Letter from John Bishop Estlin, Bristol, to Samuel May, April 26th and 27th, 1849
Estlin agrees to write to Joshua Coffin to inquire about the history of the abolition cause. He sympathizes with May about the indignation he felt upon reading the letter from William Hincks to "The Inquirer." Estlin thinks John Lalor should publish the history of the abolitionists that Coffin is to write, but doubts if it would appeal to an English audience. He tells May about his domestic affairs. He discusses H. C. Howells, a mostly unknown abolitionist who runs a school in Bristol and who knew William Lloyd Garrison in America. Estlin expresses concern for the scarlet fever that afflicts one of William Lloyd Garrison's children. He comments on the current attitude toward capital punishment in England, which is being debated in relation to the trial or Sarah Harriet Thomas.
May's writing near the address reads, "Rec'd (at Leicester) May 12, 1849. Ans'd May 23." Additional notation in May's hand has been crossed out, presumably by the author.
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