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VOL. V. July, F R E E P R I N C I P L E S — F R E E MEN—FREE SPEECH—AND A F R E E PRESS. PUBLISHED BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE CONNECTICUT ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY, HARTfORD* No. h 1842. THE CHARTEK OAK i« published on the first Wednesday of each month, at No. 7 Asylum street, Hartford, at the fallowing priccs, to be paid in all cases in advancc. 1 copy, . . - 50 rents per annum. 20 copies, . . .S dollars " 511 copies, . . . 1 0 dollars 100 c.pi. s, . . . 17 dollars To fiin^lf subscrihers, who lake tlu ir piii>ers nt the Of-ficc, iweiity-ttve rent^.—If de livered in the city, fifiy cents. All or.lcrs nnd comiininica'ions for the OAK should be tiddre«.d to J HRKWKIi. llirtf.rd. C I I A U T K U O A K . The l-iflli Iniiuiil Krpnrt Of the EjcecuUve Commith'e of (he Connecticut Anti- Sl'icery Socivty Charter Oak in that form. But after the best cal- I rulers, till they shall both be accomplished. Instead In prc-^entiiv to the Society llieir cuslotinr)' An-) ^ weekly though limited space in it for notices il ItMiort, the Executive Cuinaiitte.^ do it ^ . t l . o t h e r local intdligrcnce. together i„M.-lod f.-el.t..rs of re-rot atid exultation. On the , I Charier Oak, deyoted chiefly to the moral oneliatid t;ieyl.:ive to deplon-, that another year o f ' of cause, the ComoMttee slavery has contituied to prove the curse of millions, ( « aH Hiorough going Ab.)litionists HS well the oppressors as the oppressed. Ti.ev must j continue to co-operate harmoniously in the d«o condemti themselves and lament for the.r bretii- ; Society. The subject as thus exhibited ren that no more has been done by them to remove ^ » commend to the special attention and action of t h . J curse. On the other hand, Jl.ey are called on ! assembled Society. to bless God for his repeated merciful interpositions j « a j>enodic(il Anti-Slavery literature in b e h a l f o f individual Iiborlv, and for the perceptible adapted to our existing wants, your advance of universal emanc'.pation. Committee would likewise urge the importance of rF.cx'jiiARV C^O^. . ^Ec n. c - .snrTPTv • cjjoiinj t inuing and increasing the circulation of books on the 8anic subiect. Princinles The first particular to which we would invite the j ^^^ ^^^^^ attention of the Society, is that<.l its c<m-, ^^^e apt to forget may not appear equally cm^-. And here we will r<.peat in the outset, what ^ to all other persons. Many have been pre-we have expressed in a special appeal through the , rented hitherto by prejudice or indifference, from an C'liart.-r Oak, in the course of the year. A mistaken investigation of the Anti-Slavery question. To meet impression has gone abroad relative to the state of^ ,i,incultie8 of such minds, the extended and the treasury at the time ot our last annual meeting., g„arded treatise is often requisite. It is desirable Indeed this seems to have cxi.sted almost trom the , u.^.^efore. that our stock of Anti-Slavery books and beginning of the Society's operations, and to have ir^cis should ba much increased, and that our originated in the following manner: I lie annua fnends should be at pains to promote their circula-reports of the Treasurer, embraced only his actual j especially in places where the subject has been receipts and expenditures, whereas it would have heretofore but little discussed, been well, had the J^xecuuve Committee given like- j DEFOSITORY wise an estimate of t he property and//aii7jVus of the; • , , Society. At the vorv time the Treasurer's report' * question has been seriously debated in the spoke of a small balance in favor ..f the S..ciety, the whether some diminution of e.vpenses latter amounted to more than 81,300, while the for-, not take place in the keeping up the Deposi-nier, consisting mostly of books, could not safely be salary of the General Agent. Their estimated at a fourth part of that sum. i '"'Pression was, that things continuing as they have Tiiose liabilities, or debts of the Society, have had ' ''•^•n.,'^ considerable retrendunent could be made, their ori.r.n in two ways. First, the purchasing on ^ weekly paper should be published, or a Con-credit tire stork of boo'ks and pamplilets kept for sale ; ^he Emancipator prepared and i n c u r Depository, and secondly and chiefly the it is obvious that the duties of Secretary raising for the then Parent Society, in the first year i would thereby be greatly in-of our existence, more th:.n our'own ordinary r e - ' J- Ue^-'des. though your Depository and ceipts. While $2,500 were paid over to the na-1 heading Room are not frequented as much as it lional ireasuiy, large sums, cinefly without interest, ^ " " " 'J ^^ desirable, yet there must be some place were loaned the Slate Soc;ely by our monied Inends,; transaction of the ordinary business of the to me..t a nart of its current expenses. "''•j' ^^^ for t h e meetings of the Comrnit- J);lK rei.t