Letter from John Greenleaf Whittier, Amesbury, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1863 [November] 24th
John Greenleaf Whittier writes to William Lloyd Garrison declining "with the deepest regret" that he cannot attend the Thirteeth Anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society due to the "feeble state" of his health. He shares his memories of the founding of the Society and the creation of the Declaration of Sentiments, "a paper which will live as long as our National history." He also reminds Garrison that while emancipation is near, there are new responsibilities "to aid, direct & educate these millions" and "undo the accumulated wrongs of two centuries".
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