11 August 1843
adams-john10 Neal Millikan Anti-Slavery Movements Texas Annexation Press
37 Quincy. Friday 11. August 1843.

11. IV:15. Friday.

White Franklin Mrs Abigail Brown Adams. Johnson William Clarkson Sarah Adams Johnson

Rain all Night, and almost the whole of this day. Confined of course to the house, and gave a somnolent sitting to Mr Franklin White, who said he should want only one more. My Son went to Boston in the Stage, and while we were at dinner returned home, with his wife, William C. Johnson, and his sister Sarah Adams, named after grandmother, my brother Charles’s wife.— They left Utica Wednesday Morning. Came that day to Albany. Yesterday to Springfield—and landed this day noon at Boston. We went up and spent the evening with them at Charles’s house I received also this morning, forwarded from New-York by Lewis Tappan; a Letter from Thomas Clarkson, of 2 July 1843. at Playford Hall near Ipswich Suffolk in England—with a printed prospectus for the publication of the proceedings of the Anti-Slavery convention held at London, from the 19th. to the 20th. of June last.— A printed address signed by Thomas Clarkson, in behalf of the British and foreign Anti-Slavery Society; dated 7. July 1843. to Lord Aberdeen, and earnestly remonstrating against the annexation of Texas to the United states— The British and foreign Anti-Slavery Reporter of 14. 21. 28 June and 12 July and the morning Chronicle of 14 July. These contain a full exposition of the proceedings of the second World’s convention, at which no very conspicuous person attended excepting Lord Morpeth— His Speech to the Convention on taking the chair, was firm, moderate and discreet— The Resolution honorary to me which he offered, and which was unanimously adopted, is an indication of personal respect for my character beyond the Atlantic which ought to fill my soul with humility and with fervent gratitude to God— These events occuring at the same period with the manifestation of kindly feeling towards me, from the people of the State of New-York, and with the invitation from Cincinnati to lay the corner stone of their observatory, seem temptations of prosperity too great for frail human nature to resist or to bear with impunity. I pray for the calmness and sensibility suited to justice and to the true estimate of worldly honours.— And I received a Letter from Mr Andrews the young lawyer from Texas who visited me the day before he embarked with Mr Tappan for England— He is encouraged in the hope of accomplishing with the aid of British influence the abolition of Slavery in Texas— But I perceive nothing as yet to relieve the deep distrust which I would fain discard if I could, of the British ministerial policy with regard to Slavery in Texas and in our Southern States— Her interest is to sustain and cherish Slavery there, and there is too much reason to surmise, that in the conflict between policy and principle, Slavery with bear off the palm.