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J'ilprini! treading feebly on, Sttiitten by tlic torrid sun— Hoping for the eoolitig rain, 1.coking for the sh.ide in vain— Travel-worn and faint at heart, Weak and weary as thou art, Let thy spirit not repine, SluHde and shelter shall be thine; Friendly hands to thee shall bring Water from the eooling spring, And the voice thou lovest bi!St Call the wanderer to his rest: (Jtxl hath said, to oonifort thee, " . \ s thy day, lliy strength shall be I" Wat. her by the bed of death! Waiting for the laU'st breath Of the lov«d, whose heart hath grown Closi'ly, closely to thy own— < lazing on the fading eye Long, and oh how mournfully ! AVhilc remembrance travels back Over Being's vanished track, Multiplying presetit woe By the joys of "long ago," Till thy tears arc jjoured like rain, And thy spirit writhes with pain ; 'i o this blessed promise flee— "As tby day, thy strength shall be," Mother! from thy sheltering breast, To his dark and dreamless rest They have borne thy fair-haired boy, Him who was thy hope and joy— Him who was tby only stay When his father passec' away; Coldly by that lather's side Now decays thy tlower of pride. And thy w idowed heart is left Doubly wounded—twicc bereft ! Yet the God who smites to heal. Can for human anguish feel; He will find a balm for thee— "As thy day, thy strength shall be." Christian ! toiling for the prize Kept for thee beyond the skies— Warring with the powers of sin. Foes without and foes within— Breathing now in rapture's air, Verging then upon despair— Trembling, hoping, filled with pain. Then rejoicing oncc again; Shrink not from Life's bitter cup, God shall bear thy spirit up— He shall lead thee safely on Till the ark of rest is won— Till tby spirit is set free; "As thy day, thy strength shall be." m i s c c l l a n g s Troui tlic Ladies' W r e a t h. THE OLI> MAN AND HIS LIT-TLE ANGEL. BY S. C. MEUURG.4^TE. PART U. One nioming, old Jacob sat sullenly a-part in his little cabin, with soured tace leaned on one clenched list, his surly dog —a companion of his morose moods, wont to harass his neighbors' fowls and cattle —crouched by his feet, with his red eyes half open to catch the first movement of his master, while the ever-sounding loom beat its regular pulsation, the sole life-pulse of that house, almost—for it gave bread and clothes, and many little com-fort*, things whereby they lived. I'he old man's shrill voice had rung through the neighborhood alllhe morning, with sharp accusations and stinging re-torts ; flinging bitter taunts, and warding off ill-tempered gibes ; and now his whole spirit was tremulous wiih the spent thun-der. and a savage scowl lurked under his gray hairs, like a tiger in its jungle. His insane daughter pinched his cheek with a provoking twist, and asked him, with real soliciiude, but insane rudeness, "What's the matter, old Hunks ?" He was in an ill mood to endure it, and burled the poor creature with one sweep of his arm into the comer of the room, where she lay howling and cursing, with no notice but a look of bitter anguish from her mother, to whom such scenes had grown too familiar, and from which she had too feeble means to restore peace, to warrant a suspension of her toil. The restless loom only beat with a deader stroke ; and the old man settled his knot-ted face on his clenched fists again. But the darling Minnie, who trembled always to see her troubled grandiktber, felt her jroung heart of love too strong for her fears, and ran to the old man, and threw her small white arms about his old neck, exclaiming, " Oh, grandfather, she is my mother— my poor, dear mother; I love her, and it •cares me to see her so. Grandmatber loves me, and don't strike her. Won't yea love me, grandpa, and be good to n y mother V The little creature put a warm kios be-tween the futTOWB o f his brown cbeek, M the old man was giving a convulsive fling to throw her ulF; but that kiss reached to the centre—and one. hard hand relaxed, to brush a tear from his eye, while the olher patted llie cheek&siiiiiothed the hair of the girl,ii.s he told her,softly to go & soothe her mother. The gladdened girl saw that slie had prevailed, and slij)ped from his knee, to which she had climbed, to run on her new mission ; but, by ill luck, siep|>ed on (he tail of (lie d<ig as she came down, and (he cross briitu snapped his jaws and wounded her soil flesh. Now the loom stop|>ed at her cry of distress, and the ready hands of her good grand-mother diessed the wound, and her words of homely comfort soothed the frighted girl. The old man arose without a word, gave a low whistle, which the dog knew well and «»beyed, and they pas.