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Letter from James F. Otis, Portland, [Maine] , to William Lloyd Garrison, 1833 March 19

Letter from James F. Otis, Portland, [Maine] , to William Lloyd Garrison, 1833 March 19

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James Frederick Otis writes to William Lloyd Garrison wishing him success on his trip to England, calling it "a pious undertaking." Otis states that "overseas they are in all the agitation of a popular reform" and identifies a "deep feeling of opposition to slavery in its blackest, but yet most widely tolerated form." He then asks Garrison who will take over his role as editor of the Liberator, before describing a conversation he had "with the great William Ladd, 'Apostle of Peace,' 'Philanthropist,' &c&c." Otis discusses Ladd's style of debate and declares him to be "a vulgar, but yet a very good hearted man: immensely overrated; & puffed up accordingly." He also suggests Garrison send back letters from his trip, saying "they will add value to the Liberator."
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1833
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