Letter from John T. Norton to Lewis Tappan
A letter from John Treadwell Norton to Lewis Tappan stating that he has written and awaits communication. He expresses his anxiety concerning the Africans and states, "They begin to feel their liberty & it will be difficult to restrain them." Norton's apprehension is based on the fact that "they yield readily to the influences of the vile and unprincipled." He writes that Cinque has shown much respect and pleasure on meeting "a vile character who was in jail at Hartford while he was there" and Norton saw him "running through the streets hand in hand with a wild boy of sixteen." Norton reports that a group of women came to make clothes for the Africans and when Cinque, Kinna, and others arrived, Sherman M. Booth asked them to sing and talk to the women. Cinque refused unless he was paid three dollars. Booth eventually persuaded them to sing and talk, and later "succeeded in showing them how improper their conduct had been." Norton believes Tappan cannot rely on the Africans for an exhibition in New York and is not "satisfied they are not as yet able to comprehend what Christian Charity and benevolence is." However, when the Africans "felt the importance of making a favorable impression the effect would be prodigious."