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‘ [262] to the Colonization Society. You have gone too far. Your language has been too severe—your censures too indiscriminate. I fear you have already injured greatly the cause.’ It was high time that a decisive attack should be made on this ‘conspiracy against human rights.’ On1 the 30th of July the Liberator contained a formal announcement that the editor intended to prepare shortly for the press a pamphlet entitled “ Thoughts on Colonization” :
‘Upon this pamphlet I shall be willing,’ he said, ‘to stake2 my reputation for honesty, prudence, benevolence, truth, and sagaciousness. If I do not prove the Colonization spirit to be a creature without heart, without brains, eyeless, unnatural, hypocritical, relentless, unjust, then nothing is capable of demonstration.’

‘It can be demonstrated,’ he wrote subsequently, ‘that the3 Society has inflicted a great injury upon the free and slave population; first, by strengthening the prejudices of the people —secondly, by discouraging the education of those who are free—thirdly, by inducing the passage of severe legislative enactments—and, finally, by lulling the whole country into a deep sleep.’

This demonstration, amid daily cares, could not be hastened. In November, Mr. Garrison succeeded in 4 obtaining from Washington complete files of the Society's organ, the African Repository, to the study of which he diligently applied himself. He was also stimulated by the receipt from England of Captain Charles Stuart's5 exposure of the Colonization Society, which he reprinted6 in full. But his own publication was delayed till the following year. In the interval his denunciations in

1 Lib. 1.65.

2 Lib. 1.123.

3 Lib. 1.126.

4 Ms. Nov. 12, 1831.

5 A retired officer, on half-pay, formerly in the East India service, styled by James Cropper ‘one of the most devoted Christians I have ever known’ (monthly Abolitionist. p. 40).

6 Lib. 1.158.

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