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THE NEW SERIES. HARTFORD, FEBRUARY 12, 1846. VOL. I . NO. 6. m j t t l j a r t c r ( D ak 18 PCBLXSHED EVEBT THURSDAY, BY WILLIAM H. BURLEIGH, At No. 184 1-2 Main Street, Hartford, Ct. T E R M S . One Dollar and Fifty Cents in advance. Two Dollars, if payment is delayed six months. Two Dollars to City Subscribers, who receive their paper by the Carrier. Single copies, 4 cents. Advertisements inserted on the nsual terms of -advertising in this Slate, as follows: For one square, or 20 lines, 3 weeks, Continuance each insertion, " 10 lines or half square, 3 weeks, Continuance each insertion, "** One square a year. One square a year with privilege of changing once in three weeks, 12 00 0 7 No difference allowed on exchanges, weekly •or daily. ir^ All Communications must be addressed, post »aii, to WILLIAM H . BCELEIOH, Hartford, Conn. SI 00 20 63 10 10 00 ^ t i t i - 0 l a D c r a . [From dte Anti-Slavery Reporter.^ t l E ilERICiNBOiRD&NDSlATERY- .No.4. THE POSITION OF THE BOARD NOT 6CRIPTURAX. But after all the great question is, whether their present position be true and scriptural. The ] ^ a r d think it is. We as confidently think it is not, and believe the Board will so admit it, in the end. Starting with a right general principle, the Board have made mis-interpretations and misapplications of it in the present ciise, such as they and the church-es they represent would not for a moment al-low in other cases. I . They so construe the general principle that we are to receive whom Chiist receives, as to make no distinction between receiving its Christ does, and receiving to a regular and approved stan^ng in the church. Now we maintain, and .so do the churches and the Board in other cases, that there is a wide dif-ference between the two; that by virtue of this difference, though in a given case, we may have reason charitably to believe the in- •<dividual a Christian, yet if he be at the same lime walking disorderly, we are not to wel-come him to regular standing in the church, tnit, as Christ does, to the instructions suited to his case; and that if he profits under those instructions, and forsakes his disorderly walk, lie is then to stand aj^roved as a regular member of the church, while if he do not he thereby throws such discredit on the general evidence of his piety as justly to exclude him. And just t h b we hold to be the rule touching the Christian slaveholder. Admit, which we •are free to do, that in given cases, few or many, there is rea.son charitably to think the slave-holder a Christian—what then ? It docs not ffdlow that he is therefore to be welcomed to approved and regnlar membership in the church. No. Like Other disorderly walkers, he is to be received as Christ receives him .to an instruction and discipline suited to his case. If he forsake sin, he proves himself a true man, and stwids forth rightfully approved and hon-ored. Knot, he thcr<;J)y, Christian though he be, forfeits all claim to such approval, and our duty is to withhold it, and still' Treat him not as an enemy, but adtnonish lum as a brother.' S. The Board put a meaning on the phrase * credible evidence^ in this case, which neither they nor the churches allow in other cases, and which no proper and scriptural use of the terms will admit Merc possible evidence— that, on which we may possibly regard one as a Christian, is not 'credible,' in any proper ose of the term, or any general practice of the churches. No more is real evidence—^that which on the whole establishes the reality of one's piety, all that the term 'credible' includes, f f BO, what means it, that in a lai^e portion of the churches represented by the Board, danc- ^ing is a disciplinable offence ? Can no man ^ o indulges in this give possible and even r e t i evidence that he is a Christian ? What means it, that so extensively the want of what 48 deemed a correct faith in regard to infant baptism even, constitutes a barrier to the fold ? I s there no possible or real evidence of piety in any of the many who dissent from this ? '^Vhat maans it, that they who clamor loudest, i n some cases, for the welcome of the slave- -iKMer, are among the first to exclude from the church and depose from the ministry, men of Oberlin vievra, admitting at the same mo-ment that the evidence of their piety is real and undoubted ? Are the churches, in these «nd a score of similar cases, continually deny- M»g their own cardinal principle of welcoming tdi who p v e credible evidence of piety ? In some of them they doubtless