A letter (Dec. 16th, 1792) handwritten by Levi Hart to his son, William Hart (in Norwich), with a quotation from Proverbs 3:6 (In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths) at the bottom of the letter.
-- The extremely rare 40-page Levi Hart's 30th anniversary sermon given at his church in Preston, CT. on February 28th, 1792 (copy owned/signed by Lydia Goits).
-- BACKGROUND: A 23-page letter the Rev. Levi Hart of Connecticut wrote in 1775 to Samuel Hopkins of Rhode Island became a blueprint for abolishing slavery in the North. Excerpts indicate that people even then thought slavery immoral, but that abolition posed the twin problems of compensating slave owners (a sort of reverse reparation) and controlling the freed slaves. Hart's original letter includes a payment formula.