Letter from J. Holcomb to Lewis Tappan
A letter from J. Holcomb informing Lewis Tappan that "after a long time, a few of us [responded] to the call of the Committee on behalf of the Amistad Captives." Following the publication of the Committee's appeal, Holcomb supposed that donations would be forwarded to the Brandon Anti-Slavery Society, but saw "I should get nothing to send unless I was at the trouble of looking it up." Holcomb states that there are good anti-slavery men in the area who are able to pay, but they believe "that government ought to see that the captives are defended." Holcomb admits that he cannot pay much money but "must pay my abolition & temperance bills by getting others to pay & by circulating publications favorable to the Anti-Slavery & Temperance causes." He lists the papers he subscribes to and considers taking to the National Anti-Slavery Standard. He asks Tappan to forward money to the publisher for a subscription and offers a suggestion of coordinating abolitionist and temperance meetings in proximity so that he and others can attend both. Holcomb then discusses the relationship of the two causes and explains that he had sent Tappan a copy of the Telegraph containing "a statement of facts relative to the Cong [Congregational] Church -- their Pastor & myself.” He writes that he has now received a letter of excommunication. Holocomb asks if Tappan sees Brother C.B. [Charles B.] Ray, he is to give his respects to him. He then discusses subscriptions to various newspapers and states he is an agent for the Colored American.