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    [Salmon P. Chase] and [Ohio Anti-Slavery Society]. Two Anti-Slavery Content Letters Addressed to Salmon P. Chase. The first is a printed circular issued by the Ohio Anti -Slavery Society soliciting funds to further their cause. The circular is printed on three pages of a bifolium that folds to 8.25" x 10.5"; Cincinnati; August 31, 1839. With integral address sheet made out to Chase, and postmarked in Cincinnati. The circular begins: "Having made many ineffectual appeals to our friends for pecuniary and, through the columns of the Philanthropist, we now address ourselves directly to you."

    The circular lays out the Society's need for funds and how the funds would be used, adding that their Treasury had been in debt up to $1000 in the preceding year. Uses for the funds being solicited include: "1. For the Philanthropist... as you are aware, we have been compelled to suspend its publication . . . 2. For our Depository . . . The wants of the West and the increasing demand for books, evidently point to the necessity of establishing a large Depository . . . 3. For Lecturers . . . 4. For Library Agents." Signed, in print, by Bailey; and docketed by Chase on the verso. Heavy wear and soiling, but in overall very good condition but for a small separations and tears at margins. This is the first time we have seen this circular.

    Together with a partial letter (four pages, 7.5" x 9.5", dated June 30, 1840) from Gamaliel Bailey to Salmon P. Chase, written on letterhead commemorating the death of abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy. Great content regarding an interview Bailey had conducted with then presidential candidate William H. Harrison. In part: "I am sorry that it became necessary to trench on General Harrison's character in my paper. I have no unkind feelings toward him. I still respect him. I believe he has acted disingenuously on the slavery question . . . I forgot at the time how tenderly we should all treat an aged patriot. But, a sense of duty to the slave, and to the friends of freedom in this country dictated the article to which you take exception." Bailey goes on to recount his interview with Harrison, "After the usual preliminaries, the subject of my letter was introduced. He refused to make any pledges . . . He told me that his feelings were entirely liberal, and he did not prescribe any man for his opinion. He intimated, that were he in office, the fact that a man was an abolitionist would make no difference to him. He told me that he had belonged to an abolitionist society when he was a young man, and informed me of some, if not all of the facts I stated in the Philanthropist of Feb 4th. He told me that he had made many free, but had never made any a slave." Much more great content in which Bailey relates Harrison's thoughts on slavery. Light soiling, heavy folds and creasing. Letter has bold ink, and is highly legible. With a few stray stains. Incomplete at four pages, but replete with content regarding Harrison's campaigning around the slavery question during the 1840 presidential election.

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