Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

So we can

or Governors of Fairs should take care that every thing be sold according to just weight and measure, it was not uncommon (especially when the Fair was held within the precincts of a cathedral or monastery,) to oblige every man to take an oath at the gate, before he was admitted, that he would neither, lie, steal, nor cheat, while he continued at the fair.”

As we feel no apprehension that the Ladies who engage in this good work will use “false weights and measures, not imagine that any oath is necessary to bind Gentlemen to the observance of the most obvious duties of morality, especially, at such a time, and in such a place; yet, as we perused this regulation of a former age, we could not but wish that every gentleman would, even in our enlightened day, impose on himself an obligation, "before he enters the gate,” to give honourable proof of respect for those who render the scene so attractive, of his regard to that cause which they are endeavouring to ad

)

vance.

The Apostle Paul called upon those of his own sex, "to help those women who laboured with him in the Gospel:" nor is there less reason now to urge men of influence and wealth to assist those whom they profess to love and admire, in such schemes and enterprises of charity as are no sooner known than approved by the female mind.

The public testimony of approbation which the Ladies in Baltimore are about to give to our enterprise, may, and we believe will prove an incalculable benefit. The influence of the Ladies over the minds of the community, is too precious to be estimated by dollars and cents. The seal of their good opinion is, as it ought to be, and, as we trust, it ever will be, the best and surest passport to general favour. Blest with souls of finer structure and more exquisite sensibility than men; less exposed to influences which pervert the moral feelings, and mislead the judgment in matters of duty and charity, their decisions in relation to these, are seldom wrong; and, next to the sacred Word, merit our confidence.

When we consider the contemplated Fair, not merely in its influence upon our sex, but as a bright and impressive example to the Ladies throughout the country, we hardly dare to express the expectations which we cherish, of the importance of its re

sults. The cause to which our female Friends in Baltimore are about to consecrate the offerings of their taste, industry and skill, makes a most affecting appeal to the generous and virtuous heart. Let the merits of this cause be clearly revealed to her understanding, and every Christian lady will feel her sensibilities excited for its support, and engage with enthusiastic energy and unwavering resolution, in plans and operations for its benefit. The example of the Ladies of Baltimore, will be seen and felt throughout the United States. The sacred flame which produces it, will send, we trust, a holy warmth into ten thousand female bosoms, and excite all the Ladies of our land to come forward with sympathizing hearts, and active and liberal hands, in a work of such unquestionable benevolence. Such conduct will not be measured in its effects, by the amount of funds which will be raised; it will touch the hearts of the other sex, and carry its moral power through the church and the nation.It will give an impulse to the operations of the Society, such as few have ventured to anticipate, and finally secure to virtue and religion, a full and joyous triumph over every obstacle which impedes their march to the redemption of Africa.

Prosperity, then, to the Fair, which the liberality of the Ladies of Baltimore is about to establish in aid of our Institution. The object which it is designed to promote, is not more worthy than our pecuniary necessities are great; and as Providence seems to have dictated the time for this Fair, so, we trust, it will order wisely all arrangements, make it singularly productive, and finally bestow a blessing on the fund which may be obtained, and upon every heart and every hand which may contribute to secure it!

[ocr errors]

For the African Repository.
MR. EDITOR:

-The members of the Classical School in this town, recently organized themselves into a Society for enquiry. Their object is to investigate the principles and claims of the benevolent institutions of the day, more particularly those of the Colonization, Peace and Temperance Societies. They hope that

a better acquaintance with principles and facts in relation to these Societies, will prove not only beneficial to themselves, but to others with whom they may be connected in future life. They wish to enter with deeper interest into these subjects, and by the distribution of publications and tracts, to 'excite the spirit of moral enquiry in others; looking for the time when liberty, peace and temperance, shall be the invaluable blessings of every man.

Since the formation of the Society for enquiry, a Peace Society has been formed by the members of the Seminary in this place, which, in connexion with a Temperance Society, on the principles of entire abstinence, already existing, cannot fail of doing something for the cause of humanity.

T. M. Bangor, August 7, 1829.

Resolutions of the Synod of Utica, N. Y.

On the 18th of last month, the following interesting Resolutions were unanimously adopted by this respectable and influential body. The Synod was addressed in an able and lucid manner, by the Rev. Isaac Orr, who, in transmitting these Resolutions, observes, “You will perceive that their aim and tendency is to plant our Institution, and raise its standard within the walls of Zion.” May every Synod, and every individual Church in our land be inspired by the noble sentiments here expressed! Far more deeply impressed than it now is, must the Christian community become, with its obligations to engage liberally and actively in the African cause, before we can, with good reason, rejoice in the rapid improvement of a race, which must, under the Saviour's reign, be elevated to knowledge, virtue and happiness.

