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Letter from Evelina A. S. Smith, Hingham, [Mass.], to Caroline Weston, May 23, 1841

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Smith, Evelina A. S


Holograph, signed.Evelina A. S. Smith explains that her delay in writing is due to a habit of doing what she wants to do, even though "it is not the right way of living, according to the Emersonian philosophy." Evelina A. S. Smith was grieved to hear of the death of Caroline Weston's niece, Gertrude Chapman. She wants to hear from Caroline Weston "the pros and cons for giving up slave produce in our families." She hopes to see Caroline Weston in Hingham on vacation and to meet her in Boston at the anti-slavery convention. The annual exhibition here "was tinctured with Abolition," and a slaveholder from the South was present. "The black Saxon," by Mrs. Lydia Maria Child and a piece written by William Lloyd Garrison were read and spoken by young scholars. "Mr. [Samuel Joseph] May looked delighted." She wants Caroline Weston's opinion of the Plain Speaker. Mr. Amos Bronson Alcott complained of William Lloyd Garrison's conservatism. Evelina A. S. Smith has heard that [Christopher Albert] Greene, the editor of the Plain Speaker, is to marry the sister of [William M.] Chace. The Whigs were disturbed by Mr. Oliver Stearns's abolition sermon on a day of fasting.
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