quite as disagreeable—so that I was not sorry when I arrived at the depot. There I met with our old friend David Lee Child, whom I had not seen for a long time, and the pleasure at meeting was mutual. There is to be a ‘Free Soil’ Convention in this town next week; and to-morrow Mr. Child begins a short


1 Lib. 18.110; Ms. May 3, 1848, W. L. G. to E. Pease.

2 Ante, pp. 81, 83.

3 Lib. 19.202.

4 Thus, as secretary of the New York Vigilance Committee, he received Frederick Douglass and determined his destination ( “Life of Douglass,” ed. 1882, p. 205.)

5 Ms. Dec. 6, 1847.

6 July 17, 1848.

7 Lib. 18.110.

8 MSS. July 13, 1848, W. L. G. to F. Jackson; Oct. 5 (?), Phillips to Jackson.

9 Ms.

10 Helen Frances Garrison.

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