[Letter To] My Dear Sir

[Letter To] My Dear Sir

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Charles Beecher writes to William Lloyd Garrison asking him "to have the statements you made here [Garrison spoke in Georgetown on September 1, see the Liberator of August 31, 1860 (Vol. XXX, no. 35) for notice], in written force ... especially on two points - 1. That the Bible does not claim to be written by Inspiration - 2. That we have no certainty of the authorship of any of the books of [the] O[ld] or N[ew] T[estament]." Beecher states that "your distinction between Mr. Garrison the abolitionist and Mr. Garrison the religious teacher .... amounts to little," and he asserts that all of Garrison's views are mixed together in the minds of his audience. He asks, "how can you fail to perceive with what sensations I hear you one hour proclaim sentiments which I profoundly sympathize in, & the next, sentiments which I as profoundly deprecate?" He asks Garrison to focus on "defending pure Abolitionism" and to stop sharing his religious views. Beecher insists that such a visit as Garrison made to Georgetown, where he spoke about his religious views as well as abolition, "does more harm to the slave than a years labor could do good, because, while your argument against plenary inspiration may seem strong to you, it seems unspeakably weak to others."
Branch Call Number: MS A.1.2 v.30, p.106-107
Characteristics: 2 leaves (4 p.) ; 20 cm

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