In this letter, William Lloyd Garrison refers to sickness in the family and the death of his sister-in-law Anna E. Benson. He has heard of Henry Clarke Wright's poor health. There has been little activity for nonresistance since Wright left. He describes the annual meeting (of the New England Non-Resistance Society?): Edmund Quincy resigned as president and Adin Ballou was elected president. There are great fears that Texas will be annexed to the Union. President Tyler is insulting and belligerent toward Mexico. The annual Massachusetts anti-slavery fair will open soon. The contributions sent from Ireland are appreciated, including the gift from Richard Allen and donations of money for the Liberator from Richard D. Webb and Elizabeth Pease Nichol. Hatred toward the Liberator is increasing. Garrison is now living on Pine Street in the South End of Boston. Garrison describes his sons as "my earthly jewels." John A. Collins is absorbed in his community project in Skaneateles. Garrison comments about John A. Collins: "He holds, with Robert Owen, that man is the creature of circumstances, and therefore not deserving of praise or blame for what he does---a most absurd and demoralizing doctrine, in my opinion, which will make shipwreck of any man or any scheme under its guidance, in due season."
Merrill, Walter M. Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, v.3, no.89.