«ed sullen-ly forth in(o the fields. A neighbor, who was sore with the frequent gibes of old Jacoi) Foster, shouted as he passed, " Hey, Old Jake! going to kill geese, eh r Lord only knows which is the mean-est, you or your dog!" A hundred venomous taunts which had the bitter edge of truth to make them, cutting, flashed into Jacob's mind and trembled on the tongue, at this unkind greeting—taunts that bit through erring relative, and personal flaws, to the ten-derest nerve of that neighbor's bosom; but some strange purpose smothered them, and the old man went by iu silence; a snarl from the dog was the only answer the mocking salute received. When Ja-cob returned to his house, the dog was not with him, nor was it ever seen again ; but he brought in his hand a large red ap-ple, and a cluster of|deliciousj;rapes, and calling Minnie to his chair as he sat down, gave them to her, and she was happy, not in the gifts only, but in the thought that her severe old grandfather was ihe giver. The patient weavcrglanc-ing'from her loom, saw it, and was iuly glad, for (he old man had taken no kind nodce of the child before. That night the happy Minnie slept on the old man's arm, and did not tremble at his rough look. Ever before, she had curled to her grandmother's side, for they could not trust her to the care of her wild mother—and two beds were all that pov-er( y allowed (hem. The next day, and the nex(, and till the fields were bare, Ja-cob went forth to harvest, for such men as would employ him, and brought home the silver coin, or silver corn, at night—a sight unwoi.ted for many months; so that when coming winter, that had sent many forebodings to the heart of his industrious wile, shook his initial terrors around them, they had ccased to terrify, for bright corn covered the floor of the unfinished garret, new shingles patched the leaky roof, and boards battoned the cracks of the unfinish-ed sides—for the poverty they were in would never aspire to clapboards, and shingles had covered but two sides of their cabin from the storm. The better part of his neighbors saw his silent improvement, and wondered why it was ; and if they had no faith iu i(s continuance, they were mute—determin-ed to let him make the first assault. But many of them, heartless as he had been, thrust their thorny s|)eech into his ears, and (nade a sharp conflict in his bosom between the old revenge, and the new, si-lent purpose, which that little child had planted there, or haply that new resur. rection of some old purpose long smother-ed, and now raised again by the sweet in-fluence of the artless Minnie. Many years before, as was the custom even with the gravest of New-Englanders, the family of Jacob Foster would furnish their Thanksgiving feast, and a few friends would sit at his board, and make a joyous oasis in the desert of the winter. For years they had not marked the day, or only to bemoan their wants, or, on the part of the spurned old man, to sneer at his luckier neighbors, while the wife ate her crust in silent thanksgiving that it was not less. But now, Jacob, without any words of explanation, but the simple declaration, said they would have a Thanksgiving supper, and applied him-self to labor to procure the necessary lux-uries for the occasion. The old wife was glad, for she saw some token of renewing peace, the hope of a happy sunset at the last, after a long and stormy day; and Minnie was delighted, for she had seen how glad the season made all the children around her, and longed to enjoy it as they did ; and even "Crazy Kate," her mother, nut now abused, saw their preparations with sympathetic joy, and quietly let them work on, and sometimes gave a helping hand, as the humble, but, for them, large preparations went forward. On the bright clear morning of the promiseful day, old Jacob came trudging to his home, with a fat turkey, dress^, for the oven, in his hand—the crowning glory of tbe great feast—when he met the same spiteful man who had tempted him to mar his new purpose oftenest of ail his neighbors, and who indeed had most provication to be revengeful in tbe memoiy of ibrmer quar-rels. "Well, Old Jake, where'd ye steal that, eh ?" was the first greeting be