Letter from Isabella Massie, Upper Clapton, [England], to John Bishop Estlin, 1850 March 20
Isabella Massie writes to John Bishop Estlin regarding the anti-slavery cause. She writes, "I grieve to find the Anti-slavery feeling of the three kingdoms all but extinguished. So many causes operate to crush every feeling & effort, that it must with one expressing sentiments like your own is as water to a thirsty soul. I entirely concur with you respecting the Antislavery Reporter, & have been more pain than pleasant to Scoble, I fear." She criticises the antislavery society and its leaders, and in particular the mInisters. She writes, "the Ministers of religion in this country & in America are verily guilty. From the moment those loathsome reptiles (pardon the comparison) landed in this country & were received with open arms by the Evangelical Alliance, from that moment, I say did their deadly poison spread & contaminate the...sphere of England....They flattered, cajoled, &...mesmerized the ministers in this country, gained their point & returned triumphing in their wickedness."
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Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) manuscript contains at the top of the letter "Copy of a letter from Mrs. Massie to Mr. Estlin and on the side of the first page, annotations are written and signed by Isabella Massie, Upper Clapton, March 20 1850."