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Incomplete letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to Maria Weston Chapman, 2nd [day] of 6th month 1845

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Holograph, signed.
The end of this letter is missing. Richard Davis Webb presumably wrote this letter to Maria Weston Chapman. Richard Davis Webb says he received a letter today from Henry Clarke Wright, who speaks despondingly of his prospects in Scotland since the publication of his book Six Months in Graefenberg. Webb writes: "This book is a curious farrago of hydropathy, nonresistance, anti sabbath, anti church, & anti ministry," and wholly unsuited to the atmosphere of Scotland. Wright has been denouncing the Free Church for accepting money from slaveholders. While he was here (in Dublin?) he "was abhorred & avoided by all outside our very small circle." Richard D. Webb does not approve of having James Buffum accompany Frederick Douglass on a tour through the British Isles. Webb gives travel directions for Frederick Douglass. In Dublin, he is to drive directly to Richard D. Webb's home. Richard D. Webb attended the Anti-Corn Law Bazaar in London and hoped to see Nathaniel Barney of Nantucket; but Barney arrived later. He saw George Thompson for the first time since he was in India; he is studying law. The Misses Hildreth, who are zealous anti-slavery ladies, were with him. Richard D. Webb read Richard Hildreth's attack on Orestes Augustus Brownson and Andrew Norton, and he would like to see his Theory of Morals. James Haughton and Richard D. Webb read with delight Wendell Phillips on the anti-voting theory. "He writes with a pen of light & speaks with a tongue of flame." He regrets that William Lloyd Garrison published a letter in which Richard D. Webb referred to N. P. Rogers, since he specially requested that it should not be printed. Webb criticizes Garrison's theory of publishing without consent.
Some words in this letter have been crossed out.
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Ms.A.9.2 v.32, p.40