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Letter from William Lloyd Garrison to Edwin A. Studwell, 1875

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of one letter written by William Lloyd Garrison, dated April 12, 1875, to Edwin A. Studwell, President of the Sumter Club. Garrison declines Studwell's invitation to attend the Sumter Club's celebration of the 10th anniversary of the raising of the Union flag at Fort Sumter, citing his attendance of the centennial celebration of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society on the same day. Having recently read a volume recounting the events surrounding the flag raising, Garrison reminisces on receiving the news of General Lee's surrender while aboard government steamer Arago. Garrison quotes Henry Ward Beecher's oration from that day, discusses the failures of Reconstruction, and critiques the treatment of it by the press: "This 'cheap exhortation to forgetfulness of the past,' as the very thing to be done to-day, and to 'let the South alone,' though she remains essentially unreconstructed in spirit, is not only reiterated by every Northern Democratic journal, but it has given tone to the general treatment of the Southern question by the religious press for some time past."


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from Auger Down Books in November 2022 (AM 2024-012).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed by Lauren C. Williams in September 2023, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Credit this material:

Letter from William Lloyd Garrison to Edwin A. Studwell; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Abolitionists -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Correspondence
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.) -- History. --Sources.