Letter from Nathan Blount, Poughkeepsie, [New York], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1833 February 7th
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DescriptionHolograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.On verso, the letter is addressed to "Mr. William Lloyd Garrison 11 Merchants Hall Boston Mass-".Nathan Blount writes to William Lloyd Garrison identifying himself as "one of the misfortunate race (which you are endeavoring to raise)" and telling Garrison that he fears he was misunderstood in a previous letter discussing "Mr. William Gale." Blount describes how Gale "is willing to support any thing that comes from your pen" and requests that he sends the Liberator and the Abolitionist to Gale and others in Poughkeepsie, sending him money for each paper. He then discusses his work at the Lancaster School in Poughkeepsie and his background, including his problems trying to raise money to educate African-American children. He asks Garrison his advice, questioning if "it would be injurious to the Cause should I leave here[?] I will stay if I have to subsist on br[e]ad and water." Blount also writes about his problems having the Abolitionist delivered and tells Garrison that he "cannot get any of the white people to take the paper [the Liberator] or Abolitionist." He suggests if Garrison comes to Poughkeepsie "it would make a great change in feeling among the white people towards the Colored." Blount then describes a conversation with Laban Clark about colonization to Africa and tells Garrison that while "they trying to get me to Africa, you are accused of turning my mind".
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