Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to William Lloyd Garrison and Oliver Johnson, 1841 [May] 30th
- Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to William Lloyd Garrison and Oliver Johnson, 1841 [May] 30th
Richard Davis Webb writes to William Lloyd Garrison about J.A. Collins' stay with him in Dublin before he returned to Glasgow. Webb describes Collins' mission around the British Isles, even noting how his suffering from "cholic pain" interfered with his work. He discusses the role of the clergy in the antislavery movement and comments, "I hardly see how a man can adhere to any sect without the surrender of his right of private judgement & moral independence." Webb then discusses letters between American abolitionists that Collins possessed and asks Garrison to write to Richard Allen, as "he would be very much gratified by a letter from thee, which he has never yet had." He also discusses Joseph Sturge and the influence of religion on the antislavery movement in the British Isles, remarking that "'Friends' have been almost the only contributors to the Anti-Slavery cause in Ireland." On the seventh page, Webb begins, "It is now Thursday, June 3" and he summarizes Collins' work in Glasgow during the past months. He adds that he and his wife, as well as "all our small circle who are quakers are beginning to be looked on ... as people who go out of their sphere - who waste their sympathies on extremist objects ... as children playing with the fire." After the signature, R.D. Webb begins a new, undated, letter to Oliver Johnson listing the names of British and Irish subscribers to the Liberator and how much they have paid for the subscriptions, as well as requesting the Pennsylvania Freeman, the Herald of Freedom, and the Non-Resistant for himself.
- Webb, Richard Davis, 1805-1872
- Johnson, Oliver, 1809-1889
- Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
[May 30, 1841]
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Abolitionists--United States--19th century--Correspondence
Antislavery movements--United States--History--19th century
Antislavery movements--Newspapers--United States--History--19th century
Antislavery movements--Great Britain--History--19th century
Antislavery movements--Ireland--History--19th century
Antislavery movements--Religious aspects--Christianity--Ireland--History--19th century
Social reformers--United States--History--19th century
Society of Friends--Ireland--19th century
Abolitionists--United States--History--19th century
Antislavery movements--United States
Antislavery movements--Great Britain
Social reformers--United States
Society of Friends--History
Webb, Richard Davis, 1805-1872
Allen, Richard, active 1840-1873
Sturge, Joseph, 1793-1859
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Collins, John A. (John Anderson), 1810-1879
Liberator (Boston, Mass. : 1831)
- 1 leaf (8 p.) ; 26 cm.
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Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) manuscript composed in black ink on white paper. Pages 1-6 are numbered in the head- fore corner of the page. On the 8th page, the letter is addressed to "By Halifax Steamer from Liverpool[,] William Lloyd Garrison 25, Corn Hill Boston New England U.S. America", and the remains of a red seal are visible along the spine edge of the page. It is also postmarked with a red square stamp containing the words, "Paid Ju 3 1841".
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MS A.1.2 v.12.1, p.35