Letter from Mary Anne Estlin, Bristol, [England], to Anne Warren Weston, Nov. 30, 1854
@ Boston Public Library
DescriptionHolograph, signed.Mary Anne Estlin begins this letter with instructions about a box of contributions to the anti-slavery bazaar sent by Mrs. Massie. She mentions knitting wool. She suggests acknowledging the receipt of the box by sending a note to the Anti-Slavery Advocate. Mary A. Estlin has learned "that I am in disgrace with you for letting a portion of one of your letters to me (containing intelligence not be had in a sufficiently small compass or descriptive form from any printed source) be inserted in the Advocate, the name of the writer being carefully suppressed." She points out that her first letter to Mrs. Maria W. Chapman was printed in full in the Liberator and that her objections thereto were overruled as being "fastidious." Anne Warren Weston and her sisters should not worry too much "at the liberty Mr. [Richard Davis] Webb and I have taken with your communications! I must, however, confess to the discovery that Mr. W[ebb] is not always a judicious selecter." He includes too many private details when he prints the letters. She tells about her father's invalid condition. Mary Anne Estlin said that "it greived us much to hear of dear Miss Cabot's serious illness." She wants Anne Warren Weston to tell Charles Fox Hovey that she is "rejoiced over that letter to Mr. P[illsbury]. We are looking forward with eagerness to another visit from Mr. P." She believes that "mental causes" influence Pillsbury's health, and that he is unduly sensitive to criticism. She praises...
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