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    Abolitionist Garrison writes in praise of Massachusetts and rails against "slavery cursed, degraded, barbarous South Carolina "

    Thanksgiving Day Autograph Letter Signed by Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison . An ALS "Wm. Lloyd Garrison", 3 pages, 5" x 8", n.p., Nov. 29, 1866 to a Dr. Putnam thanking him for his "eloquent discourse". He writes, in part: "All that you said of Massachusetts and her characteristics was true to the letter... In all the essentials of true greatness, in energy and enterprise, in intelligence and morality, in patriotism and piety, in works of philanthropy and the principles of reform, in devotion to popular liberty and the cause of oppressed humanity, she has always been the foremost State in the Union. How intensely has South Carolina - slavery cursed, degraded, barbarous South Carolina - hated her from the beginning! What higher certificate of her exalted worth could be given to her? Yet Massachusetts has not been without sin or shame. She has much to regret in her history, and for a time seemed to be given over to work the will of the Slave Power, with all possible servility. But has also much to be proud of; and, compared with any similar geographical limit, has certainly no peer in all the world. How much of this is due to her common school system..." Garrison's thoughts then turn to the gloominess of Rev. Putnam's church: "...if I was comforted and gratified in listening to what fell from your lips, I was also uncomfortably affected by the internal gloominess of your meeting-house. What with blinds and curtains at every window, the place in entering it seemed to be almost sepulchral. Every effort appears to have been made to exclude light... suggest to your people that windows were made to let in the light..." With usual mail folds, otherwise near fine.

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