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[312] the continuance of the Liberator. The extraordinary purchase of so large a number of copies of our Thoughts in Philadelphia as has been ordered by our friends Cassey, Forten, and 1 yourself, has given us material assistance; and the response in other places is beginning to come back in a very encouraging manner. The entire edition will probably soon be taken up, the distribution of which, I am confident, will, more than anything else, put an end to the Colonization mania. You will please to convey to your noble father-in-law, for me and my2 partner, all that hearts filled with gratitude, and keenly susceptible, may be supposed to utter.3

Similar details are contained in a letter of the same4 date addressed to George W. Benson, of Providence, who, together with his brother and other friends, had in response to the Circular ordered two hundred copies of the Thoughts:

I am sure it will give you true satisfaction to be informed that the prospects of the Liberator, which, three weeks ago, were dark and discouraging, are now bright and cheering! The appeal which we put forth to our friends, in various places, has been answered in a manner that shows a deep attachment for the Liberator.5 . . . The distribution of these [remaining]

1 Joseph Cassey.

2 James Forten.

3 Two days later, Dec. 12, 1832, Arthur Tappan writes: ‘What progress is made in the sale of your ‘Remarks’? The free colored people should be urged to effort to relieve you. If you can find purchasers for 900 of those now on hand, I will pay for the remaining 100 of a thousand, but the 900 must first be disposed of, as I cannot do this in addition to those I have previously paid for unless the relief is effectual. I shall want a part of the 100 for my own distribution, and shall expect that the balance will be distributed soon.’ At the same time he orders two copies of the Liberator to be sent to Lane Seminary and Western Reserve College respectively, at his expense.

4 Ms., Dec. 10, 1832.

5 This was nowhere more strongly manifested than in Portland. Nathan Winslow writes, Nov. 24, 1832: ‘I am authorized by thy friends here to say the amount needful shall be forthcoming when wanted. . . . I have shown thy circular to several of thy friends, all of whom are zealous in the cause. Thou mayst rank Gen. Fessenden among the first. . . . Thy female friends would forego many of their comforts, rather than the Liberator should go down.’ Isaac Winslow's response was equally characteristic (Dec. 6): ‘Enclosed you have an order on the Bank of the U. S. at one day's sight for $500, dated Dec. 5th, 1832, No. 904, for which amount you may forward me your note when convenient.’ This note has been preserved, and is endorsed: ‘4 mo. 11, 1840. Received payment in full of W. L. G. I. Winslow.’

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