are. In all of t h em they are, if the phrase * credible evi-dence,* in its true and scriptural use, has no Ugher meaning than that put upon it by the Board in the present case. But it has a high-er meaning, and that is reasonable^ satvfactoi'y, eredUable. Such, we believe to be the eccle-nastical meaning, historically, and according to the received Congregational and Presbyte-liim standards. But whether it be or not, we nwst such is the only truly scriptural use « r i t No we insist, has, by the Bible, a ri^ in any church on evidence that is not creditaUe—oeditable to him; creditable to the diurch, creditable to Christ Be his evi-deaoe of piety what it may, if he walk disor-either in doctrine or life, he brings dis-cvpfit on that evidence, and he has no right to wrfk into the church, or to stay there un- ^t«3wked and undisciplined, and t ^ w his dis-credit upon it, and oover 'the Pillar and OvovBdortlieTratli'withhisrepnMch. And this is as true of slaveholding as of dancing, or theatre-going, or gaming, or a score of similar things, to say nothing of drunkenness, false-hood, thefl, raid the like. True, in thus holding and exercising ' The Power of the Keys,' the Church, as ' The Pil-lar and Ground of the Truth,' is to judge righteous judgement She may not set that down as disorderly, either in doctrine or life, which is not so, according to the mind and will of Christ If she do, she must answer it to him. And equally must she answer it, if she allows as orderly and creditable what He condemns. And now, will it be msuntaincd, in face of the spirit, the precepts, and the principles of the Gospel of Christ; in face, too, of the increasing light of eighteen centuries, and the general condemnation of all unimpli-cated Christendom, that slaveholding, persist-ed in after instruction and admonition, is not disorderly walking, discreditable to the indi-vidual, dishonorably to Christ, a deep and damning reproach, when welcomed to its bo-som, to ' The Pillar and Ground of the Truth;' that it is not so much so, even, as gaming, the-atre - going, liquor - drinking, or dancing ? "What! shall the character and standing in the church and ministry of good brother Kirk be put in doubt and seriously endangered by the mere rumor, silly and unfounded, that he now and then attended the theatre in Paris, and it be no disorderly walking, and no dis-credit to one's evidence of piety, and no bar to one's regular and approved standing in the church and ministry, that in the face of Bible truth, and the light of eighteen centuries, and the voice of all impartial and enlightened Christendom, he holds his own living and God-ransomed brothers in bondage ? Away with this false charity for the plunderers of men, pious though they be—^this turning of the grace of God and the liberty of Christ to the licentiousness of violence and power—this prostituting o f The Pillar and Ground of the Truth' to the service, shield, and sanction of falsehood and ungodliness. HeYe, then, we detect the secret of the late grand error of the American Board. In their overweening charity for the slaveholder, they lost sight, not only of the enormity of his sin, but equally of the distinctive end an^ glory of the Church, as ' T l i e Pillar and Ground of the Truth.' Be it that the slaveholder is a real Christian, then he is our brother, and we are to receive him as a brother. But as we have shown, and as the world knows, he is a brother walking disorderly. Then are we to receive him as a brother walking disorderly, and as such to ' admonish' him. If he profit by the admonition and forsake his sin, he stands approved before God and man. If he do not, then be he in the church or out of it, in the ministrj' or out of it, and be his evi-dence of piety in other respects what it may, obscure or clear, possible or real, incredible or credible, the mandate of heaven (2 Thess. iii. 6 ) , ' in the name of our Loi-d Jesus Christ,' is, ' Withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly.' Ileal Brother though he be, we are to 'note' him, and 'have no company with him, tliat he may be ashamed.' Such is the law of Christ's house—such its dis-tinctive end and glory; not to gather into a huge, ugly, disjointed, festering mass, all the possible, or even real followers of Christ, how-ever disorderly their walk, and however over-laid with the wood, hay, and stubble, of error and sin, but to rear a temple to the Lord of 'polished stones,'—a living temjile of 'ap-proved and fiuthful men.' And a sad day will it be to Zion, when, in accommodation to the