March 1863 Abolitionist Newspaper "the Liberator" William Lloyd Garrison Rare For Sale
Here is an issue of William Lloyd Garrison's scarce Anti Slavery Newspaper"The Liberator". Garrison published "The Liberator"in Boston continuously from1831 to 1865. This is theMarch 27, 1863, issue, Volume XXXIII, No. 13, Whole No. 1677. This original 4 page newspaper measures 18” x 25”. It was printed by J. B. Yerrinton & Son.
"The Liberator"earned national notoriety for its uncompromising insistence on "immediate and complete emancipation of all slaves" in the United States. Garrison set the tone for the paper in his famous open letter "To the Public" in the first issue which read in part,
I am aware, that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hand of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; -- but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.
Garrison published the final issue of "The Liberator" at the end of 1865, following the conclusion of the American Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment which abolished slavery throughout the United States. (Some of above paraphrased from Wikipedia)
The mastheadof "The Liberator" is its most striking aspect. The center features a Christ figure encircled by the words, "I come to break the bonds of the oppressor" with a black man in irons kneeling at the left and a slave holder being banished at the right. The far left panel shows an ongoing sale of "Slaves, Horses & Other Cattle in Lots to Suit Purchaser." An American Flag flies over the sale, and the US Capitol can be seen in thedistance with a huge banner reading"Slavery." The panel on the right shows a black family about to join the flood of people flowing toward a distant gate called "Emancipation." Farm tools lie cast away on the ground, and a bird cage door stands open. Across the bottom of the masthead floats a banner reading, "Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself."
This issue includes numerous articles and letters, and evensome poetry. The paper was often as harshly critical of Northern institutions as it was of the South, never hesitating to condemn incompetent military operations, sluggish government action, and indeed anyinstitution or actionnot sufficiently devoted to the anti-slavery crusade.A couple of letters or articles focus on the continuing issue of fair treatment for Black Soldiers.Another article reports on the many monetary contributions received in support of the 54th Massachusetts. One article sees reconstruction as impossible: "Who but brutes could shake the bloody hands of each other, and be brethren once more?. . .The spectacle would disgust the world."Northern "Copperheads" are attacked in print, whilesomeCopperheads call for Lincoln's impeachment. Much more interesting content here.
This paper was part of a small stack purchased at a 2012 estate sale in East Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Hand written at the top of the first pageis the name of subscriber J. S. Howes, almost certainly James Sturgis Howes, born in Yarmouth,Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1814, and married to Lydia Spalding in nearby Dennis in 1844. Both Howes and Sturgis were prominent names on CapeCod in the 19th Century.
Condition is not perfect,withstaining and small areas of minor paper loss in some places, though there is very little text affected.The masthead is slightly stained butalmost entirely intact and still very attractive.There are multiplecreases (the large format of the paperprobably caused both horizontal and verital folds at the time of publication).The vast majority of content isclear and easily read. The paper should be handled carefully but isnot indanger of falling apart.
High buyer to pay $6.00 toward US shipping.International would be more. I will ship the papereither folded in half and carefully secured between rigid cardboard sheets or carefully secured in a sturdy three inch mailing tube. I am always happy to combine shipments whenever possible to reduce your costs. Authenticity and buyer satisfaction guaranteed.
This is a rare, original,and significantartifact of American history, well worth preserving despite the flaws.
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