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REAS - Raymond English Anti-Slavery Collection

Letter (19 Feb 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/7
Physical Description 2 sheets, including newspaper cutting.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: copy of invitation to a reception in Boston, with notes on the identity of the signatories; dinner at the Union Club, of which George Thompson was made an honorary member, and the advantages of his new status; supper with a prestigious assembly at the house of a wealthy merchant; accommodation at the house of a wealthy gentleman [?John Ritchie], and description of it; details of the wealthy gentleman's family; GT's desire to get to work. Also contains a newspaper cutting from the Liberator (Garrison's newspaper), 19 Feb 1864, including: the invitation to a public reception in Boston (dated 11 Feb), which was made by the city's leaders in recognition of GT's work in support of the United States government during the Civil War; GT's reply, (dated 12 Feb) in which he outlines his work in respect of slavery and the Civil War, and states his belief that British public opinion is with the northern states against the southern rebels; details of tickets for the reception.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (21 Mar 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/8
Physical Description 3 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: 20 letters written by George Thompson in the same day; overwhelming demands on GT's time (including public speaking and other engagements, parties, visits, correspondence with people throughout America and the establishment of a factory for the `Universal Patent Safety Match Company' in Boston); GT's inability to contribute to the Star due to a lack of confidence, his incomplete knowledge of current affairs, his health, and the time needed to prepare letters for publication; the limitations of Mr. Jewett as a businessman; capital and shares for the Safety Match Company, and other matters concerning the establishment of the business; forthcoming lectures in New Bedford, Lawrence and Lowell [Mass], and a 7-week tour, including Worcester [Mass], New York, Philadelphia [Penn], Baltimore [MD], Washington, Wilmington (DE), Newark (NJ), Albany, Syracuse, Auburn, Rochester and Elmira (NY), followed by the anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society and the New England Anti- Slavery Convention; GT's complaints about lack of privacy and solitude; his trust in those left behind to carry on his work; reflections on the determination of Americans to uproot slavery; meetings with Frederick Chesson's sister and Mr Eastwood.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (30 Apr 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/9
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: successful lectures in Syracuse, Auburn and Rochester [NY]; hospitality of Mr May, and George Thompson's health; enclosed letter from Mr [President] Lincoln [to A.G. Hodges], which outlines his policy on slavery, and GT's satisfaction with it; planned trip to Albany [NY], New York and Philadelphia [Penn]; sighting of Frederick Douglass (but no conversation); Mr May's regards to Frederick Chesson.

Dated at: Syracuse, NY.

Arrangement

the enclosed letter from Lincoln to Hodges may be found in the Public Library, Boston, Mass, where its reference is: MS A 1.2 vol.33 no.48a.


Letter (2 May 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/10
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: Frederick Chesson's account of his encounter with "the Italian Liberator" [Garibaldi] in Southampton, copied from the Standard into the Dial; request from Theodore Tilton for FC to contribute fortnightly letters to the Independent; personnel of the paper, including Tilton, Wendell Phillips Garrison and Joshua Leavett; lectures in Philadelphia; meeting with the Philadelphia Freedmen's Association, its sec, Mr [J.M.] McKim, and comments on its finances; similar associations in Boston, New York and elsewhere; death of Mr Forten, and letter regarding the same to Anne Thompson; the foundation of Philadelphia by [Sir William] Penn; visit to some Quakers [William Darlington] in West Chester [Penn], and a lecture there; anniversary meetings [of the Anti-Slavery Society] in New York.

Dated at: Chester, 18 miles from Philadelphia, Penn.


Letter (1 Jul 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/11
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: birth of Frederick Chesson's 2nd son [Frederick William jnr], and the health of Amelia Chesson; FC's first letter in the Independent, and his work as the Star's correspondent in Dublin; GT's wish that FC could come to America, and his belief that he would enjoy and benefit from reporting on the changes there; letter from Prof Newman to Garrison in the Independent, and Garrison's promised answer, regarding President Lincoln; hot weather; GT's health; hospitality of Mrs Chapman in Weymouth [Mass]; speeches at the University of Amherst [Mass] and the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn; planned trip to the White Mountains, NH.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (21 Jul 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/12
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: visit to the Wesleyan University in Middletown, including George Thompson's new-found popularity there, and admissions of error from senior university officers who had vilified him in 1835; honorary degree of LLD conferred on GT; meetings with Frederick Chesson's sister, Emily; visit to Mr Eastwood in Plymouth, Conn; successful lecture at Amherst [university, Mass]; sightseeing around Northampton, Conn; hospitality; forthcoming lectures in Florence and Leeds [Mass]; planned visit to Mount Holyoake [Mass]; news of the death of Mr [Washington] Wilks (of the Star), GT's sympathy for his wife and his offer to contribute to her welfare; death of John Hopper in New York.

