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Collection Reference Number GLC04717.26
From Archive Folder Collection related to Gerrit Smith 
Title Address reported by Gerrit Smith to the Jerry Rescue Convention, held in Syracuse October 1, 1857
Date 1 October 1857
Author Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874)  
Document Type Non-governmental organization document
Content Description Regarding William "Jerry" Henry, who had been arrested under the Fugitive Slave Law in Syracuse in 1851, and rescued by local citizens. Smith commends the rescue, claiming no Christian can disapprove of the rescue. Discusses his disappointment in the Republican party's lack of adherence to abolition. Asks "whether we all recognize the obligation to rescue every Jerry."
Subjects Slave Life  Reform Movement  Abolition  African American History  Slavery  Runaway Slave  Fugitive Slave Act  Christianity  Religion  Republican Party  Politics  
People Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874)  Henry, William (fl. 1859)  
Place written Syracuse, New York
Theme Slavery & Abolition; Government & Politics; Religion
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859