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‘ [398] that the overseers had prepared an official document calculated to produce false impressions with regard to him; accusing him of “grossly reproachful conduct” in the well known Darg Case; whereas there was abundant evidence before the public that his proceedings in that case were influenced by the purest and most disinterested motives.’

The Philadelphia Ledger, after stating that the Society of Friends in New-York had disowned some of their prominent members for being connected, directly or indirectly, with an Abolition Journal, added the following remark: ‘This seems rather singular; for we had supposed that Friends were favorably inclined toward the abolition of slavery. But many of their members are highly respectable merchants, extensively engaged in Southern trade. We are informed that they are determined to discountenance all pragmatic interference with the legal and constitutional rights of their brethren at the South. The Quakers have always been distinguished for minding their own business, and permitting others to attend to theirs. They would be the last people to meddle with the rights of property.’

The Boston Times quoted the paragraph from the Philadelphia Ledger, with the additional remark, ‘There is no logician like money.’

Whether Friends in New-York felt flattered by

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