The Black Abolitionist Papers - Vol. 1

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89.
Henry Highland Garnet to Henry M. Wilson

27 September 1861

After arriving in London, where he hoped to advance plans for a Yoruban settlement, Henry Highland Garnet stayed at the home of Julia Griffiths Crofts, a prominent British abolitionist and close friend of Frederick Douglass. There he began organizing his lecture schedule and advertised his availability in the Anti-Slavery Reporter. Garnet announced that he was "open to engagements in London or the provinces." On 27 September 1861, he reported on his first two weeks in England to Rev. Henry M. Wilson of New York, who directed the affairs of the African Civilization Society in his absence. Garnet spent nearly three months advocating the Yoruban cause in England, often at African Aid Society meetings. He returned to the United States in late December. Schor, Henry Highland Garnet, 178; ASRL, 1 October 1861; Miller, Search for Black Nationality, 259-60.

50 BAKER STREET
PORTMAN SQUARE,
London, [ England]
Sept[ember] 27, 1861

REV. H. M. WILSON: 1

I am again in the great English metropolis, among kind and generous friends, who without stint give me evidences of their sympathies for my injured race. At my lodgings I found my worthy friend, Professor Robert Campbell, and his interesting family, and had the happiness to congratulate him upon the birth of a fine daughter, which event gives to Britain another subject. 2 The mother and child are doing well. It was also my pleasure to meet at the Anti-Slavery Office 3 our eloquent friend, the Rev. J. Sella Martin, 4 of Boston, who has been so fortunate as to meet with marked attention from many of the leading men who conduct the reformatory enterprises of the city. Mr. Campbell's efforts in the great work which engages his attention, have been crowned with complete success, and in a few weeks he will be able to sail for his "mother land." He has received the countenance and approval of many of the best men in the kingdom, who respect him, and love the cause which he has espoused. Among the philanthropists of England the motto is, "Universal emancipation, negro nationality, the extermination of the slave-trade, and the redemption of Africa." A glorious career is before Mr. Campbell, and it is my opinion that he will make his mark upon the shores of time if it shall please God to spare his life, which will challenge the admiration of the whole race in ages yet to come. Let the young men of America arise

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