WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/09 - HFSID 154770
WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON The social reformer handwrote and signed this letter to Miss Caroline Thayer, thanking her for a back "plaster" that allowed him to attend an anti-slavery meeting Autograph letter signed: "Wm. Lloyd Garrison", 1 page, 5x8¾ . Dated May 9.
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WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON The social reformer handwrote and signed this letter to Miss Caroline Thayer, thanking her for a back "plaster" that allowed him to attend an anti-slavery meeting Autograph letter signed: "Wm. Lloyd Garrison", 1 page, 5x8¾ . Dated May 9. In full: "My Dear Friend: I am off, in the course of a few min-utes, for New York, to attend the Anti-Slavery anniversary, as in duty bound; but, before I go, I must return you my thanks for the plas-ter which you were at such pains so kindly to procure for me, and 'which sticketh closer than a brother.' It has proved very effica-cious in my case, having relieved me of a great deal of pain and inflammation in the spine, and thus enabled me to venture upon a jour-ney, which, without it, could not have been per-formed. Consider me, therefore, deeply your debtor for this as well as for many other favors. 'Call you this backing your friend?' I call it nothing else. Through your kindness, I shall be able to obey the apostolic injunction, 'Hav-ing done all, stand.' Give my kindest regards to your dear mother and sisters, and believe me, Yours, to the backbone,". The plaster referred to is probably a heating pad of sorts filled with a warm mustard seed powder poultice used for sores into the 20th Century. William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) was the founder and publisher (1831-1865) of the antislavery journal "The Liberator". In 1833, he founded the American Anti-Slavery Society, serving as its President from 1843-1865. Formerly a pacifist, Garrison supported the Union cause in the Civil War while urging that emancipation, not merely restoration of the Union, be its primary goal. After the Civil War, he campaigned against liquor, prostitution, and injustice in the treatment of Indians, and in favor of woman suffrage. Garrison was a complete social reformer who sought equal rights for all people, no matter their race, religion, or gender. Garrison did not always agree with his contemporary social reformers (particularly Frederick Douglass and Wendell Phillips, both of whom were close friends), by the time of his death he could look back at their friendships fondly. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Pinholes along right edge and in upper right corner. Page folded twice horizontally and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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