Archive for the 'Garrison Family' Category

Advice to son

June 19, 1855

Writing to William Lloyd Garrison, Jr.,  who is in Lynn, living with the Buffums.  “I hope you will strive in every way to make as little trouble as possible.  Every new addition to a family adds to the care thereof.  Be faithful in the discharge of your duties.  Punctuality, order, dispatch, accuracy — these are the qualities to be cultivated by every one engaging in active business.  Perform every task with cheerfulness and alacrity, and remember the Golden Rule constantly — ‘Do as you would be done by.’ … Be careful with whom you associate, and shun evil company as you would flee from the cholera.  Indulge in no vicious habit, and look well after your health and morals, in order that you might be happy, and set an example worthy of imitation.  Whenever or wherever you can be useful, be prompt to assist, even though at some inconvenience and trouble…”   1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

George Thompson Garrison

Feb. 15, 1851

Writing to George, now fourteen:  “I wish you to say to your teacher, Miss Ballou, that I intended to converse with her particularly with regard to your studies; but our time was so limited, and so much occupied, while we were at Hopedale, that no convenient opportunity presented itself…. she may have thought it strange that I made no inquiries of her respecting your progress in learning.  I think you are very fortunate in having so amiable and excellent a teacher, and trust you will feel more and more resolved to improve the present opportunity to the utmost of your power…”   1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

Liberator finances

Sept. 28, 1849

Writing to the Financial Committee of the Liberator:  “I find it necessary to state that, during the present quarter ending on Sunday next, (always the most barren of receipts of the whole four,) the whole amount received by the General Agent has only been sufficient to cover the expenses of the paper, exclusive of my own salary for three months, of which I  have received but $32.00 –leaving a balance due of $268, reckoning in the usual manner, which sum I am owing for rent, fuel, groceries, medical attendance, clothing, &c. &c. and must look in the face the first of the week, with an empty purse and pocket….”  1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

Birth of Francis Jackson Garrison

Oct. 29, 1848

“Heigh-ho!  The boys have it, out of all proportion — five to one!  Should they all  “live to grow up” the Garrison will at last be strongly manned.   This morning, about 2 o’clock,  Helen presented me with another son…”  1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

“Water cure” treatment

Aug. 10, 1848

“Well, here I am, giving myself to the work of physical regeneration, by being packed, showered, drenched,plunged, douched, &c with the utmost zeal and fidelity..but very little time either for reading or writing … “1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

Family health

April 20, 1848

“For a month past, our house has been little better than a hospital.  We have all been down with the influenza, and the attack has been of a violent character.  I have been severely affected, with considerable fever and great pressure upon the brain, as well as a hard cough upon the lungs; and also with an erysipelas swelling and eruption in the face, besides being daily tormented with the St. Anthony’s fire in my hands and feet, causing them to itch and swell very much… Dear Helen has had a severe time of it.  Her cold has been exceedingly troublesome, and constantly renewing; and having had so much anxiety of mind in regard to our suffering babe, and been deprived so long of her regular sleep, she is quite worn down…”   1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

Personal health

Dec. 8, 1847

“I have received a letter from David Ruggles, at Northampton, in which he says  — ‘From what I can learn of your symptoms, you need to restore an equilibrium of circulation, and brace the nervous and muscular systems. Why can’t you spend five or six weeks at a Water Cure, and accomplish it by a very moderate course of treatment? …'”  1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

Birth of Elizabeth Pease Garrison

Dec. 11, 1846

“The Garrison ranks are filling up.  This morning, dear Helen presented me with  a new  comer into this breathing world, — a daughter . — and the finest babe ever yet born in Boston.  Both mother and child are doing well.”  1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

Helen Garrison

July 26, 1846

Writing while at sea, on his way to England, here is a taste of his love for Helen.  “The world is wide, and it has many places of attraction, and there are many good people in it; but, to me, there is no place so dear as my own cherished home, no one who has so large a share of my love as yourself, no objects so attractive as our beloved children… Situated as you are, with no mother or sister or friends with you — with five young children, needing continual guidance and watchfulness …I feel that you are signally manifesting the spirit of self-sacrifice in being willing to have me undertake my present mission.  It is not until I go far from you, that I begin to realize how essential is your presence to my happiness, and that I am aware of the measure of my love…”   1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI

Helen’s Mother’s death

Aug 26, 1844

Writing to George Benson:  “Your letter of last night, announcing the death of our beloved mother, has just come to hand. It is an event for which we have been endeavoring to prepare our minds … She was truly ‘one of the excellent of the earth’, worthy of all praise and admiration …  Helen is in tears, and will miss mother exceedingly…”    1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI