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[2] Clarkson, his family were unwilling to have Collins touch on the subject of the division among the American abolitionists. Allusion to this or to Mr. Garrison led the venerable philanthropist to speak of the evils resulting from destroying the Sabbath or religion, and of the dangerous influence of Owenism. ‘It required no sagacity,’ adds Collins, ‘to see his design in referring to Owen,1 etc. . . Owenism, in Great Britain, is considered2 double-distilled infidelity. Your views are being considered of the Owen school.3 You are the Great Lion which stands in my way.’ Likewise, on February 3, Collins writes to Francis Jackson: “Garrison is a hated and persecuted man in England. Calumny and reproach are heaped upon him in the greatest possible degree.” Ms. And, in a letter to Mr. Garrison himself, Richard D. Webb,4 on May 30, reported that Joseph Sturge, the weightiest member of the London Committee, regarded the mere defence of Garrison and Collins by Elizabeth Pease and William Smeal ‘as a species of persecution directed against himself, and as a gratuitous giving up of the slave's cause.’ When Miss Pease had obtained from5 America a truthful statement of Mr. Garrison's part in the Chardon-Street Convention, at the hands of the Quaker James Cannings Fuller, the London Committee6 refused her request to give it the same currency which7 they had given to Colver's libel.

W. L. Garrison to Elizabeth Pease, Darlington, England.

Boston, March 1, 1841.
8 I am very much obliged to you for your letter by the Britannia, and do not regret, on the whole, that bro. Collins has concluded to remain until the sailing of the steamer of the 4th inst., though I trust he will not miss coming at that time, for his presence here now is indispensable. In whatever he has been called to encounter, on your side of the Atlantic, by the evil spirit that reigns there, as well as here, in the anti-slavery ranks, I deeply sympathize with him. The

1 Robert Owen.

2 Ante, 2.390.

3 ‘Socialism is thrown upon us both’ (Ms.—1841, Collins to W. L. G.).

4 Ms.

5 Mss. Jan. 14, Mar. 17, 1841, E. Pease to Collins.

6 Ante, 2.425.

7 Mss. Apr. 27, E. Pease to J. Scoble (May?), 1841, to Collins.

8 Ms.

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