received. "I don't steal," replied the oM man, with a little warmth. Anotber'a insult checked bim, u be was passing oo, to make another reply, which brought a more cruel a(tack from his neighborhood, who began to jeer hiiu for cowardice, and tell him his wife had made a Methodist of him ; and even was so brutal as to mock him for the love of that little girl, with the base taunts that soonest sting low minds, ashamed of their virtues, so long have they been smothered. At this, the indig-nant old man forgot his better purpose, and, flinging down his fowl, reeled oil' a blistering catalogue of crimes and disgra-ces which clung to his neighbor's family, wiih a sharji scorn, (hat turned the insul- (er, wincing, to his home. But the charm of the day was broken ; the wretched old man went to his home, bubbling with the overflow of his passions, cursed with his crazy daughter for her irrational demon-strations of interest in the preparations, scolded his meek wife for the slightest cause, and pushed (he darling Winnie from his knee, when she came to caress him. The turkey was roasted, but it was ill done ; the pies were worthless, though he thought them verj' good the day be-fore ; and every thitig was amiss. A richer supper they had not spread for years—a more cheerless one they never tasted—and the old man went to his bed that night with no blithe angel to sweet-en his dreams ; and his anger had well nigh quenched the last spark of re-kind-ling goodness,so nearly did one ei'il word from an unkind man put out the blessed hope of a soul, itself just flickering iu the cold airs of the tomb. The next day, little Minnie recovered from her repulse—laid seige to his heart again, with caresses that would not be put away, and winning words of child-like love and simple-heartedness; and though she found him harder to win back now than before, at last he yielded to her importunity of sweetness; and though his proud spirit gave no words to testify its kneeling, the very child know, by the atoning kiss he gave, that she had come again into the soft corner of his shrivelled heart—and she was happy. There she kept her throne—young queen of gentle-ness— and widened her realm till it could let in all the neighborhood, and the world, even that cruellest scoffer, who had well nigh ruined the old man's rejuvenating soul. He was forgiven, and forgave; and when old Jacob Foster bowed his gray head in death, he had no enemy, and many mourned, at least in sympathy, as the weeping Minnie, who had re-lit his heart, bent, a fair young tnaiden, over his grave. (£ccle0ipi0tical. For tlie Charter Uak. TO THE FRIENDS OF CHRISTIAN L I B E R T Y I N C O N N E C T I C U T. R E V . GOKDOX H A V E S , VS: A N T I - S L . \ V E R V ; Or a brief history of the course of Mr. Hayes, and the Congregational Church in Washington, on the Slavery question, —their censures of Abolitionisls,—ex-clusion of a member without notice or trial,—and the action of the Litchfield South Consociation on the Appeal of said member. The action of the church and minister in Washington, in condemning a member without notification or trial, and the de-cision of the Consociation in sustaining them in such (in this day, in Connecticut) unparalleled injustice, have produced a strong excitement within the bounds of this Consociation, and are a just cause of alarm to the friends of freedom and of re-ligious liberty throughout the State. That the christian public may rightly understand this case—may know what the church in Washington, calling itself Con-gregational, and the Consociation with which it IS connected deem to be Christian conduct and Scriptural Church Discipline, and what are their views of the Liberties, Rights, and Duties of Church Members, and also some of the reasons of my ask-ing to be dismissed from said church, I have thought proper, at the request, and by the advice of friends, to lay before the readers of the Charter Oak a brief state-ment of the course the church, and espe-cially the minister has pursued in regard to slavery and the friends of the slave, from the commencement of the Anti-Sla-very movement in this town till my ex-communication (without trial) from the church, and the ratification of the decree of tbe church by (he Consociation, at South Britain, on the first day of June, 1847; premising that the course of the minister on Temperance, and in sotne oth-er respects, was of a like character with his conduct on the subject