Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Janes mss., 1865-1900, consist of letters to Lewis George Janes, 1844-1901, from William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; William Lloyd Garrison, Jr., 1838-1909; William James, 1842-1910; and Herbert Spencer, 1820-1903. Many of the letters were written during the time that Janes was president of the Brooklyn Ethical Association, 1885-1896. The two Garrisons, however, writing in 1865 and 1866 respectively relate to Garrison, Sr. addressing the Union League of Rhode Island "upon our late lamented President." James writes about matters philosophical, including "the question of immortality," while Spencer's letters talk about his antagonists who continue to call him "a materialist whether you [i.e. he] like it or not," and about his poor health. The letters are arranged as follows: Garrison, Jr. (1865, May 9), Garrison, Sr. (1866, Jan 23), William James (1891, Feb. 15), and Herbert Spencer (1890, 1891, 1897, and 1900).

Purchase. Barry Scott. Chicago, IL 1998


Garrison, William Lloyd, 1838-1909.

  • 1865, May. Writes for his father accepting the Union League of Rhode Island invitation to speak about the late President.

Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879.

  • 1866, Jan. 23. Thanks Janes for the additional twenty dollars voted by the Union League of Rhode Island for his lecture.

James, William, 1842-1910.

  • 1891, Feb. 15. re: Positivism, Idealism immortality

Spencer, Herbert, 1820-1903.

  • 1890, May 12
  • 1891, May 4
  • 1897, June 13
  • 1900, Au

Collection size: 7 items

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