Letter from Gerrit Smith

August 12, 1864

The letter is addressed to Garrison, as “My Dear Friend”.  Smith fears that, because of its support of Lincoln, some of its old patrons are giving up on the Liberator.  “All of us should be eager to vote for him, if voting for him instead of another shall seem most likely to keep a disloyal man out of the Presidency.”.. He asserts his belief that the only basis for peace is the surrender of the rebels.  At the conclusion of his letter, he affirms both Garrison, who “may go for Lincoln”, or Wendell Phillips, who “may go for Fremont”, “knowing that you will both mean to go most effectively against the rebels.”

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