William Lloyd Garrison has been suffering from "congestion of the lungs." Dr. Geist has warned him that he is endangering his health by remaining in the lecturing field. He is unable to attend the anniversary of the "Jerry rescue." The fact that Frederick Douglass is participating would keep him from being there. Garrison says about Frederick Douglass: "I regard him as thoroughly base and selfish, and I know that his hostility to the American Anti-Slavery Society and its leading advocates is unmitigated and unceasing. He has just attended Stephen S. Foster's Political Convention at Worcester, and made it an occasion for fresh misrepresentation of the Society, and fresh sneers at its friends. His contemptuous treatment of George Thompson, during his late visit to England, was unprovoked and outrageous." The Hovey Committee will distribute 5000 copies of Samuel Joseph May's peace address. Samuel J. May's tribute to Theodore Parker is in the hands of the printer. Garrison considers Gerrit Smith's nomination for the presidency of the United States a farce. Garrison comments: "I see that Goodell, in his Principia, repudiates the nomination, both on account of the discouraging tone of Smith's letter to the Convention, and because of his theological latitudinarianism!"
Merrill, Walter M. Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, v.4, no.313.