[1858 Autograph Note Signed by Abolitionist Gerrit Smith of New York Mourning the Death of His Brother].
Autograph Note Signed by militant abolitionist, politician, and social activist Gerrit Smith (1797–1874) and addressed to a “Mr. [or] Wm. Brice.” that reads, in part: “Your letter finds me in affliction. I buried my brother yesterday.”
Peter Skenandoah Smith (1795-1858), was the older brother of Gerrit Smith, and was also known as Peter Sken. For a time he managed his brother’s affairs in Oswego. In 1835, Peter Sken corresponded with his brother from Florida Territory (where he was a pioneering land promoter and developer), reporting on a Black Methodist class meeting in St. Augustine.¹
Smith’s note is written just six days after his brother’s death on May 6th, 1858.
Description: [1858 Autograph Note Signed by Abolitionist Gerrit Smith of New York Mourning the Death of His Brother].
[May 12, 1858]. p. Approx. 3¾ x 5 inches. Folds; brief foxing; glue and paper remnants at tips on verso; Very Good.
Note. 1. Boles, ed., Masters & Slaves in the House of the Lord, Race and Religion in the American South 1740-1870 (Lexington KY, 1988), p88. Visiting Georgia in 1835, Peter Sken heard Charles Colcock Jones (1804–1863) preach and, in a letter to another correspondent, commented on Jones’ catechism for instructing enslaved African Americans. See p212. Peter Skenandoah Smith has been forgotten. And… - Orlando Sentinel accessed online.