May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 51

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Day, Alvah. Letter by an abolitionist clergyman and friend of Gerrit Smith. Autograph Letter Signed as "A. Day" to brother Noah Day of South Granville, NY. 4 pages, 10 x 7 1/2 inches, on one folding sheet, with address panel marked "10" on final page; minor wear and dampstaining, folds. Lisbon, IL, 3 June 1846

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Alvah Day (1798-1882) wrote this letter while serving as pastor of the Lisbon Congregational Church about 50 miles southwest of Chicago. He explained to his brother: "My principle of action is to speak for the slave, to write for the slave, to vote for the slave, & to pray for the slave. Our church is on the whole an anti-slavery church & the cause is progressing finely in this region. We expect to have a great anti-slavery convention in Chicago on the 24 of this month, where I expect to see some of my old friends from your state--Gerrit Smith &c. I hope you are all engaged heart & soul in this benevolent cause." Day was not a famous abolitionist, but remained active in this cause. He helped arrange a Christian Anti-Slavery Convention in 1850.