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that have been more widely lamented. The quiet | rectness and ease, but are schooled in the ideas beauty and attractiveness of his daily life, his and the habits of self-respecting, self-governing delicate regard for the feelings of others, his un- freemen. There are inevitably some bad characaffected courtesy, frankness, and benignity of man- ters among them-gambling, fighting, cheating, ners, his nice sense of honor, his generous and dissipated men, who have outlived their respectadisinterested kindness, his strong love of truth bility and the last remnant of their neighbors and justice, his sterling honesty, and his rigid confidence elsewhere, and who go thither to comconscientiousness, all happily blended in just pro- mence a new career of debauchery and crime; but portions, could not fail to inspire affection, confi- these bear but a small proportion to the whole dence, and respect. His moral principles had number, and will find their proper level much peculiar strength. No one could know him, sooner than they now imagine. A large number without feeling that no temptation could move go out expecting to live by trade, or law, or some him from his purpose to be a perfectly upright sort of intellectual exertion ; but the great majorand honorable man. Neither indignation at im- ity go calculating to dig their fortunes out of the posture and injustice, personal friendship, nor a naked earth by their own honest toil, and these desire to advance his own interests, could make must generally succeed. The gold may be exhim swerve, in the slightest degree, from his con- hausted—nay, in time it must be--but the earth victions of honor and right. No physician in the and its better uses will yet remain ; and they who city has for many years, it is believed, been so shall not have grasped the shining dust must also often called upon to testify in courts of justice, in in good part linger on some portion of our Pacific cases involving questions of medico-chemical sci- waters. They will turn their attention to grain
On such occasions, legal gentlemen, emi- growing, to catile-rearing, lumbering, &c., and, nent for station and ability, have pronounced him after enduring a season of disappointment, privato have been unsurpassed for fairness, clearness, tion, and struggle for mere subsistence, they will and accuracy, and for the confidence which he become the founders of a populous and flourishing inspired as a man of science and of truth. community. The long season of drought expe
Dr. Gay's character in his domestic relations rienced over a great portion of California and was in beautiful harmony with the rest of his Oregon is a serious drawback, but it is compenife. His memory will long be affectionately sated by the mildness of their winters and the cherished, and faith in man and in virtue will be general salubrity of their climate, rendering them the stronger in many hearts because he has lived. among the best regions for extensive flocks and
herds in the world. Very great diversities of From the Tribune.
temperature may be obtained in California by a CALIFORNIA.
removal of not many miles up or down the slope There is no novelty in the procession of the from the crests of the mountains to the deepest of most important political and social results from the the valleys, and thus cattle and sheep may avoid blind eagerness of individual adventure in quest the drought of summer amid the cool breezes and of sudden wealth. The golden fleece has often dashing streams of the mountain declivities, and dazzled the vision and allured the steps of the the snows of winter upon the rich bottoms and needy and sanguine, and though they may have grassy glades of the Sacramento and San Joachin, returned thoroughly shorn and naked, or never costing their owners the merest trifle for food and lived to return at all, the foundation of new em- shelter. Though not so well adapted to grainpires, the transference of the centres of power and growing, it does not appear that the absence of of trade, have nevertheless resulted. No matter rain in summer is by any means universal, nor that whether the gold of California shall or shall not it prevents the growth of bounteous harvests of continue to justify the towering expectations of wheat and other early ripening cereals where it those now hurrying in quest of it, the first day of exists. Of fruits, many of the finest known to next November will see the valley of the Sacra- man now ripen and rot in neglected profusion mento peopled by not less-probably many more— around the ruins of the old Jesuit missions, and than one hundred thousand of the Anglo-Saxon there seems little reason to doubt that Upper Calrace, to say nothing of the Aborigines, Spanish ifornia may justify Colonel Fremont's designation Americans, and Pacific Islanders, whom the same of it as “the Italy of the New World," when its devouring passion will have precipitated upon the resources shall have been developed and its capacnew Land of Gold. Nothing like this immigra- ities fully understood. In time it cannot fail to betion, in suddenness or importance, has occurred come the home of many millions of people, irradisince the days of Columbus and his immediate ated by the light of Christianity, and skilled in al} Buccessors, if ever. Nine tenths of the whole the arts of modern civilization. With jury trials, number will have been lured thither within a year the printing press, regular mails, and Christian by the glitter of the yellow metal alone. ministrations, among the fundamental basis of its
No emigration equal to this in average intelli- social frame-work, while land monopoly, war, and gence and vigor was ever before known. With the subjection of labor to capital, are for the present scarcely an exception, the whites now in Califor- precluded, the social condition of California ought : nia, or hastening thither, can not only read and speedily to exhibit an insprovement on that of any write, compute and keep accounts, &c., with cor- other portion of the globe.
