Letter from William Farmer, 29 Charlotte Terrace, Barnsbury Road, Islington, [London, England], to Maria Weston Chapman, August 27th, 1851
William Farmer has written to Mr. Estlin about the Bristol anti-slavery meeting; Mr. Thompson is anxious to have it held before Maria Weston Chapman leaves Bristol. He tells of the success of George Thompson's meetings with his constituents and analyzes the "Lilliputian opposition" at the last meeting. Thompson's lack of wealth and the absence of religious membership are obstacles with his opponents. William Farmer describes at length the servility of a certain type of public men. He speaks of George Thompson's keen sarcasm "falling upon obtuse intellects and ebony hearts." He tells about an insolent letter from a minister, Mr. Massie, to George Thompson. He refers to the "Alliance of creatures [who] are at their dirty work again," the applause bestowed on the pro-slavery speech of Dr. Robert Baird from America, and "the flippant attack" on Thompson by the Rev. John Angell James. Thompson will preside at the Grand Banquet and Fete of the Exhibitors of all Nations at Gore House, Kensington. Miss Elizabeth Pease (Nichol) has offered to help Thompson in procuring the means for educating a fugitive slave youth, Charles B. Sumner, who has been living under his roof. William Farmer had breakfast with George Thompson's daughter, Mrs. Nosworthy, who was returning from her wedding journey.