Vub-comm.ltees ol our Lest btisit.ess • and counsd on subjecfc per-members, have gone into a rigid e.vaminatioii of t h e ; ^ ' l e wdfare of colored persons, both Treasurer'., and Agent's accounts f.om the begin- strangers, mug. and we have come to satisfy ourselves ful-j , , . , AGENTS AND FUNDS. ]y of il « T Hccuracy, and of the correctness of the ! The Society's two able and faithful agents, Messrs. statements now made. AccorJiiigij our attoution ^ Codding and North, have continued their useful has been anxiously directed to relieving the Society ; labors, according to contract, through the year. Uev. from these pecuniary emliarrasMnoiits. In answer I'Vancis Hawley, who happened to have been engaged to an appeal in the autumn of last year, our friends «» dillereiit terms, after serving the Society very in several places, partifultirly Farmington, Middle-• diligently and acceptahly for nine months, was at town, and llarlford, i.iaue contributions for this | the time when the necessity of retrenchment pressed ppeci'tic object. Every retrenchment was introduced j "po" us, released from our employment. The Com-into our expenditures, which existing contracts and ; luittee, however, have the satisfaction of being the best int«>rests of the cause admitted. Not with-1 assured, that in the service of the Union Missionary standing these efFoits, such has been the difficulty of Society, his labors in central New York, have been raising nioney for any purpose, that little progress possible still more useful to the cause generally, was u^ade in paying off the Society's debt, until a S Other individuals, in connection with other societies, recent subscription was set on foot. The conditions j have lectured with good acceptance in different of this subscrijition are as follows. In case the u hofc | parts of the State. culations we have been able to make, with the help however, of recommending lo their friends in the dif-of all the different agents and lecturers, we cannot ferent towns, to send in their separate petitions, it resist the conclusion that publishing a weekly paper, has been thought best the present year, to exchange would be attended with an increased expenditure, which our estimated income and other branches of the Society's operations do not justify. Another plan has therefore occurred to us, and correspondence been held on the subject with the Proprietors and Editor of the Emancipator. This is to have a Connecticut edition of that paper struck off and sent us for distribution. It is believed that an arrangement might be made so as to enable us to furnish both it and the Charter Oak from our office to individuals at a year. Having thus secured Sinn of § I , I(K) is raised by the 1st of Jiiue, suliscri-liirs eii!ra:;e to j ay into the treasury, the sums an- Notwithstanding all the collateral objects which have receiveil the countcnaiice of Connecticut abo-ncxrd to their resiyrtire names, within three 7noH//ts | I'tionists, it will be seen by a recurrence to our from th. h t May. From the spirit with which the j annual receipts for three years past, that they have business has been begun, and the importance of re- j on moderately, yet bteadily increasing from lieviiig their Executive (^)minitiee from the constant j twenty-three to twenty-five and tweuty-seven hun-perj) l(vvity of meeting the demands upon tlieni, they ; dred dollars. It seems, therefore, safe to calculate feel a confidence that the Society will not adjourn,. <'» a monthly income of at least $200. All of this w It bout the subscri|)tion being completed. can be spared from the economical support of J®" 2 ' For the satisfaction of the Society, we here copy; our Depository, and conducting of our periodicals, " their Lord and Mas-f r o m previous reports, its entire rec<'ipts fr«»in the'oujrlit obviously to be expended in diffusing Anti-the mode of approaching the Legislature, and for the Committee to press the object in behalf of the whole Society. The Committee cannot dismiss these topics, with-out distinctly repeating their frequent previous asser-tions respecting the two great political parties of the country. In their opinion, both eminently deserve the appellation of pro-slavery, from their subservi-ency to the slave holding interests. As such, we would caution all who would not apostatize from the Anti-slavery cause, to shun all fellowship with them in their present policy, so far as it countenances slavery. , ECCLESIASTICAL AND MINISTEltlAL ACTION. We regret to be able to report nothing more en-couraging under this head. The resolutions of the Congregational General Association; spoken of in our last report, recommending to thb churches a prayerful examination of the Anti-slavery cause, have been followed by a good movement on the part of the New London, and especially of the New Haven West Associations. Only two or three indi-vidual churches, however, among which may be mentioned Darien and Farniington. have taken ac-tion on the