There is one fearful, but we trust temporary, if they wil. go to church, should take some sopodrawback on these initial advantages in ihe ab- rific or composing powder before starting. sence of woman. Probably nine tenths of the
We have seen those who on awaking betray a feelcivilized population of California, now and for the ing of manifest amazement and bewilderment, as if
they did not immediately recollect where they were, next year at least, will consist of men, generally or what they had been doing.” Such conduct is, to in the prime of life. This disparity will lead to say the least, highly impolite. An experienced deplorable disorders and mischief. Men, unblest sleeper, under whatever circumstances he may by the refining and hallowing influences of female awake, will exhibit no unusual emotion of surprise. society, naturally tend to become selfish, coarse It is in equally bad taste to appear to notice the and cruel-lend toward a condition of barbarism. slumbers of others. A single officious gazer will But this disparity cannot long continue. Many who, but for him, would have escaped observation.
often direct the attention of half the house to a sleeper, of the Californians have left families behind then
Snoring in respectable congregations has long only because of their inability to pay their pas-passed into disuse. But it may sometimes happen sage, and the notorious destitution of dwellings that you may have taken an old style sleeper into and other comforts in the Gold Region. Many your pew, who either has not abandoned the habit more have gone resolved to return for those whom or cannot do so. In such a case, the only way of they are under engagement to marry, as soon as
saving yourself from mortification is, to resolutely they can afford to do so. These and others,
determine to sacrifice your own comfort for the if
good of your friend ; in other words, to keep awake fortunate, will take out their mothers, sisters, yourself that you may keep him awake. In this and other relatives, and thus, in the course of connection we may suggest, that children who have two or three years, should the gold diggings fulfil not been taught to smother their risible or lachrymose the expectations they have excited, the present tendencies should be sedulously kept from church. scarcity of women will be partially remedied, Ladies, also, who have ever heen known to faint, though a considerable disparity in the numbers of else be well instructed in the fan exercise. The
should, in warm weather, sit near a window, or the two sexes will doubtless continue for many bustle and confusion created by a regular faint years. This, however, is common to all coun- necessarily awaken many who would otherwise tries in the early stages of settlement by coloni- have enjoyed their nap to the last prayer. A cholzation.
eric old gentleman of our acquaintance was once so All things considered, we believe California exasperated on being awakened in the middle of will soon enter upon the stage of independent ex
his nap, by a woman who had fainted, that, in the istence as a state of the Union with as many ele heat of his passion, he solemnly vowed never again
to sleep in meeting, from sheer spite. ments of order, stability, and prosperity, as Ohio
Some method should be devised for freeing the or Louisiana had on coming into the Union, and churches from flies. A single merciless, perseverwith as fair a prospect of rapid growth to great- ing fly, will often break the rest of a sleeper more ness. We trust she will experience no difficulty effectually than the animated tones of the most eloin creating for herself those political institutions quent preacher. which Congress ought at the late session to have
It is possible that there may be some who will provided for her, but failed to do through disagree-object to the propriety of offering these suggestions, ment on the subject of slavery. We trust she will not permit us to discuss the objections of these
or of treating of the subject at all. Our space will illustrate the truth of a remark of the late Hugh critics, or to develop what we conceive to be the S. Legare, “that neither the Declaration of Inde- ultimate causes of sleeping in meeting. But though pendence nor the Constitution of '87 was the basis we should grant the existence of valid objections, of American Liberty, but that every man who still we have ground enough left to-sleep upon. landed on Plymouth Rock stepped on shore a liv
For, in all our reasoning upon human nature, we ING CONSTITUTION.” We do not fear the preva- a practice which so universally prevails, it must,
must take it as we find it, and instead of censuring lence of anarchy among her adventurous popula- we think, be acknowledged to be the office of true tion; we believe there is far greater danger of the wisdom to soften and obliterate its abuses.- Chrisinsidious creeping in of slavery; and we trust she tian Watchman. will be shielded from that scourge by the enlightened vigilance of her own people and the resolute ANTIQUITY OF MAN ON THE Earth.-M. Paul energy of those of the free states. A few months Jervais has lately discovered in the upper tertiary must decide the question.
