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American Anti-Slavery Society Executive Committee letter

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Identifier: Vault MSS 808

Scope and Contents

A letter written by members of the American Anti-Slavery Society Executive Committee, persuading supporters of the abolitionist cause to vote for any political candidate, regardless of political party, who would support and aid their anti-slavery cause. The letter also discourages making any attempt to form a new political party centered around the abolitionist movement, as it would be detrimental to their cause.


  • 1838 July 4


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Letter : American Anti-Slavery Society, 1838 July 4 must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

James Gillespie Birney (1792-1857) was a lawyer who became involved in anti-slavery pursuits in the 1830s. In 1836, he became secretary for the American Anti-Slavery Society. He was nominated to run for President of the United States, by the Liberty party he helped establish, in 1840 and again in 1844. He received little success in his first candidacy, but it was thought that the votes he won in 1844 were partially responsible for the election of James K. Polk, by taking votes away from the other candidates. Elizur Wright, Jr. (1804-1885) and Henry Brewster Stanton (1805-1887) were also prominent reformers in the Abolitionist movement in the 1830's. Henry B. Stanton was married to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an influential figure in both anti-slavery and women's rights.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated to Special Collectioins by Robert De Buck in June 2000.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Existence and Location of Copies

Typescript of original available in folder 2.


Acquisitions; Robert De Buck.

Register of American Anti-Slavery Society Executive Committee letter
Leslie Evens
2011 November 18
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States