mother country and their unexpected allies.
The subsequent formation of a society in the United States
for immediate emancipation was still more cheering: ‘I did indeed feel it as a cordial to my heart,’ wrote James1 Cropper
to Arnold Buffum
in August, 1832.
Meantime Elliott Cresson
's activity among the wealthy and philanthropic denomination of which Cropper
was so admirable a representative, was practically unchecked, though his unscrupulousness had been discovered.
He lost no time2
after his arrival out3
in visiting Wilberforce
, whom he failed to convince of the practicability of transporting the blacks to Liberia
; and the blind Clarkson
, whom he deceived by the most outrageous fictions in regard to the emancipatory intentions and influence of the Society, and committed to a guarded approval of it in terms4
which nevertheless betrayed the misrepresentations to which the writer had been subjected.
Transmitted by Cresson
to the home organ, the endorsement was seen to be fatal to the Society
's standing at the South
, so that to publish it honestly would have been suicidal.
It was therefore suppressed, and a garbled version ultimately substituted,5
which compares as follows with the original: