Critique of Garrison and the Liberator

January  18, 1850

From the Boston Pilot — “Everybody knows that Mr. Garrison is not a popular man in New England; no wonder is made of the fact. And yet it may be considered wonderful enough, in the midst of a population almost entirely in favor of doing away with the slavery of the black population.  But the secret of it is  — or rather the no secret of it is – that Mr. Garrison is a political fanatic and an impracticable; a man who would put human nature into his hot-house and force it. No more forcible condemnation of his fierce policy could be found than in the unpopularity among of his policy among his own people.”  The article goes on to comment on the “tottering condition” of the paper, and its political irrelevance.