Sarah P. Remond to Maria Weston Chapman 6 October 1859
Financial cooperation between British and American activists was a significant feature of the transatlantic abolitionist movement. From 1840, American abolitionism increasingly depended on Britain's material contributions to antislavery bazaars and, after 1858, on the money given to the American Anti-Slavery Society-sponsored National Anti-Slavery Subscription Anniversary. Run almost exclusively by women, this fundraising network's chief organizer was Boston Garrisonian Maria Weston Chapman. A number of black abolitionists contributed to the network's success and, in turn, used it to promote their lecture activities. Sarah P. Remond wrote Chapman about difficulties she was having in setting up her British tour. Chapman responded in a 4 September letter, offering introductions to helpful British abolitionists, including "the little band of true Englishwomen." Remond's 6 October letter to Chapman acknowledged this advice. Maria Weston Chapman to Sarah P. Remond, 4 September 1859, John B. and Mary A. Estlin Papers, UkLW.
Warrington, [ England] October 6th, 1859
My dear Mrs. Chapman.
It was my intention to send you a long letter by our friend Mr. May, 1 who sails for home on the 22d of this month but as usual I can only write a hurried note. On the 12th of this month I go to London, to attend the lectures at the Ladies College. 2 I shall on every occasion that I can still continue to lecture and do all I can for our cause. I have lectured very frequently, in fact had more invitations recently tha[n] I could fill. Lectured on three successive evenings last week, which was rather too much for me and I am now with my friends Mr. & Mrs. Robson, 3 for a little rest, then go to York, to lecture there. In reference to Mr. Thompson, 4 I must say that I made one mistake in the beginning I placed him in a wrong position. I thought he belonged to a class of men like Garrison, Phillips, Jackson, 5 the two Mr. May's, 6 Mr. Wallcutt, 7 &c. Men of the most reliable stamp. But alas! I am satisfied he is not of them. I have not had time or inclination lately to think much about it but I believe we both understand the most important facts in reference to the matter. I wish Rev S J May, could remain longer in England, and help forward our glorious cause. Very many thanks for your valuable letters. Please remember me most kindly to all my Anti Slavery friends and with warmest regard for yourself, I am most truly yours,
Sarah P Remond