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Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to Caroline Weston, April 24, 1852

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Richard Davis Webb is sending a copy of his own pamphlet. He tells of profiting from the suggestions of the Estlins, and he tells of removing the last allusion to Mrs. Maria Weston Chapman. The expense is borne of John Bishop Estlin and Richard D. Webb. He sends a copy of Edmund Quincy's admirable Reply. In response to a suggestion that Richard D. Webb contribute verse to the Liberty Bell, he says that he used to write poetry, but can do so no longer. Mrs. H. M. Tracy of Columbus, Ohio, visited Richard D. Webb. He describes her as one of those "strong-minded women that Punch ridicules." Richard D. Webb's thirteen year old daughter is ill with ophthalmia. The Estlins have invited the child and her mother to stay with them in Bristol during her medical treatment. Richard D. Webb has been printing Mary A. Estlin's compilation of pro and con pronouncements on the subject of abolition. The Estlins are more sanguine about the possibility of convincing people than Webb is. He refers to the "repressive power of Quakerism" and mentions his cousin Lizzy as a remarkable instance of rebellion against it. Eliza Wigham and her sister Mary are staunch advocates of the American Society. Webb comments on the Scotch, "who are so orthodox and so dreadfully bigotted." He explains the difference between the Free Will Baptists and the Baptist Free Mission. Webb comments: "I don't think there is safety for an abolitionist except in standing outside the sects." Richad D. Webb has read the French copy of Antoine; Mrs. Webb read the translation. Asks if anything has come of the French memoir of Miss Edgeworth.
Includes an envelope with an engraving (print) depicting two slaves with broken chains, seated by a harbor, with the caption: "Haste, happy day! The time we long to see when every son of Adam shall be Free!"
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Ms.A.9.2 v.26, p.27