HISTORY OF CANAAN292
Two years after these events, Garnet returned to Canaan and lectured in the Congregational Church. There was no disturbance. The vigilance committee failed to appear. He was listened to by an earnest, thoughtful audience, and received much attention from the citizens. He was the guest of Mr. George Harris and he had a reception the same evening. Among the callers was Ben. Porter, who had been active in driving him from town. He took Garnet by the hand and told him he had heard his speech, and that he had come there to express to him his sorrow and regret he had felt on account of his bad work on the other occasion. He had only lacked a little moral courage to make him go up at the close of the speech and make public confession to the whole audience. Porter retired to private life, taking no more interest in politics. A few years later he, with his wife and family, emigrated to Michigan. He was drowned by the wrecking of a steamer on Lake Erie.
Thomas Paul was the son of a late clergyman of Boston, of graceful manners, of amiable and courteous disposition, of respectable talent and attainment, twenty years of age and lighter in his complexion than many of those who denied him the right to study.
Sidney was seventeen, quite white, a scholar of graceful person and demeanor and an accomplished writer and speaker.
Crummell was sixteen, of full African descent, his father was stolen from Africa, but he was released from slavery. He was born in the city of New York; his mother and her ancestors for several generations, were never subjected to servitude. But his father early in life, although he came of a royal family, was made a slave. His father was a native of Timanee, West Africa, a country adjoining Sierra Leone, and lived there until he was thirteen years old. Alexander Crummell's grandfather was Kilag of Timanee) and the incidents of his early life appear to have impressed themselves very strongly upon his son's memory. He was fond of describing the travels that he took with his fathers caravans in the interior of Africa and of the royal receptions given to them by the various kings. Young Crummell in his early life was sent to the Mulberry Street school in New York City, which was provided by the Quakers, afterwards receiving further and better instruction from white tutors pro-