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REAS - Raymond English Anti-Slavery Collection

Letter (24 Dec 1857)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/65
Physical Description 1 sheet. Condition: slightly torn.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: letter from Amelia Chesson; publication of an essay by AC on the size and beauty of future generations of the human race; AC's children; request for letters from AC; misfortunes of Mr Daly [an anti-slavery campaigner], and George Thompson's support for him; character of Mr Jacobs, a coloured refugee; education of May Chesson in anti-slavery matters; prediction that there will be great trouble in America before long; Herbert [?Thompson]; letter to Frederick Chesson, some of which may be published in the Star; GT's intention to travel to the hills before the hot season; affection for AC.

Dated at: Calcutta.


Letter (7 Jan 1858)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/66
Physical Description 1 sheet. Condition: slightly torn.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: importance of the Indian mutiny, especially its causes and the lack of a solution; George Thompson's writing style; death of Dr Daniel Wilson, bishop of Calcutta, the Governor General's eulogy on him, and GT's own opinion.

Dated at: Calcutta.


Letter (9 Jan 1858)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/67
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: siege of Lucknow, and arrival of the survivors in Calcutta, including their official and popular reception and a description of their physical and mental condition; George Thompson's condemnation of patriotism and war.

Dated at: Calcutta.


Letter (22 Jan 1858)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/68
Physical Description 1 sheet. Condition: slightly torn.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: letters to Anne Thompson and Frederick Chesson; cancellation of George Thompson's planned trip to the hills with Prossono; GT's health, and his intention to go to the hills alone; progress of GT's business in Calcutta; planned attack on Lucknow by Sir Colin Campbell (the Commander in Chief), and expected casualties; executions and marshal law, reaction of the press, and GT's opinion of the European lack of regard for native Indians; GT's health, and the benefits of a trip to the Himalayas; GT's life in Calcutta, and his hope to return to England in 1859; GT's account of his own character; affection for Amelia Chesson and her children.

Dated at: Calcutta.

Arrangement

This letter was originally accompanied by a newspaper cutting.


Letter (4 Feb 1858)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/69
Physical Description 1 sheet, torn.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: financial problems of Mr Lister, and the effect on George Thompson's own business; abandonment of GT's trip to the hills; plans to return to England, avoiding the heat of the Red Sea; the weather; arrival of [William] Russell of the Times in India, efforts of the Governor General to expedite his work, and GT's view of Russell's arrival; request to Amelia Chesson for newspapers; visit of the Governor General to the Commander in Chief at Lucknow; GT's praise for Canning's policy regarding the mutiny; GT's ship for England; letter to GT's mother; GT's health; warning to Frederick Chesson against the "European party" in India.

Dated at: Calcutta.


Letter (8 Feb 1858)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/70
Physical Description 1 sheet. Condition: torn.

Scope and Content

Letter to George Thompson's mother, containing material relating to: George Thompson's health, and his joy at returning home; the climate of India; the mutiny; war with China and acquisition of Canton; Indian tea and snuff; GT's stories of India; affection to Eliza and Mary [GT's sisters].

Dated: Calcutta.


Letter (19 Feb 1858)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/71
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's poor health; letter from Amelia Chesson; GT's desertion by his principal servant, Bahadur, and indifference of his landlady to his difficulties; subscription to a magazine; GT's plans to meet his family and take a holiday in England.

Dated at: Calcutta.


Letter ([?late 1858])

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/72
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: domestic matters; George Thompson's poor spirits.

Dated at: no address.

Written in pencil.


Letter (3 Jun 1861)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/73
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: hospitality of Mr and Mrs Crofts and Miss Richardson; meeting with Mr and Mrs Herbert at York, and their health; social engagements in Newcastle [on Tyne]; operation on Amelia Chesson's child; George Thompson's leisure activities.

Dated at: Tynemouth, Northumb.


Letter (19 Jun 1861)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/74
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's activities in Newcastle on Tyne, including an address at Miss Richardson's school and a lecture; meeting with Hester; family news; lecture by Joseph Barker on the "American crisis", and reactions of the public and press to both this and GT's lecture; questions to GT from schoolgirls about America, especially slaves.

Dated at: Tynemouth, Northumb.


Letter (18 Feb 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/75
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: autograph of [John] Whittier for Amelia Chesson; invitation to an official reception given by the leaders and people of Boston in George Thompson's honour, and GT's response, both published in the press; GT's musings on the contrast between this and his reception in Boston in 1835; dinner with Lowell and some radical Republicans; affection to AC, her children and the dog.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (24 Apr 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/76
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: letter from Amelia Chesson; AC's new house; lectures in New York, and demand throughout America for George Thompson as a lecturer; GT's plans for the spring and summer; progress of the [safety match] factory; GT's reception by the people of America, his joy at the changes there and his appreciation of his position; family matters.

Dated at: Auburn, NY.


Letter (1 Jul 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/77
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: Amelia Chesson's new baby; affection and toys for George Thompson's grandchildren; the weather, and GT's health; progress of the factory, and the market for matches; meeting with Mrs Jewett and Franky [Francis Jackson Garrison]; GT's attendance at "a strawberry festival".

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (26 Aug 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/78
Physical Description 1 sheet.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: photograph of George Thompson; GT's health; letter from Mr Eastwood [a relation of Frederick Chesson's stepfather, Benjamin Eastwood] regarding his enrolment for military service.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


Letter (11 Dec 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/2/79
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: letter from Amelia Chesson; letters to Frederick Chesson and Anne Thompson; AC's holidays in the Netherlands; matches from the factory, and an advertisement; AC's family; George Thompson's sister; GT's recent travels, his health, his itinerary and a lecture in Boston [Mass]; GT's rejoicing that Maryland is now a free state; domestic matters and social news.

