After hearing Douglass tell his story, Garrison asked Douglass to join his abolitionist lecturers. The lecturers traveled in pairs or small groups all around the North, giving talks in every town they could get a crowd, telling about the realities of slavery and arguing that slavery should be abolished immediately. Often, one of the lecturers was a former slave who could tell their story. Douglass was by far one of the most effective speakers. Garrison also asked Douglass to write for his newspaper, The Liberator. On one of their regular tours, Garrison got very ill and thought he was dying. Apparently, Garrison asked Douglass to stay with him, but he didn't.