Dated at: Middletown, Conn.


Letter (28 Jul 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/13
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: hospitality of Mr Eastwood in Plymouth, Conn, and the scenery there; Eastwood's church, parish and living; meeting with Frederick Chesson's sisters, Elizabeth and Ann, and his good impression of them; engagements in New Haven, Hartford, Norwich and elsewhere [Conn]; visit to Mr and Mrs Critchlaw, with whom [FC's sister, Emily] lives, in Leeds [Mass]; Emily's employment in Critchlaw's factory; Critchlaw's house; hospitality of a wealthy gentleman in Leeds; speech in Leeds; meeting in Abingdon [Mass] to celebrate West Indian Emancipation; the weather, George Thompson's health and his intention of having a rest; health of FC's relatives.

Dated at: Florence, Mass.


Letter (8 Aug [1864])

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/14
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: death of George Thompson's dog, Toby, and an appreciation of his life; copy of Zion's Herald , including a notice of GT's visit to the Wesleyan University [Middletown, Mass], and the possibility of Frederick Chesson contributing to the paper, which is commended by GT; photograph of Theodore Tilton; FC's position with the Toronto Globe; GT's expectation that he will see [?William Wells] Brown soon; hospitality in Boston; marriage of Garrison's son, William, to [Ellen Wright] the niece of L. Mott in Auburn, NY; engagement of Wendell Phillips [Garrison] to Lucy, daughter of J. Miller McKim; problems with FC's baby son, F[rederick] W[illiam] jnr.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (5 Dec 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/15
Physical Description 4 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: visit from Mr Vigion, Frederick Chesson's uncle [by marriage], requesting information about the family in England; departure from Boston; lecture in Oberlin, [OH]; 2 lectures in Chicago, ILL; 2 lectures in Milwaukee, WI; lecture in Elgin, ILL: visits to governor Yates and the private residence of president Lincoln in Springfield, ILL; arrival in St Louis, MO, and hospitality there; arrival in Cincinnati; visit to Covington, KY, and meeting with the mayor; generosity of anti- slavery supporters, railway companies, hotels and the organisers of lectures; George Thompson's wonder at the places he has seen; forthcoming lecture in Salem [OH]; journey to Baltimore [MD] via Pittsburgh and Harrisburg [Penn]; GT's desire to see the battlefield of Gettysburg [Penn]; intention to visit Mrs Orving (Anne Thompson's sister, Bethia [recte Bethan]) in Baltimore; intended visit to J.M. McKim in Philadelphia and Oliver Johnson in New York; forthcoming lecture at the Tremont Hall, Boston; outline of GT's entire tour; GT's hopes to visit America again; letters to Eastwood in Plymouth [Conn], and to Emily Chesson.

Dated at: Cincinnati, OH.


