Congratulations and Farewell

The number of friends, living and departed, to whom we have been largely indebted for their cooperation and support, in various ways, during the last thirty-five years, has been very considerable — the recapitulation of which would fit many columns of our paper. Of these in connection with their affectionate and congratulatory letters given below — it will not be deemed invidious if we name Rev. Samuel J. May, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Samuel E. Sewall, Esq., of this city, in view of the manner and time or our acquaintances with each other. In the autumn of 1830, we gave three anti-slavery lectures in Boston, in Julien Hall. At the close of the last, Mr. May and Mr. Sewall came forward, introduced themselves, and gave us words of encouragement and warm approval;and from that hour to this they have been strong in their friendship, untiring in their labors, unswerving in their adherence to the cause of the oppressed. Their countenance greatly strengthened us at the beginning, and to them both we shall ever be indebted. We question whether we should have been able to succeed, at the start, but for their cheering words and generous deeds…….. Commencing thus early, they have been permitted to witness, with us, the complete triumph of that most holy cause for which they have so long labored……This is necessarily a very brief and imperfect expression of our estimate of their worth and deserts.

(Liberator, December 29, 1865, pg 3)