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ernment with yourselves,—that they are immor
tal beings like yourselves, with all the fine and Philanthropic and Literary.
keen sympathies of a human nature thronging
round their bosoms—and then say if there is any PRINCIPALLY CONDUCTED BY A LADY.
misery on the wide earth, that more needs female “WHAT GOOD CAN WE DO?”
interference and female exertion, or that has a Try. You certainly will never benefit the cause stronger claim on your benevolence? of Emancipation by doing nothing; and the result Can you aid those unhappy beings?-Can you of an experiment at exertion would, we are confi. doubt it? Will the influence, the example, the dent, give a satisfactory answer to the question. pleadings, that in all other cases are universally Are you mothers, wives, sisters? In all of these acknowledged to be so powerful, here alone fail of stations you must be conscious of possessing some their effect? influence over the minds of others. This influence Further; Slavery is not self-supported. It is extends, too, in some measure to your more dis- not the mere love of sin and injustice, that induces tant relations, your friends and acquaintances, christian hands to clench, with so firm and unholy and through them to a still wider circle of society. I a grasp, the “inalienable rights” of their fellow You must not expect to work miracles, in raising creatures. The lure is self-interest-gold-the ap helpers to the cause of the Slave, but steady | profit arising from the sale of their extorted properseverence will do much, and even though you | duce. Can they who offer them the bait, by purcha. should seem to effect scarcely any thing, your sing that produce, be innocent of their offence ? efforts will be rewarded by the consciousness of
SELF DISTRUST. at least having done your duty—of having done
Were we to judge of the general opinion people what you could towards rescuing thousands of miserable fellow creatures from the
entertain of themselves, by their own idea of their
grasp ranny. If there is a female Anti-Slavery Associ. capability of advancing the enfranchisement of ation within your reach, join it; if there is not, || where self conceit was totally out of fashion. We
the slaves, we might suppose we lived in a world endeavour to get one established in your neighbor- seldom meet with an individual of our own sex hood as soon as possible. No matter if there are
who does not, when the subject is mentioned, ex. not more than half a dozen members, at the com
press a sympathetic feeling for the slaves, and a mencement—if persevered in it will increase and do good. Renounce the use of slave wrought time the greater portion seemingly rest perfectly
wish for their emancipation; while at the same articles. Act individually as if the whole decision satisfied on the credit of these feelings, and shelter of the fate of the slaves rested on your exertions
themselves against all arguments to active exer. and your self-denial, and in six months you will
tion, behind the plea of their alleged insignificanhave no need to repeat the question, what good
cy. That one false sentiment, 'I can do no good,' can we do?
does, we doubt not, more injury to the cause of WANTED,
emancipation, and tends more to secure the fetters A number of Female Anti-Slavery Associations, | of the slave, than all the arguments and open opin all parts of the Union. Any female who is de- || position of those who find their interest in support. sirous that the sum of human misery and iniquitying the oppression of their fellow creatures. may be lessened, has it in her power to promote that desirable object, at a very small expense of
LADIES' ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY IN ENGLAND. time, exertion, and talents, by engaging in the We give, below, some extracts from the Seventh cause of the Abolition of Slavery. Should any Report of the “ Ladies' Negro's Friend Society, one doubt the magnitude of the claims of their for Birmingham,” &c. Its great length forbids enslaved fellow creatures on their benevolence, or the insertion of the whole. We are pleased to obtheir own ability of serving them, we entreat their serve that Hannah Williams, of Philadelphia, is attention to the few following paragraphs. one of the appointed Correspondents of the Socie.
Is it right—is it in accordance with the law of ty. We have not room for further remarks at God, that human beings should be bought and present. sold, scourged and manacled, robbed of the re
The present year has opened upon us with ward of their labours, and crushed beneath a tidings from Jamaica of the rebellion of Slaves! weight of ignorance from which they are allowed and what two words can more naturally be placed no means of escaping? The two millions of slaves in conjunction than “slaves” and “rebellion!"in the United States are exactly in this situation. The slave (so called) vindicates his right to his
own body. “Rebel, it is mine," says the white One million of these are females. Contrast their
man, and the title is traced up to an act of the situation with your own-remember that they foulest piracy;* to an act, now punishable by the dwell in the same land and under the same goy.
