“We had not been long there before Harriet said to my wife, ’Madam, I return you a thousand thanks for letting your gentleman fetch us;’ and I believe she said no more than she felt, and I felt the force of her grateful acknowledgments.
“After two days’
rest, we proceeded to Gerrit Smith’s; where,
thou mayest well believe, we received the friendly welcome which
those are wont to receive who visit his house.
“Skaneateles, 9th Month 14th, 1841.”
The Society of Friends in America and the Colonization Society.
The “Friends” alluded to in the text as supporting the Colonization Society in a collective capacity, are those of North Carolina. In 1832 two influential “Friends” appeared at the Annual Meeting of the Colonization Society, as delegates from the Society of Friends in North Carolina. One of the resolutions passed at the time, is as follows:—“That the thanks of this Meeting be presented to the Society of Friends in North Carolina, for the aid they have liberally bestowed and repeatedly rendered to the cause of African Colonization.” The Yearly meeting of Friends in North Carolina stands among the donors of that year, as having contributed five hundred dollars to the Colonization Society. I fear no change has since taken place in the favorable disposition of “Friends” of that region towards this institution, for during one of my visits to Philadelphia, I was informed by a “Friend,” just returned from North Carolina, that an agent of the Colonization Society had been recently permitted to make an appeal before the members of the “Meeting of Sufferings” of that Yearly Meeting, which had afterwards granted him two hundred dollars out of the common stock of the Society. Nothing is more certain than that approbation of the principles and measures of the Colonization Society, cannot co-exist with any lively desires for the extinction of slavery, by the only practical means—emancipation; and accordingly I was not surprised to find it urged by some prominent individuals as a reason for their