Letter (25 Aug 1865)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/16
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's receipt of $190 from Theodore Tilton for Frederick Chesson, and $30 for the fund for Mrs Wilks; GT's contribution to the Wilks fund; difficulties of transferring money to England under the current exchange rates; GT's health, and the removal of many of his teeth; GT's optimism about the match factory, and its finances; general failure to raise money for the Wilks fund in America; request for FC to help Anne Thompson if she is temporarily short of money.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (29 Aug 1865)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/17
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: proposed mission to England by Judge Thomas Russell in November [1865], with the aim of reducing hostility between public opinion in the United States and that in the United Kingdom; George Thompson's support for the mission, and a glowing recommendation of Judge Russell for the task, including full details of his credentials; request that Frederick Chesson organise an invitation to England for Russell (necessarily including the signature of [John] Bright) from the London Eman[cipation] Society; Russell's expenses; request for FC's opinion on the matter; probable invitation from president Johnson to Bright, inviting him to America; a copy of this letter sent to Mr T.H. Barker of Manchester, with a request that he also consult the committee there on this matter; the weather and GT's health.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (12 Sep 1865)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/18
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's receipt of news of Frederick Chesson's family in England; money to be sent for FC's contribution to the Independent, and also for Mrs Wilks and Anne Thompson; probable visit of Bright to America, and GT's hopes that FC will be able to accompany him; progress of the safety match factory, GT's expenditure upon it and his confidence in its ultimate success; GT's health; forthcoming lecture tour of Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and so on; memorial volume to be prepared by Mrs Cobden for her husband; volume of Bright's speeches in America; weather and GT's health; GT's plans to return to England.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (25 Oct 1865)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/19
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: Mrs Cobden; hospitality of Gerrit Smith; lectures in Vergennes (VT), Oneida, Peterboro and Morrisville (NY); forthcoming lectures in Richmond [VA], Pittsburgh (Penn) and places in Indiana; engagements in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan; George Thompson's intention to visit Missouri, Virginia, Iowa and Minnesota; visit of Garrison to England, 1866, including the proposed roles of GT and Frederick Chesson; GT's reception in Buffalo; lecture in Buffalo; GT's homesickness.

Dated at: Buffalo, NY.


Letters to Elizabeth Pease/Nichol (9 Jan 1837-11 Apr 1870)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4
Physical Description 33 items; 57 sheets, including envelopes.

Scope and Content

Folder containing letters written in Edinburgh, Manchester, London, the United States, Harrogate [Yorks] and Newcastle on Tyne [Northumb]; the correspondence includes anti-slavery material, especially the activities of George Thompson and Elizabeth Pease (later Nichol), the rift between the American Anti-Slavery Society (led by Garrison) and the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (the `New Organisation', founded in 1839), the support of GT for the former and the British Anti-Slavery Society (based at 27 New Broad Street, London) for the latter, and GT's opinion of the law regarding women in England.

Related Material

See also: REAS/3/4; REAS/4.



Letter (9 Jan 1837)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/1
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's health; Elizabeth Pease's anti-slavery activities; request for GT to write an "address to the women of Great Britain"; reprint of [Revd John D.] Paxton's Letters on slavery; GT's busy schedule, and arrangements to see EP; GT's offer of a parcel of copies of the Liberator for 1835; news from America.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (23 Jan 1837)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/2
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: books and periodicals enclosed with the letter, including a letter from George Thompson to Garrison, and Garrison's account of the Boston mob; reprint of the address of Miss [Angelina] Grimké to the ladies of England and related material; reprint of Paxton's Letters on slavery; news from America, including details of growing support for abolition amongst many sections of the population (in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan), and American appreciation of anti-slavery work in Britain; lectures in Glasgow and Paisley [Renfrewshire].

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Addressed to "Miss Pease".


Letter (7 Feb 1837)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/3
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: Miss Grimké's pamphlet; lectures in Paisley, Greenock [Renfrewshire], Dumbarton and Bonhill Pavey [Dumbartonshire], and remonstrances to be sent to America; events in [Boston, Mass] 1835 and 1836; lectures in Stirling.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (21 Feb 1837)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/4
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: printing of Miss Grimké's pamphlet, and prospects of circulation; opinion of Mrs [Jane] Smeal; letters from Garrison, [?Lewis] Tappan and Mr [John] Scoble (writing from Demerara [West Indies]); George Thompson's health; good news from America.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Addressed to "Miss Pease".


Letter (28 Feb 1837)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/5
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: printing of Miss Grimké's pamphlet, including expenses, Mrs Smeal's opinion and George Thompson's contribution; planned visit to Elizabeth Pease in Darlington [Co. Durham]; anti-slavery fair in Boston [Mass] 22 Dec [1836]; visit of J.J. Gurney to the United States; mission of Mr [Robert] Breckenridge.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address and postage marks.


