Comments on John B. Russwurm going to Liberia

“Mr. Russwurm’s character, as an intelligent and moral man, has never been impeached by us.   If his vanity had not been superior to his judgment, and his love of distinction greater than his regard for consistency, he would never have been seduced away to Liberia.  Nobody supposes that he was openly bribed; but many believed that the Colonization Society held out extraordinary inducements to secure his conversion.  It must be remembered that Mr. R., as Editor of Freedom’s Journal, was bitterly opposed to the Society; but all at once, when his pecuniary affairs were desperate at home, he mysteriously altered his mind, and went to Liberia.”