subject. This latter large and influen-tial church, after much discussion, adopted the following resolution. " Resolved, That Slavery as it exists in these United States, is a sin against God, and a violation of the dearest and most precious rights of man, and therefore we, as a church, deem it inconsistent to invite to communion with us in the Lord's supper, any who are voluntarily, and willingly guilty of hold-ing their fellow men in this condition." A Baptist State Anti-Slavery Convention has been held within the year at Hartford, which passed resolutions,' and had discussions of an important nature. An adjourned meeting of the same body is lo be hold at Middletown in June next. Our Congregational friends here, also encouraged the getting up of the New England Congregational Convention, to assemble in Boston the present month. It gives your Committee pleasure to state that there are a goodly number of Abolitionists among the students of the Wesleyan University. We hear of some too in the East Windsor Theological Sem-inary, and we trust they may not be altogether want-ing at Yale, and the Baptist Institution at Suffield. It would give us great satisfaction, could we witness in our young candidates for the ministry, a more lively sympathy for the slave. We earnestly com-mend to their consideration, the weighty and moving Anti-Slavery appeal, published in the Charter Oak for December, of the members of twiiUy-four Theo-logical Seminaries in Great Britain. Of ministers and churches generally, we are sorry to be compelled to say, that too many of them seem to look on our injumd and dying slave brother, more as the Priest and the Levite, 'fK-s ne the g- -'1 Paina-ritan of old. The negro pew or corner, •sl'H keeps up the distinction of caste in the house of God. The colored mini.ster is not admitted to a free interchange of pulpits with his ministerial brethren. Places of worship, are in frequent in.stances, still closed against Anti-Slavery meetings, and notices of such meetings, and even of the Anti-Slavery Monthly Concert of Prayer, are refused to be given from the pulpit. Slave holders arc freely admitted to the communion tables of most of the churches, and members going south, are dismissed and recommended to churches composed in a great degree of such. Indeed our operations continue to be regarded with distrust, or at least coldness, by many of the professed followers and ministers of Jesus Christ. We fear the course they thus pursue, will prove prejudicial to the interests of vital godliness amongst ourselves. Whatever may be alleged of the man-ner, in which as a Society we are conducting the Anti-Slavery enterprise, few in New England, bear-ing the christian name, will deny that the cause it-self is one of^reat, if not paramount importance. The Union Missionary Sodiety, established at Hartford last August, and the UniOn Missionary Herald, whose publication began at the same place with the present year, on the principle of non-fel-lowship with slave holders, though they have not attracted much attention in our o^n state, are hav-ing considerable influence elsewhere^ in giving an impulse and a direction to the eflTorts of those who are disposed to conduct their benevdlent operations on that principle. OUR COLORED POPULATION. We continue to witness a gratifying improvement in the condition and character of our colored popula-tion. Still both they and their friends need to exert all their energies to open before them new depart, ments of useful labor, and to supply new motives to diligence. Let every colored man and woman and child feel that they are called on to engage in a great and mighty work for their own and others' good. With the true missionary and martyr spirit, let them stem the current of the petty vexations, the frailties, and the manifold discouragements, that would bear them down to the shores of inefficiency and uselessness. We are, however, more and more impressed with the idea, that distinct associated action in churches, schools, benevolent societies, &c. is no longer the most expedient course. Let us all now meet on the broad platform of at least a re-deemed humanity, in anticipation of that hastening day, when a great multitude which no man can num. ber of all nations, and kindred?, and people, and tongues, shall stand before the throne and before the Lamb. beginning. At the clo.se of the year and a part, endiiH' May, I83!», §3.890 were received ; during Slavery sentiments through the community, by the voice of living agents. Gladly, were it in our power, the foTlowitig year, 82,313 ; from May, 1840 to 1841,1 would we increase the number of such, to at least S'2,•>(»•'». and for the year novv closing, !y2,600 79. i for every two counties in the State. This last Mini, however, includes a portion of the special sub.