December 4, 1846
Under title Where Stands Massachusetts, there is a private letter to Garrison from Stephen Foster, lamenting the cool reception he and Abby have received in Hubbardston and Worcester. “..it was like attempting to thaw ice amid the eternal snows of the polar regions. It is enough to chill one’s blood only to step into our meetings and witness the cold indifference which sits brooding on the features of our audience…. Massachusetts, it seems to me, has fallen immensely since I left the State two years ago…… I hope it is not so in every part of the State…..”
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