Letter ([15 Oct 1840])

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/6
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: Manchester address; pamphlet and tract sent by Elizabeth Pease; dinner with [Henry] Stanton and [James] Birney, including comments on Scoble and Mrs [Elizabeth] Stanton; meeting in Edinburgh, at which George Thompson spoke on the acts of the [First World] Convention whilst refusing to endorse the New Organisation or the Broad Street committee; speeches on slavery by Birney, Stanton, Scoble, [Charles] Remond and W.W. Anderson; anticipated further meetings with these people over the next few days; planned lecture in Glasgow, including comments on tensions within the abolitionist movement in Britain.

Dated at: [Edinburgh].


Letter (24 Oct 1840)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/7
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: fund-raising for abolition, associated difficulties because of rifts in the movement, and support for Mr [John Anderson] Collins in this work; suggested tour of Britain by Collins and Remond; meetings of Birney in Glasgow.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (27 Oct 1840)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/8
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: conversation with Remond regarding a tour of Britain by Collins, and action to be taken in the light of disputes within the anti-slavery movement; prospects of raising £2000 in Britain for the tour; George Thompson's opinion on the best approach to these problems; a note concerning W[illiam] L[loyd] G[arrison] in a letter from Elizabeth Pease to Miss [?Mary] Parker [President of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society]; conversation with Scoble.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (30 Oct 1840)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/9
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's opinion of Collins; discussion between GT, Collins and Remond regarding the troubles of the abolitionist movement in America and the best way to undertake a combined lecture tour of Britain and Ireland, including funding; George Thompson's overriding commitment to the British India cause; importance of support in Britain for the success of the abolitionist movement in America.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (3 Nov 1840)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/10
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: dinner with Collins and Remond at Mr [William] Beilby's; donation from Elizabeth Pease towards Collins' mission; charges against Garrison, and Garrison's activities in Britain; support of [William] Smeal and John Murray; Remond's undertaking to accompany Collins on tour; work of [Richard] Webb and [Richard] Allen in Dublin; George Thompson's problems with his steel pen.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (5 Nov 1840)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/11
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: meeting of Collins with the gentleman's committee in Edinburgh, and his partial success; similar meeting with the ladies.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (7 Nov 1840)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/12
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: Edinburgh ladies' committee to meet [Capt Charles] Stuart; George Thompson's engagement at a ladies' committee in Glasgow; fundraising by Collins in Edinburgh; GT's sadness at the hostility of many abolitionists towards Garrison and his friends; activities of Stuart, including a meeting with Collins; plans for lectures in Manchester; request for Elizabeth Pease to make representations to Sir Charles Forbes on behalf of Collins.

Dated at: Edinburgh.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (25 Nov 1840)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/13
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: lectures arranged in Oldham and Salford [Lancs]; plans for a new publication, the Star in the East, or the British India Advocate, with details.

Dated at: Manchester.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (25 Jan 1841)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/14
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: divisions within the anti- slavery movement, George Thompson's anger and distress at the sectarian nature of his opponents, and Elizabeth Pease's part in supporting the Garrison party; lecture in Burnley [Lancs].

Dated at: Manchester.

Includes address, seal and postage marks.


Letter (6 Feb 1841)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/15
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: misunderstanding between Collins and Remond; request of J[oseph] Sturge to have his name removed from the list of Honorary Members in the Glasgow Anti- Slavery Society; lecture in Leeds, where George Thompson is the guest of T. Pease; Elizabeth Pease's contribution to the Garrison party; arrival of F.C. B[rown] in London.

Dated at: Manchester.


Letter (27 Mar 1841)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/16
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: parcel from Mr [F.C.] Brown containing papers relating to the raja of Sattara case; letter requesting that George Thompson use his influence at the India House to secure a cadetship for the correspondent's son; pamphlet of Collins, and attacks on him by [Amos] Phelps and others; lectures in Manchester.

Dated at: Manchester.


Letter ([18 Jul 1859])

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/17
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: health of Gen Briggs; correspondence with F.C. Brown regarding cultivation of coffee in India; the Indian works of Mr [John] Ludlow; social news; omissions in Mary Howitt's History of the United States relating to the anti-slavery movement; forthcoming publication by Dr [George] Cheever against slavery, and opposition to it in America; visit from Annie Warren Weston.

Dated at: [London].

Written in pencil; includes envelope with stamp and postage marks.