stratum of Montpellier a species of fossil ape, probably belonging to the Macaque genus. On
comparing this discovery with that of M. Lartet, SLEEPING IN MEETING.
in the Gers, and those made in the environs of There are some persons of a temperament which London, it appears that fossil apes have been disshould preclude them from indulging in sleep at covered in the three principal tertiary strata of meeting. Of this class are those who start, kick, Western Europe ; that is to say, in every part of or jump, in their sleep. Such an unfortunate pre- the level of sedimentary earths in which the bones disposition is annoying and troublesome in the ex- of mammalia abound. If man had existed at the petreme. A single sleeper of this description may riod when these strata were deposited, the non-dis break the slumbers of a whole slip of orderly hear-covery hitherto of the slightest trace of human ers. We once held a seat by the side of a man who skeletons, or remains attesting human industry, regularly overturned the cricket on waking up, and would be very astounding. The discovery of these who had, on several occasions, scattered the con- fossil apes is, therefore, an additional indirect tents of the box of saw-dust in every direction. proof of the very inferior antiquity of man on the Persons afflicted with such constitutional maladies, I earth.
From Fraser's Magazine.
ful and all-bewildering jargon,” the product of
“ hearts left destitute of any earnest guidance, THE NEGRO QUESTION. *
and disbelieving that there ever was any, ChrisIf all the meetings at Exeter Fall be not pre- tian or heathen,” the “human species" is sided over by strictly impartial chairmen, they duced to believe in rose-pink sentimentalism ought to be. We shall set an example to our alone.” On this alleged condition of the human pious brethren in this respect, by giving publicity species I shall have something to say presently. to the following letter. Our readers have now But I must first set my anti-philanthropic opponent both sides of the question before them, and can right on a matter of fact. He entirely misunderform their own opinions upon it. -Editor. stands the great national revolt of the conscience
of this country against slavery and the slave-trade TO THE EDITOR OF FRASER'S MAGAZINE. if he supposes it to have been an affair of sentiSir,— Your last month's number contains a than any cause which so irresistibly appealed to
It depended no more on humane feelings speech against the “ rights of Negroes," the doc
them must necessarily do. Its first victories were trines and spirit of which ought not to pass with
gained while the lash yet ruled uncontested in the out remonstrance. The author issues his opinions, barrack-yard, and the rod in schools, and while or rather
inces, under imposing auspices ; no less than those of the "immortal gods.” the value of forty shillings. It triumphed because
men were still hanged by dozens for stealing to “ The Powers,” “the Destinies,” announce, it was the cause of justice ; and, in the estimation through him, not only what will be, but what of the great majority of its supporters, of religion. shall be done ; what they " have decided upon; Its originalors and leaders were persons of a stern passed their eternal act of parliament for." This is speaking “ as one having authority;" the religion of their time, seldom spoke much of
sense of moral obligation, who, in the spirit of but authority from whom? If by the quality of
benevolence and philanthropy, but often of duty, the message we may judge of those who sent it,
crime, and sin. For nearly two centuries had not from any powers to whom just or good men acknowledge allegiance. This so-called “ eternal
negroes, many thousands annually, been seized by act of parliament” is no new law, but the old Indies to be worked to death, literally to death;
force or treachery and carried off to the West law of the strongest—a law against which the for it was the received maxim, the acknowledged great teachers of mankind have in all ages pro- dictate of good economy, to wear them out quickly tested :-it is the law of force and cunning ; the Jaw that whoever is more powerful than an- sible cruelly, tyranny, and wanton oppression was
and import more. In this fact every other posother, is “ born lord” of that other, the other
by implication included. And the motive on the being born his “servant," who must be “ pelled to work” for him by “ beneficent whip," part of the slave-owners was the love of gold; or,
to speak more truly, of vulgar and puerile ostenif “ other methods avail not." I see nothing tation. I have yet to learn that anything more divine in this injunction. If "the gods” will detestable than this has been done by human this, it is the first duty of human beings to resist beings towards human beings in any part of the such gods. Omnipotent these “ gods" are not, earth. It is a mockery to talk of comparing it for powers which demand human tyranny and in
