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Smith, Gerrit (fl. 1855-1865) to Mrs. Schoolcraft

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05743 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (fl. 1855-1865) Place Written: [illegible] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 April 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Fears that President Johnson "will not feel as much kindness toward the South." Also, plans to meet to debate slavery. The letter was written three days after President Lincoln's assassination.

People: Smith, Garrit, fl. 1855-1865.
Schoolcraft, Mrs., fl. 1855-1865.
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Slavery, Confederate States of America, President, Abolition, Reform Movement, Reconstruction, Lincoln Assassination, Assassinations, African American History

Sub Era: The American Civil War