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Letter from Abby Kelley Foster, Cleveland, O[hio], to Maria Weston Chapman, Feb. 18, [18]46

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Holograph, signed.When the Anti-Slavery Bugle was started, Abby Kelley Foster thought the west unable to sustain it, but she has been happily disappointed. Stephen [S. Foster] is about to send his account to Wendell [Phillips]. From January 1, they think to raise Foster's salary in Ohio. Referring to the sum of $50 collected by Maria Weston Chapman for the western mission, Abby K. Foster does not wish to have it sent to her, but to be appropriated to pay salaries. Abby K. Foster said: "I don't look out for a rainy day ...Now, as hertofore my life belongs to the cause." If the Society cannot pay Foster's salary, they need not be uneasy about it, but should rather pay B. S. Jones because he is "going to housekeeping." Abby K. Foster is please that Maria W. Chapman and Edmund Quincy have charge of the National Anti-Slavery Standard. Abby K. Foster's health is much better this winter. She emphasizes the importance of their work in Ohio. Betsey Cowles, whom [J. R.] Giddings called "the greatest woman on the reserve," is founding societies all over the eastern section of the reserve.
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