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Letter from Simeon Smith Jocelyn, New Haven, [Connecticut], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1831 Feb[ruary] 15th

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Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.Simeon S. Jocelyn writes to William Lloyd Garrison telling him he is "anxious" to receive the Liberator and thinks he "may to some extent promote its circulation here" with the help of I.L. Cross. He says he wants Garrison's views to be known in the community as "Truth - plain truth is necessary to convince men and to convert them to righteous feeling and benevolent action." He shares his views of religion as the "Refuge of the oppressed" and states that only "speedy repentance and (as far as is possible) retribution in our case can avert the vengeance of Jehovah" for the sin of slavery. He then asks Garrison to send six copies of the Liberator and subscription information to I.L. Cross. In the postscript, Jocelyn mentions that he received the prospectus for the Liberator "from our post master but could then do nothing to purpose in getting subscribers," however, "now, I trust something can be done."
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