with Ireland. And this went on, not, like Irish justice cannot accomplish their purpose unless
beggary, because England had not the skill to human beings coöperate. The history of human improvement is the record of a struggle by which prevent it—not merely by the sufferance, but by
the laws of the English nation. At last, howinch after inch of ground has been wrung from
ever, there were found men, in growing number, these maleficent powers, and more and more
who determined not to rest until the iniquity was of human life rescued from the iniquitous dominion of the law of might. Much, very much of this much the business and end of their lives, as ordi
extirpated; who made the destruction of it as work still remains to do ; but the progress made in it is the best and greatest achievement yet per- would not be content with softening its hideous
nary men make their private interests ; who formed by mankind, and it was hardly to be ex- features, and making it less intolerable to the pected at this period of the world that we should be enjoined, by way of a great reform in human sight, but would stop at nothing short of its utter
and irrevocable extinction. I am so far from seeaffairs, to begin undoing it.
ing anything contemptible in this resolution, that, it
appears, is ill with a most perni- in my sober opinion, the persons who formed and cious disease, which infects all its proceedings, executed it deserve to be numbered among those, and of which the conduct of this country in regard not numerous in any age, who have led noble to the negroes is a prominent symptom-lhe dis- lives according to their lights, and laid on manease of philanthropy.
“Sunk in deep froth-oceans kind a debt of permanent gratitude. of benevolence, fraternity, emancipation-principle,
After fifty years of toil and sacrifice, the object Christian philanthropy, and other most amiable
was accomplished, and the negroes, freed from the looking, but most baseless, and, in the end, bale
despotism of their fellow-beings, were left to
themselves, and to the chances which the arrange* In answer to an article by Mr. Carlyle, which was copied into No. 299 of Living Age.
ments of existing society provide for those who 30
have no resource but their labor. These chances | "some wise means,' everything should be made proved favorable to them, and, for the last ten right in the world? While we are about it, years, they afford the unusual spectacle of a labor- wisdom may as well be suggested as the remedy ing class whose labor bears so high a price that for all evils, as for one only. Your contributor they can exist in comfort on the wages of a com- incessantly prays Heaven that all persons, black paratively small quantity of work. This, to the and white, may be put in possession of this “diex-slave-owners, is an inconvenience ; but I have vine right of being compelled, if permitted will not yet heard that any of them has been reduced not serve, to do what work they are appointed to beg his bread, or even to dig for it, as the for.” But as this cannot be conveniently mannegro, however scandalously he enjoys himself, aged just yet, he will begin with the blacks, and still must : a carriage or some other luxury the will make them work for certain whites, those less, is in most cases, I believe, the limit of their whites not working at all; that so “ the eternal privations—no very bad measure of retributive purpose and supreme will” may be fulfilled, and justice ; those who have had tyrannical power “ injustice,” which is “forever accursed,” may taken away from them, may think themselves for- cease. tunate if they come so well off; at all events, it This pet theory of your contributor about work, is an embarrassment out of which the nation is we all know well enough, though some persons not called on to help them; if they cannot con- might not be prepared for so bold an application tinue to realize their large incomes without more of it. Let me say a few words on this" gospel laborers, let them find them, and bring them from of work”—which, to my mind, as justly deserves where they can best be procured, only not by the name of a cant as any of those which he has force. Not so thinks your anti-philanthropic opposed, while the truth it contains is immeasuracontributor. That negroes should exist, and en- | bly further from being the whole truth than that joy existence, on so little work, is a scandal, in contained in the words Benevolence, Fraternity, his eyes, worse than their former slavery. It or any other of his catalogue of contemptibilities. must be put a stop to at any price. He does not To give it a rational meaning, it must first be “ wish to see” them slaves again “if it can be known what he means by work. Does work avoided ;" but decidedly" they “ will have to mean everything which people do ? No; or he be servants,"
," " servants to the whites," "com- would not reproach people with doing no work. pelled to labor,” and “not to go idle another Does it mean laborious exertion ? No; for many minute."
