Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Winter 2005

Document Type



Documentary Editing, Volume 27, Number 4, Winter 2005. ISSN 0196-7134


2005 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


From Philadelphia to Lenawee County, Michigan Territory, Remember the Distance that Divides Us offers the correspondence of Elizabeth Margaret Chandler (1807-1834), her family and friends. Remember the Distance is the first publication of Chandler's writing since Benjamin Lundy published her essays and poems in 1836 shortly after her death. An active abolitionist and author, Chandler wrote for the Genius of Universal Emancipation, an early antislavery newspaper edited by Benjamin Lundy. In 1830 Elizabeth, her brother Thomas, and her aunt, Ruth Evans, moved to Michigan territory. The letters begin 12 February 1830, as the three prepare to migrate west. They continue beyond Elizabeth's death in November 1834, ending with correspondence between Thomas and his Aunt Jane Howell.