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The Thoughts had greatly assisted Cropper and Stuart in baffling the ‘fit agent of a Society which can1 succeed only by stratagem and deception’; but the representations of these and other English friends had doubtless induced the managers of the New-England Anti-Slavery Society to consider their duty in the premises. In carrying out, therefore, the resolution of September 24, already cited, to solicit means abroad for the2 Manual Labor School, it would clearly be a gain to send some one capable also of confronting Cresson; and who should be preferred to the author of the Thoughts? Accordingly, in the first week in March, 1833—

The Board of Managers of the New-England Anti-Slavery3 Society hereby give notice to the public, that they have appointed William Lloyd Garrison as their Agent, and that he will proceed to England as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made, for the purpose of procuring funds to aid in the establishment of the proposed Manual Labor School for colored youth, and of disseminating in that country the truth in relation to American Slavery, and to its ally, the American Colonization Society.

The Board are confident that the friends of emancipation will require no apology for this step, and that little need be said to secure their efficient aid in the accomplishment of an object so highly important. The fact is generally known that Elliott Cresson is now in England as an agent for the Colonization Society, and that he has procured funds to a considerable amount, by representing that the object of the Society is, “to assist in the emancipation of all the slaves now in the United States.” It is important that the Philanthropists of that country should be undeceived, and that the real principles and designs of the Colonization Society should be there made known.

The Board have the most entire confidence in the success of this Agency. The people of England have long since taken the ground of immediate abolition, and their philanthropy and benevolence are too well known to admit a doubt of their readiness to cooperate with us, in the establishment of an institution which shall afford to colored youth the means of acquiring that knowledge of which they have so long been deprived.

As the Society has but a small amount of funds, the Board are compelled to call upon the friends of emancipation throughout

1 Arnold Buffum to Clarkson, Abolitionist, p. 8.

2 Ante, p. 282, and p. 325.

3 Lib. 3.39.

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