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Letter from Aaron Macy Powell, Ghent, [N.Y.], to William Lloyd Garrison, Sept[ember] 7. 1862

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Title:
Letter from Aaron Macy Powell, Ghent, [N.Y.], to William Lloyd Garrison, Sept[ember] 7. 1862
Description:
Aaron Macy Powell informs William Lloyd Garrison that he and his family have enjoyed Fanny Garrison's visit, and writes that she bears characteristics of both of her parents. Powell writes that Fanny shares Garrison's "cheerfulness and buoyancy of sprit", as well as his committment to human rights. Powell notes that Helen Garrison is the only member of the Garrison family who has yet to pay them a visit, and states his hopes that they shall be able to host her in the future. Concerning the Civil War, Powell notes that the "severest penalties of the law of retribution" appear to be the operating principles of the Lincoln Administration, and describes Lincoln's reinstatement of General McClellan's command "after his murderous sacrifices of the past year" to constitute "high-handed treason". Powell writes that a letter from William Lloyd Garrison, Jr. stated that neither he nor his brother Wendell would comply with a conscription notice to enter the Union army should they receive one. Powell asserts that he himself would decline such a notice on "the issues of non-resistance and anti-slavery", and opines that the "bitter fruits of the Constitutikonal covenant with death and Slavery" are coming into fruition.
Author:
Powell, Aaron M. (Aaron Macy), 1832-1899
Addressee:
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Date:
September 7, 1862
Format:
Letters/Correspondence
Manuscripts
Location:
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
Collection (local):
Anti-Slavery Collection
Subjects:
Antislavery movements--United States--History--19th century
Abolitionists--United States--19th century--Correspondence
Social reformers--United States--History--19th century
Women abolitionists--United States--History--19th century
Nonviolence--United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Antislavery movements--United States
Abolitionists--United States--History--19th century
Social reformers--United States
Women abolitionists--United States
Nonviolence
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Powell, Aaron M. (Aaron Macy), 1832-1899
Villard, Fanny Garrison, 1844-1928
Garrison, Helen Eliza, 1811-1876
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1838-1909
Garrison, Wendell Phillips, 1840-1907
Extent:
1 leaf (5 p.) ; 12.6 x 20.3 cm.
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Notes:
Holograph, signed.
Title devised by cataloger.
Manuscript annotated on recto, with "105" in pencil underneath Powell's salutation to Garrison.
Language:
English
Identifier:
4629052
Call #:
MS A.1.2 v.31, p.146A
Barcode:
39999032917211