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Arthur Tappan wrote William Jay, an influential abolitionist, seeking his opinion on establishing an American Anti-Slavery Society, with the hope of giving abolitionists a more collective influence nationwide. This letter in response expresses William’s support for the Society and even includes a suggested preamble for its Constitution. Learn more about the Jay family’s complex relationship with the institution of slavery during our Thematic Tours offered throughout the month of February.