* See the Examiner.
EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT.
Fiat Justitia Ruat Cælum. laws of Great Britain with an ignoininious death. || have been taken to rescue several more. Their The enslaved Negroes are said to have broken names and residences may be learnt by those inout into rebellion, under a mistaken notion that terested in their welfare, from the Treasurer or the liberty which they believed was granted by Secretary of this Society. For many reasons they the King to them all, and not to those only who cannot be mentioned in this Report; neither the were held to be the property of the Crown, was names of the kind friends in the Colonies, who are illegally withheld from them by their masters. so good as to aid us in this work of mercy, and And yet the destruction of the King's subjects, whose labours and assistance have given us the supposed to be so deluded, is described in the Co-greatest satisfaction. Some of these interesting lonial Papers with a savage satisfaction, which and virtuous young women have been delivered few on this side the Atlantic can note without a from situations of dangerous temptation. A young thrill of horror. Mr. Macdonald, the magistrate | enslaved woman was to be ransomed, together of Trelawney, writing at this time from Jamaica, with her infant, (whom she would then be able says, that his advice was to take as few prisoners to press, not as a slave, but as free, to her bosom.) as possible; obviously meaning, that no quarter | It is intended to employ her as a teacher, where should be given; and yet this very gentleman ad probably she will have thirty or forty young chil. mits, that the insurgent Negroes have had provo- || dren under her care; and there is no doubt, from cation for their violence; for he alludes to certain her ability and piety, that she will be a credit to individuals, against whom vengeance had been | those who engage her services. particularly directed, and couples it with an ob- A long and interesting correspondence has servation, that the insurrection would have been been published from various parts of England, avoided by kindness, such as was shown to the which shews that a great interest can be taken in Negroes on the estates under his charge. Sir this cause. Where the Agents have pleaded for Willoughby Cotton, commander in chief, requires the oppressed, some use their utmost exertions instant examples of " the infamous wretches." that no one connected with, or influenced by, And “ British Officers, Soldiers, and Seamen, who Slaveholders, should be Members of Parliament. would not hesitate a moment to take the life of Some form Societies and disperse information in any man who should attempt to reduce them to their own localities; whilst others forward assist. Slavery, or to treat their sisters, daughters, wives, ance to the Parent Society in London, whose exand mothers with indignity, are employed in the ertions have been much impeded for want of funds; horrible task of putting not men only, but women some try to ransom an innocent fellow creature to death!" What more cruel results could have || from Slavery; and others pledge themselves no happened from the immediate emancipation of the longer to pay what has been well called " a poll enslaved negroes? Yet we fear that many are tax to oppression,"* and believe that the peaceable still bewildered by timid and imaginary doubts || liberation of the Negroes may be effected by in. and fears, and are continually closing their eyes | creased abstinence from Slave-cultivated Sugar. to the real difficulties of the case. In viewing the Since we first endeavoured to draw attention to Negro, as he stands chained and fettered before the fact, that the consumers of West India Sugar them, the only question arising in their mind is, are the real supporters of West India Slavery, whether he be fit” for emancipation, or not; and many who aided us greatly have been called from speedily deciding in the negative, they then pro- suffering below, to triumph above. To one of these, pose, as their best recipe for making him "ht" for who, in the past year, has entered into her rest, it
, to keep him an indefinite length of time in the may be applied, as singularly and strictly appro demoralizing bondage of British slavery. During | priate, the words in which Sir James Mackintosha the term of his pupilage, it is considered that the bears testimony to the worth of the female characfittest persons to be entrusted with the care of him, ter, when exerting its energies in the cause of the are the Slaveholder, and his Attorney, Manager, || abolition of Slavery; he says," he had more than and Driver. From them he is to learn the laws once congratulated the friends of this cause, on of God, and especially the “new commandment" the exertions made by females to advance its sucof Christ,“ that we should love one another.” May cess. In several parts of England he had witness this “new commandment" of the Lord Jesus con- ed their zeal, and he had uniformly observed, that strain us still to use every proper exertion to ob- || in proportion as they possessed the retiring vir. tain a bloodless triumph over this most cruel and tues of delicacy and modesty, those chief orna. sanguinary of all despotisms.
