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his influence and pecuniary means towards
supporting the various organized instru¬
mentalities that had a tendency to elevate
and improve the condition and character
of his oppressed people. I doubt very
much, whether there exists in the city of
New York one single society having an
immediate bearing on the general interests
of our people, but what met with his
countenance and support. He was not
conspicuous in these matters. For no
man, perhaps, was less given to display,
or aimed less at popular applause than he.
If he could hide himself from personal
gaze, he seemed to be best pleased. His
whole deportment seemed to say :—
" Let me be little and unknown,
Lov'd and priz'd by God alone."
A retiring modesty and unaffected diffi¬
dence formed a very prominent feature*
in his character. His hopes for an im¬
provement in the character of our people
were in the young and rising generation,