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Letter from William M. Connelly, New York, [New York], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1858 Feb[ruary] 11th

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Connelly, William M


Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.Recipient inferred by cataloger based on letters contents.William M. Connelly writes to William Lloyd Garrison asking him for advice. Connelly first tells Garrison about his past, stating that, "In the spring of 1857 I at Cincinnati O[hio] gave shelter to two fugitives [slaves] and fed them for several days." He describes how "the same man who got me to shelter the slaves betrayed them to the owner ... and obtained the reward." Connelly says that he knew he would be prosecuted and his "dear wife and two children (one by the by named Frank Garrison) would be without means of support," so he left and traveled to New York. He found work as a reporter for the Sun newspaper but was forced to flee the office after "a deputy U.S. Marshall in this city call at the Sun office and asked for me." Connelly tells Garrison that he "regard[s] this pursuit of me as a call of Providence not to neglect the work God has give me the power to do." He then asks Garrison if he "could probably find employment" in Boston, promising that he "can give entire satisfaction relative to competence and industry." He also asks if he could "get one good audience to a Lecture that I have written on the 'Underground.'" After his autograph, Connelly adds that he thinks his "lecture is a good one but every father loves his own child."
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