Citizens All: African Americans in Connecticut 1700-1850
Transatlantic Slave TradeConnecticut StoriesAbout The Project
Connecticut Stories
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and AbolitionYale University
Enslaved Africans in the Colony of Connecticut
Henry E. Benson, "Letter to William Lloyd Garrison," reprinted in the Fruits of Colonizationism!
Providence, RI; March 12, 1833
Fruits of Colonizationism!, pp. 2-3
Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library

Henry Benson was the son of George Benson, a member of Prudence Crandall's advisory committee for her school. He was also the brother of Helen Benson, whom William Lloyd Garrison married in 1834. His letter to Garrison, originally printed in The Liberator and republished in the anti-American Colonization Society pamphlet, Fruits of Colonizationism!, provides important details to the reaction of the townspeople of Canterbury to Prudence Crandall's school. The fact that many of the most outspoken opponents to the school were members of the American Colonization Society made the Crandall case especially important to Garrison and his allies, who hoped to paint the Colonization Society as hopelessly implicated in sustaining both Southern slavery and Northern racism.

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Letter to William Lloyd Garrison, from Fruits of Colonizationism!