Letter from Prudence Crandall, Canterbury, [Connecticut], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1833 March 19th
Prudence Crandall writes to William Lloyd Garrison about the latest meeting of Canterbury's selectmen who informed her "that the Town unanimously united in disaprobating the school I am about to establish and also they were authorized to advise me to desist from my purpose." She describes her consulation with Samuel Joseph May about the fate of her school and her decision to continue to push for its creation, asking Garrison to treat the people of Canterbury "with all the mildness possible as every thing severe tends merely to heighten the flame of malignity amongst them." Crandall cites the support she has received from May, Arthur Tappan, and William Henry Burleigh, before discussing the efforts of her neighbor, William Kinney, "to obtain scholars to commence a school for colored boys." She tells Garrison more about Kinney before stating that "He is not yet ready to let his design be made known to the publick."