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striped and starry banner, stand forth in characters of blood, the distinctive mottos of the age :
DOWN WITH DISCUSSION.
HAIL, COLUMBIA. Before you weep over the wrongs of Greece, go wash the gore out of your national shambles-appease the frantic mother robbed of her only child, the centre of her hopes, and joys, and sympathies-restore to yon desolate husband the wife of his bosom-abolish the slave marts of Alexandria, the human flesh auctions of Richmond and New Orleans- undo the heavy burdens,' 'break every yoke,' and stand forth to the gaze of the world—not steeped in infamy and rank with blood, but in the posture of penitence and prayer, a FREE and REGENERATED nation.
Such, truly, are the bitter reproaches with which every breeze from a distant land might be justly freighted. How long ?- In the name of outraged humanity, I ask, how long shall they be deserved ? Are the people greedy of a world's execration? or have they any sense of shame—any blush of patriotism left? Each day the flagrant inconsistency and gross wickedness of the nation are becoming more widely and correctly kown. Already on foreign shores the lovers of corruption and despotism are referring with exultation to the recent bloody dramas in the South and the pro-slavery meetings and mobs of the country generally, in proof of the dangerous tendency of Democratic principles. How long shall the deeds of America clog the wheels of the car of Universal Freedom ? Vain is every boast-acts speak louder than words. While
• Columbia's sons are bought and sold,'
while citizens of America are murdered without trialwhile persons and property are at the mercy of a mobą while city authorities are obliged to make concessions to a bloody minded multitude, and finally incarcerate unoffending citizens to save them from a violent death-while gentlemen of standing and property' are in unholy league
to effect the abduction and destruction of a 'foreigner, the head and front of whose offending is, that he is laboring to save the country from its worst foe-while assemblages of highly respectable citizens, comprising large numbers of the clergy, and some of the judges of the land, are interrupted and broken up, and the houses of God in which they met, attacked in open day by thousands of men armed with all the implements of demolition-while the entire south presents one great scene of slavery and slaughter-and while the north deeply sympathise with their southern brethren,' sanction their deeds of felony and murder, and obsequiously do their bidding by hunting down their own fellow citizens who dare to plead for equal rights -and, finally, while hundreds of the ministers of Christ, of every denomination, are making common cause with the plunderer of his species-yea, themselves reduce God's image to the level of the brute, and glory in their shame I say, while these things exist, professions and boasts are sounding brass ; ' men will learn to loathe the name of Republicanism, and deem it synonymous with mob despotism, and the foulest oppression on the face of the globe.
A word to the opposers of the cause of emancipation. You must stop in your career of persecution, or proceed to still darker deeds—and wider desolations. At present, you have done nothing but help us. You have, it is true, made a sincere, though impotent attempt to please your masters at the south. The abolitionists have risen after every attempt to crush them, with greater energy and in greater numbers. They are still speaking ; they are still writing ; still praying ; still weeping (not over their sufferings, but your sins)--they are working in public and in private, by day and by night-they are sustained by principles you do not (because you will not) understand-principles drawn pure from the throne of God—they have meat to eat which you know not of, and live, and are nourished, and are strong while you wonder that they do not wither under your frown, and fall into annibilation before the thunderbolts of your wrath. Some of you have conversed with them. What think you of the abolitionists? of their moral courage their tact in argumenttheir knowledge of the scriptures—their interpretation of the constitution? Have
you found them ignorant? Have
you found them weak?
