Letter from Elizur Wright, Office of the American Anti-Slavery Society, New York, [New York], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1838 March 9
Elizur Wright, Jr. writes to William Lloyd Garrison telling him that he has "more influence than any other man over our colored brethren; and if ever an occasion demanded its full exertion, it is the case of our brethren in P[ennsylvani]a stripped of their manhood by the 'Refom' Convention" (a Pennsylvania constitutional convention that proposed limited voting rights to white males). He details how he and John Greenleaf Whittier encouraged them to appeal against the state constitution but their work was prevented by "the infamous decision of Judge Gibson ... denying their right of suffrage." Furthermore, "timid white friends" in the state have encouraged these Pennsylvanians not to fight the new constitution but try to change it once it is ratified, a proposition Wright likens to losing "the most glorious opportunity they have ever had, or ever will have, to strike a blow at prejudice." Wright asks Garrison to "stir them up by one of your 'trumpet-calls' in the Liberator, or by writing to some of them or both?"