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June, 1834 AD (search for this): chapter 5
on until his health was destroyed, and he was liberated only to die. The fact is mentioned in Astraea at the Capital, where Whittier says:-- Beside me gloomed the prison cell Where wasted one in slow decline, For uttering simple words of mine, And loving freedom all too well. Whittier had been at first friendly, like Garrison, to the Colonisation Society, and had believed heartily in the future services to freedom of the then popular and always attractive statesman, Henry Clay. In June, 1834, however, he had become convinced that both Clay and the colonisation movement were in the wrong, although up to 1837, it seems, he wrote a private letter to Clay, urging him to come out against that whole enterprise. He received from Garrison, in 1833, an invitation to attend as a delegate the National Anti-slavery Convention, to be held in Philadelphia in December. In answer to this call, he wrote to Garrison from Haverhill, Nov. 11, 1831:-- Thy letter of the 5th has been receiv
November, 1831 AD (search for this): chapter 5
who had encouraged Whittier in literature became his leader in reforms. William Lloyd Garrison, who had sought him at the plough as a boy, sought him a little later for a more important aim, when he encouraged him to leave all and become an ally of the antislavery movement. Whittier had already published more than a hundred poems with fair success; he had made friends in politics and was regarded as a young man of promise in that direction. But he published in the Haverhill Gazette in November, 1831, a poem, To William Lloyd Garrison, and from that time forward his career was determined. In 1830, about the time when Whittier took the editorship of the New England Review, Garrison had been imprisoned in Baltimore as an abolitionist; in January, 1831, the Liberator--had been established; in 1833 Whittier had printed an anti-slavery pamphlet. In doing this he had bid farewell to success in politics and had cast in his lot, not merely with slaves, but with those who were their defen
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