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Letter from Samuel Joseph May, Syracuse, [N.Y.], to William Lloyd Garrison, Dec[ember] 6, 1851

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Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.Manuscript includes affixed United States postage stamp, marked at three cents.Manuscript addressed to "Wm Lloyd Garrison Boston, Masstts".Samuel Joseph May writes William Lloyd Garrison declaring that a letter received from Abby Kelley Foster leads him to conclude that his own previous letter to Garrison was "misunderstood". May asserts that neither he nor the Finance Committee wished to give the impression that they desired that Foster or Sallie Holley should not labor in Central or Western New York unless they are engaged as agents of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and that his advising them to refrain from laboring in this geographical vicinity was due solely to his fear that "it should seem like interferance with our financial operations" therein. May states that as they cannot canvass "any considerable portion of Central and Estern New York", that they shall therefore be happy to have any "true and able" persons such as Foster and Holley "engaged in agitating the public mind" in this region concerning slavery and the Fugitive Slave Act. May declares that he is at a loss as to where they will find the agents that they require. May comments that his controversy with Mr. Comstock "waxes warmer", and informs Garrison that he will send him his last letter on the subject. May asserts that while Garrison may find his support for civil disobedience against the Fugitive Slave Act to be extreme, he knows "not what other counsel" to provide in the matter, arguing that if they...
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