[1842 August 25?]. Elihu Burritt Partial AL to [Mr. Fechem and Mr. Harlow]; [Troy, New York]
Final page of a letter. Writes of the dissolving of strong bonds, casting blame on the current debt repudiation crisis. "Why has that snaky… beggarly, meeching, craven, cowardly spirit Repudiation ; that unshapen loathsome thing, which was exiled from the pit, and cashiered by vices of a higher pedigree; why has this gigantic reptile twined its slimy length around whole masses of our nation." Comments on slavery and its hypocrisy. "When our forefathers published to the world a prospectus of a goverernment which was based upon an universal equality, how was this great principle amended by a qualifying byelaw, a peculiar institution, which affirmed that this is a land of freedom to all but slaves !"