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Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to Anne Warren Weston, November 14, 1848

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Holograph, signed.This letter is mainly concerned with the box sent to the Boston anti-slavery fair. The box is small because there are "very few who care a pin for the anti-slavery cause." Most of the money available was spent on De La Rue's beautiful stationery. The daughters of James Haughton wish to send their gifts in a separate box. In case acknowledgements are made, Richard Davis Webb recommends a little blarney for the Haughtons. He mentions some particular items in the Dublin box and the donors. He explains why seaweed baskets are sent now. Some crannies are filled with old books. The principal Belfast contributors are friends of Frederick Douglass, who think more of him than the cause. The same applies to Manchester and perhaps to Cork. Richard Davis Webb explains: "The Manchester & Belfast people were directly acted on by Maria Webb (a connexion of my own) and Anna Richardson (who were the means of buying Douglass's freedom) and these are great anti-Garrisonians and Pro Liberty Party partisans." In connection with the Liberty Bell, Richard D. Webb emphasizes "our literary people are little for the cause" or for any good cause. Harriet Martineau seems to be the only exception.
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