imbecility and sin of slaveholding piety, this law is practically repealed, and the church practically denuded of her high prerogative, work, and glory, a s ' The Pillar and Ground of the Truth.' WHAT THEN IS TO BE DONE ? Shall the friends of the slave, who are also the friends of missions, sit down quietly, and give their silent assent to the position now taken ? They cannot They must speak, and act They must tell the world in sterner tones than ever, that slaveholding can have no place in the bosom of the Christian church. They must assure the American, and all oth-er mission boards, more eaniestly than ever, that the charities of the church cannot be ex-pended in propagating a slavery-allowing gos-pel, and building up slavery-welcoming mission churches. And they lAust make good their words hy corresponding deeds. How ? Each one, we answer, according to his own sense of duty. It is not for us to dic-tate in this matter. We only insist that there be words and deeds to the cffect we name. For ourselves, we are for the double policy of re-organizaiion without, and re-agitation and re-monstrance within. We would have our Am-herst, and hold on to our Harvard. We would oi>en new and broad channels to reach the perisliing at home and abroad, free from all contact and fellowship with slavery. We would equally p v e the Boai-d no rest till its steps are retraced, and slavery has no home'^n its churches, nor any allowance or sanction at its hands. Nor can we persuade ourselves that this will never be. It must It will The Board is not irrecoverably and hopelessly gone on this great question. It cannot be. It must heed the voices speaking forth on every hand in condemnation of its present position. Up, then, we say, one and all. Create new and better channels, so far as these are needed, and you think this the better way. So far as you think otherwise, hold on, if you will, to the Board, but take care to heap inquiry on inquiry, and remonstrance on remonstrance ; to restrict your charities ri^dly to those mis-sion churches that do not welcome skverj'i and to gi^-e the subject no in "word or deed, until the Board, its missionaries and churches, are Wholly quit Of the abomination. Slavery will never die till it be driven from the sanctuary, the altar. Be it ours to ^ v e it no rest and no allowance in our own, or in other mission churches. And the God of the oppressed speed our work. [From the Liberty Bell ] GO AND DO LHCEWISE. ' Not always alone, or accompanied only by fellow-sufferers, do these poor dumb witness-es of fraternal cruelty seek the Canadian shore. An incident, which will forever be fresh in our memory, occurred while we were West A family of slaves, wearing not the crushed aspect of fugitives we were accustom-ed to see, made their appearance at Detroit, decently clad, and accompanied by their mis-tress and owner. She, a woman of little edu-cation and plain manners, had not only willed •to emancipate them^ but, in order to assure the freedom whibh she knew would be so insecure in a slave State, had left all, and travelled with them, through incredible difficulties and embarrassments, even to the verge of that country which alone, of all the earth, is capa-ble of the desperate attempt to make Freedom and Slavery walk hand in hand. She was unacquainted with even so much geography as would have taught her the States through which she must pass to reach Michigan ; and her inquiries on the road had been answered by information purposely calculated to mislead and perplex her. She had been for years la-boring under a conviction that she had no right to those slave people, though she had not so much as heard that there was a body of persons calling themselves Abolitionists, who interested themselves in favor of those in bond-age. Not one single human being among her neighbors and acquaintance who did not con-demn her course; not one to whom she could look for advice or sympathy. Yet this uncul-tivated but lofty soal was undaunted, and qui-etly followed up Its noble purpose, until the whole number ot grateful freed-men were safe-ly landed upon the shores of Canada. ' Then did their happy friend, no longer burthencd with the title of mistress, take leave of her charge, amid the unutterable blessings of their heaits, and returned to the American side to sleep—and, as she said, in peace, for the first time for years; so dreadful had been her sense of wrong, and so great her fear that death might interpose before her plans and their great result could be* consummated.'