Someone did not “swallow” William Lloyd Garrison !

In August, 1837, responding to public criticism, Garrison refers to an abolitionist who has said he “never swallowed William Lloyd Garrison, and I never tried to swallow him.”    Garrison responds:  “For myself, I feel within me the instinct of self-preservation too strongly to be willing to allow either man or beast to swallow me, either in a figurative or literal sense.  I desire to remain uneaten; my earnest entreaty is, that no man think of making a meal of me, either in the gross, or in choice proportion ….”