Letter from George Thompson, South Lambeth, London, [England], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1859 March 24th
George Thompson writes to William Lloyd Garrison thanking him and his "beloved coadjutors in the Anti Slavery cause" for the money they have sent to assist him, promising that any funds will be used "with the most exemplary regard to economy." Thompson also shares news of his family, describing the death of his mother and some information about each of his children, Louisa, Amelia [wife of Frederick W. Chesson], Herbert, and Edith. Thompson then mentions his improving health and how it has enabled him to deliver lectures again. He also discusses "the great debate on the new Reform Bill, now going in the House of Commons", providing the views of the Cabinet and the future path for reform should the bill be defeated. Thompson then describes the revival of the international slave trade, declaring that "the necessity for Anti-Slavery effort, instead of diminishing, increases daily" and calling the American slave system "the keystone of the arch of oppression which spans the Western Hemisphere." Before closing the letter, Thompson also mentions the failure of President Buchanan to secure a loan to purchase Cuba and a report by a committee of the Massachusetts Legislature on the rights of fugitive slaves in the state.
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Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) manuscript composed in black ink on blue paper. In the head- spine corner of the first page a checkmark is drawn in pencil, while under the salutation the number "55" is also written in pencil. Along the head edge of the last page, "G.T. London, March 24, 1859." is written in pencil, and there are edits to the text made in pencil throughout the letter.