William Lloyd Garrison apologizes for not writing sooner. He describes his wife's recent, serious illness. Garrison says about his friendship with Samuel Joseph May: "So intimate and so long has been the friendship between us, that we are able to testify in this matter without any disposition to exaggerate. I believe I was something of a favorite with your now sainted wife; and how much my dear Helen loves and reveres you, you know only in part." William Lloyd Garrison Jr.'s baby son has just recovered from the measles. Fanny Garrison Villard's little girl is "developing finely." He is glad to hear that Samuel Joseph May's son John has a son "whose name is to be Samuel Joseph." Henry Villard is secretary of the Social Science Association. Richard Davis Webb, who was staying with William Lloyd Garrison, went to Providence, Rhode Island, to join his daughter Deborah Webb.
Merrill, Walter M. Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, v.6, no.21.