[Letter To] Dear Friend Garrison
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Samuel May writes to William Lloyd Garrison thanking him for his last letter and for some newspapers that he, and his son Francis Jackson Garrison, have sent May from England. He then discusses a meeting Garrison attended "of the friends of the repeal of the 'Contagious Diseases Acts'" telling him how important it was for Garrison to speak on this subject. May criticizes clergy who claimed "that the subject is not a decent one (whose fault is it, if not?) and not fit to be mentioned by any gentleman or lady." He states, "it taxes the utmost capacity of the reformers to bring to light, without either offending the average public sense of decorum on the one hand, or using vague and almost unintelligible language on the other." May also comments on "the non-recognition (or at most very slight recognition) at Edmund Quincy's funeral of his good, brave life, and of the extraordinary fidelity with which he adhered throughout to the Antislavery cause and others." He complains, "there were no addresses whatever" at the funeral service and he has "no doubt that this course was deliberately taken, as a 'safe' & 'prudent' one in the circumstances ..." He tells Garrison that he asked Maria Weston Chapman to "prepare a suitable biog[raphica]l sketch of E. Quincy - such a one as was due to him an Abolitionist from the Abolitionists of America" but she declined citing a piece written by Oliver Johnson in the "Orange Journal." He says that while Johnson wrote well of Quincy, due to the newspaper's small circulation it was not "a sufficient tribute or an adequate record in the case." May thinks the Weston sisters knew Quincy well and so they would be able to write the sketch of his life best, and he asks Garrison to encourage Anne Warren Weston to write it, saying "she was Edmund's great friend. He had a great admiration of her character and delightful social qualities." He shares his hope that Garrison is recovering in England asks him to remember him to their friends there.
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MS A.1.2 v.39, p.117A
1 leaf (4 p.) ; 22 cm