Excerpt from Maryland Colonization Journal, Vol. 1: March 15, 1843
Among the candidates for his successor was king Tom himself. This greatly alarmed the two bush kings, as they were sensible that, in case king Tom succeeded, he would trouble himself little about a division of... the spoils, and there would be an end to this prolific source of revenue. They accordingly opposed king Tom, and succeeded in procuring the election of a head-man of one of their bush towns. This greatly chagrined the king, and was one of the causes which induced him to treat with me, and cede his territory to the Maryland State Colonization Society, hoping thereby to throw the power he felt himself losing, into other hands than those of his enemies, and to secure himself a good reputation with his new allies. I also subsequently learned that he had received some intelligence of my negociations with the bush kings on the river, and he readily foresaw that should an arrange ment be effected with them for opening a road between Cape Palmas and the river, it would materially lessen his consequence, and the value of his territory, or render it less an object of desire to the American agent. All these circumstances led me to suppose that a treaty would be easily effected with king Tom himself; but at the same time I became more doubtful of the dispositions of his sub-kings, who, I perceived, were rather gaining on the old man in consequence and in¿uence.
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