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


For Frederick Douglass' Paper.

Rev. J. W. Loguen.

LITTLE FALLS, Herk. Co., 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 neighborhood.

Brother Loguen opened with a sermon in the church at Salisbury Corners, in this Co., on Sunday morning the 14th inst.; and after 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, attentive audience appeared both edified and pleased.

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 gathering; and by the time the illustration of the text, "Remember them that are in bonds," was half gone through, a sudden shower compelled 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 antislavery 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 observed while brother Loguen feelingly depicted the horrors of a slave sale.

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

Truly yours,



Griffing, E. M.




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.


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