Correspondence Between Lydia Maria Child and Gov. Wise and Mrs. Mason, of Virginia
Child, Lydia Maria.

Boston: Published by the American Anti-Slavery Society, 1860. First edition. A New York edition was published in the same year. A bit loose. Uniform light toning due to paper quality, but overall a good, clean copy. Wrappers, stiched. Twelvemo. 28 pp. (Item ID: 16725)


The present tract compiles correspondence between Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) and Virginia Governor Henry Wise (1806-1876), plus correspondence between Child and Maria J.C. Randolph Mason (1826-1902), on the topic of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859. In her first letter, Child requests that Wise forward an enclosed letter to Brown, though the communication quickly turns to debate between Child and Wise. Child’s letter to Brown and Brown’s response are also included in the tract (pp. 14-16).

Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was a women’s rights activist and a dedicated abolitionist who authored numerous anti-slavery publications, edited Harriet Ann Jacobs’ now-classic memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), and offered protection and shelter to people fleeing slavery.Child was also a member of the executive committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society and an editor of the society’s periodical, The National Anti-Slavery Standard.

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