Gerrit Smith

July 19, 1850

An item titled, Characteristic Kindness, tells of Robert Edmond, who, in 1848 was tarred and feathered in So. Carolina for teaching a slave to read.  A letter to Smith, requesting money so that Edmond might visit his native Scotland, is now answered here by Smith, who sends a contribution.  Garrison has evidently written to Smith and sent him a copy of Edmond’s letter.  Smith responds with a gift, and concludes his letter to Garrison:  “What a cruel and wicked – thrice cruel and wicked, land is this in which we live!  I rejoice to see that you hold out so strong and true.  May the richest blessing of Heaven be upon you and yours!”

Editor’s comment:  “We should be glad to see this generous example imitated by others.”