Letter from John T. Norton to Lewis Tappan
Norton acknowledges Tappan's note sent via Sherman M. Booth and regrets not seeing Tappan himself. He states that he is indignant "at the conduct of the jailor [Stanton Pendleton]." He states that "our Anti Slavery friends turned out again today & went to Berlin [Connecticut], where our African friends [remain?] in good spirits." The Africans traveled by sleigh, stopping at "Doctor Lee's, a good abolitionist, in New Britain" where many people came to see them, before arriving in Farmington. Accommodations for the Africans have been hastily made. Samuel Deming has secured a room for them to sleep in and "a colored family 40 or 50 rods distant have undertaken to prepare their food and furnish an eating room." He states that "the utmost economy will be observed in all expenditures and nothing by plain substantial fare will be provided" but clothes will need to be provided; Norton speaks of the importance of the Africans and the influence of an "Almighty hand." He asks for Tappan's views and suggests that once "faithful, devote, competent men can be found" the Africans should return "to their country & make them the means of introducing a mission." Norton believes that "the American Board [of Commissioners of Foreign Missions] might be glad to avail itself of this opportunity" and that such a mission "would exhibit a great influence." Norton appends a note stating that Sherman Booth "thinks that Kinna's influence is very important with his brethren."