ments of woman, in that proportion had they come After the frightful scenes of devastation and of forward to defend the still higher objects of huslaughter which have recently occurred in Ja. || manity and justice.” And never perhaps by any maica, will any one be found still bold enough to || pen, certainly never by the pen of any female, plead for the slow and gradual relinquishment were those objects ever more strongly, more clearof sin ? in other words, for continued rebellion || ly, and more righteously defended, than by the agaist God, and continued wrong to man? We writer of the "Letters on the Prompt Extinction earnestly desire, that the Slaveholder may learn, of British Slavery.”+ even in this his eleventh hour, from the events
The following statement, relative to the philan. now passing around him, that his interests here are best promoted by his “letting the oppressed thropic efforts of Hannah Kilham, is inserted in
* See the Wesminster Review, No. 28, which conWe rejoice to state, that since our last meet- tains most spirited comments on the supporters of ing, an excellent young woman has been ransom. British Slavery: the wit of these remarks can only ed from Slavery,* and some preliminary measures be equalled by their justice.
† Printed by Hatchard. Supposed for some time * The deed of Manumission was read to the An- to have been written by the talented Robert Hall, nual Meeting, and we had the pleasure of learning who never saw the publication till after it was out that fourteen Slaves had been ransomed by a fund of the press. raised by Mr. and Mrs. **** to which this Society (We much regret that the name of this lady is not has now added 101. to aid in continuing their benevo- | mentioned. Can it, fossibly, be the celebraied, the lent exertions.
philanthropic Elizabeih Heyrich?--G. U. E.)
Fiat Justitia Ruat Cælum. an appendix to the above Report. This excellent cordial support of the lady's anti-slavery associalady died last summer, on her voyage from Libe. tions. ria to Sierra Leone. To make room for this notice, || ELIZABETH DUDLEY, Peckham, or RACHEL STACEY,
Any contributions may be forwarded either to we omit an article, relating to her decease, from Tottenham. the Liberia Herald. Long will the Africans have cause to mourn the loss of one so heartily devoted We learn that a meeting of Ladies was held at to their cause.
Philadelphia, on the 23rd inst. at which resolutions At a committee of the London Female Anti- | were adopted to memorialize the Legislature of Slavery Society, held the 21st of November, 1831, | Pennsylvania, against the passage of a bill, now it was resolved to send to each of the lady's associations a copy of the following statement, trusting before that body, to prohibit the migration of free that the claim will be deemed by them legitimate coloured persons, from the slave-holding states. and desirable as a collateral one, and that an ap- We can scarcely credit the supposition that the peal for a few pounds annually may be met with Legislature of that enlightened commonwealth out weakening their interest in the primary object
can be induced to enact a law which would be so of anti-slavery associations.
For some years past, Hannah Kilham has as- cruel and unjust in its operations; yet it would siduously directed her attention to the importance be well for the public sentiment to be expressed, of attempting to instruct the natives of Africa, | in every section of it, relative to this subject. through the medium of their own languages; and for this purpose she has successfully prepared vocabularies, and in some instances, elementary
For the Genius of Universal Emancipation. books in various dialects spoken on the western
TIE SOLD. coast, chiefly comprising those nations who are
I'll to the dance! what boots it thus, the victims of the slave trade.
