To the President

Feb. 13, 1865

“… God save you, and bless you abundantly!  As an instrument in his hands, you have done a mighty work for the freedom of millions who have so long pined in bondage in our land — nay, for the freedom of all mankind.  I have the utmost faith in the benevolence of your heart, the purity of your motives, and the integrity of your spirit.  This I do not hesitate to avow at all times.  I am sure you will consent to no compromise that will leave a slave in his fetters.  It is slavery that has brought this dreadful war upon us; and only through liberty will Heaven vouchsafe to our distracted and bleeding country peace. Vast and solemn are your responsibilities; and you need and deserve whatever of comfort, encouragement and suppoort can be given to you… ”   1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI