This section contains thirty-nine original letters written by Abijah Garrison, Frances (_Fanny_) Lloyd Garrison, and Abijah's brother, William. These consist of one letter from Abijah to his parents, Joseph and Mary Garrison (1805), two to his wife Frances (1804, 1806), one to his brother Joseph (1806), one to his cousin Johanna Palmer (1814), and one to _Jones_ (1798).
Fanny's letters consist of thirteen to her son William (1814_22), one to her daughter Maria (1821) and one to her son James (1818). There is one to Ephraim Allen (1823), to whom her son was apprenticed, and one to _friends_ (1807). In addition there are twelve letters to her friend Martha Farnham with whom she left her daughter, Maria Elizabeth. Included with these is a _log_ of an ocean voyage from Salem to Baltimore probably intended for Martha.
Finally there are two letters from William Garrison, one to his brother Abijah (1806), another to his nephew Andrew (1832).
Six Garrisons are represented in Generation 2. Of particular interest are Helen Benson Garrison's letters to her brother George (1848); her daughter-in-law Ellen Wright Garrison (1865_73); and her children, Wendell (1856_74), William (1855_72), and Fanny (1866). There are letters in this section from WLG 1805 to his mother (1843); his wife Helen (1846, 1870_71); daughter-in-law Ellen (1864_78); and his children, Fanny (1871_78), George (1876_78), Wendell and his wife Lucy McKim (1858_78), and William (1855_78). In addition there are letters to his brother-in-law George Benson (1843) and other friends and abolitionists including James Buffum (1855), Samuel May (1851), James Miller McKim (1853), Lucretia and Thomas Mott (1840, 1868), and Edmund Quincy (1840_77). Of particular interest is a copy of a letter from WLG 1805 to Harriet Farnham Horton written from jail in 1830.
In addition there are seven letters (1843_80) from W. A. Garrison to WLG 1805 and Wendell Phillips Garrison. W.A. Garrison is most likely the son of Abijah's brother Joseph.
Ten Garrisons are represented in Generation 3: Annie McKim Dennis Garrison, Francis Jackson and Theresa Holmes Garrison, George Thompson Garrison, Wendell Phillips and Lucy McKim Garrison, WLG 1838 and Ellen Wright Garrison, Fanny Garrison Villard and Henry Villard. As with other generations this correspondence emphasizes the closeness among the Garrison siblings and with their extended family and friends. This generation's correspondence includes courtship letters between WLG 1838 and Ellen Wright, and between Lucy McKim and Wendell Garrison; and travel and suffrage correspondence. There is also correspondence between Ellen Wright and Lucy McKim (1852_77), girlhood friends before they both became _Garrisons._ These letters discuss their experiences at Eagleswood School; life during the Civil War years, especially from the perspective of the abolitionist circle of connections; and their courtships and marriages.
Ellen's letters to Susan B. Anthony (1858_82), letters to her family about her suffrage activities (1898_1904), and from her travels (1901_06) are also noteworthy. The letters to Susan B. Anthony reflect a close personal bond. There is a particularly long run of letters to her sister-in law, Agnes (1876_1930). The letters to her parents (1853_97) and her siblings (1853_1911) describe her girlhood (especially her letters from school), her married life, and her women's right activities. Her letters to WLG 1838 (1863_1930) include courtship letters (1863_64).
George Thomson Garrison's letters to his family (1853_89), especially to his mother and brothers William and Wendell, detail his Civil War experiences and his struggle to find personal and professional independence apart from his family.
Lucy McKim Garrison wrote several letters to Mary Byrne, an Irish servant and friend (1855_62); letters to Wendell Philips Garrison dating from before their marriage (1863_74); and letters to the McKim family (1859_69) and her Garrison in-laws (1852_1904). This latter group includes her letters to Ellen Wright (1852_76).
Wendell's letters include one letter to Mary Byrne (1893), letters to Lucy dating from before their marriage (1863_75), as well as messages to his siblings (1855_1906) and his parents (1857_59).
Correspondence of WLG 1838 includes the following family letters: to his siblings (1859_95), parents (1853_78), Ellen (1863_1908), his children and daughters-in-law (1870_1909); and letters sent from the Northwest (1880), Europe (1889, 1901), and California (1903). In addition there are letters to the Buffums (1862_89) and Martha Coffin and David Wright (1864_77). These letters deal with personal, family, and household affairs; and political activities including anti-slavery, suffrage, and women's rights. Although most financial material is in Series 5, there is some discussion about his business affairs in these letters.
Fanny Garrison Villard's letters to her family (1862_1925), especially to her brother William and his wife Ellen, deal primarily with domestic matters. Letters from her husband Henry Villard to his brother-in-law (1867_98) are more revealing because they relate domestic, financial, and business matters.