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'The outrage on Mr Sumner ...'

BYRON, Anne Isabella Milbanke, Lady (1792-1860). Wife of Lord Byron.
Good Autograph Letter Signed to Mr Foster, 3 pages 8vo with endorsement, 1 Cambridge Terrace, Regent's Park, 24 June 1856. Discussing the moral dangers to young women, the anti-slavery agitation in America, local politics and family matters.
'Any case in which a young Girl would probably be removed from moral dangers arising out of her actual circumstances, would best meet my views. In the course of my experience I have been able to give more moral assistance both to high & low, by Transcription, than by any other means within my reach - not that I deny the efficacy of other means employed by the persons possessed of them - "divers gifts". ...'
She promises to send £5 to Foster's banker (whose name she has forgotten) and she writes of abolitionist shenanigans in America:
'... Mrs Follen writes to me that the outrage on Mr Sumner, & the subsequent defence of it by the Southerners, has had the effect of strengthening the Abolitionists in the North, if not from the highest motives - for it would appear that they, the Anti-Slavery party, are in danger of being subjected to the law of force. ...'
She adds that Miss Murray's book has been a triumph, she assumes that Foster will be pleased by 'last night's reversal of Mr Walpole's bill', and adds a good deal of family news.
Charles Sumner (1811-1874), the American abolitionist, had been brutally assaulted on 22 May 1856 by Representative Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina. He never fully recovered.
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