The Letters of William Lloyd Garrison: No Union with the Slaveholders, 1841-1849

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Harvard University Press, 1973 - Biography & Autobiography - 748 pages
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As early as 1842 Garrison advanced the idea of disunion, arguing that the Constitution was "a covenant with death." Distressed by Calhoun's signing of the annexation treaty for Texas, he prophesied that civil war was inevitable. Though plagued by illness and death in his immediate family throughout the years covered in this volume, Garrison drove himself to win supporters for the radical abolitionist cause. In 1846 he traveled to Great Britain, denouncing the Free Church of Scotland for accepting funds from South Carolina. While in England he lectured often with Frederick Douglass; the two embarked the following year on a grueling lecture tour of the western United States, heretofore the exclusive domain of moderate abolitionists. In 1848, despite the objections of close friends, Garrison held the controversial Anti-Sabbath Convention in Boston. Throughout these years he continued to write extensively for the Liberator and involved himself in a variety of liberal causes; in 1849 he publicized and circulated in Massachusetts the earliest petition for women's suffrage.

  

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Contents

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1
To James H Garrison January 4 1841
3
To Samuel J May July 17 1845
6
To Samuel J May January 5 1841
12
To John A Collins April 11841
20
To Elizabeth Pease June 1 1841
27
To Unknown Recipient July 26 1841
32
To Sumner Lincoln November 8 1841
35
To Helen E Garrison July 26 1846
375
To Helen E Garrison August 18 1846
381
To John B Estlin August 19 1846
382
To Richard D Webb August 191846
396
To Mary Howitt September 7 1846
398
To John B Estlin September 8 1846
400
To Helen E Garrison September 10 1846
417
To Henry C Wright September 18 1846
426

To Edmund Quincy November 9 1841
37
To Francis Jackson November 26 1841
38
To The Liberator July 14 1843
43
To Henry G and Maria W Chapman February 19 1842
48
To Richard Allen February 27 1842
54
To Abel Brown March 18 1842
56
To Sarah M Douglass March 18 1842
58
To Edmund Quincy April 4 1842
64
To George W Benson April 11 1842
69
To the Executive Committee of the American Anti Slavery Society May 9 1842
71
To Joseph Merrill July 12 1847
75
To George W Benson May 13 1842
85
To George Bradburn June 10 1842
87
To Elizabeth Pease July 2 1842
91
To George W Benson July 8 1842
96
To George W Benson March 22 1842
101
To John T Norton December 17 1842
116
18431845
118
To Francis Jackson July 15 1843
119
To George W Benson February 25 1843
121
To Elizabeth Pease February 28 1843
123
To Richard D Webb February 28 1843
129
To Henry C Wright March 1 1843
138
To Louisa Gilman Loring March 19 1843
142
To Henry C Wright April 1 1843
143
To Elizabeth Pease April 4 1843
154
To The Liberator May 9 1843
161
To Francis Jackson August 2 1843
197
To Abby Kelley September 8 1843
199
To Francis Jackson September 9 1843
200
To Sarah T Benson October 7 1843
209
To George W Benson November 6 1843
225
To Elizabeth Pease December 1 1843
229
To Louisa Humphrey December 15 1843
233
To Henry C Wright December 16 1843
237
To Anne W Weston December 19 1843
241
To Edmund Quincy January 5 1844
242
To Helen E Garrison January 12 1844
246
To George W Benson January 15 1844
254
To James B Yerrinton May 7 1844
255
To George W Benson June 25 1844
257
To Samuel J May September 28 1844
261
To Henry C Wright October 1 1844
270
To Edmund Quincy December 14 1844
275
To the Editor of the Daily Mail February 1 1845
277
To John Bailey February 13 1845
290
To Lucretia Mott May 8 1845
295
To George W Benson May 19 1845
298
To Edmund Quincy July 18 1845
306
To Unknown Recipient July 25 1845
315
To James Miller McKim August 6 1845
318
To Charles Sumner August 23 1845
319
To Erasmus D Hudson September 12 1845
320
1846
326
To Louisa Oilman Loring January 1 1846
330
To Samuel J May February 16 1846
331
To Sydney Howard Gay March 21 1846
333
To James Miller McKim May 3 1846
335
To Sydney Howard Gay May 7 1846
338
To Henry C Wright June 1 1846
343
To Sydney Howard Gay June 12 1846
345
To Helen E Garrison July 18 1846
367
To Richard D Webb September 25 1846
428
To Unknown Recipient November 3 1846
449
To Sarah Hilditch November 4 1846
450
To Elizabeth Pease November 15 1846
451
To Marcus Morton November 27 1846
453
To James Freeman Clarke November 28 1846
454
To the Editor of the Christian Witness December 4 1846
455
1847
465
To Louisa Oilman Loring January 7 1847
467
To Richard D Webb March 1 1847
468
To Henry C Wright March 1 1847
474
To The Liberator May 11 1847
480
To Heman Humphrey June 15 1847
486
To George W Benson June 26 1847
487
To Richard D Webb July 1 1847
488
To Heman Humphrey July 9 1847
490
To John B Vashon July 27 1847
500
To Louisa Oilman Loring July 30 1847
503
To Helen E Garrison August 3 1847
517
To Helen E Garrison September 18 1847
528
To Helen E Garrison October 19 1847
534
To Edmund Quincy December 4 1847
537
ANTISABBATH CONVENTION
540
18481849
541
To Theodore Parker January 3 1848
543
To James and Lucretia Mott January 10 1848
544
To Edward M Davis January 10 1848
545
To Samuel J May January 10 1848
547
To George W Benson April 20 1848
549
To Maria W Chapman et at April 20 1848
553
To Sydney Howard Gay May 1 1848
555
To William Ballantyne Hodgson July 171848
562
To William Rathbone July 17 1848
563
To Helen E Garrison July 18 1848
569
To Francis Jackson July 31 1848
578
To Francis Jackson July 13 1848
580
To Robert F Wallcut August 28 1848
584
To Nathaniel Barney September 8 1848
585
To Adeline Roberts September 20 1848
588
To Eliza Jackson Eddy October 3 1848
592
To Helen E Garrison October 10 1848
596
To George W Benson October 29 1848
599
To Francis Jackson November 5 1848
601
To Samuel May Jr December 2 1848
603
To Joseph Congdon December 15 1848
605
To Joseph Ricketson January 2 1849
607
To Edmund Quincy March 16 1849
608
To Theodore Parker April 9 1849
613
To The Liberator May 8 1849
615
To Sydney Howard Gay May 22 1849
617
To Elizabeth Pease June 20 1849
618
To Ralph Waldo Emerson July 20 1849
639
To Theobald Mathew July 261849
642
To Samuel May Jr July 281849
643
To Elizabeth Pease July 31 1849
645
To Theobald Mathew September 7 1849
655
To the Financial Committee of The Liberator September 28 1849
667
To Theobald Mathew October 5 1849
673
To Sydney Howard Gay October 25 1849
676
To Francis Jackson December 13 1849
677
Index of Recipients
687
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Walter M. Merrill was Professor of English at Drexel University.

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