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Letter from James P. Stewart and Robert W., Jacksonville, Ill[inois], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1832 Aug[ust] 23d

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Stewart, James P Patterson, Robert W


Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) manuscript composed in black ink on white paper. In the head- spine corner of the first page, "38 (no 2)" is written in pencil. On the verso the letter is addressed to "Mr. Wm. Ly. Garrison Editor Librr. Boston Mass." and is postmarked with a red circular stamp that reads "Vincennes Sept 3 I". The remanant of a seal is visible along the spine edge of the page. Additionally, the third and fourth pages measure 1.5 cm shorter in width than the first and second pages.James P. Stewart and Robert W. Patterson write to William Lloyd Garrison stating that their community has discussed both the ideas of Garrison and his Liberator, as well as those of the American Colonization Society. They state that they have "come to the conclusion that the A[merican] C[olonization] S[ociety] cannot contribute any thing either to the good of the white or the colored population." They belive former slaves need to "be together and act together in their own elevation" and recommend that a western territory "be assigned them where they may enjoy rights and privileges and become a free enlightened and respectable people." They also insist that they do not believe "colored people are 'outlawed' in our country and therefore should be expelled" but that they cannot be "elevated where they are, for they coult not live there if free". In the postscript, they ask to "Please omit the Subscriber's names."
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