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LEWIS TAPPAN TO DOUGLASS, 6 DECEMBER 1856 199

was Catholic. Smith’s response asserted that the Republican party had a history of supporting temper-
ance, and that Frémont was a Protestant. FDP, 5 September 1856.

3. In an editorial entitled “Gone, Gone, Sold and Gone," Garrison criticized Douglass’s sup-
port for the Frémont-Dayton ticket in the 29 August 1856 issue of the Liberator. Garrison asserted
that Douglass’s decision was for personal gain and that, as a result, the Liberator would be the sole
remaining “Radical Abolitionist” newspaper. In “Another Somerset,” published in the 5 September
issue, Garrison criticized Douglass’s abandonment of Smith and the transfer of his support to a can-
didate, party, and principles he had previously condemned. Garrison characterized Douglass as a
political chameleon, morally inconsistent and self-contradictory. Lib., 29 August, 5 September 1856.

4. The Boston Liberator and the New York National Anti-Slavery Standard.

5. A leading Garrisonian, the Unitarian minister Samuel Joseph May had relocated to Syracuse
from Boston in 1845. In a Fourth of July oration in 1856, May endorsed voting for the Republican
party presidential ticket, causing a round of editorials and letters to the editor criticizing or defend-
ing his position in the Garrisonian press. NASS, 2, 16, 23 August 1856; Lib., 22 August 1856; DAB,
6:447-48.

6. Douglass was scheduled to speak at the Jerry Rescue Celebration in Syracuse on 1 October
1856; he published a review of the event in Frederick Douglass’s Paper. FDP, 10 October 1856;
Douglass Papers, ser. 1, 3:xxvi.

7. Douglass was scheduled to speak at the Liberty party meeting held in Syracuse on 17 Septem-
ber 1856. Minutes of the meeting published in Frederick Douglass’ Paper, however, do not confirm
his attendance. FDP, 3 October 1856; Douglass Papers, ser. 1, 3:xxv.

LEWIS TAPPAN TO FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Brooklyn, N.Y. 6 Dec[ember] 1856.
TO FREDERICK DOUGLASS, ESQ.
MY DEAR SIR,
I do not know whether the lady to whom the enclosed note is addressed as
Mrs or lady. You will at once see the propriety of the course I suggest. So
many calls are made upon me that I must adopt such a rule.

I have rec’d the copy of your paper of 17th Oct & thank you for it.
Somehow it escaped my notice—in Oct. Probably I was about or the pa-
per did not come. My attention has been called to the Resolutions pro-
posed by you at Syracuse.1 [B]y an English Correspondent. All I can do,
in this free country, is to express an honest opinion. Your right to offer
such circulations & to publish such a paper as you choose cannot justly
be questioned. All who believe it would be right in a white man to use the
means for obtaining his liberty: that you recommend ought not to object
to a colored man using the same means. Those means in either case are
abhorrent to my mind & heart. I am truly sorry you cherish such senti-
ments. “Vengeance is mine &c.”2 Then at sweet peace [illegible] [illegible]

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