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Letter from Lydia Mott, Albany, [N.Y.], to William Lloyd Garrison, May 8 1861

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Title:
Letter from Lydia Mott, Albany, [N.Y.], to William Lloyd Garrison, May 8 1861
Description:
Lydia Mott asserts to William Lloyd Garrison that there "never was a time" in which the "friends of peace" were "called upon to bear a more faithful testimony" than the present, and express her disappointment that some within the non-resistance movement have abandoned these principles to "help arm the troops", and act she views as hypocritical in regards to the prevailing Constitutionality of slavery. Mott declares that circumstances cannot "change Eternal principles", and that those who view the Civil War as the act of God and not "from our own Evil doing in compromising with wrong" are mistaken. Mott states her grief at having heard May compare the "sacrifices made for this war" to the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, labeling this assertion to be "almost blasphemous". Mott asserts her belief that even should the war result in the abolition of slavery that it would still not "make it right for us to participate in the Evil".
Author:
Mott, Lydia
Addressee:
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Date:
May 8, 1861
Format:
Letters/Correspondence
Manuscripts
Location:
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
Collection (local):
Anti-Slavery Collection
Subjects:
Antislavery movements--United States--History--19th century
Abolitionists--United States--19th century--Correspondence
Social reformers--United States--History--19th century
Women abolitionists--United States--History--19th century--Correspondence
Nonviolence--United States--History--19th century
Pacifism--United States--History--19th century
Pacifists--United States--19th century--Correspondence
Peace movements--United States--History--19th century
Antislavery movements--United States
Abolitionists--United States--History--19th century
Social reformers--United States
Women abolitionists--United States
Nonviolence--Religious aspects--Christianity
Nonviolence
Pacifism--History
Pacifists--United States
Peace movements--United States--History
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Mott, Lydia
Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874
Massachusetts abolitionist
Extent:
1 leaf (4 p.) ; 25.2 x 20.2 cm.
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Notes:
Holograph, signed.
Title devised by cataloger.
Language:
English
Identifier:
5070905
Call #:
MS A.1.2 v.31, p.46A
Barcode:
39999066762392