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Letter from Henry Egbert Benson, Prov[idence, Rhode Island], to William Lloyd Garrison and Isaac Knapp, 1834 January 29th

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Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.On verso, the letter is addressed to "Messrs. Garrison & Knapp Boston Mass" and it is postmarked with a red, circular stamp reading, "Providence R.I. Jan 30".Henry Egbert Benson writes to William Lloyd Garrison and Isaac Knapp sending them a check "for nearly the whole amount that is now due from your subscribers in Prov[idence] viz Forty eight Dollars." Benson lists each subscriber, as well as the due date and the length of their subscription, explaining the total sum of $48, which he hopes "will prove correct & satisfactory." Benson then describes the annual meeting of the Rhode Island State Colonization Society which took place recently in Providence. He tells of the low attendance and of the speech of President [Francis] Wayland who "addressed more arguments against, than he did in favour of the Society - [and] was followed by Mr. Dorr, who spoke about an hour apologizing for slaveholders &c." Benson adds that the weekly meetings of the local antislavery society "are well attended."
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