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Letter from Henry Grafton Chapman, Boston, [Mass.], to Deborah Weston, 26 Nov. 1841

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Holograph, signed.In this letter, Henry Grafton Chapman gives family news; he tells of the arrival of a box from Glasgow containing items for the anti-slavery fair, on which duty was paid; and he writes about the imminent publication of the Liberty Bell. He mentions the purchase of Isaac Knapp's interest in the Liberator for $25 and the objections to the transaction by John Cutts Smith and Hamlett Bates, who both wrote angry letters to Ellis Gray Loring about it. Loring thinks that Joel P. Bishop and Knapp's friends may appeal to the public. "Mr. Loring has asked J. Q. Adams to write for the [Liberty] Bell." Mrs. Lydia Maria Child is writing for the Liberty Bell sub rosa. The Pennsylvania Freeman wishes to unite with the National Anti-Slavery Standard. Mrs. Child objects. Henry G. Chapman thinks the Emancipator will cease publication. Mrs. C. T. C. Follen says that Olivia Bowditch is a good abolitionist. The Liberty Bell refused a literary contribution from T. Parker because of the peculiar religious views expressed in it. Charles T. Torrey called on "M" [Mrs. Chapman] in connection with a passage to Haiti for a colored man.
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