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Garrison, William Lloyd (1805-1879) to Ebenezer Dole

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04516 Author/Creator: Garrison, William Lloyd (1805-1879) Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 July 1830 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed twice (once struck out) by the famous abolitionist editor Garrison to Dole. Was writing to thank Dole for the 100 dollars he sent. Garrison did not know Dole before he sent the money. Speaks of his prison time for libel in Baltimore a month before and compares it to slavery, saying how much better his condition was. Says "Ah! dear sir, how wide the difference!" He goes on to eloquently contrast a free person who is put in prison to a black slave on a plantation. Also says he is shocked that the North does not understand the horrors of slavery, "their prejudices were invincible - stronger, if possible, than those of slaveholders." Says he sees the 100 dollars as a loan with interest and signs a receipt at the bottom of page three, witnessed by Isaac Knapp. The receipt is crossed out, possibly by Dole.

People: Garrison, William L.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Reform Movement, Abolition, Finance, African American History, Slavery, Journalism, Prisoner Law

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The First Age of Reform