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Creator: Bradford, S. S.
Title: S. S. Bradford Letter
Inclusive Dates: 29 Nov 1836
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: A single letter from S. S. Bradford of Homer, New York to Mr Ben Johnson of Ithaca, asking Mr Johnson to speak to the Homer Anti-Slavery Society.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Ben Johnson was a lawyer and abolitionist in Ithaca, New York. Nothing is known of S. S. Bradford.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The S. S. Bradford Letter consists of a single signed letter from Mr. S. S. Bradford of Homer, New York, to Mr Ben Johnson of Ithaca, requesting that Mr Johnson of Ithaca come and speak before the Homer Anti-Slavery Society. Many cities, villages, towns and individuals in central New York were active in the Abolitionist movement: Frederick Douglass' abolitionist newspaper North Star was published in Rochester, New York and New York was home to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gerritt Smith and many other notable abolitionists. This letter is important evidence of the existence of organized anti-slavery activity in Homer, New York. According to the letter, the society "now numbers about 250 members," a substantial number considering that even thirty years later (1865) the entire population of the town was only 3,856.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Homer Anti-Slavery Society.


Abolitionists -- United States.
Antislavery movements -- New York (State) -- Homer.
Political activists -- United States.


Homer (N.Y. : Town) -- History -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

S. S. Bradford Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2006.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRR
Date: 14 Jul 2006
Revision history:

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SC 171 Letter 29 Nov 1836

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