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Letter from Samuel Joseph May, Syracuse, [N.Y.], to William Lloyd Garrison, Dec[ember] 17. 1865

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Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.Manuscript is annotated in pencil, with words throughout underlined or struck through.Manuscript header reads "For the Liberator".Samuel Joseph May writes "an emphatic expression of [May's] deep sense of obligation" to both the Liberator and to William Lloyd Garrison, and states that upon the cessation of the publication of the newspaper he feels as though he was "going to lose [his] Mentor". May asserts that his attendance at Garrison's Julien Hall lectures opened "the great epoch in the life of [May's] soul" in which he awakened to the "corruption of our American Church". May offers his ruminations upon the first issue of the Liberator, and details the impressions it made upon him. May declares his concurrence with Garrison on the ending of the Liberator, offering his belief that it will permit Garrison to focus his energies and attentions on the new exigencies obtained by emancipation, such as the enfranchisement of the freedmen.
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