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ceedingly to find that so little encouragement has been given to the plan now before the public to effect that object. I therefore suggest to you the propriety of calling the attention of the different Auxiliaries to this subject, and of urging upon them the necessity of imitating the example which has been set them by the Society in this county. If each Auxiliary would at its next annual meeting appoint a committee, whose business it should be to solicit subscribers, and if the committees so appointed would give to every person to whom a subscription paper should be presented, the liberty of subscribing just what sum he 'might please, no matter how small; I will venture the assertion that the $20,000 would be realized in a very little time. I do not know the number of the different Societies in the U. States; but there is not perhaps one, that cannot with even ordinary exertions, raise at least one hundred dollars, while some could raise double, and others treble that amount, by adopting the plan which I have suggested, or one similar to it. In this county, no pains have been spared to prejudice the public mind against African Colonization. Our Society therefore numbers but very few members--as few, perhaps as any in the commonwealth or the U. States-yet the greater part of the $100 for which the Society is pledged has been already subscribed, 'and I have no hesitation in saying, (if the committee whose duty it is to obtain subscribers do not relax their efforts,) that before it becomes payable, it will be increased to 200. Upon the whole, it seems to me that the raising of a fund for the purchase of a vessel, is an object, to accomplish which the different Societies ought' to put forth all their exertions. They can and will accomplish it, and I trust that another year will not pass by without witnessing the complete success of the efforts which they may make.
I am, with much respect, your obedient servant,
Female Colonization Society of Richmond.
and Manchester. We have perused with feelings of far more than ordinary interest, the First Annual Report of this Institution. No small part of our hopes for Africa depend upon the generous sentiments and persevering benevolence: of the Ladies of our country. The cause in which we are engaged appeals
irresistibly to their hearts; and their influence and exertions may, and we believe will, aid immensely in its accomplishment. We make the following selections from this cheering Report:
“The Executive Committee of the Female Colonization Society of Richmond and Manchester, present with feelings of gratitude and pleasure their first Annual Report. Although the sphere of their influence is limited, they are conscious that they have not labored in vain. Our Society has scarcely been in existence one year; but our pecuniary contributions, small as they may seem, we trust have contributed to advance the great and philanthropic cause for which we have associated. From the report of the Treasurer it appears that two hundred and twenty dollars and thirty-one cents, have been received by her since the organization of the Society; of which $197 25 have been disbursed. The manner in which the funds have been applied, is as follows:
"In accordance with a resolution of the Executive Committee, immediately after its organization, that part of their funds should be annually appropriated to constitute one of the pastors of the several churches a member for life of the American Colonization Society, the sum of $30 was applied to make Bishop Moore a life member thereof. Twenty dollars and fifty cents more were applied to the purchase of articles of clothing for the colonists who embarked last winter;-and the sum of $139 75 has been paid over to the Treasurer of the Colonization Society of Virginia. After deducting the expenses of the last year, there yet remains in the hands of the Treasurer twenty-seven dollars eighty three cents.
“We are sure that the expectations we have formed as Christians, of the good to be done in Africa by the Colonization Society, are not visions never to be realized. As a missionary scheme it commends itself to the heart and the mind of every Christian. The promise that Ethiopia shall stretch out her hands to God, will be soon fulfilled—and our humble efforts, with the blessing of God, shall contribute to that glorious issue.
“Already have we the satisfaction of knowing that the slave trade has somewhat decreased through the agency of the colony, and that the names of Americans are sometimes uttered in Africa unassociated with chains and scourges.
“As to our own exertions, which must be within a contracted sphere, we have a reward for which we are thankful, in the consciousness that it has been our privilege to set the first example to our sex of an association of females engaged in this good
If it shall be followed by a more general movement among
females in its favor-if female influence shall be enlisted in the work (and we conceive it to be perfectly within the sphere which christianity describes for it) we hope that we shall not cease to be thankful. In that event we cherish the persuasion that our sons and daughters will be brought up to feel a tender and compassionate interest in those whom providence has subjected to them—and that the principles of the nursery in this matter, as we know they do in other things, may exert an expanded influence upon society.
"To God's care we recommend the work, and it shall be our constant prayer, that “from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, his name may be great among the Gentiles, and that in every place incense and a pure offering may be offered Him.'