— Mrs. Kirkland. How can many fail to go and do likewise, if they once have caught a glimpse of the ho-liness of simple duty ?—Miss Fuller. AN AMERICAN SLAVE IN GREAT BRIT^UN. We can hardly resist the temptation which impels us to lay before our readers the follow-i n g L e t t e r f r om FREDERICK DOUGLASS, an American slave now in Great Britain, to the Boston Liberator. There are passages in it, which, for genuine eloquence, would do honor to any writer of the English language, howev-er eminent; while it is worthy of study as a transcript of the feelings of one to whom his native land denies a home except on condi-tions that involve the sacrifice of his inaliena-ble rights and the loss of that happiness which Freedom only can confer. It seems almost in-credible that such a letter should have been written by a man who has graduated in no in-stitution save that ' peculiar' one known as American Slavery. How many of the White opponents of Colored Suffrage can write as weU ? — Y . Tribune. VICTORIA HOTEL, BELFAST, J a n . 1 , 1 8 4 6. I am now about to take leave of the Emer-ald Isle, for Glasgow, Scotland. I have been here a little more than four months. Up to this time, I have given no direct expression of the views, feelings and opinions which I have formed, respecting the character knd condi-tion of the people of this land. I have refrained thus purposely. I wish fo speak advisedly, and in order to do this, I have waited till I trust experience has brought my opinions to an intelligent maturity. I have been thus careful, not because I think what I may say ' will have much effect in shaping the opinions of the world, but because whatever of influ-ence I may possess, whether little or much, I wish to go ill the right direction, and hc-cording to truth. I hardly need Shy that, ih speaking of Ireland, I shall be influenced by no prejudices in fdvor of America I think my circumstances forbid t h a t t have no end to serve, no creed to uphold, no government to defend; and as to nation, I belong to none. I have no protection at home, nor resting-place abroad. The land of my birth wel-comes me to her shores only as a slave, and spurns with contempt the idea of treating me differently. So that I am an outeast frpm the society of my cliildhood, and an outlaw in the land of my birth. ' I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner as all my fathers were.' That men should be patriotic is to me perfectly nat-ural ; and as a philosophical fact, I am able to give it an intellectual recognition. But no farther can I go. If ever I had any patriot-ism, or any capacity for the feeling, it was whipped out of me long since by the lash of the American soul-Klrivers. In thinking Of America^ I sometimes -find myseU" admiring her bright bliig sky—her grand old woods—^her fertile fields—^herbeau-taful rivers—her mighty lakes, and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked, my joy is soon turned to mourning. When I remember that all is cqrsed with the infernal spirit of slaveholding, robbery and wrong—when I remember that with the wa-ters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, 'disregardM and forgotten, and that her most fertile fields drink daily of the wairm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled, with unutterable loathing, and; led to reprOach myself that any tiling could fall from my lips in praise of such a land. America will not allow her children to love her. She seems bent on compelKhgliho^ who would be her warmest friends, to be her worst enemies. May God give her repentance be-fore it is too late, is the ardent prayer of ray heart I will continue to pray, labor and wait, believing that she cannot always be insensible to the dictates of justice, or deaf to the voice of humanity. My opportunities for leathing the character and condition of the people of this land, have been very great I have traveled almost from the hills of 'Howth' to the Giant's Causeway, and from the Giant's fcauseway to C&pe Clear. During these travels, X have met with much in the character and condition of the people to approve, and much to condemn—much that has thrilled me with pleasure—and very much that hns filled me with pain. I will not, in this letter, attempt to give ahy description of those scenes which have given me pain. This I will do hereafter. I have enough, and more than your subscribers will be disposed to read at one time, of the bright side of the picture, I can truly say, I have spent some of the hap-piest moments of my life since landing in this country. I seem to have undergone a trans-formation. I