[Letter To] My Dear Friend

[Letter To] My Dear Friend

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George W. Stacy writes to William Lloyd Garrison reporting on a lecture that Adin Ballou delivered in Milford, Massachusetts, with the "subject, the way in which Slavery can be abolished without using any physical force." Stacy says that people who formerly considered non-resistance to be "infidel" now supported Adin Ballou and his non-resistant principles. He was even challenged "to prove that Non-resistance has ever been denounced as Infidelity! Think of this." He says that during Ballou's speech, he cited from the Declaration of Sentiments, which Garrison wrote for the American Anti-Slavery Society, "to show that you and others had departed from the same, and were now advocating war and blood!" He tells Garrison "to be prepared with documents to meet this" accusation and suggests that "friend Adin is giving more comfort to our enemies than he intends." Stacy also discusses "Mr. Wood" editor of a newspaper in Milford, and the person who "instigated this Lecture," saying that while he now claims to agree with Ballou, in the past he had said "that Ballou's views 'made the Bible no better than an old Almanac!'" Stacy asks Garrison to "put your hand upon the very facts I want," and try to prove how non-resistance was declared "infidel," adding that if "the raid of John Brown has done nothing else, it has given us a new crop of ultra peace men!"


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