[Letter To] Dear Sir

[Letter To] Dear Sir

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Nathaniel B. Borden writes to William Lloyd Garrison sending him money to pay for his subscription to the Liberator. He discusses the work of John Quincy Adams in Congress, including his "resolution directing the appoitnment of a committee to enquire into the conduct of [United States Ambassador the United Kingdom Andrew] Stevenson, in the [Daniel] O'Connell affair," calling it "most cutting." Borden says it is fortunate "that there is such a man in the country, and in the councils of the Nation, as John Q. Adams, to look after such matters. No other man would come at them as he does," however Adams' anti-slavery views and resolutions ensure he receives "little favour [sic] in the House [of Representatives]." Borden defends the abolitionist work of Adams and challenges those who oppose him because they believe that he is not an abolitionist. He states that if any political party is hostile to abolitionism "it is the administration party [the Democratic Party]," arguing that the party "has by its leaders in Congress and from the north too, manifested its hostility not only once but again and again." Borden also discusses the efforts to ban slavery in the District of Columbia, saying that "so long as the Southern members hold more than one third of the seats in Congress and so long as they can continue [with] Mr. Van Buren [as] President, so long will the slave holder feel that his interests are safe." He tells Garrison that his views are for Garrison's "private consideration" and says that while he knows that Garrison is not political, "the Liberator has its influence, - and it is to that, that I look for a correct expression upon the subject."


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