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[229] tour through the county, for the purpose of addressing the people, and urging upon them the importance of sending delegates to the meeting. Bro. George drove down to the depot a1 few minutes after my arrival, and carried me and my baggage, with Mr. Child and Mrs. Hammond2 (whom we took up by the way), to Bensonville. On the way, we discussed the affairs of the nation as vigorously and actively as possible. Speaking of Mrs. Chapman's visit to Europe, for educational purposes in regard to her children, Mr. Child expressed much surprise and wonder at her choice, and said that he had supposed there was not steam power enough to drag her away from the anti-slavery cause to the extent that her absence must necessarily require. With us, and many others, he regretted the step, and thought it an ill-advised one.3


1 G. W. Benson.

2 Eliza P. Hammond, formerly of New Ipswich, N. H., where her husband, an amateur portrait painter, had had Mr. Garrison for a sitter in January, 1844.

3 To Mrs. Chapman herself Mr. Garrison wrote on the following day (Ms. July 19, 1848): ‘How to feel resigned to your separation from our little antislavery band by a foreign residence of years, I scarcely know; but I know that the step has not been hastily taken on your part, and that there is not water enough in the Atlantic Ocean to quench the flame of your philanthropy. At home or abroad, you will be equally untiring to promote that sacred cause in which you have so long and so effectively labored. Still, we shall miss you more than words can express. We have few suggestive, creative, executive minds; and such is yours, in an eminent degree. Your absence, therefore, will not be the absence of one individual, but of many in one. How joyfully I testify to the clearness of your vision in the darkest hours! to the serenity and bravery of your spirit in the most perilous times! to the steadfastness of your faith when almost all others were faltering! to your uncompromising adherence to principle under the most powerful temptations! How immensely indebted am I to you for counsel, encouragement, commendation, and support! How could the Liberator have been sustained through such a conflict without your powerful cooperation? Where would have been the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society but for yourself? How could the Massachusetts and American Anti-Slavery Societies have put forth such exertions, independently of your own? The National Bazaar—what does it not owe to you? I know what others have done—what sacrifices they have made, what labors bestowed, what impulses they have given—(I speak with special reference to the women in our cause)—and I remember them all with gratitude and admiration; but your position and influence have been preeminently valuable. . . . Accept my thanks, fervent but poor, for all that you have done.’ Mrs. Chapman sailed with her children and her sister Caroline Weston on July 19, 1848 (Lib. 18: 118). On Oct. 3, Edmund Quincy wrote to R. D. Webb (Ms.): ‘You can hardly imagine what a difference the closing of Mrs. Chapman's house makes to me. Boston is a different place to me. Any of my own blood relations might go away and not make such a change. For I love not only the society of herself and her family, but in a great degree of all her sisters, too. But I have had the advantage of it for ten years, and that is a good slice of life.’

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