DescriptionHorace Mann Autograph Letter Signed. One page of a bifolium, 7.75" x 9.75", West Newton [Massachusetts], October 6, 1841, to Reverend H. A. Miles of Lowell, Massachusetts. Mann, an abolitionist, requests that Rev. Miles obtain and send to him a copy of J. B. French's printed "vindication of slavery." As Mann admits in his missive, he had "a curiosity to use it." Very clean with smoothed folds. The address page bears a small tear which occurred during the original opening and the folds are toned. The letter reads in full:
"I hear that Mr. J. B. French of your city has written & printed, but not published, a vindication of slavery. From the account of it that has reached me, I have a curiosity to use it. Can you do me the favor, if practicable, to obtain a copy & forward it to my address? If so you will greatly oblige. Yours very truly [signed] Horace Mann."
In addition to being a vocal promoter of universal and free public education, Horace Mann (1796-1859), was also an outspoken abolitionist. He wrote several pieces against slavery, many of which are included in his Slavery: Letters and Speeches from 1851. Seven years after writing this letter, he was elected to fill the Congressional seat left vacant by the death of John Quincy Adams. From his very first speech as a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, Mann spoke out against slavery in Congress.
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