Letter from A Practical Universalist, Waltham, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1849 Aug[ust] 17
In this letter to William Lloyd Garrison, "A Practical Universalist" discusses the "quarrel [that] sprung up between" the Rev. I.D. Williamson and the Rev. Hosea Ballou "in consequence of some grave charges made by the latter gentleman upon the honesty and integrity of the former". He explains that the letter will "do justice to the cause of Anti-Slavery truth and righteousness" by clarifying "under what circumstances the reconciliation has taken place." The author explains that Williamson, while living in Mobile, Alabama, had refused to sign a petition against slavery among the Universalist clergy, justifying slavery "as unblushingly as though he owned his thousand slaves" before moving North again "to seek friends among the labouring sons and daughters of New England." He then explains the reconciliation between Ballou and Williamson after he returned North and asks "will the Universalists of New England fellowship Rev. I.D. Williamson[?]"
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Above the salutation, the letter is titled, "Reconciliation Of Rev. I.D. Williamson & Rev. Hosea Ballou". On the fourth page, the letter is addressed to "Mr. Wm Lloyd Garrison Boston Anti Slavery Office 21 Cornhill."