Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, to Samuel May, March 8, 1854
Webb tells May that thinks he can handle the distribution of the anti-slavery reports better than William P. Powell. He says that he has had his last dealings with Frederick Douglass. Webb informs May that Parker Pillsbury is ill with pleurisy and explains some corrections in the financial accounts. He discusses the Kansas-Nebraska Act and says, "as to abolishing slavery, the more the thing is attempted, the farther it recedes into the distance of hopefulness futility." Webb asks why the "National Anti-Slavery Standard" is still maintained in view of its small circulation. He discusses the Crimean War and Joseph Parker and asks May to send the book of poems, "Passion Flowers," [by Julia Ward Howe] that was "greatly praised by [John Greenleaf] Whittier."
Envelope includes the original postage stamp.
May's handwriting on the envelope reads, "Rec.'d Marc. 29, '54. Ans'd April." An additional note from May indicates that "R. D. Webb wants a daguerrotype likeness of [Parker] Pillsbury."
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