Transcript of a letter from Harriet Martineau to Maria Weston Chapman, after Harriet had returned from her trip to America.
I wish I could come again to Charleston, this winter, on some accounts, though not on all you would perhaps find courage to speak to me now, & your father and mother and I should always be happy together. The reasons why I had rather not stay long there have nothing to do with any of you; & perhaps you can scarcely comprehend them. I am an English woman, to people of my country it is too painful to stay long in slave countries. I had borne it as long as I could by the time I got into Ohio, & I believe no earthly inducement could tempt me again to spend six months in any country where there are slaves. I did not know how strong this feeling could be until I felt it. I wish you were here this year, instead of next. Remember me when you come, & believe me ever your affectionate friend.
Source: With kind permission of Norfolk Record
Ref: Office MC267/1-3