copies [of the Thoughts] cannot fail to open the eyes of many good people, who through ignorance are giving their influence and money to aid the Colonization Society.
The deathlike silence which has reigned among the leaders of the crusade since the appearance of the work, very plainly shows that they are unable to disprove its allegations.
Surely six months furnish a space amply sufficient to make a reply; and I know if they could, by any possibility, put me down, they would do so. The book, then, being a just exposition of Colonization principles, it behooves every lover of truth, every friend of humanity, every disciple of Jesus Christ, to read it carefully, and understand the nature and design of the Colonization Society.
You will have seen, by the last Liberator, the weak1 and beggarly manner in which R. R. Gurley attempts to invalidate the work.
I will not leave him till I have shown that every position he has assumed is utterly untenable.
A few more extracts from Mr. Garrison
's private correspondence will fitly close the present chapter.
In his June letter to Mr. Purvis
, reference is made to a project partly fulfilled by the subsequent tour along the New England
It is possible that I may succeed in making arrangements2 by and bye to travel through the free States, for the purpose of vindicating the rights of the free people of color, and forming anti-slavery societies.
I am persuaded that I can do more to advance the cause by this method in a few months than by any other for a series of years.
I suggested the enterprise to Arthur Tappan and the Rev. Peter Williams, of New York City, and they highly approved of it. The only difficulty is, the procurement of means wherewith to pay my travelling expenses.
Mr. Williams said he could be responsible for $100, and I presume Mr. Tappan will be disposed to contribute for the same purpose.
Mr. Tappan thought I might do a great deal to promote education among colored children and youth, by addressing the people of color, giving them advice and encouragement, examining their schools, and endeavoring to establish others, &c., &c. Should I go on such a mission, (and I earnestly desire to prosecute it,) I shall aim first at the great cities, and thus have the pleasure of seeing my Philadelphia friends in the course of a few months.
I can leave the Liberator in excellent hands.