live a new life. The warm and generous co-operation extended to me by the friends of my despised race—the prompt and liberal manner with which the press has ren-dered me its aid—the glorious enthusiasm with which thousands, have flocked to hear the cruel wrongs of my down-trodden and long-enslaved fellow-countrymen portrayed—the deep sjTnpathy for the slave, and the strong abhorrence of the ^veholder, every where evinced—the cordialflj' with which members and ministers of various religious bodies, and of various shades of^religious opinion, have embraced me, and le^; me their aid—^the kind hospitality constantly proflered to me by per-sons of the highest rank in society—the spirit of freedom that seems to animate all wth whom I come in contact—and the entire ab-sence of every thing that looked like preju-dice against me, on account of the color of my skin—contrasted so strongly with my long and bitter experience in the United States, that I look with wonder and amazement on the tran-sition. In the Soutl^rn part of the United States, I was a slave, thought of and spoken of as propert}-. In the language of the LAW, ' held, taken, reputed and adjudged to he a chat-tel in the hands of my owners and possessors, and their executors, administrators and assigns, to all intents, constructions, and purposes what-soever.*— BREA*. DIGEST, 224. In t h e N o r t h - ern States, a fugitive slave, liable to be hunted at any moment like a felon, and to be hurled into the terrible jaws of Slavery—doomed by an inveterate prejudice against color, to insult and outrage on every hand, (TVIassachusetts out of the question,)—denied the privileges and courtesies common to others in the use of the most humble means of conveyance—shut out from the cabiuS ttf steamboats—^refused admission to respectable hotels—caricatured, scorned, scoffed, mocked and maltreated with impunity by any one, (no matter how black his heart,) so he has a white skin. But now behold the change ! Eleven days and a half gone, and I have crossed three thousand miles of the perilous deep. Instead of a Democrat-ic government, I am under a monarchical gov-ernment. Instead of the bright blue sky of America, I am covered Avith the soft grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo ! the chattel biecbmes a man. I gaze in vmn for one who will question my equal humanity, claim me as his slave, or offer me an insult— I employ a c a b — a m seated beside white peo-ple— I reach the hotel—I enter the same door — a m shown into the same p a r l o r — d i n e at the same table—and no one is offended. No delicate nose grows deformed in my presence. I find no difficulty here in obtaining admission into any place of worship, instruction or amusement, on equal terms with people as white as any I ever saw in the United States. I toe'et nothing to remind me of my complex-ion. I find myself regarded and trtated at every turn with the kindness and deference paid to white people. When 1 go to church, I am met by no upturned nose and scornful lip, to tell m e , ' We don't allow niggers in here I* I remember about two years ago, there "rtras in Boston, near the South-TV^est comer of Bos-ton Common, a menagerie. I had long desir-ed to see such a collection as I understood were being exhibited there. Never having had ah opportunity while a slave, I resolved to seize this, my first since my escape. I went, and as I approached the entrance, to gain ad-mission, I was met and told by the (|f)or-keeper, in a harsh and contemptuous tone,— ' We don't allow niggers in here !' I also re-member attending a revival meeting in Rev. Henry Jackson's Meeting-house, at New-Bed-ford, and going up the broad aisle to find a seat, I was met hjr a good deacon, who told me in a pious tone, ' We ionH allow nigg^s in here P Soon after my arrival in New-Bedford from the South, I hid a strong deure to attend the Lyceum, but was told, « They don't aUow niggers in here While passing from New- York to Boston on the steamer Massachusetts, on the night of the 9th of Dec. 1843, when chilled almdst through with the cold, I went into the cabin to get a little warm. I was soon touched upon the shoulder and told,« We don't allotb nigglars in Tikre P On arriving in Boston frolin aii anti-slavery tour, hungry and tired, I went into an eating house near my friend Mr. Campbell's, to get some refresh-ments. I was met by a lad in a white apron, ' We don't alloto niggers in here /' A week or two before leaving the United States, I had a meeting appointed at Weyniouth. On at-twnptmg to take a seat in the omnibus, I was told by the driver, (and I never shall forget his fiendish hate,; ' I don't allow niggere in here!' Thank heaven for the respite I now enjoy ! I had been in Dublin but a few days, when a gentieman ofgreat respectability' kindly offered to conduct me through all the public buildings of that beautiful city,and a little after- Wards I foundmyself dining with the Lord May-or of Dublin. What a pity there was not some American Democratic Christian at the door of his splendid mansion, to bark out at my ap-proach, ' They don't adow niggers in here .''