An Introduction to Oliver Johnson
's William Lloyd Garrison and his times.
I do not know that any word of mine can give additional interest to this memorial of William Lloyd Garrison
from the pen of one of his earliest and most devoted friends, whose privilege it has been to share his confidence and his labors for nearly half a century; but I cannot well forego the opportunity afforded me to add briefly my testimony to the tribute to the memory of the great Reformer, whose friendship I have shared, and with whom I have been associated in a common cause from youth to age.
My acquaintance with him commenced in boyhood.
My father was a subscriber to his first paper, the Free Press
, and the humanitarian tone of his editorials awakened a deep interest in our little household, which was increased by a visit which he made us. When he afterwards edited the Journal of the Times
, at Bennington, Vt.
, I ventured to write him a letter of encouragement and sympathy, urging him to continue his labors against slavery, and assuring him that he could ‘do great things,’ an unconscious prophecy which has been fulfilled beyond the dream of my boyish enthusiasm.
The friendship thus commenced has