William Lloyd Garrison wishes that Richard Davis Webb could take a sleigh ride through the suburbs of Boston. Garrison takes comfort in the daguerreotype of Richard D. Webb. About a thousand dollars more was realized from the anti-slavery bazaar than last year. They are in constant collision "with all the religious sects and political parties." A policy of disunion terrifies many. A considerable number of petitions for the secession of Massachusetts from the Union were presented to the legislature. Within the last six months there has been a surprising change in public sentiment. The war with Mexico is producing a reaction against the slave power. Garrison comments: "Mr. Calhoun, who is the Napoleon of slavery, is evidently anticipating a 'Waterloo defeat,' in due season." To relieve the famine in Ireland, food, money, and clothing will be sent. Francis Jackson will transmit £250 from our anti-slavery friends to your famished countrymen.
Merrill, Walter M. Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, v.3, no.191.