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Letter from Jane E. Metford, Birmingham, [England], to William Lloyd Garrison, July 15th [1878]

Letter from Jane E. Metford, Birmingham, [England], to William Lloyd Garrison, July 15th [1878]



Jane Metford recounts her voyage home to England to William Lloyd Garrison, and thanks him for his kindness and hospitality displayed to herself and Miss Impey during their stay in Boston. Metford assures Garrison that their endeavor in America to convey to Caucasian-Americans "the equal rights of the coloured people to all social and moral privileges" and to extend to African-Americans the "hand of brotherly encouragement" was a success beyond their expectations. Metford informs Garrison that she was extremely pained by the sheer amount of prejudice they encountered even amongst those Caucasian-Americans who "claim to be considered the friends of the negro race", but finds hope in the "slate of improvements" found amongst the "intelligent and religious" portion of the African-American community, and in the "benevolent and unprejudiced whites" who have assisted them. Metford writes that she had encounted Caucasian-Americans who worked towards helping African-Americans in the Temperance movement, but preferred to do so by creating segregated lodges and societies, and asserts that this provides an "incalculable advantage" when it can be done. Metford writes that she found Philadelphians to be greatly interested in the "coloured High School" ran by Miss Jackson, and that she and others had the opportunity to address the pupils.
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