Letter from Jacob Weston, Byfield, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1839 Sept[ember] 22
Jacob Weston writes to William Lloyd Garrison stating that while they do not know each other personally, "we are engaged in the same blessed work of Emancipation. I therefore call you Brother." He also thanks Garrison for a bundle of books he has received that he thinks Garrison may have sent. Weston explains that he is a supporter of the abolition movement but his lack of money has limited his ability to purchase abolitionist literature or give other kinds of support. He tells Garrison that he has "a great desire to go to some of the West Indies Islands to labour for the poor blacks who are now liberated" and asks for any information about whether he will be able to find employment. Weston says he is a teacher and, in addition to running the local school, has been "preaching on the Sabbath" and introduced the town to abolitionist ideas, commenting, "Before I came they knew nothing of it." If Garrison is unable to find people to assist Weston moving to the West Indies, he asks Garrison to come lecture in Byfield.
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On verso, the letter is addressed to "Mr. William L. Garrison Boston Mass" and it is postmarked with a red, circular stamp, reading, "Georgetown Ms. Sept 23"
Along the head edge of the first page, there is wood-engraved image of a chained slave on one knee under the words, "Am I Not A Woman And A Sister?"