Garrison was twenty-two years of age [in 1827]. He had learned the printer’s trade on the Newburyport Herald, then had edited and published the Free Press. He published here the first writings of young John Greenleaf Whittier. In January 1828 he became editor of the Boston National Philanthropist, a temperance paper. Three months later he listened to [abolitionist Benjamin] Lundy’s discussion of slavery. Lundy was back in Boston again in August 1828, and Garrison heard him speak again, this time at the Federal Street Baptist Church. Shortly afterward, Garrison...
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