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[316] if possible during the remaining part of my life to benefit the people of color. I do not dare tell any one of my neighbors anything about the contemplated change in my school, and I beg of you, sir, that you will not expose it to any one; for if it was known, I have no reason to expect but it would ruin my present school. Will you be so kind as to write by the next mail and give me your opinion on the subject; and if you consider it possible to obtain 20 or 25 young ladies of color to enter this school for the term of one year at the rate of $25 per quarter, including board, washing, and tuition, I will come to Boston in a few days and make some arrangements about it. I do not suppose that number can be obtained in Boston alone; but from all the large cities in the several States I thought perhaps they might be gathered.

I must once more beg you not to expose this matter until we see how the case will be determined.

Yours, with the greatest respect,


The response must have been favorable, for ten days later a note was placed in Mr. Garrison's hands, which ran thus:

Prudence Crandall to W. L. Garrison.

Boston, January 29th, 1833.
1 Mr. Garrison: The lady that wrote you a short time since would inform you that she is now in town, and should be very thankful if you would call at Mr. Barker's Hotel2 and see her a few moments this evening at 6 o'clock.

Yours, with the greatest respect,


The nature of this interview may be inferred from a third letter:

Prudence Crandall to W. L. Garrison.

Canterbury, February 12th, 1833.
3 Mr. Garrison: I can inform you that I had a very pleasant passage home. Arrived here Saturday evening about 8 o'clock;4


1 Ms.

2 The Marlboroa Hotel, 229 Washington Street, kept by Mr. James Barker. from which the Providence stages took their departure.

3 Ms.

4 Feb. 2.

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