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Burritt, Elihu (1810-1879) to Reverend Dr. Murray

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02448.03.01 Author/Creator: Burritt, Elihu (1810-1879) Place Written: New Britain, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 April 1858 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.2 x 12.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Recalls receiving a letter from Murray regarding the Cleveland Emancipation Convention one year before. Transmits a circular (GLC 2448.03.02), an account of the organization of the National Compensation Emancipation Society. Asks Murray to read the circular and attempt to "connect yourself with the movement more directly." Invites Murray to speak at the Society's first annual meeting, to be held 12 May 1858 in New York. Also informs Murray he has been nominated as Vice President of the Society for New Jersey, noting that the Society hopes to have a Vice President from every state in the Union.

Background Information: Burritt was a reformer from New Britain noted for his organization of several peace congresses.

Full Transcript: [Draft Excerpt]
We are to have our first Annual Meeting on the 12th of May in New York, and should be greatly encouraged and cheered if you would be present ...and say a few words in favor of this generous, brotherly & Christian plan of adjustment & conciliation between the North & the South...The venerable Dr. Nott has consented to serve the first year as out President.See More

People: Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistoryReform MovementEmancipationSlaveryAbolition

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