« ForrigeFortsett »
subjection one-sixth portion of our home-born population of these United States ;—which puts out the eyes of the soul, defaces the image of the Maker, and leaves the wretched victim to grope sightless and hopeless to the judgment of an equal God ;-which tears the infant from its mother's bosom, and brands it as a beast for the shambles ;-which converts into solemn mockery the charter of man's rights, and all the forms of justice ;—which renders null and void the holy bond of matrimony ;-which denies the Book of Lise to two millions, who without it are destitute of that knowledge which begets a hope beyond the grave ;—which punishes with Death the second offence of teaching an immortal being the way to heaven: to apply the principles of eternal righteousness to such a system is a work which requires.' better credentials than a diploma from any foreign Society, of whatever character or of whichever sex.' Your correspondent is right, and I am thankful that such credentials are at hand. Whenever your correspondent is disposed, I will, in his presence, spread these credentials before any impartial American audience he can collect, and allow him all the space he wishes to question their sufficiency, or invalidate their authority.
There is every evidence that your correspondent deems himself a staunch patriot,-so staunch that he dare not trust himself to comment upon the extensive patronage which the Anti-Slavery Association of this country have extended towards me, lest he should be betrayed into language half as strong' as the 'perpetration of such an act deserves.'
From the 57th page of the life of Richard Watson, I make the following extract. It is the language of that distinguished ornament of the Methodist body, and will perhaps show that the work in which I am engaged is as patriotic as writing unkind and violent articles against the friends of the enslaved :
"To what, then, ought patriotism to be directed? It has secured our civil rights; it has organized our armies; it has rendered our navy invincible; it has extended our commerce, and enlarged our dominions : but there is yet one object to be accomplished, without which well appointed armies, an invincible navy, extended commerce and
enlarged dominion, will add little to our dignity, our happiness, or our real strength ;-I mean, the correction of
Immorality and irreligion as certainly dry up the resources of a nation, and hasten its downfall, as a worm at the root of the finest plant will cause it to fade, to wither, and to die.
Wickedness arms God against us ; and if he speak concerning a nation, to pluck it up and to destroy,' no counsels, however wise, no plans, however judicious, no exertions however vigorous, can avert the sentence— Righteousness exalteth a nation ;' and every endeavor to promote it is PATRIOTIC.'
Adopting Mr. Watson's views of patriotism,' I plead for the liberation from hateful and unjust bonds of 2,250,000 human, immortal, blood-ransomed beings. Am I worse than ' infamous' and 'impertinent' for this?
I plead that the hindrances to moral and religious improvement may be removed, and the colored population, instead of perishing for lack of knowledge,' enjoy the blessings of education, grow up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,' and in his fear discharge all the duties of civil, social, and domestic life. Am I worse than ' infamous and impertinent' for doing this?
I plead that the Bible may be given to millions of accountable beings who are prohibited from looking into its pages. Am I worse than 'infamous' and 'impertinent' for doing this?
I plead for the abolition of temptations and opportunities to licentiousness, profligacy, and impurity, and the presentation of motives to chastity, honor and fidelity. “Am I worse than “infamous' and 'impertinent' for doing this?
I plead for the recognition, protection, sanctification and security of the marriage tie. Am I worse than 'in. famous' and 'impertinent' for doing this?
I plead for the abolition of a practice tliat robs the fathers and mothers of this land of two hundred new born infants a day, and introduces that number of hapless innocents into all the pollution and degradation of hopeless thraldom. Am I worse than infamous' and 'impertinent' for doing this?
But enough. Let the Christian world judge between me and my accuser. I fear not the verdict.
I desire to register my unfeigned gratitude to God for
MR. THOMPSON'S LETTER TO D. D. WHEDON.
the success which he has uniformly granted to the fearless publication of the truth upon the subject of Slavery. Our cause is advancing rapidly. Its advocates may smile upon all opposition. Any attempt to prevent the spread of abolition sentiments, or crush the spirit which is now going through the land, is as vain, (to say nothing of its wickedness,) as to attempt to hurl the Rocky Mountains from their foundations, or roll back the waters of the Mississippi. We may adopt the language of the dying Wesley— The best of all is, God is with us.'