of slavery. In the fall of 1837, Rev. E . R. Tyler, Agent of the American Anti-Slavery So-ciety, lectured in Washington, and organ-ized an A. S. Society, of over 100 mem-bers. Most of the active members of the church united with it. In November, 1838, Rev. Harly Goodwin addressed the County Society at Washington, and dis-cnssed at some length the nature of He-brew servitude, showing that it was not chattel slaveiy—^and not Rke American slaveiT. At tbe close of his address. Rev. Mr. Hayes arose and said be wished it expressly understood that be disagreed with the sentiments of the speaker. The next sabbath Mr. Hayes preached on the ' subject of Hebrew servitude, and said, i i '"Let others call it what they plea.se, J say \ i that it was slavery." After tl.at sermon, I i al)out half of the members o^the A. S. , Society came to the Secn^arj of the So- ! ciety to have their nauies stricki-n from the roll of members, many of tliein de-claring (hat Mr. Hayes had proved as clear as noon-<l,iy, from tlm Bible, that sla\ery was right and that we had nothing to do with it. • He also publicly preached that "God authorized slavery and sanctioned it for ' more than two ihotisand years." A ceut-a-week Society was forineJ in this j)lace by Dr. Hudson, (he (ibjec( of s'lch societies being to raise fiinds (o send Ami-Slavery publications to slave holders. Mr. Hayes was requested to give notice ol one of its meetings, and in doing so, contrary to his usual pnielic-e, remarked (ill awkward style)—'-If the Ladies are sati.sfied (hat they have light—I IHIVO not got the light, but if the Ludie.s are satis-fied that they have the light If (hey are not satisfied, my advice is to wait." The next evening the Treasurer resigned, alleging as the reason (iiat '-her minister retpiesied her to wait, and she could not go contrary to the recjuest of her dear min-ister." At the close of an addre.« on the sin-fulness of slavery by Dr. l^ludson, Mr. Hayes said "That sFavery in the abstract teas not sinful—that if any sin was to be attached (o the system, it was ihe abuse of it." Ill 1840. Ziba, Saul's servant, was men-tioned in the Sabbath Scliool lesson. I asked if any thought Ziba waj a slave, and wished the (|uestion might be an-swered (he ne.vt sabbath. J^ut as this was not done, I attempted to an:.v. er it myself and was giving the reasons why I thought Ziba was not a slave, when one of the Standing Committee of the ('hurch camc dtiwH the Rislo vc:7-ni4clC*-. iiitei.',<r!»ocif-ing This must be slojiji?d! Tins MUST BE sToi'PED!! THIS M U S T S T O P - PED!! !" The Superintendent—a Dea-con— repeated "I T MUSI' BE STOP-PED," and then said to the school, "Chil-dren ! you see that Mr. Piatt and Mr. Hayes are at variance." I had made no allusion to Mr. Haj es, and I mention this incident only to show the feelings of the leading members of the church, and that they believed that Mr. Hayes justified sla-very. In February, 1841, Dr. Hudson, in an address before (he County A. S. Society, at this place, advised abolitionists to with-hold support from pro-slavery ministers. The next sabbath Air. Hayes, in his ser-mon, said that Dr. H. in his hearing had, the past week, advised abolitionists to se-cede from pro-slavery churches. At the close of the meeting I met him and told him he had misrepresented Dr. H. He said if Dr. H. denied the statement he would correct it. Dr. H. by letter, de-nied it, yet he refused (0 correct (he false statement, but said to me (hat withholding support was worse than secession.—He also said in the hearing of many witness-es, that "if was my duty to support the DEVIL, if he was my minister, until I could get him regularly dismissedHe also said to a church member in my hear-ing, (hat "if the church of ichich he was a member should say that he should not pray for thirty days, he would have Jio R I G H T TO PRAY for that time, while he remained a member of that church /" He has also said that he would invite a slaveholding minister into his pulpi(, but not an aboli-tionist without restricting him as (o aboli-tion. He falsely accused Dr. Hudson of say. ing, in a lecture, that the position of the Churches and Ministers on the subject of slavery had made more infidels than ever Abner Knceland had dgne, and when Dr. 11. requested him by letsffT'to correct (he misrepresentation, he refused. In (he wimer of 1841-2, Mr. Codding addressed the County Society at this place on the following Resolution. '' That