Dated at: Baltimore, MD.


Letter Letters to Frederick Chesson (21 Nov 1857-25 Oct 1865)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3
Physical Description 19 items; 30 sheets.

Scope and Content

Folder containing letters written from North America (1864- 1865), Calcutta (1857) and England; a considerable amount of the correspondence relates to liberal causes (especially anti-slavery) and American politics; also social and domestic matters; includes details of George Thompson's itinerary in America.

Arrangement

the dates of many of the letters have been added in Frederick Chesson's hand; it is not clear when this was done.

Related Material

See also: REAS/3/3.



Letter (21 Nov 1857)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/1
Physical Description 1 sheet. Condition: slightly torn.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's health; winding-up of the Empire magazine, including letters from Frederick Chesson and Chamerovzow, and letters to Chamerovzow and Mr Lister regarding GT's £100 share of the debts; GT's hopes that the matter will be ended soon, his sympathy for Mr Hamilton, and his desire that no ill-feeling should arise from these transactions; assurances to AC that GT's attorney is reliable; request that FC use his influence to calm down feeling on this matter in general, and the need for reconciliation between Chamerovzow and Amelia Thompson (later Chesson); imaginary day in India with FC, so that GT could show him Indian life and the sights, and tell him about Indian politics and the mutiny, and so that FC could bring news of British and European politics, the growth of May Chesson, the birth of another daughter [Constance] to AC, the news at the Star, and social life; attack of an Indian newspaper, the Phoenix, on FC's Aborigines paper regarding the mutiny; GT's failure to provide letters for publication in the Star due to his health, his busy schedule and unrest in India; enquiries about the affairs of the Manchester Free Trade School and Cobden; last emperor in Delhi [Bahadur Shah II], his likely trial and imprisonment, the death of 2 of his sons and a grandson [Mirza Moghul, Mirza Khizr Sultan and Mirza Abu Bakr] and the end of the dynasty of Timurlane due to the mutiny; large numbers of ships of war on the river [?Ganges or Hoogly], and expected news of the fall of Lucknow; affection for AC and her new daughter.

Dated at: Calcutta.


Letter ([3 Oct 1860])

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

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: comments of Mr Chamerovzow in the Standard regarding attested documents confided to the hands of a mutual friend; George Thompson's wish to know what these documents are and who has them, so that Dr Cheever can be informed and appropriate steps taken; worsening of the situation regarding the Empire; omission of all mention of Rochusson's letter from the Reporter [Sep 1860].

Dated at: [London].


Letter (22 Jan 1864)

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

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's departure for America; the ship, the sea, the weather, GT's berth and his co-passengers, including several Confederates; message to Miss Kortright; GT's regards to all in the Star office, and to Mr Dymond; successful soirée in Manchester, which was worthy of a better [newspaper] report; breakfast in Liverpool with [Charles] Robertson, [John] Patterson and [C.E.] Rawlins [jnr]; GT's weariness after hard work ashore, his solitude and his affection for family and friends left behind; hopes for success in America; request for any advice or information which Frederick Chesson can send; regards for Mr Lucas, Amelia Chesson, the children and the dog; hopes for continued activity of the Emancipation society; request for an engrossed, framed copy of the soirée address.

Dated at: "on board the Arabia...between Liverpool and Queenstown".


Letter ([23 Jan 1864])

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

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: best wishes to Frederick Chesson and family while George Thompson is in America.

Dated at: "on board the Arabia".


Letter (4 Feb 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/5
Physical Description 1 sheet, slightly torn.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: George Thompson's voyage across the Atlantic, including the weather and his health; passengers on the ship, their company, their destinations, and distribution of tracts and pamphlets to them; expected time of arrival in Boston, Mass; promised letters from Boston to Mr Lucas; immediate business in America, such as news, calling on friends and other matters; GT's intention to contribute regularly to the Star; regards to the Chesson family and friends.

Dated at: "on board the Arabia", near Halifax, NS.


Letter (16 Feb 1864)

Reference GB 133 REAS/2/3/6
Physical Description 2 sheets.

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to: successful lecture on popular feeling in England in relation to America delivered for the Boston Fraternity Society at the music hall; forthcoming reception by the citizens of Boston; public appearances at the United States Hotel and at the Tremont Temple after a speech by [?Anna Elizabeth] Dickinson; speech of Wendell Phillips in the Melodeon; speech of Edward Everett in the Faneuil Hall; social and business calls and engagements; business and correspondence from all parts of America, including Canada; collection of material for GT's contribution to the Star; reception by the governor and members of his council, by the speakers of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, by members of the Union Club (including leading Republicans such as Edward Everett), by leading merchants and by the community in general; overwhelming number of invitations; plans to visit New York, Brooklyn [NY], Philadelphia [Penn] and Washington; forthcoming addresses in Cambridge [Mass] and Portland, ME; hopes of the American abolitionists, and the dangers to these posed by the potential rift in the Republican party over the nomination of the next president; support of both the Senate and Congress for a more vigorous abolitionist policy than that advocated by Lincoln; Lincoln's rivals, Chase, Fremont and Butler; dangers of the election of the Democratic party; esteem in America for John Bright; documents from state departments in Massachusetts regarding the doings and resources of the Commonwealth; breakfast with S.G. Howe, a member of the US Freedman's Inquiry Commission, and others; Howe's generally favourable report on his recent investigations into fugitive slaves in Canada; appointment of Theodore Tilton as conductor of the Independent in New York; Wendell Phillips Garrison now working on the Independent; William Lloyd Garrison jnr in a bank in Boston, and George Thompson Garrison with the 54th Colored Regiment in South Carolina; private business; love to Amelia Chesson.

Dated at: Boston, Mass.


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.