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I wish that the colored people of Providence, if they feel on the subject as their brethren do elsewhere—and I presume they do—would immediately call a public meeting, and express their disapprobation of the colonization scheme. Safety and self-respect require this measure at their hands. Now is the time for the people of color to act—fearlessly, firmly, understandingly.1

Again, to the same, October 19:2

Permit me to introduce to you my worthy friend, Mr. Joshua Coffin, whom you will find an agreeable and intelligent person. He is a warm friend of the anti-slavery cause, and has correct views relative to the Colonization Society. He is about opening a school in this city for the instruction of free colored persons, and I have no doubt will be very successful. . . .

The disturbances at the South still continue. The Liberator is causing the most extraordinary movements in the slave States among the whites, as you are doubtless already aware. I am constantly receiving anonymous letters, filled with abominable and bloody sentiments. These trouble me less than the wind. I never was so happy and confident in my mind as at the present time. The slaveholders are evidently given over to destruction. They are determined to shut out the light—to hear none of the appeals of justice and humanity. I shudder when I contemplate their fate.

To the same, November 12:3

You may soon expect to hear of the formation of an antislavery society in this city, on principles steadfast as the pillars of truth. There are some stanch abolitionists here who are ready for action, and whom no dangers or scoffs can frighten. We can do comparatively little without a concentration of moral strength. With physical force we have, you know, nothing to do.

We close this chapter, whose expansion will not appear excessive to those who pursue this narrative to the end, with an episode which belongs here, so far as its date can now be defined. In an editorial notice of Parton's “Life of Aaron Burr,” in the Liberator of January 8, 1858, occurs the following passage:

It is certainly to his [Burr's] credit that, while he was a4 member of the New York Legislature in 1784, a bill having

1 The meeting was held on Oct. 31. (See ‘A Voice from Providence’ in Lib. 1.178.)

2 Henry E. Benson. Ms.

3 Henry E. Benson. Ms.

4 Lib. 28.6.

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