The Liberator, Final Issue Dated December 29, 1865 Featuring Garrison's "Valedictory" Column

The Liberator. Boston, MA: William Lloyd Garrison, December 29, 1865. Vol. XXXV, No. 52. 4pp. 18.5 x 26 in. This final issue of the famous abolitionist newspaper features a "Valedictory" column by its prominent editor, William Lloyd Garrison. The farewell address emphasizes the radical nature of the paper and the ridicule it provoked: "From the immense change wrought in the national feeling and sentiment on the subject of slavery, the Liberator derived no advantage at any time in regard to its circulation. The original 'disturber of the peace,' nothing was left undone at the beginning, and up to the hour of the late rebellion...it always required rare moral courage or singular personal independence to be among its patrons. Never had a journal to look such opposition in the face—never was one so constantly belied and caricatured."

Garrison defends his at times unpopular position with fervor, writing: "Better to be always in a minority of one with God—branded as madman, incendiary, fanatic, heretic, infidel—frowned upon by 'the powers that be,' and mobbed by the populace—or consigned ignominiously to the gallows...than like Herod, having the shouts of a multitude crying, 'It is the voice of a god, and not of a man!'" He then bids farewell to his readership and ends the address with a final invocation for liberty for all. 


Newspaper with creases and spotting along creases and around edges. Very minor rips and tears to edges.

Estimate: $150 - $300
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us


Cowan’s Cincinnati Office offers an in-house, full-service shipping department which is unparalleled in the auction industry. Shipping costs are provided with your finalized invoice 24-48 hours after auction. For furniture and oversized items, we recommend using third-party services. For more information, click HERE or contact cowansshipping@hindmanauctions.com.  

NOTE: All pickups and preview are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 513-871-1670 or email cincinnati@hindmanauctions.com