[Letter To] Mr. May

[Letter To] Mr. May

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J.J. Locke writes to Samuel May about a planned convention in Barre, saying he would have replied to May's letter earlier "had I not been embarrassed by the hesitancy of others." Locke explains that "Mr. T.D. Locke having read your letter, wished to consult two or three men - members of the Orthodox Church" and they "could not give their decision till to day." He says they were hesistant about holding the convention on a Sunday, and said, "No, give us Garrison bye & bye in one or two lectures & we shall be pleased to give your our sympathy." Locke then clarifies, "They do not say that they will or will not attend a Con[vention] on sunday." Locke recommends they hold the convention on the third Sunday in August, arguing that pushing the meeting to another day will not create sympathy, and he is "disposed to work with my might & create sympathy." He tells May that his "experience with the church has taught me to go on my way, regardless utterly of their prejudices & superstitions." "No Reform is to be carried but by treading the clergy & their devotees under foot," he says, arguing that the hardships of a reformers life is very different from a clergyman's life. Locke also mentions that he has convinced "a beautiful woman in this place to furnish us a splendid poem for the occasion & to read it herself." He thinks this poem will help the "Anti S[lavery] case everywhere, & not a little for the cause of Woman."
Branch Call Number: MS A.1.2 v.19, p.56
Characteristics: 1 leaf (4 p.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: May, Samuel 1810-1899,- Recipient

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