Edmund Quincy describes a visit to the hermit of Natick, who was "somewhat aghast at finding that he was not safe from the Dictator of Dedham even in the woods(?) of Natick; but he behaved with great civility considering the savage life he leads." Edmund Quincy tells of a discussion between himself and Wendell Phillips about Sydney Howard Gay's management of the National Anti-Slavery Standard. At first, Wendell Phillips proposed to send for Gay at once, "so as to see if we can't get into line with him again." The second idea was to let him have his own way and see how it will work. Regarding the matter of signed contributions, Sydney H. Gay and William Lloyd Garrison differ. Edmund Quincy asks if he should write a confidential letter to (Oliver) Johnson to see if he could take hold of the Standard in case Gay should quit. He asks if anything has been done about Lewis Hayden's credentials as agent.