Have you not often been driven to your wit's end by the probing questions or ready answers of these silly and deluded women and children? How then do you expect to conquer ? If finally by the sword, why delay. Commence the work of butchery to-day. Every hour you procrastinate, witnesses an increase of your victims-a defection from your ranks, and an augmentation in numbers and influence of those you wish to destroy. You profess to be republicans. Have you ever asked yourselves what you are doing for the principles you profess to revere? In the name of sacred Liberty, I call upon you to pause. I conjure you,
• By every ballowed name,
pause, and see whither your present deeds are tending. Be honest—be just, just to yourselves, just to us, before you condemn us, still more, before
seek to destroy us, Search us, and know our hearts ; try us, and know our thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in us.' Condemn us not unheard. Strike, but hear. Remember, too, that your violence will effect nothing while the liberty of the press remains. While the principles and opinions of abolitionists, as promulgated in their journals, are carried on the wings of the wind over sea and land, you do but give a wider circulation to those principles and opinions by your acts of violence and blood. You awaken the desire—the determination to know and understand what these babblers say.' Be prepared, therefore, to violate the constitution by annihilating the Liberty of the Press.
In this place it may not be inappropriate to introduce a passage from an able letter, recently addressed by the eloquent M. de Chateaubriand to the French Chamber of Deputies, while that body were advocating the recent law for imposing severe restrictions on the French press :
I could, (says he,) if I wished, crush you under the weight of your origin, and show you to be faithless to yourselves, to your past actions and language. But I spare you the reproaches which the whole world heaps upon you. I call not upon you to give an account of the oaths you have taken. will merely tell you that you have not arrived at the end of your task, and that in the perilous career you have entered upon-following the example of other governments which have met with destruction-you must go on
till you arrive at the abyse. You have done nothing till you establish the censorship ; nothing but that, can be efficacious against the liberty of the press. A violent law may kill the man, but the censorship alone kills the idea, and this latter it is which ruins your system. Be prepared, then, to establish the censorship, and be assured that on the day on which you do establish it you will perish.'
In concluding this lenghtened communication, let me exhort you, my beloved brother, to be of good cheer,' and to exercise unwavering confidence in the God your servethe God of Jacob, and of Elijah, and of Daniel-of all who, with singleness, prefer the faithful discharge of duty, and its consequences, to the suggestions of expediency, and the favor of the world. He is able to deliver you in the hour of peril, and give you the victory over all your enemies. To Him resort for refuge. He will be a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. To all, who with you are waging this holy war, I would say ;-Let not passing events move you. The turbulence and malignity of your opponents prove the potency and purity of your cause. But yesterday the abolitionists were esteemed few, mean, silly, and contemptible. Now they are of sufficient importance to arouse and fix the attention of the entire country, and earth and hell are ransacked for weapons and recruits, with which to fight the ignorant, imbecile, superannuated and besotted believers in the doctrines of immediate emancipation. This is a good sign. An unequivocal compliment to the divinity of your principles. Ye are not of the world, therefore, the world hateth you. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.' Let your motto be • ONWARDS!' You have already accomplished much. You have awakened the country from its guilty slumber. You can reckon upon three hundred Auxiliary Associations, embracing a large portion of the effective moral energy of the land. The churches of the North are taking right ground upon the question. The principles of abolition are diffused through most of the seminaries of learning. The females of America are nobly deroting themselves to this work of mercy, regardless of the
malignity of their heartlesss and unmanly persecutors. Onwards, therefore! A few years will witness an entire change in the sentiments of the American people, and those who are now drawn up in opposition to your philanthropic movement, will blush to acknowledge the dishonorable part they have enacted. A voice, from the other side of the Atlantic, says, Onwards! You are supported by the prayers and sympathies of Great Britain. The abolitionists of the British empire are with you. They are the friends of the peace, happiness and glory of your coun. try, and earnestly desire the arrival of the day, when, having achieved a victory over Slavery in this continent, you will join them in efforts for its abolition throughout the world. While you pray fervently for strength in the day of conflict, pray also for grace to bear yourselves with meekness and charity towards those who oppose you. Pursue your holy object in the Spirit of Christ, 'giving no offence in any thing, that the (cause) be not (justly) blamed, but in all things approving yourselves as the servants of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love un feigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report, as deceivers, and yet true ; as unknown, and yet well known ; as dying, and behold you live ; as chastened, and not killed ; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Your affectionate friend,