By Clare Taylor

British and American anti-slavery societies have been verified within the 1820s and 1830s and from an early date integrated girls campaigners. average of lady abolitionists, the Weston sisters wrote, accumulated monies and signatures for petitions yet hardly spoke in public or endorsed a chiefly feminist reason. This learn uncovers their paintings in the United States, Britain and France, their connections and campaigns and their contribution either to the anti-slavery circulation and to the forging of an Anglo-American democratic alliance.

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Twenty-two members can be identified as living on Southac, all probably coloured, and at least ten others on streets like Belknap, South Russell, Centre, Grove and West Cedar. Their vote went mainly to Chapman, if Toye be correct, but was suppressed. White members on these streets voted for Parker. Significantly the Misses Ball of Butolph Street, who possibly were coloured, lived in this ward, and carried the less wellto-do voters of Myrtle and Pinckney (housewright families or linked to the West India trade), but also the few from welloff Beacon and Tremont streets, though the wealthy Miss 40 Women of the Anti-Slavery Movement Caroline Sheppard of Chesnut Street abstained.

The artisan vote generally seems to have thought it more prudent to abstain. 34 Women of the Anti-Slavery Movement However the bulk of members, especially matrons and extended kin, came from Boston's commercial interests, and few members were very rich. Few lived on the seven wealthiest streets of Boston and the Westons wrote that only the Shaws and Russells were wealthy - and they voted for Mary Parker. The Gould list reveals how interconnected were families in trade, and members' names read like a Boston trade directory; Snelling, Dillaway and Porter; Simkin and Burge; Lamb and Low; Blasland, Bayley and Bates; Mcintosh and Peterson; Barbour and Sullivan; Bishop and Withrington; Cushing and Clapp; Symes and Eaton; Loring and Robbins; Ellis and Merriam.

7 Anne for her part had no wish to break with her sisters and joined them in criticising the Grimkes, whom they thought, with some truth, lacked ability - only their fine handwriting should be copied. By 1838 the Westons had challenged the leadership of the Boston ladies. The younger ones led youth groups, the older sisters raised funds and Maria who was clever with money, promoted Life Membership for $5 as against 50 cents for annual membership. However Mary Parker led the delegation to attend the women's anti-slavery convention in Philadelphia in the spring, a May meeting to celebrate the marriage of Angelina Grimke to a fellow abolitionist, Theodore Weld of New York.

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