"If you have leisure, you can devote it to the manufacture of such articles....Opportunities are constantly occurring of forwarding such things to the United States."
Returning to England she kept Maria Chapman and her bazaar committee supplied with needlework and manuscripts both of which brought a premium due to the Martineau name. Martineau loved handwork and spent much time at Berlin work, the wool embroidery over canvas that was a mid-century fashion.
"I am mourning over the approaching completion of a very long piece of woolwork which is to bring in a good deal of dollars for my abolitionist friends in America at their next fair." Letter to Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Apparently abolitionists who traveled to and from between England and America often carried work aimed for the fair tables. Antislavery editor William Lloyd Garrison was a courier who took one of Harriet's pieces to Boston.
Michael Sims in the New York Times Book Review recently wrote about an 1838 meeting between Charles Darwin and Harriet Martineau. He tells us that Charles's brother Erasmus Darwin "was a close friend of Martineau’s — if not more." The young Charles, while impressed by Harriet, continued to believe women could never be the intellectual equal of men. Read "Darwin and the Second Sex" here: