3 pages (front and back) each measuring 7 x 4.5 inches, Oak Knoll, February 12, 1887, declining an important invitation due to bad health, in part: ".Among the hundreds of kind letters which are reaching me from all parts of the country, no one has given me more pleasure than thine informing me that the club, which honors me by its name, will meet at thy residence on the 17th, and inviting me to be present on the occasion. I wish, from my heart, I could be. My old and new friends will be there.I almost feel as if I ought to be there. But I am so admonished that it is not important for me at this season to attempt it. If I cannot say to Dear Garrison, that 'Rustic Bard' with whom I once walked in procession at the opening of Haverhill Academy that: 'the years hang on my back and bleed me like a muckle pack.' I feel nevertheless (my feet), their increasing weight, and find it no easy matter to be up under them." Horizontal folds; very good condition. American Quaker poet and anti-slavery advocate best remembered for his book Snowbound.