[Letter To] My Dear Friend

[Letter To] My Dear Friend

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Samuel Joseph May writes to William Lloyd Garrison sharing his disappointment that the semi-annual meeting has been postponed and will ulitmately be cancelled. However, he agrees that it is "best that we should not attempt to have a meeting next week for several reasons ..." These reasons include the fact that the abolitionists of Syracuse will be in Canandaigua "to attend the trial of the arrested ones" [possibly those arrested for their part in the Jerry Rescue] and meetings held by Gerrit Smith "to consider the character of the Fugitive Slave law." He discusses the "indicted ones" and the flawed testimony the government is using for prosecuting them, saying he wishes that the government "pursued their original purpose of trying Gerrit Smith and myself." He then tells Garrison he hopes that he will come to Syracuse for the celebrations [probably the Jerry Rescue celebrations] and "speak to the people, together with Lucy Stone, on Friday eve Sept[ember] 30th at 7 o cl[oc]k." May asserts that Garrison's presence "will go far to make amends for the failure of our semi-annual meeting."

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