Intelligence. We mentioned in our Number for December, that, through the liberality of the citizens of Philadelphia, the brig Liberia had been chartered to convey emigrants to the African Colony. This vessel sailed from Nora folk on the 16th of January, with fifty-eight coloured passengers, fortynine of which were liberated slaves. It was expected that a larger number would have embarked; and a few days after the departure of the ves. sel thirty slaves, emancipated by Joel Early, Esq. of Georgia, arrived at Norfolk. It is hoped that they will not be compelled to remain long in that place, but that, with many others, they may soon obtain a passage to Africa. Two Swiss mi ssionaries, Messrs. Rudolf Dietschy and H. Graner, sailed in the Liberia; and also Dr. J. W. Anderson, assistant Agent and Physician to the Colony. Dr. Anderson is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, and a gentleman whose medical science and moral and religious worth command our highest respect and confidence.
Interesting Facts. It was stated by the Hon. C. F. Mercer, in the recent Virginia Convention, that, in 1817, the lands in Virginia were valued at
$206,000,000 In 1829, at
96,000,000 Average value of slaves in 1817..
.$300 In 1829,..
FORMATION OF AUXILIARY SOCIETIES. In our last Number we mentioned the formation of an Auxiliary State Colonization Society at Indianopolis, the capital of Indiana. Through the zealous and well directed efforts of Josiah F. Polk, Esq. an Agent of the Parent Society for several of the Western and South-Western States, much interest appears to have been excited in behalf of the objects which it is the design of this Institution to accomplish. We rejoice to perceive that three other associations have more recently been organized in the same State for the promotion of the same cause, at Connersville, Brookville, and Madison. Officers of the Connersville Auxiliary Colonization Society.
Samuel W. Parker, President.
Edmund J. Kidd.
Saml. C. Sample, Treasurer.
Thomas J. Sample.
Rev. Augustus Joceylyn, President.
Jas. S. Coalscott, Treasurer.
James L. Andrew.
Rev. J. H. Johnston, President.
James White, Treasurer.
J. W. Stone,
Jonathan Barnet. Silas Ritchie, State Colonization Society in Tennessee.—This Institution has been recently organized at Nashville, and the Secretary informs us that, on the 9th of January, there were eighty-five members, five of whom were members for life. Our Agent, Mr. Polk, visited that place about the middle of December, and made a vigorous and successful effort to arouse public attention to the great and benevolent purposes of the Parent Institution. The Constitution and list of officers of this Society have not yet como into our hands. HENRY A. WISE, Esq. the Secretary, writes-"you will see, by our Constitution, that we have resolved to aid the Parent Institution at Washington, not only by the contribution of money, but by exertions to promote the formation of other Societies." We may expect benefits of the most important character, from the energy and liberality of the citizens of Tennessee. It cannot be forgotten that the Legislature of this State was among the first to express its approbation of our scheme, as meriting the countenance and aid of the National Government.
State Colonization Society in Alabama. - We are informed by our Agent, Jossan F. Polk, Esq. that a State Colonization Society was established, under favourable auspices, on the 11th of January, at Tuskaloosa, Alabama. One hundred and forty-one dollars were paid down, several indi. viduals having, by the payment of $10 each, constituted themselves life members. Five Judges of the Supreme Court of the State have enrolled themselves among the members of this Institution. Officers of the Aur. Col. Society of the State of Alabama. Hon. Abner S. Lipscomb, Mobile, President.
Wm. Marr, Esq. do.
We rejoice, also, to learn, that an Auxiliary Society, with fair prospects, has been formed at Huntsville. The list of officers not yet received. Auxiliary Colonization Society, Courtland, Alabama.
Doctor J. Shackeford, President.
Vice-Presidents. Rev. Alexander Sale,
Jacob K. Swoop, Joseph Trotter,
G. C. R. Mitchell,
Managers Hon. John White,
Benjamin M. Bradford,
David A. Smith,
Richard M. Sheegog, Secretary. Auxiliary Colonization Society of La Grange, Alabama.
Rev. Daniel P. Bestor, President.
Vice-Presidents. Platt Stout,
Doctor G. G. Williams, Doctor Alexander Hedge,
Maj. E. Mendith.