Letter from Oliver Johnson, New York, [N.Y.], to William Lloyd Garrison, 12 April, 1861
Oliver Johnson forwards to William Lloyd Garrison a letter from M.D. Conway. Johnson informs Garrison that Conway cannot attend the "New York Anniversary", but wishes the opportunity to speak at the "N.E. Convention" in Boston. Johnson remarks that the papers have published excerpts of Wendell Phillips's speech in New Bedford, and that while he is confused by what he has read, he will refrain from judgement until reading the complete speech. Johnson closes by disagreeing with Phillips's assertions concerning William Seward's position vis-a-vis the "demonstrations at Fort Sumter", and states that the "feelings likely to be excited by the beginning of a war" are likely to end in rendering reconciliation "impossible".