— The truth is, the people here know nothing of the Republican negro hate prevalent in our glorious land. They measure and esteem men according to their moral and intellectual worth, not according to the color of their lAin.— Whatever may be said of the Aristocracies here, there is none based on the color of a man's skin. This species of Aristocracy be-longs priicminently to ' the land of the free, and the home of the brave.' I have never found it abroad, in any but Americans. It sticks to them wherever they go. They find it almost as hard to get rid of as to get rid of their skins. The second day after my arrival at Liver-pool, in company with my friend Buffum, and several other friends,I went to Eaton Hall,the residence of the Marquis of Westminister, one of the most splendid buildings in England.— On approaching the dooi', I found several of our American passengers, who came out with us in the Cambria, waiting at the door for ad-mission, as but one party was allowed in the house at a time. We all had to wait till the company within came out. And of all the fa-ces, expressive of chagrin, those of the Ameri-cans were preeminent They looked as sour as vinegar, and bitter as gall, when they found I was to be admitted on equal terms with themselves. When the door was opened, I walked in, on an equal footing with my white fellow-citizens and from all I could see, I had as much attention paid me by the servants that showed us through the house, as any with a paler skin. As I walked through the build-ing, the statuary did not fall down,the pictures did not leap from theb places, the doors did not refuse to open, and the servants did not say,' We don't allow niggers in here P Excuse this imperfect scrawl, and believe me to be ever and always yours, FREDERICK DOUGLASS. [From :B'e Obe'riin Evangelist.] SLAVEHOLDING CHRISTIANITY TO THE LIFE. I t may strike some minds that the following letter must be a burlesq\fe. For the '^'i^e of such it may be important to say that its genu-ineness is beyond question. The individual to whom the letter was addressed is here, is well known, and is himself Well acquainted with the writer. We have all the names in full, but suppdsfe it better to give the pupKc only the initials. The letter may therefore be read as a veritable portraiture of at least one of the forms of a slaveholding Christianity. B -.Georgia, Sept 4th, 1845. DEAR SIR : — t a k e up my pen to write to you once more, though it is not I that write, but the Lord that writeth thi-ough me. Per-mit me to inform you that since I wrote to you last, I have come Out and embraced the reli-gion of the Lord Jesus Christ, and am 'now living in the glorious light and liberty of the children of God. We have had quite an inte-resting church meeting here this week in re-lation to Deacon H. It was thought by many that he would be disfellowshipped, but finally his ease was set forth in such a true and vivid light by the most infltiehti^ members of the church, our Pastor among the rest, that he was honorably discharged. For fedir you will think the case worse than it really is, I will just state the facts, ("though you are such an abolitionist, I suppose you will think it bad enough as it is.) The Deac'oii had an old gla,ve, that had been in the habit of running away, but had always been caught, until final-ly about two weeks ago, he made another at-tempt No sooner was the old thing mi^ihg, than cousin H—-borrowed neighbor —i's hounds, and started in search of him. He had not proceeded far in the wobdis beforfehe found the old man, perched upon the limb of a lai^e tree". He ordered hlta several times to come down, but the bid m ^ , who wiis as stubborn as an ^ s , still maintained his position. The Deacon becoming somewhat excited, fired his gun at him. The ball passed through his ankle; and mangled it in such a manner that in three days the limb mortified and he died: Biit as I have before stated, our good Pastor (may the Lord bless his soul) held forth for