The Black Abolitionist Papers - Vol. 1

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19.
William Wells Brown to Elizabeth Pease 30 July 1849

William Wells Brown went abroad in 1849 to attend the Paris Peace Congress and to lecture in Britain for the antislavery cause. He arrived in Liverpool during the afternoon of 28 July 1849, following a ten-day voyage on the Cunard steamship Canada. After debarking, Brown registered at Brown's Temperance Hotel, where he spent his first three nights in England and prepared for a 1 August trip to Dublin. Before leaving Liverpool, Brown wrote to British abolitionist Elizabeth Pease, seeking an introduction into British antislavery circles. He enclosed letters from American abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and Charles Spears to establish his credentials with Pease. Brown's immediate effort to present his references to a prominent British antislavery figure underscores his awareness of British certification procedures. Farrison, William Wells Brown, 142-46.

Brown's [Temperance Hotel]
Liverpool, [ England]
July 30th, 1849

Elizabeth Pease1
Esteemed friend,

Though I am not personally acquainted with you, yet, the familiarity
with which your name is used in the anti-slavery circle of America, seems
to give me an acquaintance with you, without seeing you. And with this
seeming acquaintance I take the liberty of addressing you. Enclosed, is a
letter from our friend Garrison, also one from our friend Spear. 2 As it is
not probable that I shall be in your place soon, I thought I would send
them by mail. I shall go to Dublin tomorrow for the purpose of getting
out [another] edition of my book. 3 After the Peace meeting in Paris, 4 I
shall commence lecturing. As I am a stranger, and wish to consult the
friends of the slave, upon my future course, any suggestions from you,
will be gratefully received and highly appreciated. I shall be in London
on about the 20th of Aug. Also, soon after the adjournment of the peace
convention. Respectfully yours for the slave,

Wm. W Brown5

Antislavery Collection, Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass. Published by courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library.

1.
Elizabeth Pease ( 1807-1897) of Darlington, England, was a leading North Country Garrisonian. She shared an interest in antislavery and British India with

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