>criptioii befi.re referred to. Bat whe'her the Society shall be able to keep j two or four agents in the field, the following general tiie advance. rUBLlCATIONS. year our monthly periodical. Besides the contributions to our Society, it should; pljin of operations for the ensuing year, has been re-also be borne in mind, that more than a thousand ' commended to the Committee, and strikes them as dollars have been paid during the year for the sup- j altogether expedient. Let the towns which have port of the Mendians and the Mendian missions j been the chief support of our treasury in years past, I-., Aiiti-slavery friends in Farniington alone, to say ; where abolition principles have taken deepest I uiiiiiiT of other pl.ices. Considerable sums too I loot, make an effort to raise their customary annual j.avf been raised for the support of the Agent and to contribution, with at most, only an occasional lecture carry on the operations of the Liberty party, and.par- j "r visit from the agents, while their chief attention ticularly, in the eastern part of the State for the old! shall be directed to places whore the fallow ground National Society. Add to these, what is paid f o r ' ' s »ot yet broken up. In this way, when a free 1,7(K) copies of the Charter Oak ; 300 or 400 copies ' communication is opened between us and every part of the Emancipator, and for the Anti-Slavery Stand-' I'f the State, through the periodical press, the ard. and tried by the money index, even with an em-1 Society may come in time to dispense in a great barrassfd treasury, the good cause is manifestly on | degree with the expense of domestic agents. LEQISLATIVE PROCEEDINGS. Since the last annual nweting of the Society, a sub-committee in person, and by one of our own agents, and by a colored gentleman from abroad, have had opportunity to plead the cause of our col-ored fellow citizens, before a committee of the Legis-lature. It is with much chagrin and deep regret, that we have seen the action of the General Assembly according to the report of its committee, to be still contrary to the principles of natural justice, and at variance with our professions, and otherwise free institutions. None of the disabilities of the taxed yet not voting colored men, have been removed. A re-solution also, to wipe off from the census roll, the dis-grace of still existing Connecticut slavery, by manu-mitting our slaves, though it passed the Lower House by acclamatian, was lost in the Senate. The two most active members in opposition, were the one himself a slave holder, and the other, ignorant up to that time, that there existed amongst us the legal relation of masters and slaves. These subjects it is the obvious dutgr of w c v j true and conaistent friend of liberty* to urge upoa our During the periodical, the Charter Oak, has continued its circulation with .many indications of usefulness. The circulation of •the Emancipator, and Anti-Slavery Standard, has .also increased within the same period. Indeed the «tate of the Anti-Slavery question, inclines more at <he present time to newspaper than pamphlet or volume discussion. Most of its great principles and •of the more common objections to them, have been heretofore so freely and thoroughly treated of, that facts aad exhortations seem what is now chiefly needful t« urge forward the cause. Under tkese circumstances, your Committee have bestowed mucli consideration on the best system of AntiUilavery periodicals for the ensuing year. The iact tJiat many of our supporters, have embarked in thd political movement, indicates an increased de-mand for a weekljr organ of communication. And were (t n«C /or the pecuniary burden under which the Society hac bMo struggling, the Committee v o u l d M i heaiute to recommend the issuing the ter intimated that the impolitic measures of some who opposed it, justify others in inaction ? We invite tiie attention of all professing christians, who are slumbering over the sin of slavery, to the notes of alarm, which missionaries are beginning to sound alcud from Mahonimedan and heathen lands. As a specimen we give a short extract from a re-cent letter of Rev. J. S. Green, published in the Emancipator: " Did good men, all who love the Lord Jesus Christ, but feel and act on this subject, as they ought, did they sympathize with the oppressed, and deal fa[ithfully with the oppressors of God's poor, would not the evil cease, and that speedily 1 I think I have seen the opinion expressed by Mr. Birney, that any single religious denomination of Christians at the South might destroy Slavery. I think that the people of God at the North, were they as one man to rise in their might and lift an united cry to God and man, though not one of them should cross the Potomac, would cause the pillars of the bloody temple to shake, as did Samson the temple of the uncircumcised Philistines. Who, then, shall say that the North has nothing to do with slavery, or that the East may not meddle with what does not concern them 1" Wo cannot dismiss this topic without recommend-ing the observance of the Anti-Slavery Monthly Concert of prayer on the last