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Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to Maria Weston Chapman, April 20, 1853

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Holograph, signed.Richard Davis Webb defends his letter in the National Anti-Slavery Standard in which he took the side of those who criticized the address of Lord Shaftesbury. He condems John Scoble for being a tool of bigotry. Webb comments: "Scoble was in my opinion actively mischievous & his employer passively so." Nevertheless, he does not expect much from L. A. Chamerovzow. "Joseph Sturge & Co. are too old to change greatly for the better." Richard D. Webb and his wife and sister-in-law are the only Irish abolitionists who appreciate the Garrisonians. Webb thinks that the opponents of William Lloyd Garrison are just narrow in their beliefs, not wicked. Webb does not know G. W. Alexander and has "not conversed half an hour together in my life with Joseph Sturge. Webb opposes Chamerovzow's idea of another World Convention. Parker Pillsbury wrote him that the National Anti-Slavery Standard was "not worth its keep."
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