to condemn the slaves as thieves for taking the property of others to aid them in their northward flight, and yet maintain a studied silence respecting the unparalleled theft in which slavery con-sists, and by which in this iso-called Re-publican and Christian land nearly three millions of human beings are r o hM not only of property but even of themselves; is but one of tbe many ways in which modern pro-slavery men are wont to "strain at a gnat and swallow a camel." The next Sabbath Mr. Hayes preached against theft, Air. Codding, Anti-Slavery, and the Feterboro' Address, and said (hat " the Litchfield County Anti-Slavery So-ciety the past week, in this place, endorsed the sentiments put forth by Gerrit Smith, i n which he advised the slaves to wholesale theft, and murder, and treason against the Government," and though it was denied on the spot, he refused to correct the false-hood, and went on to vilify and traduce, tho character of abolitionists and A. S. Agents, and concluded his philipic by cry-ing out at the top of his. voice, These are your Reformers! Yes! These are your Reformers!!" At the meeting if the County Society in Li(chfield in the winter of 1842-3, the Business Commit-tee, though their Chairman, Rev. H. D Kitcbell, presented the following Resolu-tions, which after a thorough discussion, were unanimously passed. Resolved, That the Church and .Minis-try of Jesus Christ are the regularly corn-missioned, and divinely authenticated ad-vocates of the poor and needy. liesolred. Therefore, (hat every enlight-ened church and minister, who either hold slaves (hernselves, or refuse to rebuke (hose that do, after having been enlight-ened on the whole subject, are false to (heir high and sacred commission, and re-maining impenitent after having been proj)- erly dealt with, should be regarded as un-believers. The reading of these Resolutions in the weekly prayer meeting, conducted by Mr. Hayes, and (he simple .statement that they were passed by a full meeting of the Coun-ty Society—that there was a meaning in them, and that the time would probably come when they would be carried into ef-fect, broke up the meeting, Mr. lluye.s saying as he went out, that the member who read (he Resolutions, and uiyseif "ought to be exconimunicatetl!'' During all this time, we could not ^•••t :i Business Meeting of the church, i;.ii IKVI there been one for twelre yctirs. in;r ueic we allowed to give our views tu ilio < luuc'i on the Great Reforms wliich wen" :i!j:i;;i-ting the Christian world. Wo tiitMi'lovc petitioned for a church meetii!;; in a li-r-mal Alemorial adopted in a ineetiii^ ol' church members called lor tiiat purpose. meeting of the church was coin ened to which we presented Resolutions in fa-vor of the Sabbath—Teni] craiice, and Anti-Slavery. The church laid the Sab-hath Resolution on (he table, njcc'.tvl those in favor of Tem|)erance, and ath););- ed a substitute in place of tho.-e iiL^aiiist slavery, in which (hey declareii the rj^s.'nii of American Slavery a great naiii'iial ;I!KI moral evil, [I proposed to Mr. l!;i_v<'s, in a conference with him, to call it a : - i i i , but. he«uid thechurch would not a.;re<- (i> i;.; but that they would not ititrotiiice any nar test of admission to chtiich [irivileges, and that they "felt solemnly bound to leco^- nize as believers in Christ," tho.-e wlio signed the church creed, "and to e.\crcis!' towards (hem the kindest al.'oction aii<! re-gard ;",')r in plain English that s l a v r l i o i d - ing was no bar to church coiumutii'.n, ui;i! that they "felt solemnly b o t j i i d " to I f l i o w . ship slaveholders, and "recogni/c" ihcjti as good christians, if they were ouly reg-ular members of the church. In tho fall of 184o, a member—Sam-uel Nettleton,—asked a dismission from the church. Mr. Hayes changed his |)o-sition on the subject of dismission ticice in three years. He first said that a mem-ber could not be dismissed without being recommended to another church—after-ward he took the opposite ground and stjine were dismissed to (he world* and Mr. Hayes publicly urged another to withdraw —but when Mr. Nettleton asked for a dis-mission he again changed his mind and said in a sermon (hat "to ask to be dismis-sed without being recommended to anoth-er church completed the' evidence that an individual was not a Christian now, nor ever was." [The reason menibers here did not ask to be recommended t ) another church, was, there was no church in (he neighborhood with which they could con-sistently unite—none that did not fellow-ship slaveholders, rum-sellcr>>, and rum-drinkers.] The subject ef I\[r. Aelt:e-ton's request was brought betiiie the Con-sociation ai Sherman, by (he Washington delegate, and referred to a Comniiitee of which Mr. Hayes was chairman, who re-ported that where a meiiiber of the church had "withdrawn in a great niea.