[Letter To] Madam

[Letter To] Madam

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Calvin Allen writes to Maria Weston Chapman in regards to receiving her sermon on anti-slavery. He writes that she asserts that she is "knowing to my 'activity' zeal and efficiency in the glorious cause of human freedom.' " He writes that she is mistaken for thinking he is an abolitionist and reproaches her for lack of modesty and self-respect. He writes, "for the sake of that poverty and wretchedness which abounds in this portion of the country where you reside and which is well known to be a state of misery, for more burdensome to ills unhappy victims, than all the wills experienced by the Southern slaves, I say for the sake of that poverty and wretchedness which you may find daily near your own door, renounce your infatuated ideas of Negro emancipation and allow your charitable inclinations...to be directed to the alleviation of the poor suffering slaves of poverty that abound in your own immediate neighbourhood..and lastly, if you possess that respect which every person, both male and female, ought to possess for the constitution, laws and law makers of your country, if you have any faith in the integrity and morality of the people who have the constitutional right to vote for such men as they may deem best fitted to provide for the welfare of the country, you cannot consciously interfere with that right-for you ought to know (and I believe you do know) that you are pursuing a course which God and nature never intended to be pursued by the Sex to which you belong."
Branch Call Number: MS A.9.2 v.13, p.6
Characteristics: 1 leaf (4 p.) ; 26 cm

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