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Letter from Abby Kelley Foster, Syracuse, [NY], to Maria Weston Chapman, Aug. 2, 1843

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Abby Kelley Foster reports informally on the "upper series" conventions, which were "confused worse confounded." None of the agents will work with John A. Collins. On Sunday last, when the Anti-Slavery Convention was scheduled in Syracuse, only Frederick Douglass appeared. "Where is Collins, the general agent that he does not keep the wheels in motion? He is in Utica at the 'association meeting.'" George Bradburn is visiting Gerrit Smith and attending his meetings, "thinking he could without violation of principle accept pay from the Liberty Party as G. Smith offered it to me." Collins is coming Monday "with his anti-property coadjutors." Abby Kelley Foster questions if the Board had the right to employ a man with Collins's preoccupations: he cannot talk to the anti-slavery conventions, as his soul is not in them. Abby Kelley Foster writes sarcastically of Collins's persistence in holding "property meetings" in various places. Abby Kelley Foster protests that she is not prejudiced, but admires Collins as a man; however, affairs are shockingly mismanaged. Sidney Howard Gay has just joined Bradburn and Douglass. She tells of the friction between Collins and C.L. Remond.
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Ms.A.9.2 v.19, p.9