To brood o'er ills I cannot quell? This devoted Christian philanthropist is now in
Amid the revel shout of mirth, Sierra Leone, paying her third visit to that colo
My bitter laugh shall mingle well. ny, having left England in the autumn of 1830. In this, as in her former visits, her attention has I've toiled beside my matos to-day, been peculiarly directed to promoting education, To-night we'll join in seeming glee, and applying the lessons she had prepared. Soon But when we part with morning's light, after her arrival at Sierra Leone, the way opened For aye that parting glance will be. in a manner she had not previously anticipated, for her settling down in one of the liberated African I will not go! this fire within,
Would choke me with its smothered flames! villages, called Charlotte, and taking charge of about twenty-two girls, chiefly such as had been How could I tell the dear ones there, rescued from slave ships, speaking one or two dif
Of that detested tyrant's claims? ferent languages; but on the arrival at Free Town I could endure the fetter's weight, of another captured slave ship, which contained a That I have borne with them so long, number of children, she was induced to apply to But not to wear a stranger's chain, the governor for an addition, and eventually in. And crouch beneath a stranger's thong. creased her charge by upwards of seventy girls. The government provide a dwelling, and also the Yet this must be my morrow's fate! food and clothing of these children, and pay for a
To part from all that gave my doom, part of the superintendence; and by funds placed Dark as it was and desolate, at Hannah Kilham's disposal, by some benevolent
A ray of light amidst its gloom. friends, the other charges, including the salary of To bear the scourge, to wear the chain, a Matron, are at present defrayed.
To toil with wearied heart and limb, The enlarged establishment had existed six | "Till death should end my lengthened pain, months, when the last accounts were received, the
Or worn old age my senses dim;whole family had been brought into order, they were receiving instruction in their own language, This I have borne, and looked to bear, and already exhibiting the effect of that care
All bitter as such lot may be; it is so earnestly the wish of Hannah Kilham to
But drearier still my life must wear, bestow. It is Hannah Kilhan's intention, should
Bencath a stranger's tyranny. life and health be spared, to remain at Sierra | Alas! 'twould be a happier lot, Leone till the approch of the rainy season, in 1832; If ere to-morrow's doom shall come, and it is her anxious desire, that, in order to give My woes and wrongs were all forgot, her arrangements a fair trial, she should have it
Amid the darkness of the tomb! in her power to engage suitable superintendence for the school on her withdrawing from it. The expense of such superintendence, together with some other incidental charges, not defrayed by
For the Genius of Universal Emancipation. government, it is calculated would amount to from Religion is at all times, and in all seasons, con£80 to £100 per annum. To meet this expense,solatory, but peculiarly so when we are afflicted. the present statement is addressed to lady's asso- It imparts heavenly peace and comfort to the dyciations, soliciting them to give a small annual || ing christian; it enables him to bid a final fare. quota each, for the term of three years, if required; || well to his weeping wife and children, not only the first payment of which to be made on or be with composure, but with “joy unspeakable;" and, fore the 1st of the 4th month, (April) next. “full of glory," he commits them with confidence
An establishment on a .plan likely to prove so to him, who will not lie who has said, leave thy peculiarly useful, it is hoped will meet with the || fatherless children, I will preserve them alive, and
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let thy widows trust in me. It supports the wi- and if thou couldst offer her youth, health, and dow, when death has deprived her of him who fortune, in Liberia, she would not make the ex. was her earthly all-on whom she leaned with change. Oh then, when our enemies would fain the deep trust and tenderness of woman, with persuade thee that we have no love of countrywhom she took sweet counsel, and accompanied no attachment to our home—and ask thy aid to to the house of God-yes, when she follows, in the drive us hence, may fancy bring before thee this, sable garments of woe, his cold remains to the scene;- and may the voice of old Mary, in mournsilent home of all, the benignant rays of Religion ful accents, speak in thy ear, saying: “Put not shed light upon her night of sorrow. She hears thy hand I pray thee to this unrighteous work;" the voice of her Redeemer, in accents ineffably so shall the blessings of the poor and the oppresssweet, calling upon her: “Dry up thy falling tears, ed rest on thee and thine forever. poor mnourner; thy Maker is now thy husband; Philada. Feb. 1833. the Lord of hosts is his name;" and she returns from the grave of her departed friend, tranquil, For the Genius of Universal Emancipation satisfied that her heavenly husband is able and
SLAVERY willing to protect her, and though she may not “ Eternal Nature! when thy giant hand have one friend on earth, she can look up in hea. Had heaved the floods, and fixed the trembling land, ven to a friend whom misfortune cannot alter; When life sprung startling at thy plastic call
, “who sticketh closer than a brother.”
