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Letter from Deborah Weston, New Bedford, [Mass.], to Anne Warren Weston, February 1, 1837

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Holograph.Deborah Weston writes that she is homesick. When Wendell Phillips left, she was grieved because of her desire to go with him. Having suffered all of Saturday from a headache, Deborah attributed it to "Aunt Sally's pie," and from "Mr. Bent's free labour sugar having failed," since she is accustomed to talking nothing sweet. She describes the preachers she heard on Sunday. Deborah called on Charlotte Taber, found her very weak, and fears that she will live but a short time. She describes a temperance lecture by Mr. Crandall. Deborah discusses an evening party in honor of a Miss Elliott from the District of Columbia,"sister of him who said 'that liar W.L. Garrison.'" Deborah considers Miss Elliott a "dreadful fool." At the Lyceum, Deborah heard a witty lecture by Mr. Holmes, who, in respect to the abolition question, was "safely moored in Colonization Bay." Deborah tells about local anti-slavery activities, and her own opposition to a proposed change in the constitution making membership depend on the approval of the society.
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