1847 AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY NOTED ABOLITIONIST LEWIS TAPPAN, A CENTRAL FIGURE IN THE AMISTAD CASE, AND GIANT IN THE HISTORY OF WORKING TO ABOLISH SLAVERY, AND HELP FREEDMEN AFTER THE CIVIL WAR. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY LEWIS TAPPAN. Likely regarding a debt of the American Missionary Association, which Tappan helped found a year prior. Single sheet, measuring 15.25 x 9.75 inches, folded to form 4 pages (9.75 x 7.75 inches), further folded to form a stampless cover, with autograph 15-line letter on one page, in Tappan's neat ink hand.
Interesting content, with reference to Mr. Of the Association, " and a debt "drawn without authority, " and "larger than the amount was authorized. " [I'm assuming "the Association Tappan refers to is the American Missionary Association, which Tappan helped found the year prior-- but this is an assumption on my part]. Tappan then seeks advice about covering the debt himself, Since receiving your letter I have thought of paying the drafts off myself, out of my own private resources.
A [word] gentleman in Booker is indebted to me a sum payable 1st Janry, next, and may be willing to accept a draft for the amount... Very resp'y yours, Lewis Tappan. Do you know any oppy to send a letter to Mr. " The letter is folded into a stampless cover, with 5 cent rubberstamp cancel, "New York 21 Sep 4 c.
" and "PAID, plus other manuscript notations. Remnants of original wax seal. Crease at one corner, else very crisp and clean, with Tappan's neat autograph manuscript and signature clear. Lewis Tappan (17881873; born Northampton, MA) was a noted New York abolitionist who worked to achieve the freedom of the illegally enslaved Africans of the Amistad.Contacted by a Connecticut abolitionists soon after the Amistad arrived in port, Tappan focused extensively on the captive Africans. He ensured the acquisition of high-quality lawyers for the captives, which led to their being set free after the case went to the United States Supreme Court. With his brother Arthur, Tappan not only gained legal help and acquittal for the Africans, but also managed to increase public support and fundraising. Finally, he organized the return trip home to Africa for surviving members of the group. In addition, Tappan was among the founders of the American Missionary Association in 1846 , which began more than 100 anti-slavery Congregational churches throughout the Midwest, and after the American Civil War, founded numerous schools and colleges to aid in the education of freedmen.
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