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In this long letter to her sister, Annie Higginson writes of their brother Storrow's departure to Maryland to teach freed slaves, and the views of their brother Robert on slavery. Robert's views on slavery had been influenced by a time in England and a transatlantic voyage home with a group of southerners. His ideas did not agree with the rest of the family who generally had strong views against slavery. Annie does feel that Robert's views will come into line with the rest of the North the longer he is back in the country. Annie refers to the possibility that, had Robert stayed in England any longer, he might have become a Copperhead when he came home. The Copperheads were a group of northerners in the Democratic Party who opposed the Civil War and felt that the Union should be restored.