“ Black Quashee,”! “ up to the ears in a day spent in killing game, includes more muscupumpkins,” and “ working about half an hour a lar fatigue than a day's ploughing. Does it mean day,” is to him the abomination of abominations. useful exertion? But your contributor always I have so serious a quarrel with him about prin- scoffs at the idea of utility. Does he mean that ciples, that I have no time to spare for his facts; all persons ought to earn their living? But some but let me remark, how easily he takes for grant- earn their living by doing nothing, and some by ed those which fit his case. Because he reads in doing mischief; and the negroes, whom he desome blue-book of a strike for wages in Demerara, spises, still do earn by labor the “pumpkins" such as he may read of any day in Manchester, they consume and the finery they wear. he draws a picture of negro inactivity, copied Work, I imagine, is not a good in itself. There from the wildest prophecies of the slavery party is nothing laudable in work for work's sake. To before emancipation. If the negroes worked no work voluntarily for a worthy object is laudable ; more than “half an hour a day,” would the sugar but what constitutes a worthy object? On this crops, in all except notoriously bad seasons, be so matter, the oracle of which your contributor is considerable, so little diminished from what they the prophet has never yet been prevailed on to were in the time of slavery, as is proved by the declare itself. He revolves in an eternal circle custom-house returns ? But it is not the facts of round the idea of work, as if turning up the earth, the question, so much as the moralities of it, that or driving a shuttle or a quill, were ends in themI care to dispute with your contributor.
selves, and the ends of human existence. Yet, A black man working no more than your con- even in the case of the most sublime service to tributor affirms that they work, is, he says, an humanity, it is not because it is work that it is eye-sorrow," a “ blister on the skin of the state,” worthy; the worth lies in the service itself, and and many other things equally disagreeable; to in the will to render it—the noble feelings of work being the grand duty of man. “ To do which it is the fruit; and if the nobleness of will competent work, to labor honestly according to the is proved by other evidence than work, as for inability given them; for that, and for no other stance by danger or sacrifice, there is the same purpose, was each one of us sent into this world.” worthiness. While we talk only of work, and not Whoever prevents him from this his “sacred ap- of its object, we are far from the root of the matpointment to labor while he lives on earth” is ter; or, if it may be called the root, it is a root “his deadliest enemy.” If it be “ his own indo- without flower or fruit. lence" that prevents him, " the first right he has” In the present case, it seems, a noble object is that all wiser and more industrious persons shall, means “spices.”—“The gods wish, besides pump“by some wise means, compel him to do the work kins, that spices and valuable products be grown he is fit for." Why not at once say that, by l in their West Indies"—the "noble elements of
" could one
cianamon, sugar, coffee, pepper black and gray,” in Belgrave Square. We would not withhold " things far nobler than pumpkins." Why so ? from the whites, any more than from the blacks, Is what supports lise inferior in dignity to what the “ divine right” of being compelled to labor. merely gratifies the sense of taste? Is it the ver- Let them have exactly the same share in the proddict of the “immortal gods” that pepper is noble, uce that they have in the work. If they do not freedom (even freedom from the lash) contempt- like this, let them remain as they are, so long as ible? But spices lead “lowards commerces, arts, they are permitted, and make the best of supply polities, and social developments.” Perhaps so ; and demand. but of what sort ? When they must be produced Your contributor's notions of justice and proby slaves, the “polities and social developments” prietary right are of another kind than these. they lead to are such as the world, I hope, will According to him, the whole West Indies belong not choose to be cursed with much longer. to the whites : the negroes have no claim there,
The worth of work does not surely consist in to either land or food, but by their sufferance. its leading to other work, and so on to work upon
