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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) to Edward Cornelius Delavan, Esquire

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.38 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 22 August 1855 Pagination: 4 p. 31.6 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Smith writes to Delavan, a temperance leader. Discusses his views on the government's power to educate the people in relation to slavery and alcohol. Expresses his opinion that the government should regulate alcohol consumption.

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
Delavan, Edward Cornelius, 1793-1871

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Reform MovementAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlaveryTemperance and ProhibitionAlcohol

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