«ure from its worship, forsaken its comniunioii, and withheld pecuniary aid from its support," he might be cut off without trial and his "excommunication be publicly re.ul," &c., and proposed the form of e.\ciitntnunic:i-tion; and the report of the (."ouuni'.tee was adopted by the Consociation, i wo weeks after (he Consociadon had n pi.^- tered Mr. Hayes' Edict, Mr. ilayi\: .-e;it a copy of it to Mr. Neuh tuii wi»h a nolo that his case would be iicicil on il,e nc.\t Friday. Mr. Hayes o| o.,cd ilio c:ise by reading the Edict and the p.xcoininiinii a-ting Formula of the Consociation, with Mr. Nettletou's name duly in^eric^l, and then called on the church to act, bat no one would second his motion. A mem-ber objected to such a procedure on the groiind that no charges had been prefer-red, or proved against Mr. Nettleton, and that it was contrary to the rule in the Eighteenth of Matthew to exclude a mem. ber without taking the first and second steps. Af(er some discussion, and some false statements by Mr. Hayes,—such as "I know of a surety that at the last com-munion he (Mr. Nettleton,) was at that House (pointing to the Academy) at a meeting set up on purpose to destroy (his church," when Mr. Nettleton was sick at home that day,—a Committee was ap-pointed to visit Mr. N. and the meeting adjourned. The Committee reported at the next meeting, and, after admonishing biip, bis case was dropped. And though afterward he, and aiiother member, sent in a notice of withdrawal from the church, no notice bas been taken of them by the church. In tbe foregoing statements, I have pre- .sented but a tithe of the facts of a simi-lar nature, concerning the course of Mr. I Hayes and his churchjOii slavery, and the ; "iuestions growing out of the A. S. dis- ' cussioii in this community. 1 can prove ! what I have stated in a Court of Justice, if 1 cannot in a Court Ecclesiastical. I have given but a faint idea of (he pro-sla-veiy character of the man, who, I verily believe, is visited in judgment upon this people, and of (he subserviency of (his church to the will and dictation of their minister. The pro-slavery, jesuitical, and Anti-Christian spirit of Mr. Hayes, can-not be exhibited on paper. To understand it fully, one should have been an aboli-tionist and a member of his church the last ten years of his administration. Nor have 1 exhibited his unchristian conduct on ct'irr subject?, which are suHicie:it in my judgment to disqualify any man for the christian ministry. Feeling the importance of church or-ganization, and the need of church privi-leges, (for I had ceased to attend Mr. Hayes' preaching the first of January, ; 1846) and knowing that I had nothing to j expect but persecution, while .Mr. Hayes ! remained the head of this church, and i that there was no hope of his leaving as i long as a majority would vole (o support ; hiui, 1 signed a call for a Christian Con- ; v!'iiti,>ii to meet in Washington, to dis-cuss the duty of (hose who were in favor I i>f Anti-.Slavery, Peace, Temperance, and 1 .Miiriil Reform, in regard to the f()rmation of new churches on Christian principles. Such a Convention was held in this place, Sei t. 30th, and October 1st. 1846, and continued by adjournment at Watertown, the 14th and loth of October. At these meetings the subject of christian duty and church organization was freely and fully discussed, and at the close we agreed to organize a church tho next Sabbath, at j Washington, on what wo believed to be ; New Testament principles. The ne.xt Saturday, Oct. 17(h, I handed to Mr. j Hayes, iu writing, the following request, I and in a conversation of nearly one hour'.s i length, giving my reasons for (his step, answering all his questions candidly, and giving him all the information in my pow-er. The only objection he made to act-ing the next day, was, (hat ho did not know what (he creed of the new church would be. T o THE C H U R C H IN WASHINGTON. The subscriber respectfully requests that he may be dismissed from your church; not that he may return back