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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) to William Henry Seward

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.21 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 13 March 1855 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24.9 x 19.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Smith writes to Seward, a United States Senator from New York. Praises Seward's intellectualism and philanthropic spirit. Notes that Seward's recent speech on the Fugitive Slave Act "does not, in all respects, come up to my expectation of what would fall from you on such as occasion." Questions Seward's dedication to abolition. In closing, writes "I own, that you stand, as an antislavery man, very far above most of our statesmen. But I would have you stand still farther above them."

Background Information: Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights.

People: Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: SlaveryAfrican American HistoryFugitive Slave ActRunaway SlaveAbolitionPoliticsReform MovementAmerican Statesmen

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