Letter from Charles Stearns

June 21, 1861

Addressed to Garrison, from Central City, Colorado Territory, the author affirms that though Lincoln and his army “will not avow to the world that the abolition of slavery is their object”,  “they must in the very nature of the case, labor for the overthrow of slavery, and they will do it.”    Earlier in the letter, Stearns speaks of what has prepared the nation for that day:   “.. God has been at work, and the seed sown with almost despairing hands by the Liberator, and the earnest corps of despised and hated anti-slavery lecturers…”