Letter (18 Mar 1860)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/18
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: outspokenness of the pro- slavery advocate, Dr Orville Dewey; lecture of Frederick Douglass in Edinburgh; the United States Constitution to be interpreted literally in respect of slavery; Elizabeth Nichol's new dwelling.

Dated at: Manchester.


Letter (23 Jul 1860)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/19
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: Elizabeth Nichol's new dwelling; George Thompson's pamphlet regarding the controversy on the Constitution of the United States, a request that EN help him meet the expense, and arrangements for its distribution; public meeting of the Emancipation Committee, 1 Aug 1860, and the expected attendance of Dr Cheever if he arrives from New York; Cheever's good relations with the Am[erican] A[nti] S[lavery] Society.

Dated at: London.

Includes envelope with stamp and postage marks.


Letter (4 Aug 1860)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/20
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: attempts to prevail upon Dr Cheever to attend the commemorative meeting in Scotland; resolution of welcome for Cheever; impressive speech by Cheever at a Congregationalist meeting in London.

Dated at: London.

This letter is written on the dorse of a printed Address of the London Emancipation Committee, welcoming Cheever, 1 Aug 1860. Printed sheet with handwritten letter on dorse; includes envelope with stamp and postage marks.


Letter (27 Dec 1863)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/21
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's visit to his cousin [George Edmund Donisthorpe] in Leeds; Elizabeth Nichol's request for copies of the Liberator; bust [?of GT or Garrison]; caste and autograph [of Garrison]; writings on Kashmir; GT's visit to Mrs E. Richardson in Newcastle, and the misfortunes of her family.

Dated at: London.

Includes envelope with stamp and postage marks.


Letter (7 Jan 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/22
Physical Description 3 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: letters from Professor Nichol and Mr Smith in the Glasgow Herald, attacking Mr [James] Spence; bust of Garrison and Dewey's book on the Constitution of the United States to be sent by George Thompson to Elizabeth Nichol; GT's anti-slavery engagements in London, Oxford, Manchester and Liverpool, 12-22 Jan 1864; GT's passage to America booked for 23 Jan 1864; favourable news from America regarding the prospects of both GT's planned business enterprise and his lecture tour; planned visit to GT's daughter, Louisa; weather in London.

Dated at: London.

Includes envelope with stamp and postage marks.


Letter (22 Jan 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/23
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: soirée in Manchester; breakfast meeting in Liverpool; George Thompson's exhaustion, sadness and nervousness.

Dated at: Liverpool.

Printed sheet with handwritten letter on dorse.

This letter is written on the dorse of a copy of George Thompson's farewell address at the Manchester soirée, 21 Jan 1864.


Letter (19 Aug 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/24
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: falling subscription and financial problems of the Liberator, George Thompson's intention to provide money towards it, donation by Gerrit Smith, and a request for Elizabeth Nichol to make a donation; necessity of supporting Garrison; proposed visit of Garrison to England in spring, 1865.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (19 Sep [1864])

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/25
Physical Description 3 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: letter and gift from Elizabeth Nichol to Garrison; willingness of George Thompson and Garrison to visit EN; visits by Garrison to Sam J. May and Gerrit Smith in New York State; marriage of William Lloyd Garrison jnr to Ellen [Wright], daughter of [Martha Wright] a sister of L. Mott; hospitality of Mr [Robert] Wallcut towards GT; EN's donation towards the Liberator, the importance of keeping the paper in business, and GT's efforts to raise money for it; vindication of Garrison by events; difficult position of Wendell Phillips caused by his outspokenness against [president] Lincoln, which has been exploited by those who support slavery and oppose the Union; inability of radical abolitionists (such as [Stephen] Foster and [Parker] Pillsbury) to influence events due to Phillips' position; failure of [Gen John] Fremont as a presidential candidate, and overwhelming support for Lincoln; aims of the Democratic party, its determination to overthrow the government, and the likelihood of violence and insurrection around polling day (8 Nov), especially in the western and northwestern states; quotation from H.C. Wright in the Liberator in which he identifies opposition to the federal government from within the northern states as the only hope of [Jefferson] Davis and [Gen Robert E.] Lee; false conclusions of the Scotsman, and their damaging effects in Britain; successful establishment of GT's private business in Boston, which will soon begin to market its products [matches]; visit to Garrison at his new house; health of Mrs [Helen] Garrison; news of George Thompson Garrison, serving as an officer in a coloured regiment in South Carolina; offer to EN of pictures of Garrison's family; request for pictures of EN; GT's health.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (11 Oct 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/26
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: lectures in Portland, ME; visit to Garrison; donation by the Sturges towards the Liberator; excitement due to state elections in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, Lincoln's prospects in them, and the determined efforts of Democratic "proslavery, disunion, copperhead, negro hating sympathizers with the rebels" to overthrow the Republican party; success of George Thompson's lectures, which have dealt with the state of the country and the need for reconstruction rather than taking a partisan stance; military successes of the Union forces, the desperate position of the rebels, and the confidence of all in the North, except the pro- slavery party; necessity of supporting Garrison.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (12 Nov 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/27
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's forthcoming lectures in Cleveland, Oberlin and Cincinnati, OH, Chicago, ILL, St Louis, MO, and elsewhere; Lincoln's victory in the election, Republican domination of Congress, and the importance of this for antislavery and the Union; peace and order on election day; popular expectations of the new government; GT's appreciation that many Republican supporters are prepared to have slavery abolished for practical reasons, and do not necessarily oppose it on moral grounds.

