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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) to Edward C. Delavan

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.59 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 18 May 1857 Pagination: 2 p. ; 30.2 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Smith, active in the temperance movement, declines Delavan's invitation to attend an approaching meeting of the New York State Temperance Society. Delavan was a leader in the temperance movement.

Background Information: Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights. Delavan ...was a leader in the temperance movement.See More

People: Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874
Delavan, Edward Cornelius, 1793-1871

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Reform MovementAlcoholTemperance and Prohibition

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