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Letter from Edmund Quincy, Dedham, [Mass.], to Caroline Weston, Oct. 21, 1841

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Edmund Quincy has been mainly engaged "in carrying on the Teetotal cause in this rum soaked town." More than 450 have signed the pledge, "many of them drinking men." He tells of his adventures in this campaign, including a lecture in a schoolhouse on Poverty Street that so offended the people that the next Sunday he was obliged to speak in the open air. A private chapel in the Mill Village was at first denied him, but after he had drawn a large crowd lecturing in "a little hole," it was offered under conditions he did not accept. John Pierpont gave an admirable lecture. Edmund Quincy's wife went to a party at one of the "first families," and "there was no wine on the supper table, for the first time since the memory of man-- ..." He tells of the good impression that Frederick Douglass made during his visit to Dedham, and of his encounter, in Edmund Quincy's house, with a visiting former slave holder from South Carolina. Edmund Quincy relates his and William Lloyd Garrison's experiences at a quarterly meeting in Wrentham and quotes a speech made by John A. Collins that had a tactless ending.
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Ms.A.9.2 v.15, p.82