To D. D. Whedon I would kindly say-- Take the letter you have published to your closet, your knees, and your God. Pray earnestly for wisdom, truth, and charity. Contemplate the state of things in the Southern States of the country you profess to love. Let the slave stand before you in the awful attributes of a deathless and accountable being. Reflect upon your own responsibility to plead his cause and promote his present and eternal good,-and then say, whether you have done well to seek to bring down upon the head of a stranger, and the slave's advocate, a relentless storm of popular indignation ?
I will offer no reply to your remarks on my country. They are wholly unworthy the Christian—the patriot and the man.
In respect to the "fulness of hospitality' which you say you would 'pour upon me' if I were an inactive and indifferent observer of the wrongs of the slave,- I beg to say that I am quite content to relinquish the enjoyment, and see it reserved for the Christian brother' who can' forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain.'
Pardon, Mr. Editor, these protracted remarks. I doubt not you will follow the dictates of justice whether you insert or reject what I have written. It is not likely I shall soon trouble you again. Heaven bless your country, and send a speedy and peaceful triumph to the cause of the oppressed ! • The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice!'
- All is in his land whose praise I seek,
MR. THOMPSON AT PHILADELPHIA.
PHILADELPHIA, 3d mo. 5, 1835. MY DEAR FRIEND,-Unwilling to do anything that could by possibility fan the flames which for a time seemed to threaten with riotous destruction our civil institutions, we have, in this city, for several months past abstained from public efforts, for promoting the glorious cause of human liberty. Still we have not been unmindful of the cries and groans of two millions of our countrymen in bondage. We have marked the accelerated progress of licentiousness and pollution in the slaveholding sections of our country; we have seen the hand of despotism extending its iron grasp over two hundred new born victims in every twentyfour hours; we have heard the lamentations of the bereaved mother when her darling babe has been torn from her bosom ; we have observed the widely withering influence of an unholy prejudice against beings created, like ourselves, in the image of God; we have heard the sentiment advanced, by professed ministers of Him who came to undo the heavy burdens, and let the oppressed go free, that we are but a set of misguided fanatics, unworthy of the public regard.' All this we have silently borne for weeks and months that are past. But the claims of our fellowmen, who are suffering under the cruel yoke of oppression, have during this interval, often ascended in our orisons to the Throne of Grace, and the spirit of the Lord has been at work in the hearts of many people, preparing them for the reception of truth, and for active co-operation in the cause of universal freedom ; and now we have been comforted and made to rejoice together, by the labors of a messenger of love, whom I verily believe the God of the
oppressed has sent among us.
Our beloved coadjutor, George Thompson, arrived here, from New-York, on the 2nd instant, and on the evening of the 3rd, delivered ? Lecture in the · Reformed Presbyterian Church,' in Cher
No public notice had been given, yet such was the anxiety to hear him, that not less than one thousand persons assembled on the occasion and all were more than gratified. The interesting nature of the subject, the perfect understanding of it in all its bearings evinced by the speaker, the truly christian spirit with which he spoke of the wrong doers, all added to his commanding eloquence, carried conviction to the understanding and bore the hearts of his auditors along with him, and unfurled in many a bosom, the standard of immediate abolitionism,
One of our most estimable citizens, who has been favorable to colonization, said at the close of the meeting, that he would willingly go thirty miles at any time to hear such a discourse. I would attempt to give an outline of it, were it possible for me to do it justice, but I can only say, to all who would understand a christian's views and feelings, and know his arguments on the subject of slavery and its remedy, you must go and hear George Thompson for yourselves. He labors in the cause of God, and in behalf of that portion of the creation of God made in his own image, who are borne down by relentless oppression, in every portion of the habitable globe. He pleads with Christians of every name, to arouse from their lethargy, and in the name of the Master whom they prosess to serve, to vindicate the right of man to be free ; his motto is, · Man is man, endowed by his Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which, are lise, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'
Yesterday morning, our dear friend returned to NewYork, to fulfil prior engagements in that city. Last evening our board of Managers unanimously adopted the following Resolution, viz:
• Resolved, That the thanks of this Board be presented to our highly esteemed coadjutor, George Thompson, for the clear and forcible exposition of Abolition principles, presented in his address to an assemblage of our fellow-citizens last evening, and that he be most respectfully invited to return to this city as soon as previous engagements will permit, to plead before other congregations the cause of the oppressed,'