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Letter from the American Anti-Slavery Society, dated February 18, 1836. "Feb. 18" has been handwritten in. Letter is in good condition, measures 10 x 8" folded, 10 x 16'' unfolded. Slight wear around edges, crease lines from where the document would have been originally folded to be mailed out in 1836.

This letter is an appeal to friends of the Anti-Slavery Society, which is "exerting themselves [the Society] to deliver two and a half millions of human beings (Americans!) from a most degrading and cruel bondage". It details the efforts of the Society, and then goes on to describe their quarterly subscription plan. The strongly and eloquently worded letter is convincing - as the Society states, "Now is the time, that the hearty and active cooperation of every friend of the cause is greatly needed. One dollar now, be it remembered, will do more than ten at a distant period". In the end the letter calls upon the reader to remember: "Is not every abolitionist bound, so to let his light shine before men at this portentous crisis, that they may see and know, that they hate slavery and are the true and faithful friends of the oppressed".

At the bottom, the letter is signed beautifully by the Publishing Agent for the Anti-Slavery Society. The name of the person to whom the letter is addressed - S. Miller - is also written.

Also on this document is a mailing address for an S. Miller in New York. Stamped in red for New York, dated Feb 23. The paper can be folded so that the letter is contained and the address would be on the exterior. Note at bottom edge reads "Abolition Letter," seems to be a way of recording what the object is.

This historic original document is a record of the efforts of one of the most important abolitionist groups in American history.

From the Gregory Reed Collection. Gregory Reed was Rosa Parks' lawyer, and consequently had in his possession a number of documents relating to African American history and the Civil Rights movement. Additionally, he represented the family members and Estates of members of various Motown groups, such as the Temptations.

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Letter from American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836

Estimate $700 - $1,000Jul 26, 2018