Endless her forms, and Man the lord of all; But there is a portion of our sex, from whom | Say, was that lordly form inspired by thee, these precious privileges, these glorious consola- | To wear eternal chains and bend the knee? tions, are withheld. The poor slave is not permit- Was man ordained the slave of man to toil, ted to attend the dying couch of her husband, to Yoked with the brutes, and fettered to the soil; perform for him the many nameless offices of af- Weighed in a tyrant's balance with his gold ? fection, to direct his fainting spirit to the sinner's | No-Nature stamped us in a heavenly mould; friend. Alas! alas! for my country's guilt--alas! She bade no wretch his thankless labor urge, for the guilt of Christians, living in a land of Bi. Nor, trenibling, take the pittance and the scourge; bles she is unacquainted with her Maker; and if No homeless Libyan, on the stormy deep, she thinks at all of a future state, blindly imagines | To call upon his country's name, and weep." that the spirit of her husband will await her ar.
Campbell rival on the shores of her native land. We who can by faith look to Heaven as a place of reunion
Strange! that the human heart should ever bewith our departed friends; we who are favoured
come so depraved, the human intellect so darkento know that there is a reality in religion; we
ed, as to hold a fellow man unrelentingly in the who have secn its holy influence, subduing the
most cruel bondage, and submit to the disgrace of lion-like nature of man, and leaving in its stead pleading aught in its excuse! Amidst the flood of the incekness of the dove, should bear on our hearts light radiating from the christian gospel, and even the sorrows, the ignorance, the degradation of our
at the moment they affect to exult in the influence captive sisters; we should make them the subject of its purifying beams, men fearlessly oppress of our daily conversations, our daily prayers. It those who have been created equal with themis my privilege (yea, I count it a great privilege) (selves, and boldly seek to justify the wrong, with sometimes to visit an aged female, who lives in a
arguments that might disgrace the rudest savage. miserable old garrot, the air at this inclement sea
How will future ages look with amazement and son pouring through many a crevice. She is lame, indignation on American injustice! will not its and altogether dependent on charity for her daily authors themselves, amidst the eternity of another bread. Notwithstanding all this, she is contented existence, look back with grief and shame upon and happy. Rcligion is her support. The holy their own conduct? will the sophistry that now seriptures are as meat and drink to her. With falls so smoothly on their ears, serve them to warp, pleasure and astonishment I have listened to her
to suit their own purposes, the immutable princiwhile reciting hymns, with a beauty and propriety ples of justice? If it will not, let them turn now, of intonation that would have done credit to a
while there is yet time for repentance, and break
the fetters from the limbs of their brethren. CORA. scholar. Her life is, indeed, a life of praise. I was sitting by her one day, when a friend sent
For the Genius of Universal Emancipation lier some provisions. She clasped her hands togother, raised her cyes to heaven, and said: “Oh Lord! Oh Lord! help me to praise thee, help me Do you feel sorrowful? I sometimes do, to praise thee for all thy goodness to me a poor || When busy thought tells me the sufferings miserable creature.” Then, turning to me, she Of some in our south land. Their brows are not said, “when I look around and see how one kind || So fair as thine, by much, but yet they are friend after another comes in to see ine and read Our sisters, for the mighty God hath given to me, I am lost in astonishment; but, (speaking To them the boon of an immortal soul. quickly and laying her hand on my arm) it is the Yet are they made through life's long years to toil, power of God, my child, it is the power of God— Scourge-driven liko the brute; and with the fine, Oh, fear him, love him, praise him.” I would ra. And delicate pulses of a human heart, ther bc that woman, in her deep poverty, than an | Stirring to anguish in their bosoms, sold ! castern princess.
Aye like the meanest household chattel sold! I have frequently wished, when sitting by her Vended from hand to hand, while with each wrench side, that I might take some lady who leans to || Their torn hearts bleed at every throbbing pore. African Colonization by the hand and lead her to Alas! how can I but fcel sorrowful the humble door of that old garret. I would say: To think upon their woes? Look, Lady, at that poor woman, bowed with weight of years and infirmities--a pensioner on the Better to wear the coarsest garb, and eat of the world's charity—the tenant of a wrctched garret; simplest fare, than to partake the fruits of Slayet it is her home, and therefore it is dear to her;ll very.
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