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[284] were published by request in the Liberator. The1 strain was singularly solemn, fervent, and hopeful.

His social experience was memorable:

‘I have had,’ he writes to Ebenezer Dole, ‘a most 2 delightful visit to Philadelphia. . . . The delegates were generally men of large, sound sense and quick discernment—some of them able debaters, and all animated by a kindling, towering spirit of improvement. The people of color now begin to hope for a better state of things: this hope is filling their breasts with motives to exertion, and the consequence is, they are rising fast in moral and literary improvement. I sincerely wish you had been at the Convention. I wish you had been with me in Philadelphia, to see what I saw, to hear what I heard, and to experience what I felt, in associating with many colored families. There are colored men and women, young men and young ladies, in that city, who have few superiors in refinement, in moral worth, and in all that makes the human character worthy of admiration and praise.’

And to Mr. Purvis himself he writes, immediately upon his return home:

The very generous and unremitted exertions made by3 yourself and your accomplished lady, to promote my happiness and comfort during my residence in Philadelphia, have left an indelible impression upon my memory, and opened in my breast a fountain of gratitude which only death can close. I know you do not need a profusion of thanks, but when the heart is full, the tongue must speak. . . . Never could I have anticipated such a change as has taken place in my feelings. I have constantly said of Boston, until now, with regard to my affection for it, that every stone in its streets was a magnet of attraction. And now—will you credit the confession?— I am—yes, sighing to return to the “city of brotherly love.”

In the letter to his friend Dole he continues:

The mockery of mockeries is at hand—the Fourth of4 July! By many, the day will be spent in rioting and intemperate drinking by others, in political defamation and partisan heat—by others, in boasting of the freedom of the American people and unhazardous denunciations of the mother country. The waste of money, and health, and morals, will be immense. Another party will seize the occasion (many of

1 Lib. 2.101.

2 Ms. June 29, 1832.

3 Ms. June 22, 1832.

4 Ms. June 29, 1832.

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