Letter from James Forten, Philad[elphi]a, [Pennsylvania], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 July 28th
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DescriptionHolograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.James Forten writes to William Lloyd Garrison apologizing for not responding sooner to his last letter and assuring him that the pleasure of Garrison's visit was mutual. Forten calls such visits, "cheering, they are as green spots in the journey of life." Forten then recalls the challenges of the past year and compares them to the more positive moments, like the visit of Simeon Smith Jocelyn and Garrison to Philadelphia and the formation of the New England Anti-Slavery Society. He also comments on "the Letters from Providence, in the last number of the Liberator" arguing they "will cause many to see the [Colonization] scheme in its true light." Forten then points out that Philadelphia and not Providence, Rhode Island, was the first city to form a women's antislavery society and tells Garrison about "the Pestilence which is now desolating the land [cholera] - the accounts from New York are truly alarming."
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