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Letter from James Haughton, 35 Eccles St., Dublin, [Ireland], to Maria Weston Chapman, 1st April 1847

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James Haughton thanks Maria Weston Chapman for her kind note and for the copy of the last issue of the Liberty Bell. Haughton writes: "I was battling the cause of the American slave with some of our politicians, today, touching the receipt of the Slaveholders money." He tells of an Irish abolitionist who "could not see how violent agitation could do the work" of overthrowing slavery. Haughton believes: "This man is one of our most violent Repealers. He & many like him who would toil for Ireland, & fight for Ireland, have no sympathy to spare for the poor oppressed Negro." Haughton says: "It is not for freedom they fight, but against England. So it was that America fought, not for freedom, but against England." He criticizes the Unitarian clergy. Haughton writes: "The Inquirer is true to the cause of emancipation." The temperance movement is doing well. Ireland is trying for a repeal of "the Union between us and England." Daniel O'Connell's mind has been broken down. Frederick Douglass sails home by the next packet. Haughton comments about Frederick Douglass: "He is a fine manly fellow, but like perhaps the most of us, somewhat impatient of reproof." Haugton says about Henry C. Wright: "We love Henry." He tells of a new law granting relief to destitute Irish. Richard Davis Webb is printing a small pamphlet for Haughton.
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Ms.A.9.2 v.23, p.20