Farewell to William Wells Brown; pitcher presentation to Garrison

Two issues of the Liberator, one giving notice of a farewell, by the colored citizens of Boston to William Wells Brown, who is leaving for Europe. (July 13, 1849)  The later issue (July 27, 1849)  indicates that at the same gathering a pitcher was presented to Garrison.  It is not clear who was the chairman of the occasion, but it was probably John T. Hilton.  William Cooper Nell presented the pitcher, and  said of Garrison:  “We cannot compensate him, nor will the present generation award to him the credit due.  But the pen of history will meet out to him ample justice; and to an impartial posterity we shall safely commit his memory”.

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