Monday of each month. In some places this is attended as an union meeting by Christians of different denominations and with the happiest consequences. Here too, perhaps, will be the proper place to make grateful mention of the goodness of God tr the liberated Mendians, or Africans of the Amistad, whose residence has so long been in our midst. Within a few months past, all the survivoM iiere returned in safety ta their native shores, in company with christian teachers and missionaries. Tidings have reached us that several of them had already met with their relatives at Sierra Leone, and the hope is cherished, that their providential arrival and long detention in our land, will be overruled Kq the ad-vancement of liberty & pure Christianity in tneir own. AUXILIARIES OLD AND SEW. Under this head we mention first, our female helpers. Though disappointed in holding their an-nual fair on this occasion, yet it is anticipated they may be able to do it soon at some other place. Meantime we rejoice to learn that anti-slavery sew-ing circles are organizing in many places. Speedily may this be true of every town and neighborhood in the State, even though there may not be more than two or three individuals to make the beginning. O We long to see woman putting forth her energies in this as in the missionary cause. In a work, too, which is still far from being popu-lar, we cannot but think good would come from the formation of juvenile anti-slavery associations. Another mode of helping forward the cause, which we would not forget to mention, is by giving the preference to free labor merchandize. With a little pains taking, cotton goods, molasses, sugar, &c. may be obtained in most of our commercial towns, for which no slave has been flogged or has rendered unrequited toil. We have before spoken of the movements of some to separate their foreign missionary operations from all connexion with slaveholders. We now wish to point out a mode of doing our cause service, through what may be called domestic missionary effort. Very many of the sons and daughters of Connecticut are settled in business in the Southern Stato«« or are annually resorting thither. Numbers of such unhap-pily have come to be supporters or admirers of the " peculiar institution," while there are doubtless among them, individuals not a few who still hold fast their integrity. With both these classes an active correspondence should be maintained by their friends at home. And lor our encouragement to such labors, we have not only anti-slavery petitions presented from western Virginia, but an anti-slavery society, with the soundest principles actually estab-lished in Tennessee. glorious to be dutte, you nlost not go among the elitu —you mUBt not Ibok for it among your men of pleas-ure and leisure. Go rattier tO the Man of bootf and muscle^ if yoti warit a great work achieved. The grandest and Mightiest work the world has ever seen—the introdu(ition of Christianity—was not achieved by great men, or tiiighty men. Or learned men. No such class of society was selected to be the instrUnients of propagating the soblime and glo-rious truths of our holy religion; Ah, no; it was the humble flsherrtien of Gallilee, untutored, un-taught, atid ignorant of all languagesj save their mother tongue. Thdse wtere the men who were chosen to gd forth and struggle against difficultiesi such as mortal man had never encountered before. They did struggle, and they died in thfer struggle, but still the cause spread Onward^ wider and wider, until the banner of Christianity tvas planted upon the very palace of the Cssars. "And if there be analogy, as I believe w^ith rever-ence that there is, between the genius of these great reformations^ there seems also to be analogy be-tween the instruments chuse.a to effect them. The world may call it enthusiasm ; but let me ask when or where was there ever any thing either great or good that was achieved without this same spirit of enthusiasm Such we have no reason to doubt, both from anal-ogy and the present aspects of the' cause, will be thei spirit and the agency, v^hich God in bis providencet will make use of for the complete and final abolition of ssllaavveerryv.. GGnoh rh>omm<e», •tkhe—n, -• — abolitionists, ye men of one idea, ye men S your.5elves, ye northern tcorkie^ ve f.Z ^ and ibor wi . f - . ' — dauah- What If, with a few honorable yourselves and who bring up your ters to labor. - ^ ^ ' .—.uiauie excep-tions, you do not see among your number, many rich and noble and mighty men, to use the language of cne of your venerable Vice President.', of " pre-fixes and suffixes" to their namesmen who are dependent on the popular will for honors, and offices^ and easy livelihood 1 Let not this discourage you, for so it has always been from the beginning.