the jus-tification of the Deacon in such d vivid and heaven-approving style that he was discharged upon the ground that he had a right to do as he pleased with hisowii property—a judge-ment which would have been passed by khf righteous man. Yoiir uncle J- buried his having struck him with his hoe, whereupon th^ driver instantly drew his pistol from his pock-et, and shot him dead upon the sp^^ a fate which he justly merited. From his extreme age (being nearly 80 years o l d , J I c o n s i d e r^ death a gain, and not a loss to me. In your last yon spoke of visiting us next year. If you come, I pray you leave your ab-olitionism behind and show yourself a man. It is now time to go to prayer-meeting and I must close. My wife joins me in love to you. Yours, J. F. F. Within a few months past, the religious prints have brought us intelligence of great re-vivals of religion in some districts of the slave States. May it be that in the town of B in Georgia is one of the places,and this Mr. J. F. P . onfe of the converts ? And the results follow legitimately from the sanction claimed for American Slavery from the Bible. Yes, defeiid Slavery fromtlie Bible and m^ike men believe that God approves of theirjregaiding their slaves as 'their property,' and why should they'not Come to buy them lip and sell them in the Orleans maii^et without thejeast coiA-punction ? Why should they not put their bloodhounds on the fugitive's trail, and shoot down their victim from the tree, and glory in tho deed ? Why not avail themselves of the Heaven-sent sanction of slaveholding and make the most of their human cattle for ser-vice and for merchandize ? youngest child last week. Your cousin W-^— thought some of studying at Oberlin, but it is such ah itbblition hole, I dd hdt think his fa-ther will let him gb. I have partly bai^gainlsd for dbout 50 slaves belonging to Mr: J - . If I can get them as cheap as I expect to; I shadl make a handsome profit on them; fbr I understand that the New..OrI«ans market is quite good now. I expect to send them down as soon as my driver recovers; for in flogging one of my old slaves the other dajy he received* yerjr severe wound from him^ h« if fPrtfih Clay's "Triie XmericanJ] SPEAK OUT. The man who realizes what Slavery is, whd takes in its whole horrible catalt^ue of sin— who knows how it crushes every hope of the slave, and by recoil makes life a fire bed of lust and suftering to the master, and to poor white men—cannot help being eloquent when de-scribing i t The only difficulty is the ap^ palling hugeness of the evil. It stands b e f c^ one in living blackness, as the monster vice of Earth, and the soid seems to itself when seek-ing, with all its powers, to define and grasp it, as feeble and unfitted to the task. Yet when any'mkn of ordinary capacity and ordinary feeling, does unde'rtake in prtse Or pdetry— in public speech or tract—in open debate or private conversation—^to hold up to public gaze, the viperous worm which is gnawing in-to the vitals of the Republic, and leaving it3 slimy track of poison and of death whereve? it wends itsVay, he is ^ e _ t o do it with ^ . r t - Kiig effect. I t cannot weU be otherwise. The rank-scented evil, is ploughed into every fibre of the ^ocid fabric and racks it with pain and anguish at every move, as if all were upon a wild and violent sea. They who sit secure in their own homes when the song of the tempest rings out its wild peal, may not dream of the danger or dai-kness of the evil, even when theif imt^nations are n ^ t excited in regard to i t But they who iii-e in its midst-r-who see the storm, and know they can find no shel-ter to avoid it—that come what may, their sails \nugt be set, and that they and theirSj must sit and perish tinder its iiearful blast— how must they feel and speak when they un-dertake to unthread the dangers and difficul-ties winch beset them, which rankle in their bosoms, and nestle at their hearths, like a very pestilence. Hence is it that we Kke always to hi§3f Southern men when they can ^eafe out on the subject of slavery. There is no parly— no truce—no compromise in them. They make bold mouths, and their tongues speak with an incensed eloquence. They feel the pestilential exactions of slavery, and that their backs have to bear a load which mangles man-hood, and bereaves it of vigor, true judgement, the power of doing good, and the power of growth, and they labor, as men who would heave it off, and be free.