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E. M. Griffing to Frederick Douglass, August 20, 1853


For Frederick Douglass' Paper.

Rev. J. W. Loguen.

Aug. 20, 1853.

BROTHER DOUGLASS:—Our worthy friend
whose name I have adopted for a caption,
having so requested, (in consequence of his
hastening on to occupy appointments at Troy
and other places East,) I send you a brief
[illegible] of his recent labors in this neighbor-

Brother Loguen opened with a sermon in
the church at Salisbury Corners, in this Co.,
on Sunday morning the 14th inst.; and af-
ter an interesting anti-slavery application of
the words of Pilate, "I find no fault in him,"
the subject was appropriately closed by Rev.
Mr. TUTTLE, an able Universalist minister of
Fulton, Oswego County, (then on a visit to
his native place,) who also kindly aided in
the meeting of the afternoon. The full, at-
tentive audience appeared both edified and

His next appointment was in Keller's
Grove, Manheim; and the weather being
fine thus far, a large number had convened
beneath the umbrage of its lofty beeches and
maples, at 2 o'clock, P. M. The clouds,
however, commenced a simultaneous gather-
ing; and by the time the illustration of the
text, "Remember them that are in bonds,"
was half gone through, a sudden shower com-
pelled the meeting to adjourn.

At Ingham's Mills, (Manheim,) on Sunday
evening, the thrilling remarks of brother
Loguen were backed with energy by the
faithful pastor of the Methodist society—who, unlike some of his clerical brethren, is
an active laborer in the temperance and anti-
slavery reforms.

On Monday evening, the usually large and
attentive congregation at Brackett's Bridge,
in the same town, were radically addressed
on the general position of the Churches—a
subject handled with too much plainness to
satisfy all, but by the greater portion of the
hearers well received.

The following night was occupied with
good encouragement at Oppenheim Centre,
Fulton County; and the next, Wednesday,
17th inst., in this place; a goodly number
being present, and many a tearful eye ob-
served while brother Loguen feelingly de-
picted the horrors of a slave sale.

Your travelling agent, on the whole, is do-
ing an efficient work. God speed him and
yourself, and hasten on the advent of "All
Rights for All!"

Truly yours,



Griffing, E. M.


August 20, 1853


E. M. Griffing to Frederick Douglass. PLSr: Frederick DouglassP, 26 August 1853. Recounts the public speeches of J[ermain] W[esley] Loguen in the towns of Troy, Keller’s Grove, Ingham Mills, and Little Falls, N. Y.


This document was calendared in the published volume and has not been published in full before.


Frederick Douglass' Paper (Rochester, N.Y.) 1851-18??



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