The Twenty-Second Volume

January 2, 1852

“We enter upon the twenty-second volume of the Liberator.  Twenty-one years, therefore, have been completed by us, in advocacy of the sacred claims of our enslaved brethren, through its columns.  What was sown in weakness has been raised in power; the cloud that erst was no bigger than a man’s hand, has overspread the entire land.  Through obscurity and feebleness through contempt and persecution, through constant vicissitudes and amazing difficulties, the cause of justice has steadily advanced, with a God-given vitality and a divine majesty, till the land rocks beneath its tread, and all eyes are fastened upon it, and all tongues are loosed in its discussion.. ‘the end is not yet’, but the end is neither uncertain nor far distant….”