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Letter from Francis Bishop, Manchester, [England], to Mary Anne Estlin, 1851 March 1

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Bishop, Francis


Holograph, signed.Title devised by cataloger.Envelope addressed to Miss Anne W. Weston in Weymouth.Francis Bishop writes to Mary Anne Estlin in regards to an anti-slavery meeting held in Manchester. Bishop mentions presiding officers of the meeting including Reverend Walter Scott, and the secretary Reverend W. Parkes. He writes, "And..while Dr. B is speaking I will attempt the double work of listening to him & giving you some account of what has taken place at our two previous meetings." He writes of L. Kossuth's unfaithfulness to the anti-slavery movement. He writes about Mazzini's beautiful letter. George Thompson gave a long written address on emancipation. Bishop praises Parker Pillsbury's speech for "contrasting American religion with the Religion of Christ, & he carried his whole audience with him, Orthodox minister & all, when he declared himself proved in being called & in being deserved to be called an 'Infidel' to the former." He discusses disorder that arose at the meeting among Joseph Barker and S.R. Ward who both wanted to speak at this meeting. He criticizes Barker's actions. He reports on W.W. Brown's attack of the British & Foreign Anti-Slavery Society for "its soft speaking, its partiality, exclusiveness, & inactivity."
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