January 27, 1865
The editor writes of the time when he and those who agreed with him “stood alone” in the matter of demanding immediate and unconditional emancipation. The November vote at the polls encourages him that now “..abolitionists find their strongest utterances against slavery every where acceptable, and repeated with emphasis and popular applause by the most influential men in Church and State.”….Then he quotes from a letter which had appeared in the Commonwealth, from London. “The anti-slavery men of America are just now supping with the men whose chief political recreation, up to the war, was to break up their meetings, and hurl bricks at the heads of their leaders….As Mr. Garrison is now with the majority, it is to be hoped that the strange phenomenon has been wrought by the majority coming over to him.”
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