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    SOJOURNER TRUTH'S CORRESPONDENCE.   Table of Contents     A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION.

Truth, Sojourner
Narrative of Sojourner Truth

- PART SECOND. -- "BOOK OF LIFE."
- LETTERS AND SIGNATURES.

LETTERS AND SIGNATURES.

" Boston, Aug . 6, 1870.

"Having been long acquainted with Sojourner Truth, and familiar with her eventful life and marvelous experience, I heartily commend her to the respect, hospitality, and generous good-will of those among whom her lot may be cast for the time being: first, because of the cruel wrongs and sufferings endured by her while held for so many years in slavery; secondly, because of her disinterested, timely, and self-sacrificing labors among the wounded colored soldiers and destitute freedmen at the national capitol during the late rebellion; thirdly, because of her worthy character, and her many inspirational public testimonies in the cause of truth and righteousness; and, fourthly, because of her venerable age and necessarily increasing infirmities." Wm. Lloyd Garrison ."

"Sojourner Truth, with the best wishes of her friend, Helen E. Garrison ."

"About twenty years ago my acquaintance began with this great and truly estimable woman, Sojourner Truth, since which time I have never ceased to feel myself stronger in spirit, and more earnest for justice and right for knowing her. We have dwelt together

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under the same roof weeks at a time; we have traveled together, holding meetings, myself a silent companion, and to-day I rejoice to subscribe my name with her chosen friends, in her 'Book of Life.'" Amy Post .
" Rochester, N. Y., May 3, 1871."

"May God bless, elevate, and enlighten the colored race, is the humble wish of their friend. We have met and conversed with their representative, Sojourner Truth, and are very much struck with her experience, Truth, and are very much struck with her experience, as proving the principle that God reveals himself in other ways excepting that of his word." James E. Wallace .
" Rochester, N. Y."

"God speed thee in the right, Sojourner."Thy friend, Stephen Archer .
" Dobb's Ferry, N. Y."

" Anti-Slavery Office, New York,

July 29, 1863. " Dear Sojourner :--

"Yours by the hand of J.M. Peebles came promptly. I thank you for the photographs, though they are poor compared with the one you sent me first. It is a pity you did not preserve the negative of that instead of this. Not only is the likeness better, but the work also.

The mob did not disturb the Anti-Slavery office, nor me. The fact is, the Standard is scarcely known to the vile class composing the mob, having but a small

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circulation in the city. But it would have taken only a hint to direct their attention to us, and then my life would have been in danger, and the office would probably have been destroyed. A good Providence seems to have watched over us. Mr. Leonard, the colored clerk, was obliged to hide, but no harm came to him. Many of the colored people were dreadfully abused, but a very healthful reaction has already set in; and I believe the condition in this city will be better than it was before. Upwards of $30,000 has been raised for the relief of the sufferers, and they will get pay from the city government for the property they lost. I shall send the Standard as you request.

"With sincere regard for you, and earnest prayers for your welfare, I subscribe myself,"Yours faithfully, Oliver Johnson ."

" Boston, Oct . 21, 1867. " Dear Madam :--

"I inclose my check for ten dollars ($10), a donation from the Rev. Photius Fiske, for Sojourner Truth. Please acknowledge the receipt of same. Yours very truly, Wendell Phillips."

"The first time that Sojourner addressed a public meeting in Orange, some years since, she said that the first shall be last and the last first, and that she believed the colored race would yet lead the people out of darkness and ignorance. It now seems likely that the colored voters of New Jersey will redeem the State from the grasp of the ignorant and depraved

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democratic party. Sojourner is now laboring to consummate that glorious work. May Heaven grant her success. Rowland Johnson
" Orange, N.J., 1870." .
    SOJOURNER TRUTH'S CORRESPONDENCE.   Table of Contents     A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION.