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Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to William Lloyd Garrison and Oliver Johnson, 1841 [May] 30th


Letter from Richard Davis Webb, Dublin, [Ireland], to William Lloyd Garrison and Oliver Johnson, 1841 [May] 30th



Richard Davis Webb writes to William Lloyd Garrison about J.A. Collins' stay with him in Dublin before he returned to Glasgow. Webb describes Collins' mission around the British Isles, even noting how his suffering from "cholic pain" interfered with his work. He discusses the role of the clergy in the antislavery movement and comments, "I hardly see how a man can adhere to any sect without the surrender of his right of private judgement & moral independence." Webb then discusses letters between American abolitionists that Collins possessed and asks Garrison to write to Richard Allen, as "he would be very much gratified by a letter from thee, which he has never yet had." He also discusses Joseph Sturge and the influence of religion on the antislavery movement in the British Isles, remarking that "'Friends' have been almost the only contributors to the Anti-Slavery cause in Ireland." On the seventh page, Webb begins, "It is now Thursday, June 3" and he summarizes Collins' work in Glasgow during the past months. He adds that he and his wife, as well as "all our small circle who are quakers are beginning to be looked on .. as people who go out of their sphere - who waste their sympathies on extremist objects .. as children playing with the fire." After the signature, R.D. Webb begins a new, undated, letter to Oliver Johnson listing the names of British and Irish subscribers to the Liberator and how much they have paid for the subscriptions, as well as requesting the Pennsylvania Freeman, the Herald of Freedom, and the Non-Resistant for himself.
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