— Nay more, though you may still be called on to meet with opposition and persecution in your self denying work, in the words of an apostle," Beloved, think it nut strange concerning the fiery trial, as though some strange thing had happened unto you." The great adversary of God and man, that old Slave holder from the beginnings has too much interest in sustaining American slaxery as it is, to suffer it to be abolished without a struggle. But what if wicked men and devils —un ite in their opposition, and by prejudice, misrepresentation, and selfish appeals. t T V j r '^''""^^"•neeof some good menT We may reply i„ „.ords of Holy Writf« Not by ^ i n , nor by power, but by my Spint saith xZ Refreshed, then, and encouraged by this annual occasion of mingling our counsds and'our prayer,! From this review of our domestic operations, we turn for a moment to the national and foreign aspects of the cause. Throughout the year, a series of re-markable providences and of infatuated measures, have kept the anti-slavery question in continued and often excited discussion before the country. The Mendians of the Amistad held public meetings in several of the principal cities, previously to their public embarkation at NewYork. The delay in con-firming Mr. Everett's nomination, the Creole affair, the decision of the Supreme Court against Pennsyl-vania, the case of Mr. Torrey, and the Maryland Slaveholders' Convention, the destruction of the Philanthropist; the attack of the Slaveocracy on John Quincy Adams and Joshua Giddings, have all told well on the old rusty chains of Slavery. Per-haps the year has not furnished so many valuable publications bearing on the cause, but then the peri, odical press has never been so active and decided. Not a few of the political and some of the religious papers, have spoken out with unwonted boldness against the evil, if not the sin of slavery. Beyond too, our national limits, whether we ex-amine the happy workings of British West India Emancipation, or glance at the preparatory measures of the French, Dutch, Danish, and Swedish aboli. tionists, or listen to the rumblings which come up from Slavery's last great tropic crater in Spanish Cuba; or look at the poverty and embarrassments of her new Texan province, or witness the calm yet determined spirit of the London association, on whom the mantle of VVilberforce and his coadjutors has fallen, all, all, admonish the imperial Brazilian and the republican American to prepare for the eel-ebration of Freedom's Jubilee. Thus much will suffice for a retrospect of the anti-slavery enterprise. It is related of Kariskakis, one of the most eminent Greek captains who fell near Athens in the late struggle for Grecian Independ-ence, that when his officers and friends gathered around him as he lay mortally wounded, and began to tell of his brilliant achievements he cut them all short by saying, ** What has happened, has happen-ned. What I have done, I have done. Now for the future^ The overthrow of slavery, then, though future, is certain. The benevolence of God and his sure word of prophecy, that every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree leave us no room to doi»bt. We may also be able to form a pretty probable con-jecture of the human instrumentality he will use in let us return to our homes, each in hid several sphere, and in all his relations, of business and liriendship,- ecclesiasticul and po'Iitical, let us press forward in our high and holy work. By the suffering and de-privations of the slave, by the evils which this self-punishing system inflicts on the master, by our love of country, by our zeal for the cause of pure and undefiled religion, by our benevolence to men, and our gratitude and obedience to our Saviour and our God, let us redouble our diligence and multiply our sacrifices, to bring about immediate and universal emancipation. By order of the Exectrtive Committfee, S. S. COWLES, Seiretary. E C C L E S I A S T I C A L . We extract ihe foIIowin<; from the Third Annual Report of the Massachuiietta Abolition Societj. It will be seen, on comparison with the same topic in our Annual Report above, that the churches in Connecticat are in this respect far behind those uf our siater State, ^retbrfen ! let ut see ro it that the " moral suasion"' department be better su«-" tiined. In taking up this branch of the aoti-slavery move-ment, it affords us great pleasure to be able to state, that church aeiion has been very much increased during the past year, not only in our own State, but in others. This accelerated movement among pro-fessors of religion may be attributed in part to the high standard raised in polities. To require a high.^ er standard of Christian morality in state, than had been set up in the church, seemed preposterous.