By Margaret Hope Bacon
Biography of recognized black abolitionist and vote casting rights recommend, Robert Purvis.
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The leadership was corrupt, he believed, the agricultural resources inadequate to the number of colonists which the Society was dumping onto the land, and the hospital full of the sick and dying, proving the climate was injurious. ”29 Some months later the American Colonization Society refused to honor a check drawn on its account by Dailey in order to pay the tuition of his younger brother in New Haven. It was necessary for Robert Purvis to intervene on Dailey’s behalf. He wrote an icy letter to Ralph Randolph Gurley, secretary of the Colonization Society, implying that the Society was simply trying to get out of paying its just debts because of its deficits.
He was six feet tall and graceful, with an erect carriage, dark wavy hair and sideburns, dark eyes, fine brows, high cheek bones, a wellformed mouth and chin, and very light skin. He was a fine horseman and traveled extensively, usually by horseback, or horse and carriage, and sometimes stayed in fashionable places where he was often mistaken for white. Told that he was black, reporters guessed that he had one-eighth, one sixteenth, or one-thirty-second amount of African blood. 31 By 1828, Robert Purvis was living in the city of Philadelphia, and rented his own pew in St.
13 Slave rebellions, Purvis and his colleagues argued, were not the result of the machinations of abolitionists but of slavery itself. We are sorry to hear of such scenes as that of the Southampton Tragedy; it proceeded from a natural cause; oppression, tyranny, and slavery always give birth to such events, and we can only say to Virginia, and the other slaveholding states, that so long as they continue to raise up Gabriels and Nats, just so long may they expect to see those scenes acted over and over again.