_____, Sarah. Letter to Amy Kirby Post.


Handwritten letter from Sarah _____ to Amy Kirby Post, February 12, 1850.


February 12, 1850

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                                    Grand Blanc Feb, 12 ~50
              My dear sister Amy.
                                            I suppose that so
^many^ objects of interest are constantly popping before
you that is calculated to beguile time,
you cannot realize that only a few days have
passed since I wrote you _ but my monotonous
kind of life ennables [sic] me to keep a more correct
note of time _ I have been much with you
this winter in you [sic] bustle and hurry for
your Fair, annual meeting & the latter which
presented it seems, the same meagre numbe [sic]
as usual: How strange that with all the light
that is pour[d?] upon that city, so very few receive
it. I think that Garrison was correct in his
judgment respecting Rochesters not being
the place for the greatest good to be derived
from Fredericks paper, _ I was gratified that
Sarah Fish offerd [sic] the resolution which I
had in my mind to send _ It is very desirable
that there should be some provision made
for the poor destitute refugee _  Often in
my reveries have I picturd [sic] the pleasure I
should feel, aiding one of these poor children
of oppression _ Last fall my little nephew ran
to me saying that a colord [sic] man was at
the gate right from slavery and wanted
help" I sent for him to come in as a severe
pain in my head preventd [sic] me from going
to see him _ he said he was too sick as he lay in

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the woods all last night"- at length he came
in, told a straight story respecting his master,
his escape from Maryland - his being directed
by Arthur Tappan, Gerret Smith &c and he was
going to the County seat where his sistr [sic] had preceded
him with the promise of employment_ He was
in a most pitiable condition calculated to esc_
cite [sic] sympathy_ still a thought flash[d?] cross my
mind that he was an impostor_ I sickened, tho
feeling and gave him money to make him
more comfortable; and after eating breakfast
started on, I soon heard that he opent [sic] the after_
noon before at a tavern in toon [sic] dancing and taking
his pay in whisky; and at night sent to an aboli_
tionists [sic] to spend the night, & to me to get assistance;
that is the last I have heard of him who calld [sic] himself
Charles Westley, a refugee _ I have heard sad news of
Nathaniel, what has become of the poor child? I hop [sic]
he is not irreclaimably lost on acount of his color
   Am rejoiced to hear of the properity of the North
Star which I circulate and hope in due time fruits
will be seen from _ I intended to have sent you
something, but imperious demand upon my
charities within sight ^has prevented^. hope another year to do
something as I shall ever feel a pleasure in iden_
tifying myself with you in this most important
cause_    And how is your society in its temper and
tone of conduct? I hope more peaceful than a year
ago   We had reason to feel as the old reformers
did when adjusting their creed &c and got quarrel
ing _ they sincerely hoped the affair would not get

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       out among their enemies"- Were you not
        delighted with Fredericks report of the Syra_
     cuse convention? the very kind manner in
which he spoke of his opponents particularly of
that purest minded man of which (I think) this
land can boast, Gerret Smith. I think you
must have converted him- please remember
m [sic] kindly to him & his family_    How delightd [sic]
I should be to enjoy your intellectual feast of
lectures this winter which I understand you [are]
highly favord [sic] with_ Living in the midst [obliterated]
intellectual spirits will increase your re[spons?]
ibility to communicate to those who sit is da[rk?]
ness, and extend your forbearance to all of us [who?]
are so far behind that the [sic] can only receive th[e?]
faint mist of your abundant showers, to keep
the germ alive_   My situation has its advantages
which I value hightly, quietude for reading,
although I am not as fully supplied as I could
wish_   have just finish[d?] Prescotts Conquest of Mexico
which is an enchanting and beautifuly [sic] written
thing, portraying the most painful incients
and all for the sake of the glofy of the cross un_
der which Cortes made all his unrivalld [sic] conq_
uests with the most conscientious motives
  The great question with me is, how shall we
know what truth is when we have reached it,
all are sanguine that htey have reached the good
   Now my dear friend what did your meeting of spirits
last fall amount to? should like to know _ Oh there is
very much that I wish to tell about and it

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seems as if I might see you _ If people get to flying
through the air by next may as is predicted
dont be surprised if I light down at your
hospitable door at any time without sending you
word, I dont think I should go & see brother Isaac
at all_ Dont forget about going to New York with
me. How is my much lovd [sic] friends Sarah & Mary
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Grand Blanc                              10
Mich July 13

                               Mrs Isaac Post
                                            Monroe County
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My best love to them with your husband and
others whom you know I love. Do tell me if Harriet
Jacobs is happy & doing well. I feel a great interest
for her_ _Has Wendell Phillips been to R this wniter
as was expected Mrs Murray wrote you expected him to
give you a Lecture. I should be dlighted to see him
and Garrison above all the men in our county &
George Tompson & Koosuth beyon [sic] the great waters - I enclose
$2, one you will receiv [sic] on my account & the other please
hand to our dear friend Mrs B whom I hope you see often to
            comfort and cheer in her loneliness. write soon Ever Yours ^Sarah^

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