Letter from Anne Warren Weston, Poplar Street, [Boston], to Deborah Weston, Feb. 4th, 1842. Friday morning
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DescriptionHolograph.Anne W. Weston reports on an evening meeting at the State House. The only speech that pleased her was that of Wendell Phillips. Anne Weston said: "Bradburn was decidedly prosy, & Remond can't speak at all. At least he has nothing to say..." The audience was delighted with the meeting. The next day the church question was debated, "both Rogers & Abby Kelley showing a greater desire than is quite wise to make use of hard language..." Joel P. Bishop tried "to bring up [Isaac] Knapp's affair," but J. C. Fuller stopped him. A resolve in favor of Garrison drawn up by the Anne W. Weston was "passed with great enthusiasm." The evening meeting at Faneuil Hall was generally declared to be "the most enthusiastic, splendid, brilliant, A. S. [anti-slavery?] meeting ever held in Mass." Anne describes the disturbance caused by Mrs. Abigail Folsom. Anne, with Henrietta Sargent, went to see Mrs. Garrison's sister, Mary Benson, a few hours before she died. Nearly all the rest of this letter is devoted to Dickens and his wife. Anne describes in detail her impression of Mrs. Dickens and of Dickens himself at a call she and Wendell Phillips made on him. Dickens is small of stature, dresses in bad taste, and has "a good face on the whole." Most noticeable about him is his glance which seems by "its intensity to take in everything." Anne repeats remarks on Dickens made by Mrs. Maria W. Chapman and Quincy. Dickens talked with Anne about...
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