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Collection Reference Number GLC04372.01
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1836 
Title Benjamin Lundy to Elizur Wright regarding the establishment of an anti-slavery society in Pennsylvania
Date 7 November 1836
Author Lundy, Benjamin (1789-1839)  
Additional authors Parrish, Isaac (1811-1852) Scott, William H. (fl. 1836) Gunn, Lewis C. (Lewis Carstairs) (1813-1892) Jones, Benjamin Smith (1812-1862)
Recipient Wright, Elizur  
Document Type Correspondence; Non-governmental organization document
Content Description Lundy writes to Wright, a fellow abolitionist. Lundy is on a committee organizing a convention held to establish a state anti-slavery society. The convention will meet at Harrisburg 19 December, and Lundy solicits Wright's participation. Signed by other members of the committee: William H. [Scott?], Isaac Parrish, Lewis C. Gunn, and Benjamin S. Jones. Written on the Anti-Slavery Society's stationary bearing an engraving by Patrick Reason. The image depicts a bonded slave woman kneeling and the text "Engraved by P. Reason: A Colored Young Man of the City of New York 1835." The image is again repeated on the wax seal.
Subjects Abolition  Reform Movement  Slavery  African American History  Art, Music, Theater, and Film  
People Lundy, Benjamin (1789-1839)  Wright, Elizur (1804-1885)  Gunn, Lewis C. (Lewis Carstairs) (1813-1892)  Jones, Benjamin Smith (1812-1862)  Reason, Patrick Henry (1816-1898)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Arts & Literature
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Patrick Reason, who was an African American Engraver, was hired by the Anti-Slavery Society to create their letterhead which depicts a kneeling slave in shackles. The original emblem, manufactured by Josiah Wedgewood in 1787, was an image of a kneeling man with the motto "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" and was adopted by the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in England. This engraving depicted here by Reason, is an image of a kneeling woman in shackles with the motto "Am I Not a Woman and a Sister?"
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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