“ It was not Black Quashee, or those he reprework without end. On the contrary, the multi- sents, that made those West India islands what plication of work, for purposes not worth caring they are.” I submit, that those who furnished about, is one of the evils of our present condition. the thews and sinews really had something to do When justice and reason shall be the rule of hu- with the matter. 6. Under the soil of Jamaica the man affairs, one of the first things to which we bones of many thousand British men”—“brave may expect them to be applied is the question, Colonel Fortescue, brave Colonel Sedgwick, brave How many of the so-called luxuries, conveniences, Colonel Brayne,” and divers others, " had to be refinements, and ornaments of life, are worth the laid.” How many hundred thousand African labor which must be undergone as the condition men laid their bones there, after having had their of producing them? The beautifying of existence lives pressed out by slow or fierce torture? They is as worthy and useful an object as the sustaining could have better done without Colonel Fortescue, of it ; but only a vitiated taste can see any such than Colonel Fortescue could have done without result in those fopperies of so-called civilization, them. But he was the stronger, and could which myriads of hands are now occupied and compel ;" what they did and suffered therefore lives wasted in providing. In opposition to the goes for nothing. Not only they did not, but it
gospel of work," I would assert the gospel of seems they could not, have cultivated those islands. leisure, and maintain that human beings cannot " Never by art of his” (the negro) rise to the finer attributes of their nature compati- pumpkin have grown there to solace any human bly with a life filled with labor. I do not include throat.” They grow pumpkins, however, and under the name labor such work, if work it be more than pumpkins, in a very similar country, called, as is done by writers and afforders of their native Africa. We are told to look at "guidance," an occupation which, let alone the Haiti : what does your contributor know of Haiti ? vanity of the thing, cannot be called by the same "Little or no sugar growing, black Peter extername with the real labor, the exhausting, stiffen- minating black Paul, and where a garden of the ing, stupefying toil of many kinds of agricultural Hesperides might be, nothing but a tropical dogand manufacturing laborers. To reduce very kennel and pestiferous jungle.” Are we to listen greatly the quantity of work required to carry on to arguments grounded on hear-says like these ? existence is as needful as to distribute it more In what is black Haiti worse than white Mexico ? equally; and the progress of science, and the in- If the truth were known, how much worse is it creasing ascendency of justice and good sense, tend than white Spain ? to this result.
But the great ethical doctrine of the discourse, There is a portion of work rendered necessary than which a doctrine more damnable, I should by the fact of each person's existence : no one think, never was propounded by a professed moral could exist unless work, to a certain amount, were reformer, is, that one kind of human beings are done either by or for him. Of this each person born servants to another kind. “ You will have is bound, in justice, to perform his share ; and to be servants,” he tells the negroes, “to those society has an incontestable right to declare to that are born wiser than you, that are born lords every one, that if he work not, at this work of of you—servants to the whites, if they are (as necessity, neither shall he eat. Society has not what mortal can doubt that they are ?) born wiser enforced this right, having in so far postponed the than you." I do not hold him to the absurd letrule of justice to other considerations. But there ter of his dictum ; it belongs to the mannerism in is an ever-growing demand that it be enforced, so which he is enthralled like a child in swaddling soon as any endurable plan can be devised for the clothes. By “born wiser," I will suppose him purpose. If this experiment is to be tried in the to mean, born more capable of wisdom: a propoWest Indies, let it be tried impartially; and letsition which, he says, no mortal can doubt, but the whole produce belong to those who do the which, I will make bold to say, that a full moiety work which produces it. We would not have of all thinking persons, who have attended to the black laborers compelled to grow spices which subject, either doubt or positively deny. Among they do not want, and white proprietors who do the things for which your contributor prosesses not work at all exchanging the spices for houses entire disrespect, is the analytical examination of