Laurel Bank, Partick
Feb 5th 1850.
My dear Mr. Burritt,
Your kind note was very welcome. We were all glad to hear from you again, and to know that you were quite well, and so busily engaged in the good cause of Peace. I thank you for introducing me to your friend & townswoman Lucy Chase, it will give me great pleasure to maintain that friendly intercourse you have thus commenced which I hope will prove a material help to us. I enclose an answer to her kind introductory letter, which you will have the goodness to send to her. I was pleased to learn by a letter from a very intimate friend of mine in Ashton-under-Lyne, Jane [?] that she had ordered The 'Citizen.' She is becoming quite an ardent peace woman and is anxious to see the cause promoted in Ashton. Our dear friend Mr. Campbell has been rather dangerously ill of Scarlett Fever but is now recovering. He took it from his children. This disease has been very prevalent in our neighborhood chiefly among children.
We all have you in kind remembrance &
I am Yours Sincerely
Partick Near Glasgow Feb. 5th, 1850
Will Lucy Chase accept Elizabeth Wilson's sincere thanks for her kind letter and assurances of the great pleasure she will feel & does feel in adding Lucy's name to her little list of friends & correspondents? I am glad, my dear friend, that Mr, Burritt has thought of introducing us to each other in this interesting way, and I hope we shall both feel the better for the friendly intercourse thus commenced, I feel that it does my spirit good to meet another spirit in warm and genuine friendship--yea, even should 3000 miles of ocean intervene, as in this case. We meet and embrace as friends, drawn together by our mutual friend--As children of One Father, the objects of His tender Love and care. As inheritors of the divine rich promises of grace of the same helped through our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we are united with each other, and with all for whom Christ died.
It is very gratifying to me, Lucy, to be connected in the League of Brotherhood with so many good people, who are uniting their efforts to promote the Spirit of Peace & love upon the South. It seems like a working together with God and with Christ for the redemption of the world, for bringing man to a better understanding of their true relationship to God and to each other and of their duties, enjoyments, and privileges in those relationships. Don't you feel as if this League helped you to such perceptions? Not that there is any thing in it that the Gospel of Christ does not enjoin upon his followers but, it is in entering into covenant with God, and with each other that we will try to fulfil the Law of love.
I read with interest the account in the Citizen of your meeting in Worcester to welcome Mr. Burritt back to his home, and was glad to see that there was so much warmth of heart manifested at the meeting, and such a testimony borne to the excellency of the cause of Peace. I am sure Mr. B's American friends must all be glad to have him amongst them again for awhile, and he too will feel gladdened and refreshed in spirit to meet you all again, and to receive from you encouragement & sympathy.
I suppose you are quite familiar with the movements in this country in reference to the peace question; and the state of the public mind regarding it. You would be pleased in noticing the rapid strides it made in its onward path, during the 3 years of Mr. Burritt's sojourn in England. Was ever any progress of a good cause so rapid as this? Surely God's blessing was upon it.
You have heard no doubt, of the Bazaar we are to have in England in June. We hope it will be a demonstration worthy of the cause. I suppose the whole Sisterhood in England & Scotland are working for it and getting their friends to work. I should like to go to see the gathering of the friends of Peace and the collection of work that will be, on this occasion.
I am a little acquainted with your Free Soil party. And am glad they number so strong. I hope they will succeed in their designs of freeing their South from the sin & curse of Slavery. The Rev. J. H. C. Pennington of New York is here at present. [Note: Pennington, an African-American minister and abolitionist, was the author of The Fugitive Blacksmith; or Events in the History of James W. C. Pennington, Pastor of a Presbyterian Church in New York, Formerly a Slave in the State of Maryland, United States, published in 1850.] We have been reading the little narration of his escape from slavery and his subsequent difficulties and trials, until his kind heart opened to receive the light & liberty of God's love. It is deeply interesting to read of the strugglings of his spirit for freedom. We expect to have him as our guest before he leaves Glasgow.
I am sorry I cannot give you any definite reply to your question as to the authorship of "Shirley." I have heard, that it is supposed to have been written by a clergyman's daughter. I have not read the book but hope to do so soon. It will give me pleasure to hear from you any time. I am,
Yours sincerely Elizabeth Wilson