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Letter from William Watkins, [Baltimore, Maryland], to William Lloyd Garrison, [1835] July 20

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Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.On verso, the letter is addressed to "Mr. Wm Lloyd Garrison, Boston, Mass" and it is postmarked with a red, circular stamp reading, "Baltimore MD Jul 20."William Watkins writes to William Lloyd Garrison apologizing for violating the rule that "all letters relating to the affairs of the Liberator must be directed to H[enry] E[gbert] Benson" by saing that his letter "related to something more than 'to the affiars of the Liberator.' It involves a compound account." Watkins then lists the balance due to Garrison and mentions that Richard Greener has complained to him about not receiving his copy of the Liberator. He describes the approaching debate between Garrison "the champion of two and a half millions of the oppressed" and Ralph Gurley of the American Colonization Society, "the representative of all the negro-hatred." Watkins says he himself would publicly debate "any colonizationist in Maryland" and would defend abolitionists in any public meeting where they were "denounced, and colonizationists, at their expense, eulogised [sic]." He also discusses the American Union and some pamphlets they had distributed, calling them "a Sahara over which I was not willing to retrace my steps on account of the paucity of oases to be found in it." Watkins then describes a church service where he was introduced to William McKenney, American Colonization Society agent in Maryland, Moses Sheppard, and Ethan Allen Andrews, all American Union supporters.
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