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Too long has the public been deceived by misrepresentations in things which concern us dearly. . [However], there are many in society who exercise towards us benevolent feelings; still with sorrow we confess [that] there are others who make it their business to . . discredit any person of color; and pronounce anathema as and denounce all [blacks] for the misconducts of the quality ones. We are aware that there are many instances of vice among us, but we avow that it is because no one has taught .

The society has met with much opposition from us, but the mist which completely darkened our vision, having been dispelled, we now stand before the community a feeble advocate of the society. . And further, so ignorant are many our people that they are even afraid to trust themselves under the protection of the society, from fear of being carried into foreign lands, and sold into bondage. We have also wrong ideas upon what the society has reflected and what [it is] now doing on our behalf. Everyone who will give these objections the last examination, will perceive, that to answer them, the society need, but point to flourishing colony of Liberia, as an unanswerable argument in its favor, against all that can be brought against it.

Russwurm, 1829–1836 Russwurm’s activities in Liberia can be better examined in the context of his American experiences together with the evolving Liberia’s high moral rectitude in the early nineteenth century. Indeed, Liberia’s developing institutional values and Russwurm’s acquired rectitude accommodated each other easily, largely because they had a lot in common. They had consciously or unconsciously passed these ideals on to the ACS, which in turn introduced them in Liberia through its representatives such as Dr.

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