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A. M. Thornton to Frederick Douglass, December 11, 1851


Letter from A. M. Thornton.

Friend Douglass:
While on a visit recently to the North, I was much interested at a friend's house, by the hearing of Gerrit Smith's letter to the Hon. John C. Spencer. One sentiment of said letter, particularly, met with a response from the very depths of my soul. It is this, we should behold in each individual of the colored race, a "brother man, another self." This sentiment is not narrow, it is God-like, and I would that it was more prevalent. "Man's inhumanity to man," cannot be successfully stayed without it. But in disseminating this doctrine, we should remember that the oppressor, as also the oppressed, is our brother, our other self. Then what will
we do with our brother, our other self, who is so vile as to oppress his and our brother man? The doctrine of universal brotherhood, meets a ready welcome in my mind. And I am ready to ask, will God always permit his children to thus abuse themselves, and to tread upon the neck of their fellows.

You are at liberty to insert this if you deem it worthy.
A. M. Thornton.

Frewsburg, Dec. 11, 1851.


Thornton, A. M.




A. M. Thornton to Frederick Douglass. PLSr: Frederick Douglass' Papers, 25 December 1851. Applauds Gerrit Smith’s support of human equality regardless of race.


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