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Letter from Abby Kelley Foster, Worcester, [Mass.], to Maria Weston Chapman, Oct. 5, [18]47

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In this letter, Abby Kelley Foster calls attention to the anti-slavery cause in New York, where "the lines between the old organization and Liberty Party and the Leaguers are not well drawn." She does not consider Joseph C. Hathaway qualified for the work there. Stephen S. Foster suggests Parker Pillsbury. Abby K. Foster is troubled by Frederick Douglass starting a paper in Cleveland. She believes that two disunion papers cannot be sustained in the west, and is afraid that Douglass's paper will supplant the Anti-Slavery Bugle. Confidentially, Abby Kelley Foster has always feared Douglass and believes that the "manner of his proceeding in this matter was not quite honorable to say the least." He consulted none of the more active western abolitionists except Samuel Brooke. Abby K. Foster asks that Maria W. Chapman inform her of Mary Howitt's address and to send "the controversy between the Howitt's and the People's Journal." [For more about the connection of Samuel Brooke and the founding of the North Star, see William Lloyd Garrison, III, p. 210-211.]
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Ms.A.9.2 v.23, p.49