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Letter from William Lloyd Garrison, Boston, [Mass.], to Sarah Thurber Benson, May 19, 1838

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Notes (citation):
Merrill, Walter M. Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, v.2, no.118.
Holograph, signed.
This past Monday there was a dedication ceremony for Pennsylvania Hall, with an eloquent address made by David Paul Brown. On Wednesday, there was an abolitionist meeting in Pennsylvania Hall, with nearly 3000 present and many women. At the end of William Lloyd Garrison's address, a mob broke into Pennsylvania Hall, yelling. The meeting continued. The mob surrounded the building, throwing stones and bricks at the windows. It was Mrs. Maria Weston Chapman's first address to a mixed audience. It was followed by a long speech by Angelina Emily Grimké Weld and remarks from Esther Moore, Lucretia Mott, and Abby Kelley Foster. The women held their meeting the next day. In the evening, a mob set fire to Pennsylvania Hall and prevented fire engines from extinguishing the flames. At midnight, Garrison left the city and rode to Bristol.
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Ms.A.1.1 v.3, p.11