Gerrit Smith and the Vigilant Association of the City of New-York.
New York: John A. Gray, 1860.
29 pp. 12mo. Original wrappers, very good Item #316116
In 1860, abolitionist, Gerrit Smith, brought a libel suit against several prominent northern Democrats of the “Vigilant Association,” for publishing accusations that Smith had full knowledge of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry beforehand and that he was a member of what became known as the “Secret Six,” the committee that funded Brown’s failed raid on the U.S. military arsenal. Smith’s 1860 pamphlet contains correspondence related to the law suit between between his son-in-law, Charles D. Miller, and the subjects of the suit, Watts Sherman, Royal Phelps, and S.L.M. Barlow.