—' To require men to vote for their law makers on prin-ciples of righteousness^ and neglect the application of the same principles^ in voting for and sustaining preachers of that righteousness, was more than con-scientious men could submit to. The faithful moni-tor within told every man, who would give the sub-ject a utoment's reflection, that it was morally wrong to vote for a minister who is deaf to the cries of twur and a half millions of God's perishing and peeled poor, for the restoration of their natural and inalien-able rights ; while in voting for a legislator^ the elec-tive franchise was to be lield sacred to God and hu-manity. Though we rejoice that the Liberty Party set up a tru« standard in throwing around the elec-tive franchise the bulwark of eternal justice and hu-manity « yet we deeply lament that the churches of our Lord were left in the inglorious position of sec-ond movers in this grand drama of moral conflict.—> During the past year, howevar, church action has stood out comparatively prominent. )n Essex Coun-- ty alone, nearly for&y cliurcbea, including Congrega-tioMlietSf Baptists and Methodists, have passed res-olutions pi) the subject of slavery, all declaring slaveholding to be a sin, and tint it ought to be ioi-mediately repented uf and abandoned. The toue of this action, further than this, is various. Many of them have withdrawn fellowship witlk slaveholdera« and denied slaveho' lding ministers a place in their accomplishing the work. And we cannot perhaps 1 pulpits. Others have gone still farther a d 1 1 better express it than in the words of the eloquent! their aooloyists in Km aan.^ ' P'"®®" and sometimes right, though often erring Marshall. May his entire views and practice on the anti-slavery subject soon become as correct as on the temperance question. ** If there i« ever any thing good» and great* and apologists tl»e same category. The acticm in these churches may be attributed in part to th. indefatigable labors of Dea. WiUiam B Dodw of Salem, who has been laboringfor the last few JSmhsf under the auspices of the Abofition
|Title||Charter Oak, 1842-07|
|Uniform Title||Charter oak (Hartford, Conn. : 1838)|
|Subject||Slavery -- United States -- Newspapers; Antislavery movements -- United States -- Newspapers; Hartford (Conn.) -- Newspapers|
|Description||Frequency: Monthly; Publication dates: Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 1838)-; Weekly ed.: Christian freeman (Hartford, Conn.)|
|Creator||Charter oak (Hartford, Conn. : 1838)|
|Contributors||Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society|
|Collection||Newspapers of Connecticut|
|Source - Location||Connecticut State Library microfilm, AN104.H3 C63|
|Relation||Other editions available:Christian freeman (Hartford, Conn.) --(DLC)sn 84025778 -- (OCoLC)10657256|
|Relation-Is Part Of||Series title:Anti-Slavery newspapers|
|Publisher||Hartford [Conn.]: Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society|
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F R E E P R I N C I P L E S — F R E E MEN—FREE SPEECH—AND A F R E E PRESS.
PUBLISHED BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE CONNECTICUT ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY, HARTfORD*
THE CHARTEK OAK i« published on the first Wednesday
of each month, at No. 7 Asylum street, Hartford, at the
fallowing priccs, to be paid in all cases in advancc.
1 copy, . . - 50 rents per annum.
20 copies, . . .S dollars "
511 copies, . . . 1 0 dollars
100 c.pi. s, . . . 17 dollars
To fiin^lf subscrihers, who lake tlu ir piii>ers nt the Of-ficc,
iweiity-ttve rent^.—If de livered in the city, fifiy cents.
All or.lcrs nnd comiininica'ions for the OAK should be
tiddre«.d to J HRKWKIi. llirtf.rd.
C I I A U T K U O A K .
The l-iflli Iniiuiil Krpnrt
Of the EjcecuUve Commith'e of (he Connecticut Anti-
Charter Oak in that form. But after the best cal- I rulers, till they shall both be accomplished. Instead
In prc-^entiiv to the Society llieir cuslotinr)' An-) ^ weekly though limited space in it for notices
il ItMiort, the Executive Cuinaiitte.^ do it ^ . t l . o t h e r local intdligrcnce. together
i„M.-lod f.-el.t..rs of re-rot atid exultation. On the , I Charier Oak, deyoted chiefly to the moral
oneliatid t;ieyl.:ive to deplon-, that another year o f ' of cause, the ComoMttee
slavery has contituied to prove the curse of millions, ( « aH Hiorough going Ab.)litionists
HS well the oppressors as the oppressed. Ti.ev must j continue to co-operate harmoniously in the
d«o condemti themselves and lament for the.r bretii- ; Society. The subject as thus exhibited
ren that no more has been done by them to remove ^ » commend to the special attention and action of
t h . J curse. On the other hand, Jl.ey are called on ! assembled Society.
to bless God for his repeated merciful interpositions j « a j>enodic(il Anti-Slavery literature
in b e h a l f o f individual Iiborlv, and for the perceptible adapted to our existing wants, your
advance of universal emanc'.pation. Committee would likewise urge the importance of
rF.cx'jiiARV C^O^. . ^Ec n. c - .snrTPTv • cjjoiinj t inuing and increasing the circulation of books
on the 8anic subiect. Princinles
The first particular to which we would invite the j ^^^ ^^^^^
attention of the Society, is that<.l its c
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