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Williams, Henry (fl. 1834) to Arthur Waring

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08947 Author/Creator: Williams, Henry (fl. 1834) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 June 1834 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 25 x 20 cm. Order a Copy

An appeal by Williams, on behalf of "the Colourd Citizens of N.Y.," to "the good Colourd Citizens of Washington" for help "in the great and noble under taking to save our paper the Liberator." Explains that the paper is $1,000 in debt, which must be "raised by Coloured Citizens of the U.S. by the middle of July." Implores them to contribute. In a postscript, he asks for a response in a week. Also asks that the matter be kept quiet, because if the American Colonization Society finds out, they will rejoice and "on the 4 day of July blow a trumpet and thunder it from one end of the union to the other." Sent to Waring, along with Francis Datcher, John F. Cook, A. Price, D. Carroll, and others. A note on the address leaf indicates Waring and others raised $8.50. Another note, written over the address (to Francis Datcher and John F. Cook) expresses sorrow that their small numbers prevented them from doing more for William Lloyd Garrison and "the promotion of the man of color at home." Accompanied by an envelope with an autograph note by Waring's nephew indicating the letter was written to his uncle and others.

A Henry Williams is listed on the 1840 U.S. Census under "Free Colored Persons" as living in Ward 13 of New York and between the ages of 36 and 55.

Williams, Henry, fl. 1834
Waring, Arthur, fl. 1834

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