[ Sir James Stansfeld, Radical MP for Halifax, abolitionist. ] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Stansfeld.') on 'American slavery' and 'the conduct of a political leader'.

Sir James Stansfeld (1820-1898), Radical MP for Halifax, abolitionist, President of the Local Government Board, associate of Mazzini and Garibaldi
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From the papers of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), and previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: 'No 51 | Answer to No 3 - | By J. Stansfeld Esq'. The conclusion of a letter, beginning: '[…] as it appears to us be held to “identify” him to any extent at all with Mr Kossuth in respect of the question of American Slavery, & we see no occasion therefore to protest against such identification or hold aloof for fear of it.' Speaking for himself, '& for any who may think with me on this matter', he thinks that if they are 'ready to express our dissent, without hesitation or evasion, from that part of the conduct of a political leader of which we disapprove, we are clearly entitled to accept him & to give him the tribute of our admiration, in respect of the cause – closely linked with our own – which he represents & advocates with so much genius & devotion'. In a postscript he states that he is sending 'an abstract of our petition, but as they should not all be identical, we hope our friends will, as far as possible make them their own. Mr Duncombe is anxious to be well supported in this respect.'