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1865 Washington, D.C. Celebration by the Colored People's Educational Monument Association in Memory of Abraham Lincoln
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It is of great public interest just now to know what your own opinion and purposes are, and what you yourselves think it expedient and practicable to do in promoting the welfare of your people. Apart from this, old acquaintance with a number of your best citizens in the District would have made it very agreeable to me to be present upon an occasion of so much interest to yourselves and your friends. You may feel assured that it will give general satisfaction to learn that you propose to make education your corner-stone on which to rest the social and political standing of your people. United and comprehensive effort will give you an equally comprehensive success, for which I use the occasion to offer you my best wishes.
Letter From Rev. Wm. H. Channing.
Washington, D. C., U. S. A.,
The Jubilee of Freedom, July 4. 1865.
Rev. H. H. Garnett, President: Messrs. Wm. J. Wilson, Louis A. Bell,
Secretaries of the National Lincoln Monument Association:
Gentlemen: You have done me the honor to elect me as one of the Directors of your Association. On this Sabbath day of our nation's freedom - the day consecrated to the principles of universal brotherhood - the day which is the pledge of equal rights and privileges in human society on earth for all who are welcomed to be co-heirs in glory together in our Father's home in Heaven - my first act shall be to accept the office which you have conferred, and to promise you my cordial, fraternal cooperation.
Trusting that the National Lincoln Monument Association may be one effectual means of enabling the colored people of the District of Columbia and the whole republic to prepare for and to fitly use what God and the Gospel of Christ, and the spirit and the essential principles of this nation assure their perfect right and duty to claim, namely: Peerage In All The Privileges Of Christian Citizenship, I remain, with cordial regard and respectful best wishes, your friend and brother,
William Henry Channing
Letter From Hon. Gerrit Smith.
Peterboro, July 1, 1865, Saturday, P. M.
Messrs. Wm. Syphax and John F. Cook:
Gentlemen: Not until now do I receive your esteemed letter of the 28th instant. I wish I could be with you on the important and interesting occasion which you invite me to attend, but I cannot be.
Suffrage for the black man! Our nation cannot be saved so long as it is withheld.
With great regard, your friend,
Letter From Wm. C. Bryant. Esq.
Roslyn, Long Island, July 4, 1865.
Gentlemen: Your obliging invitation of the 28th of June did not come to my hands until last evening, so that my answer could not reach you until some time after your celebration. I cannot, however, allow the
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