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Letter from Richard Davis Webb, 74 Abbey Street, Dublin, [Ireland], to Anne Warren Weston, Feb. 18, 1871

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Holograph, signed.Richard Davis Webb has received letters from Mrs. May (the wife of Samuel May, Jr.) in Rome, but he does not know where she and Miss Frothingham are now. He mentions reading in the Daily Tribune a memoir of Thomas Garrett of Wilmington, who died on January 28 and had "an immense funeral attended by great numbers of his dusky clients." Webb's walking powers are limited because of an accident on Lake Superior. He tells of collections made for the relief of the distressed in France.On the bottom of page three, there is a separate note, perhaps written by Mrs. Maria Weston Chapman, commenting on Richard Davis Webb's letter and warning on the danger of using electricity.The bottom half of pages 5-6 of this letter have been torn off. It is a separate note written by Richard Davis Webb in [1871?] presumably to Anne Warren Weston. Richard D. Webb thanks Anne Warren Weston for a clipping about John Brown. Richard D. Webb recalls his wife's intense interest in John Brown and her help in his writing a biography of John Brown, "translated into the vernacular from Redpath's wild lingo." He asks if the J. E. B. Stuart who was "represented as having addressed Brown so brutally as he lay wounded" is the same person as the noted Confederate general. Webb comments on the Franco-Prussian war and reports on relief funds.
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