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Letter from Harriet Martineau to Maria Weston Chapman


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This shows her views on abolition:

I wish I could come again to Charleston, this winter, on some accounts, though not on all you wd perhaps find courage to speak to me now, & your father and mother and I should always be happy together. The reasons why I had rather not stay long there have nothing to do with any of you; & perhaps you can scarcely comprehend them. I am an English woman, to people of my country it is too painful to stay long in slave countries. I had borne it as long as I could by the time I got into Ohio, & I believe no earthly inducement could temp me again to spend six month in any country where there are slaves. I did not know how strong this feeling could be until I felt it. I wish you were here this year, instead of next. Remember me when you come, & believe me ever your affectionate friend.
Harriet Martineau

18th May 2010 by Diane Earl


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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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