“In view of the very inadequate support received by the American Colonization Society, during the twelve years of its existence,

Resolved, That we consider it the duty of the religious community within our bounds, and especially of the ministers of Christ, to promote the interests of that Society, by all proper means within their power, to the intent, that the wrongs and sufferings of Africa may be speedily ended; that the immense debt of retribution, due to her from this country, may be can

celled; and that the blessings of the gospel of Christ may be conveyed to the African people, both in this country and in Africa.

Resolved, That all clergymen within the bounds of this Synod, be, and they hereby are most earnestly requested to take up collections or subscriptions yearly, on or near the Fourth of July, as a proper mode of aiding the funds of the Colonization Society; and that, as far as practicable, they enable their people to understand the history, design, progress and prospects of the Society.”

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Intelligence. John Templeton, a free young man of colour, aged 21, and a graduate of Athens College, delivered an Address at Chillicothe (Ohio) in the Methodist Church, on the 4th of July, in behalf of the Colonization Society. We are gratified to see the exertions making in what are called the "free states” in the West, to advance the great object which the Colonization Society is labouring to effect. The late decision of the Supreme Court of Ohio, too, declaring the law to be constitutional which imposes such heavy and unequal burthens on the free blacks, will have the effect of greatly accelerating the consummation of the scheme. We observe that about 2000 free blacks had assembled, and petitioned that the execution of the provisions of the law should be postponed for three months, within which time they would make arrangements for their final removal from the State -whither is not said, but we presume to Indiana and Illinois. After a short time, however, these States will see, as Ohio now does, the deleterious character of this species of population, and they will doubtless seek to get rid of them by a like summary process. Where, then, will these people go? Where can they go, but to Africa? If they stay among us, the policy of the country, which has fixed upon them the stigma of a degraded caste, will inflict upon them duties unequal and unjust in their character, while it denies them the slightest pretensions to an equality of rights. Those who have the means within themselves to go to Liberia, should not await the tardy operations of a Society whose means are solely dependent on voluntary contributions. Particularly if they have children, and feel for them any thing of a parent's solicitude, they should remove them from a country which eyes them with distrust and contempt, to one where they will be exalted to the rank of free men in truth as well as in name. Could not the press in Ohio, &c. effect wonders on this subject, by impressing these and other considerations on the minds of the public?

Lynchburg Virginian.

[ocr errors]

The Slave ship Fame, of Cadiz, arrived at Havanna from the Coast of Af. rica--landed 3000 and odd sick slaves, on the coast to windward of Matanzas, and lost 600 slaves, and 60 of her crew, on her passage from Africa.

[ocr errors]

The High-MINDED SLAVE.— The following anecdote, which we copy from the London Tract Magazine for June, is a fine example of noble feel. ing in an African slave. How few are the white men, who in similar circumstances. would manifest so nice a sense of honour! Among the whites, if the broken merchant, who afterwards becomes wealthy, pays the debts which he could not be compelled to pay by law, he is extolled as a singu. larly honest man. We do not object to this; when honesty is scarce we must make the most of what there is, but where shall we find the white man, who after escaping from a tyrannical master, voluntarily and unasked, sent back from his safe asylum the price which would compensate his master for the loss of his services!-N. Y. Observer.

A purchaser of slaves, in Charleston, s. C. who intended to sell them again, observed a fine looking man amongst them, superior to the rest, and felt disposed to retain him as his own servant. He was a little surprised soon after by the conduct of the negro, who came to him and said, “Massa! you no sell me.” “Not sell you, why not?”—“Me make good servant, massa!” Having before intended to keep him, this resolution was now strengthened, and he told the negro if he behaved well he would not sell him. The negro replied, “Me make a good servant, massa, you no strike me!” “Not strike you, scoundrel! but I will strike you if you deserve it.” The reply again was, “Me make good servant, massa, you no strike me!"

He behaved well until on some occasion his master took up something to strike him with. The slave drew backwards and putting himself in the posture of defence, repeatedly cried out to his master not to "strike” him. His master judged it prudent to refrain from putting his threat into execution, for such was the excitement of the negro, that little doubt was entertained of his resenting unto death the blow if given. The master soon forgof this circumstance, but the slave did not forget it. The degradation of being subject to a blow operated on his mind, and he escaped from bondage, by the first vessel that left the coast. Hiding himself among the stowage, he was carried out to sea, and when a few leagues from land, he came on deck to the Captain. He told the captain that he was a Chief in his own country, among his own people; and that he knew a merchant of Liverpool, who would provide for him. The Captain used him kindly, and brought him to Liverpool. The merchant immediately supplied him with money, when the first use to which it was applied was, to send over to his master, at Charleston, the price he had given for him, to indemnify him for the loss of his services as a slave!

Christian! If thou readest this at evening, after the toil of the day is ended, and when thou art sitting at ease in thine own habitation; or if it be on

« ZurückWeiter »