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[317] saw Mr. Packer1 on Monday; told him the object of my visit to Boston. He said he thought the object to be praiseworthy, but he was very much troubled about the result. He is fearful that I cannot be supplied with scholars at the close of one year, and therefore he thinks I shall injure myself in the undertaking.

If you have not yet sent on to New York the information you intend, I would thank you if you would do it immediately, for I am expecting to take the next boat for New York2 and shall be in the city early on Friday morning. I have not the least acquaintance there, but a friend of mine will give me an introductory letter to Mr. Miller, one of the colored ministers in the city.

The evening after I left Boston I called on Mrs. Hammond,3 who soon collected some of her friends, among whom were Mr. George [W.] Benson and a brother of his, who appeared to4 possess hearts warmed with fellow-feeling and awake to the cause of humanity. They engaged to do all for me in their power, and I have no doubt they will.5 Saturday morning, called on Mrs. H. again, and she walked with me to the residence of three families of color, with whom I was much pleased. They seemed to feel much for the education of their children, and I think I shall be able to obtain six scholars from Providence. When I return from N. Y., I think I shall be able to lay the subject before the public.

Yours, &c.,

1 Capt. Daniel Packer, one of the board of visitors of Miss Crandall's white school, and a man of great prominence as a manufacturer, a temperance advocate, and the founder of a Baptist church at Packerville, in which ‘Miss Crandall was received with her troop of colored girls when the First Church was closed against them’; ‘they being to occupy the back pews in the gallery near the door’ (Ms. July 9, 1833, Almira Crandall to G. W. Benson. And see Vol. 2, pp. 488-506, Larned's “History of Windham County” ).

2 The service was semi-weekly—Tuesdays and Thursdays from Providence, Wednesdays and Fridays from New York.

3 I. e., in Providence. Mrs. H. was the mother of Ann Eliza Hammond, ‘a fine girl, aged seventeen years,’ who became one of Miss Crandall's colored pupils, and was made the object of the revival of an obsolete vagrant law, of which the final penalty was to be ‘whipped on the naked body not exceeding ten stripes’ (May's “Recollections,” p. 51; Lib. 3.78).

4 H. E. Benson.

5 ‘The lady who was at your office last week to see about a school for colored females, passed through here Friday. We had a pleasant interview with her on that evening. She is, I should think, exactly the one for that purpose, and I hope she may meet with perfect success’ (Ms. Providence, Feb. 8, 1833, Henry E. Benson to W. L. G.)

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