A Visit to the United States in 1841 eBook

Joseph Sturge
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again began to rage; but the agent soon quelled it, by finding other seats for two persons, who thought better of themselves than others did of them.  In the stage to Auburn, difficulty again occurred, and the driver wanted to return my money, when some of the passengers objected to the complexion of some of my companions.  I told him the stage was too crowded to hold us at any event; but unless he sent us on to Auburn in good season, I should teach the company a lesson they would not soon forget.  He did so; and I arrived safely at my own house, after an absence of twenty-six days, and a travel of one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five miles.  The whole cost of redemption, including our travelling expenses, was three thousand five hundred and eighty-three dollars and eighty-one cents. (L807.)
“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, as
    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

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