Letter from Clark Aldrich, Upton, [Massachusetts], to Samuel May, 1850 August 25th
Clark Aldrich writes to Samuel May "on the subject of having an Anti Slavery Convention held in Upton." Aldrich says that while there may be some resistance to holding the meeting in the town, "we do think that the time is favourable for a Convention ..." He says that one Unitarian minister is "about as much of an Anti Slavery man as a settled minister can be, at least here," while another Orthodox clergyman supports colonization and "calls Mr. [William Lloyd] Garrison's views unpractible but still sets himself down as [a] great Abolitionist." He says that the people in Upton would want Garrison, Wendell Phillips, and Charles C. Burleigh to speak, but while "many of us like Mr. [Stephen S.] Foster first rate, but some hold, perhaps he would not do so much here as some others." After his autograph, Aldrich asks May not to tell Foster "that we do not want him in Upton, he is a special favourite among us," and says that the meeting would probably be held in Waverly Hall.
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On the third page the letter is addressed to "Mr. Samuel May Jr. Leicester, Mass." and it is postmarked with a red, circular stamp reading, "Upton Mass. Aug 27."