Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1847 March 31
Richard Davis Webb writes to William Lloyd Garrison sharing his wish to be with him in Boston but saying that he cannot "and that is the long and the short of it." He comments on "the portraits of my whole heathen Mythology that you talk of sending me, Mrs. Chapman, Abby Kelley, Wendell Phillips, et cetera", saying that he will tell Garrison when they arrive. Webb then discusses Frederick Douglass' work in Ireland, saying he "admire[s] and respect[s] him highly", adding that "his letter to [Dr. Samuel Hanson] Cox is the ablest thing I have seen from his pen." He shares news of his family and friends in Ireland and then asks Garrison about funds the "Committee of friends here received by the last steamer from America ... including £2500 from the Slave States." He asks Garrison whether "it is incumbent on the Committee to return the money if they were in no way called upom to endorse the character or mode of life of the demon?" and he requests that Garrison answer the question in the Liberator. In the postscript, Webb mentions he is enclosing "a copy of an account of the Bristol Ragged School" (not included) calling it "striking testimony to the value of the non resistance principle." He also discusses a letter he recieved from [Henry] Clapp, calling him "not a man of principle" and advising Garrison "not [to] have any dependence upon him."