Character of Wm. Lloyd Garrison

September 2, 1853

This is the record of a Psychometrical Examination of Garrison, by Andrew Jackson Davis.  It is a long article; here are some brief excerpts.  Summing up the “effects of his character on the world”, the author says:

“..Mr. Garrison is sure to be cordially loved and appreciated by his friends, and thoroughly hated and misunderstood by his enemies. The superficial public will hate him, because he so peremptorily ignores their prudentialisms.  To the politician, he is a rebel, because he will not consent to sell his soul to gain the world.  To the business or mercantile man, he is a fanatic, because he is strictly unworldly, self-sacrificing, and unselfish.  To the slaveholder he is a troublesome disunionist, because he rebukes him for his gigantic crimes, and his wrongs against humanity he unsparingly exposes.  To the devotee of creeds, he is a blasphemer, because he cannot be a conservative, except in what he sees and feels to be the Right, irrespective of forms, or external authority or precedent…….”