: This four-page letter appears to be a serial letter written by William Goodall to Z. Eastman, on the subject of Goodall's acquaintance with Benjamin Lundy and subsequent historical and press coverage of Lundy's life, history, and relationship and contribution to the U.S. anti-slavery and abolitionist movements. Much of the letter describes Goodall's struggle with the composition process -- presumably, perhaps, for the Chicago Anti-Slavery Reunion to be held in June , 1875 -- for a memorial biographical sketch on the life and times of Lundy. Goodall summarizes his paper thus far and provides his opinion on Lundy's legacy and contributions, and Lundy's politics, alongside those of his contemporaries. Large portions of the letter are illegible due to difficult penmanship, damage to the letter material, or folding or tearing of the letter paper. Benjamin Lundy (1789-1839) was a prominent Quaker abolitionist best known for his development of abolitionist periodicals. His Genius of Universal Emancipation was first published in 1821 from his home in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, and enjoyed a wide circulation across the antebellum United States. In the 1820s, the young William Lloyd Garrison came to work for The Genius. Benjamin Lundy traveled widely seeking subscriptions to The Genius, giving talks about the anti-slavery movement, and observing and documenting the conditions of enslaved people across the Americas. He was also involved in the establishment of freed slave colonies in Mexico. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Abolitionists; Commemorations; Human rights; Society of Friends; Quakers; Anti-slavery periodicals -- 19th century; Lundy, Benjamin, 1789-1839 Places
: William Goodall letter to Z. Eastman, May 1874