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A Canterbury Tale: A Document Package for
Connecticut's Prudence Crandall Affair

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Advertisement and Notice Regarding the Opening of a "High School for Young Colored Ladies and Misses," The Liberator (March 2, 1833)


It is with a rush of pleasurable emotions that we insert, in another column, the advertisement of Miss P. CRANDALL, (a white lady) of Canterbury, Connecticut, for a High School for young colored Ladies and Misses. This is a seasonable auxiliary to the contemplated Manual Labor School for Colored Youth. An interview with Miss C. has satisfied us that she richly deserves the patronage and confidence of the people of color; and we doubt not they will give her both. The following extract from a letter, received by us from a highly respectable gentleman, contains all that need by said in her favor:

'Miss C. has, for a number of years, been principal of a high school for the education of Females, and has earned great credit to herself and school, as well as for her untiring zeal for the improvement of those entrusted to her charge. Miss C. possessing naturally a great share of the excellent virtue, viz. Philanthropy, has been provoked by the benevolent exertions of the day towards ameliorating the condition of the wretched suffering African, in this country, and to cast her mite into the treasury; and, sir, for myself, I have no doubt, knowing as I do her rare qualifications and firmness of purpose, that she would prove a most valuable auxiliary to the African cause.'

In making the alteration in her School, Miss C. runs a great risk; but let her manifest inflexible courage and perseverance, and she will be sustained triumphantly. Reproach and persecution may assail her, at the commencement, but they will soon expire. Her terms are very low—the branches which she proposes to teach are various—she has a large and commodious house—and the village of Canterbury is central and pleasant.


Principal of the Canterbury, (Conn.) Female Boarding School,

Returns her most sincere thanks to those who have patronized her School, and would give information that on the first Monday of April next, her School will be opened for the reception of young Ladies and little Misses of color. The branches taught are as follows:—Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, English Grammar, Geography, History, Natural and Moral Philosophy, Chemistry, Astronomy, Drawing and Painting, Music on the Piano, together with the French language.

The terms, including board, washing, and tuition, are $25 per quarter, one half paid in advance.

Books and Stationary will be furnished on the most reasonable terms.

For information respecting the School, reference may be made to the following gentlemen, viz:—Arthur Tappan, Esq., Rev. Peter Williams, Rev. Theodore Raymond, Rev. Theodore Wright, rev. Samuel C. Cornish, Rev. George Bourne, Rev. Mr. Hayborn, New-York city;—Mr. James Forten, Mr. Joseph Cassey, Philadelphia, Pa.;—Rev. S.J. May, Brooklyn, Ct.;—Rev. Mr. Beman, Middletown, Ct.;—Rev. S.S. Jocelyn, New-haven, Ct.;—Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Arnold Buffum, Boston, Mass.:—George Benson, Providence, R.I.

Canterbury, (Ct.) Feb. 25, 1833.