—One feels when watching the cb"urse of such men, when mark-ing the glow of expression which animates their whole countenance, when listening to the burning breath which is poured out with such deep earnestness, as if they were the nd-blest of all their compeers! They debase no part of their nature: they counsel* not from their feare; they do not trcnible whcd an in-furiate rabble grows loud and insolent; they heed no rude social oppression; they never pawn their honor to place br bend it to th^ se-ductions of flatteiy; bu? moving right on thdj-cry out against injustice, with such electrify-ing effect, as to fire the dry stubble around them and start a blaze which ^ Ughteii up all kindred minds, and lead eventually td thd assertion and establishment of what is just and true between man and man. Add there are tinmistakeahlc sighs in the Slave States, that the whole question Of Sla-very will be thrown open. We see it,—not merely in the under-<urrents bubbling iip here and there with native force,—^but in tlse increased boldness of the newspapers. Lead-ing political editoK call things by their right naihes. 'fhey qualify, it is true, about certain matters; they denounce abolitionism iiN^ bitterly; perhaps, than ever; and they do this, because they wish to avoid strong prejudice, and to escape being whirred frOm frieikls through its hot violence; but with all this, they talk of the clinging curse of Slavery, a ss known, fan^ar fact. And citizens of stand-ing,—^ Planters of boldness and virtue, whd love freedom and hate granny, long ibr the hour when they may send for^ their ilt^ dignant hatred against the institution. Says one of this class, tnithtg to us: "I cannot, and will not keep ^ence mncll kager ; I must stir myself; and, if needs he« threaten the threatener and oat-face the bringing brow of selfishness; I must denonnce* itno^pose as I dcnonneej the -WrOngs of •cry, public aftd private. Who shall m«
|Title||Charter Oak, 1846-02-12|
|Uniform Title||Charter oak (Hartford, Conn. : 1846)|
|Subject||Slavery -- United States -- Newspapers; Antislavery movements -- United States -- Newspapers; Hartford (Conn.) -- Newspapers|
|Description||Frequency: Weekly; Publication dates: New ser., vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 8, 1846)-v. 3, no. 52 (Dec. 28, 1848)|
|Collection||Newspapers of Connecticut|
|Source - Location||Connecticut State Library microfilm, AN104.H3 C63|
|Relation||Continues: Christian freeman (Hartford, Conn.) (DLC)sn 84025778 (OCoLC)10657256; Continues: Republican (Hartford, Conn.) (DLC)sn 84025785 (OCoLC)10703015|
|Relation-Is Part Of||Series title: Anti-Slavery newspapers|
|Publisher||Hartford [Conn.] : William H. Burleigh,|
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|Title||Charter Oak, 1846-02-12 - Page 1|
NEW SERIES. HARTFORD, FEBRUARY 12, 1846. VOL. I . NO. 6.
m j t t l j a r t c r ( D ak
18 PCBLXSHED EVEBT THURSDAY, BY
WILLIAM H. BURLEIGH,
At No. 184 1-2 Main Street, Hartford, Ct.
T E R M S .
One Dollar and Fifty Cents in advance.
Two Dollars, if payment is delayed six months.
Two Dollars to City Subscribers, who receive
their paper by the Carrier.
Single copies, 4 cents.
Advertisements inserted on the nsual terms of
-advertising in this Slate, as follows:
For one square, or 20 lines, 3 weeks,
Continuance each insertion,
" 10 lines or half square, 3 weeks,
Continuance each insertion,
"** One square a year.
One square a year with privilege of
changing once in three weeks, 12 00
0 7 No difference allowed on exchanges, weekly
ir^ All Communications must be addressed, post
»aii, to WILLIAM H . BCELEIOH, Hartford, Conn.
^ t i t i - 0 l a D c r a .
[From dte Anti-Slavery Reporter.^
t l E ilERICiNBOiRD&NDSlATERY- .No.4.
THE POSITION OF THE BOARD NOT
But after all the great question is, whether
their present position be true and scriptural.
The ] ^ a r d think it is. We as confidently
think it is not, and believe the Board will so
admit it, in the end. Starting with a right
general principle, the Board have made mis-interpretations
and misapplications of it in
the present ciise, such as they and the church-es
they represent would not for a moment al-low
in other cases.
I . They so construe the general principle
that we are to receive whom Chiist receives,
as to make no distinction between receiving
its Christ does, and receiving to a regular and
approved stan^ng in the church. Now we
maintain, and .so do the churches and the
Board in other cases, that there is a wide dif-ference
between the two; that by virtue of
this difference, though in a given case, we
may have reason charitably to believe the in-
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