From the Baltimore Jail

May 13, 1830

Convicted of libel after publishing a charge that Francis Todd was involved in the slave trade, Garrison writes from jail. He writes in a partly playful mood. “… I am in prison, as snug as a robin in his cage, but I sing as often, and quite as well, as I did before my wings were clipped “… He claims a number of visitors … so that, “between the labors of my brain, the conversations of my friends, and the ever-changing curiousities of this huge menagerie, time flies away astonishingly swift … this is a capital place to sketch the lights and shadows of human nature…”1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI