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I have not received any word from the MD Secretary of State’s office on the pardon of William Lloyd Garrison.  I wrote this blog post and sent this email on April 17:

Dear Secretary of State McDonough:

I am a blogger for Virginia Right ( and a great admirer of the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison.  In 1830, Garrison was convicted in Maryland of seditious libel relating to his agitation against slavery while an editor in Baltimore.  I cannot find anywhere any evidence he was pardoned.  I plan to urge Governor O’Malley in my blog to formally pardon Garrison if it can be done legally.  Would you please check whether William Lloyd Garrison has been pardoned.

Thank you for your time and attention to this issue. 

I also sent an email to the Governor of Maryland and he sent me back a form response.  That’s fine; I expect them to take a few days.  But I need to find out:  Was Garrison pardoned or not?  I have placed a useful issue in the hands of a liberal Democrat who might seek the Presidency.  I believe justice requires that William Lloyd Garrison be pardoned by the State of Maryland for its pro-slavery prosecution in 1830.  Time to find out if the abolitionist hero has been pardoned and if not why not?  I plan to call the Governor’s office this coming week.  Others can call too:  410.974.3901.  PARDON GARRISON TODAY!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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