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    William Lloyd Garrison Autograph Letter Signed "Wm Lloyd Garrison," one full page, 8" x 10". No place, January 1, 1838. Identified at head, in pencil in unknown hand, as written "To Henrietta Sargent, of Poplar St. Boston." In part, "With all my heart, I wish you a happy new year! According to the selfishness of this world, I can do no less: for have you not kindly presented me with a beautiful purse (the more valuable as a specimen of your own skill and industry) - ay, and with something substantial to fill it? - But if we love those who love us, what reward have we? In other words, if our love or our gratitude is the product of favoritism or selfishness, there is nothing meritorious in it, and therefore it is not deserving of heavenly recompense...Though my wishes are for your happiness, yet they cannot create it. We must be happy in ourselves - all else is emptiness. Sin is misery - love is bliss. Whoever dwelleth in God, dwelleth in love - for God is love. Let what will transpire, adoring him, and loving our neighbor as ourselves, we cannot help realizing 'a happy new year.'" Henrietta Sargent, a close friend, was a member of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. On January 1, 1831, exactly seven years before he wrote this letter, William Lloyd Garrison published the first issue of the Liberator. In the Liberator, Garrison called for the immediate and complete abolition of slavery. He was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society (1833), serving as its president from 1843-1865. Fine condition.

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