[Letter To] My Dear McKim

[Letter To] My Dear McKim

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Oliver Johnson to James Miller M'Kim reminding him of his suggestion "that Mr. [William Lloyd] Garrison should be asked to write his Autobiography." Johnson says he wrote Garrison about the suggestion and his response was "more encouraging than I expected" and he wanted a written request "from a number of his friends which would afford an apology ... for writing such a book." He says that Edmund Quincy has begun such a letter to Garrison, which he is sending to M'Kim (not included), and he asks M'Kim for his opinion. Johnson also wants to know who M'Kim thinks should sign the letter, himself naming Mary Grew, Charles Sumner, Lucretia Mott, Maria Weston Chapman, Samuel E. Sewall, Gerrit Smith, and others, stating, "more occur to me at this moment." He also suggests that a circular should be sent around to get permission to add names since having autograph signatures on the letter "would take a great deal of time as the one copy would have to be sent to every person." Johnson suggests one he has permission to add these names to the circular it could be published in a Boston newspaper along with Garrison's answer. In the postscript, he asks M'Kim to visit him in his "new place."


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