Letter from Josiah Brewer to Simeon S. Jocelyn
A letter from Josiah Brewer informing Simeon S. Jocelyn that he cannot meet with him today, but sends this letter instead. Brewer makes two propositions to the Amistad Committee and to the Anti-Slavery Committee, both of which seek to "aid in taking care of and restoring the Amistad Africans to their native land, & after that to act as an agent or secretary for meliorating the condition of the Anglo-Africans in this country." Brewer states that he is willing to move to Farmington to devote himself to the care of the Africans and raise funds if the Amistad Committee cannot. He may be willing to accompany the Africans to the coast of Africa, but would have to consider his family before deciding. Brewer writes that he and his wife would accept the three girls into their home and that one of Brewer's students, Miss Faulkner of Andover, may also be persuaded to join the family in instructing the girls. Brewer would also consider moving to the vicinity of New York. He mentions his experience "as a teacher of Indians, African Americans, Europeans, Greeks, Turks, et.," mentioning a recent discussion with "gentlemen of the Anti-Slavery Committee." Brewer points to the February and forthcoming issues of the Charter Oak newspaper for examples of his views on anti-slavery and describes the Committee's work as dividing itself into "opposition to the slavery of physical force, and of public sentiment or caste" and understands from some of the Committee they have not been as successful in the latter. Brewer currently has a congregation of "some 200 heathens, more than a fifth of them unhappily colored."