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Both An “Abolitionist” and “Confederate” Signature Pair on Naturally Opposite Sides of the Same Piece of Blue Paper

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GERRIT SMITH (1797-1874). Leading American social reformer, abolitionist, politician, and philanthropist, Candidate for President of the United States in 1848, 1856, & 1860, financially supported John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry

GEORGE WASHINGTON JONES (1806-1884). American politician from Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, he served in the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War.

c. 1860 (no date) Collector’s Clipped Slip of period wove paper Signed, "Gerrit Smith, Peterboro, NY" on blue paper measuring 1.75” x 5.75”, and in a remarkable irony, on the back side of the collector’s slip with Gerrit’s signature includes the signature of G.W. Jones of Fayetteville, Tennessee, Crisp Extremely Fine.

Also included, an 1860-Dated Imprint titled, "Gerrit Smith And the Vigilant Association of the City of New York" , 29 pages, 6” x 4”, Extremely Fine. Excellent content, including Gerrit’s pronouncemen: “A violent end to American Slavery would constitute one of the bloodiest chapters in all the book of time.” Gerrit Smith had a clear view, and a correct view, of the future a year before the Great Civil War started. Sabin 82609.

Unlike the Northern Abolitionist Gerrit Smith, George Washington Jones was a Congressmen on the Confederate side from Tennesee. Here you have two historic figures with opposite ideas about Slavery and on opposite sides in the American Civil War and here, on Opposite Sides of the same cut of paper! (2 items)
Gerrit Smith (1797-1874) was a leading American social reformer, Abolitionist, Politician, and Philanthropist. Spouse to Ann Carroll Fitzhugh, Gerrit Smith was a Candidate for President of the United States in 1848, 1856, and 1860, but only served 18 months in the federal government-in Congress as a Free Soil Party Representative, in 1853-4.

Smith was a significant financial contributor to the Liberty Party and the Republican Party throughout his life, spent much time and money working towards social progress in the nineteenth-century United States. Besides making substantial donations of both land and money to create Timbuctoo, an African-American community in North Elba, New York, he was involved in the Temperance movement and the American Colonization movement, before abandoning Colonization in favor of Abolitionism, the immediate freeing of all the Slaves.

He was a member of the Secret Six who financially supported John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry, in 1859. Brown's farm, in North Elba, was on land he bought from Smith.

George Washington Jones (March 15, 1806 - November 14, 1884) was an American politician who represented Tennessee's fifth district in the United States House of Representatives. He served in the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War.
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