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Letter from Samuel May, Jr., Leicester, [Mass.], to William Lloyd Garrison, July 25 / [18]76

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Title:
Letter from Samuel May, Jr., Leicester, [Mass.], to William Lloyd Garrison, July 25 / [18]76
Description:
Samuel May, Jr. thanks William Lloyd Garrison for his delivery of the "Independent" of the 6th, and expresses his joy that Garrison is still living to "hold up the mirror to the people, and make them see the things to which they would gladly be blind forever". Referencing the "Hamburg slaughter", May asserts that the United States is "nursing vipers in our bosom", and that the "people seem to be sleeping in a fatal security". May predicts that the "triumph of the Democratic party" in the upcoming electiosn will be an "awful calamity indeed", and states his fear that they will "have got to go through many a bloody scene yet, before the colored people of the South are safe to exercise & enjoy the ordinary rights of men & citizens". May offers his belief that Governor Chamberlain find and deliver to justice the "authors of that infernal slaughter".
Author:
May, Samuel, Jr., 1810-1899
Addressee:
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Date:
[July 25, 1876]
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
Freedmen--United States--History--19th century
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--African American troops--Violence against
African Americans--South Carolina--Violence against--History--19th century
Hamburg Massacre, South Carolina, 1876
Southern States--Race relations--History--1865-1877
Antislavery movements--United States
Abolitionists--United States--History--19th century
Social reformers--United States
Freedmen--United States
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--African American troops
Violence
African Americans
Southern States--Race relations--History--19th century
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
May, Samuel, Jr., 1810-1899
Chamberlain, Daniel Henry, 1835-1907
Places:
South Carolina
Southern United States (area)
Extent:
1 leaf (4 p.) ; 25.6 x 20.4 cm.
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Notes:
Holograph, signed.
Title devised by cataloger.
Language:
English
Identifier:
4664692
Call #:
MS A.1.2 v.38, p.59B
Barcode:
39999063805970