William Lloyd Garrison acknowledges receiving a photographic negative sent by Oliver Johnson. Garrison tells about an oration he has written out in full. He does not like the idea of having to read it, "for I cannot remember two sentences consecutively." He expects a large gathering at the first of August celebration in Abington. Wendell Phillips will speak. He comments on a discussion at the Progressive Friends' meeting in Longwood, which was printed in the Herald of Progress. He wants Oliver Johnson to thank Theodore Tilton for calling Garrison's attention to Orestes Augustus Brownson's article on the emancipation of slaves under the war power.
Accompanied by an envelope with the delivery address: Oliver Johnson, New York City.
Merrill, Walter M. Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, v.5, no.39.