William C. Nell

March 5, 1852

A letter from Nell, from Rochester, N.Y., dated Feb 19, 1852, addressed to Esteemed Friend Garrison, is “sent by way of most grateful remembrance”.  Nell yearns to “see the opening buds and sunny skies of coming spring”.  In that mood, he reflects on memories, which includes mentioning of Henry Ward Beecher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodore Parker, Wendell Phillips, George Thompson, Maria Stewart, and others.  He comments on the ravages of the Fugitive Slave Law in Rochester, and on the numbers of fugitives constantly passing through the city on their way to Canada.