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Letter from George William Benson and Henry Egbert Benson, Providence, [Rhode Island], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1833 [March] 5th

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Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.On verso, the letter is addressed to "Mr. Wm Lloyd Garrison Editor of the Liberator Boston Mass." and is postmarked with a red, circular stamp reading, "Providence R.I. Mar 6".This letter is printed in the Liberator of May 9, 1833 under the title, "Infamous Conduct."After the letter from George William Benson to William Lloyd Garrison, Benson's brother, Henry Egbert Benson, writes an additional letter to Garrison, explaining that he penned the letter for his brother because the "severity & intense cold of the weather frose [sic] all his fingers on both hands & [he] suffered much otherways with the cold." Benson says that at his brothers request he "copied the above letter which he is anxious should appear in the next Liberator with his own signature." H.E. Benson then insists that it is important "our friends abroad should be enabled to rely on the correctness of the facts and have early information of what has taken place so that they may if necessary be enabled to second any movement that may take place in this shameful affair." He also relates that "Miss C[randall] thinks on the whole Friend [Arnold] Buffum had better not come then in the present excited state of public feeling," before repeating the message from his brother that "they have determined on no compromise in this affair".In this letter to William Lloyd Garrison, George William Benson says that while he was "cheered by the delightful intelligence that a high school for young colored...
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