[Letter To] My Dear Mrs. Chapman
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Henry Ingersoll Bowditch writes to Maria Weston Chapman in regards to criticizing the tenor of the speeches at a recent meeting of Unitarians in respect to their "self-complacency." He objects to the idea implied that she and those who were with her "in the trial hour of fierce attacks from the mob, may now step aside and that the Unitarians and others who do not wish to be tramelled by Societies, may take the standard & bear it on to victory." He writes, "I believe the Unitarians, as a body, are as rotten as ever upon the subject." He confesses with remorse that he was not one of the early pioneers, and analyzes the motives that restrained him. He quotes Dr, Charles T.C. Follen, who told him "I could not find it in my conscience to keep away from there 'who were united for the sole purpose of abolishing slavery." He came to realize that by keeping independent he was making himself a slave of public opinion. He thinks that 'the palmy days' of the cause are coming & it is becoming fashionable to be considered an anti-slavery man."
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MS A.9.2, v.19, p.12-13
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