The Irish famine, and human brotherhood

Writing to  Richard Webb, March 1, 1847, addresses the famine.  “The horrid particulars of the famine in Ireland have made a wide and profound sensation in this country.  Contributions are pouring in from every quarter and the amount of food, money and clothing that will be contributed, will be very considerable; yet not a fiftheith part that ought to be done. But we must recollect that the idea of human brotherhood is as yet but very imperfectly developed in the world, and that, hitherto, each nation has left other nations to take care of themselves, without being specially concerned for their welfare….” (readinggarrisonsletters)

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