The letter is unsigned, and may be incomplete.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (27-28 Jun [1867])

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/28
Physical Description 3 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: visit to Garrison and Frankie and Fanny [his son and daughter] with Edith [George Thompson's daughter]; Garrison's itinerary for 2-10 [Jul 1867], including London, Manchester, Newcastle on Tyne [Northumb], Melrose [Roxburghshire] and Edinburgh, and when and for how long Elizabeth Nichol can expect him, allowing for his intended visits to Glasgow, Stirling, the Western Highlands and Paris; illness and death of [George] GT's son, and its effect on Anne Thompson; GT's health; Garrison's meetings with Sir T.F. Buxton, the duchess of Sutherland, the duke and duchess of Argyll, the marquis of Lorn, Lord Houghton, Hepworth Dixon, Anthony Trollope, and others; visit by GT's and Garrison's children to the Royal Academy's exhibition and the zoological gardens; Garrison's improving health; forthcoming breakfast with Garrison, at which Lord and Lady Russell are expected to be present.

Dated at: [London].

Includes envelope with stamp and postage marks.


Letter (28 Feb 1870)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/29
Physical Description 5 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: letter from Mrs Ford requesting that George Thompson assist the Ladies National Association in working for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act; GT's respect for the other supporters of this work, his strong condemnation of the Act, especially the issue of physical examination of prostitutes, his intention to support the campaign against it and his sympathy for women's campaigns in general; the importance of the issue, and a request for the opinion of Elizabeth Nichol and her friends regarding the need for a common moral stance against the Act; news of Anne Thompson, Edith [GT's daughter] and GT's grandson [Frederick John Herbert].

Dated at: Harrogate, Yorks.

Written in pencil.


Letter (4 Apr 1870)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/4/30
Physical Description 3 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: meetings in South Shields and Newcastle on Tyne [Northumb], and George Thompson's apprehensions about his ability to perform well at them; urgent appeal by Dr Hooppell; reminiscences about a previous meeting in Newcastle [in 1838], when GT and Elizabeth Nichol visited Lord Brougham and Gen Briggs broke down; address of the Metropolitan Association, which states that efforts are to be made to get a bill through parliament during the current session to extend the provisions of the C[ontagious] D[iseases] A[cts], and GT's intention to work against this; need for a bill to repeal the Acts, the suitability of [William] Fowler as the Member of Parliament with sole responsibility for it, and the need for him to have help; GT's delight at the fate of Sir H. Storks [who withdrew from the Newark, Lincs, by- election after pressure from the National Association], and the importance of this blow for the cause; GT's request for a copy of the pamphlet of Prof [Sheldon] Amos, and his desire to read all he can on the subject; necessity of dealing not only with the Contagious Diseases Acts, but also with the question of prostitution as a whole, and the work of the Metropolitan Association of Gentlemen (of which Frederick Chesson is an Hon Sec) to this end; GT's hope that he can contribute to the campaign.

Dated at: Harrogate, Yorks.