William Lloyd Garrison discusses the plan to merge the newspapers the Liberator and the National Anti-Slavery Standard. Garrison writes that "the actual number of paying subscribers to both papers is under four thousand." Garrison thinks that if George Brinton McClellan had been elected President, they would have "four years of pro-slavery villany and ruffianism to encounter." Since Lincoln was re-elected, it is certainly the death warrant of the slave system. Garrison expects Congress to adopt the anti-slavery amendments to the Constitution. With this in cheering prospect in mind, Garrison believes "it is altogether undesirable to attempt to amalgamate the two papers for so short a period." Garrison prefers to keep the Liberator a distinctive paper till the end. The Standard is distinctively the organ of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He does not consider that the Liberator's effectiveness depended solely on his writings. He regrets that the proposal to merge the papers was submitted to the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society.
Merrill, Walter M. Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, v.5, no.98.