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Letter from Mary Anne Estlin, Park St., Bristol, [England], to Maria Weston Chapman, Dec. 9, 1853

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Holograph, signed.
In this manuscript, there is a four page letter by Mary Anne Estlin to Maria Weston Chapman. Mary Anne Estlin is sending a letter from a prospective abolitionist to Maria W. Chapman for an answer. The prospective abolitionist "is R.L. Carpenter's successor at Bridgewater, & has got up a working ASS in the place over which his predecessor shed a wet blanket." G. Thompson made "admiring references to the labors of Joseph Sturge" at a meeting in Manchester. Mary Anne Estlin wrote: "Some of your friends in Scotland have doubted the policy of our becoming auxilliary to the B. & F.A.S.S., but rely upon it. There is true wisdom in it." She will prepare an address to the American Anti-Slavery Society from the Manchester Anti-slavery Union. The Anti-Slavery Watchman "has a good notice of Mr. Thompson's intended movements & the meetings already held. Professor Allen is lecturing at Leeds & is going thence to Scotland." Mary Anne Estlin circulates letters from America among the British and Scotch abolitionists and considers it one of the best ways of helping the cause. She tells of her father's physical condition.
Includes envelope. On the flap of the envelope, there is an additional note by Mary Anne Estlin to Maria Weston Chapman.
There is a postscript consisting of a separate note (on two small sheets of paper) by John Bishop Estlin (Mary Anne Estlin's father) to Maria Weston Chapman, written at 8? p.m., [Dec. 9, 1853]. John Bishop Estlin recommends an article in the September issue of the Quarterly Review on "table turning, spiritual rapping, biology & mesmerism." The abolitionists in Leeds, England, are reprinting John Bishop Estlin's Brief Notice. John B. Estlin disagrees with a man named Knox, who may have been an anthropologist or ethnologist.
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Ms.A.9.2 v.27, p.85