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Day
2
Month
December
Year
1885
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Public Domain
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Vt'M, I,LOYD ÜAKRI8ON. The Story of hls Life hy hls children. 2 vol., cloth, Km per vol. New York: Piibüsued by the Oentury Co. Kor Raio by O. W. Arnold, 339 Wurron ave., Detroit. The chiklren of Mr. Uarriiion liavc not ouly perforroed au afteutionate duty to their (ather, but they have perforinod it well, and the 6tory of the life of this Kreat anti-slavcry advocate is written in a manner pleasiug to the senses. Of a neccssity, in wiitiug such a history tuuch documeutary materiiil aad references are given, but they havo beeii ingeniously incorporated into the subject matter or given In foot notes, where the reader may use his own sweet will whetlier he wlll reud them or not. The name of Wm. Lloyd Garrlson is one that will be inseparably connected with the abolition of slavery in the Uulted States. Fanatic though he may have been, hls ianatlcism was but humanity speaking through earnest lipa. He was poweiful, and hia arm wa3 nerved ah with steel, for he knew he was in the right. His motives, the great power he possessed to stand tlrm through cursing mil reviling and a storm of censure and rage that would have curried many a strunger man, physieally speaking, than he, down beneath the surface, cannot be better portrayed than by quoting hia own words uttered in a speech made by hlm In Jan. 18M, ai the ueleoratlon of the 20th anniversary of the Liberator, which wei e: "The truth is, he vho commences any reform which at last becomes one of transcendent importance and is erowned Jlth vietory, is always ill-judged and unfairly estiraated. At the outset lie is looked upon with contempr, and treated in the most opprobrious manner, as a wild fanatic or a dangerous disorganizer. In due time the cause grows and advances to ts sure triutnph ; and In proportion as it nears the goal, the popular estímate of his charaeter changes, till finaliy excessive panegyrlc ia substituted for outrageous abuse. The praise, on the one hand, and the defamation on the other, are ¦qually unmerited. In the clear light of ReasoD, it will be seen that ne siraply stood up to discharge a duty which he owed to hls God, to his fellowmen, to the land of his nativity." IH a letter to a friend he sums up the work of his life in these few words : " I did what I could for the redemption of the human race." The flrit volume of this history brings the evento of his life from 1804 op to 1835, and the secoud volume treats of the live following years, which were eventful ones for Mr. Garrison. These are to be followed by another volume, glvlng the closing events of this great life, crowning his efforts with as great if not the greatest success any man of whom history teaches can boast.

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Ann Arbor Courier
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