to (he world, but that he may be connected with, and sustain a church where his objects can be promoted and his activities will be recip-rocated, and where his conscience will not be violated by fellowshiping slave-holders and rum-sellers. D . G . P L A T T. Please act to.morrow. Washington, Oct. llth, 1846. This request was read to (he church (he next day (Sab.) Oct. 18th, and acted on Friday, Oct. 30th, by the passage of the following Act of Excommunication. " Whereas, Daniel G. Platt, notwith-standing'his solemn covenant on his ad-mission jo it to walk with this church and seek its edification and peace till regularly dismissed therefrom, has for a long time withdrawn in a great measure from its communion and worship, and of late dis-tinguished himself among those who by their public acts have denounced and re-viled this church and the churches in its c:>nnection as having no claim to be cal-led the churches of Christ, and by a new organization have sought to promote and perpetuate discord and division : And whereas, covenant-breaking, revil-ing, and schism are sins of a deep dye, to be visited with the highest censures of the church, Therefore Voted, That Daniel G. Platt is no long-er a member of this church, and that this act of exclusion be publicly read on the next Sabbath." ^ The first part of this excommunication ! is in the very wards, and the whole of it j evidently designed to be a carrying out of I the Decree of Consociation, at Milton, [ June, 1846, which was adopted as a sub-stitute for the one passed at Sherman the year previous; and which diflered from it in requiring the regular steps of disci-pline to be taken, unless the individual |irocceded a^inst " denounced the church and denied its authority;" in that case he might be cut off by "a summary process." Rev. Mr. Kitchell asked Mr. Hayes in the Consociation if this excommunication was not an application of the Milton Res-olutions. Mr. Hayes said it was not. I have three remarks to make concerning this unscriptural and Anti-Christian Act. Mr. objected to acting on my request when I presented it, because he did not know what creed I should subscribe to, and yet he called on the church to ex-communicate me, and they did so, before he or they knew what it was. I was ex-communicalfed Oct. 30tb, and publicly read out of the church Nov. Ist, and the creed was Jirst published Nov. 12tb. Nor bad they any (but hearsay) evidence that a new church bad been organized, or that I assisted in its oi^nization. I never denounced the churcb, or de-nied its authority. . Finally, from the beginning of our dif-ficulties, till my excominanication, neither the minister, nor any of the members, er- Tha CHABTSM OAV, would MTT* B U by aeeur-ing tho CHAKTEB or Bi« RIOHT* from th« giasp of Tyranny. It is • Free Paper,—not therefore a channel for nil babble—^bat what it would my, it will say freely. It will stand in defense of all right, however lowly and down-trodden, and throw rebuke into the face of all wrong, «nether in purple and l)roadclotb, or in rags and squalor. Yet, though it y smites the sin, it will not hate the sinner. It will lie chiefly devoted to the cause of LIBBRTT, ad-vocating independent political action against Slave-ry, but it will wear the collar of no Party. It will aim to make whole, not demolish Ooremment,—to wrest its sceptre from the hands of oppressors, not to break it. It would not put a fire-brand to Churck and State, to purify them,—but spare the temple) while it routs the vermin that are thronging them. LITERATITRB, of a hearty, manly sort, will have its place here, with all that tends toward human eleva-tion. We shall seek not to divorce the spirit of Pro-gress from the sense of Beauty—but rather aim to weil Refinement to Reform—not forgetting, however, to use the scourge when high-handed wickedness shall demand it. Passing Events and fixed Princi pies, the transient News, and the eternal Laws, shall find a record in our Paper; and everything which lionest endeavor, good will and some experience can do, will be attempted, to make it welcome to ita fiiends, a blessing to Humanity, and to ourselves • means of an honest livelihood. VOL. II. NO. 41. er labored with me, or told nu! thnt I violating my covenant, or doing any thiti;^ inconsistent with (he chri.stian prote.-ssion, or endeavoreil to bring me to repentance. I was cut off W I T H O U T NOTICE, wi rnoi: r T K I A I . , AND WITHOUT AN OPL'OKTUNITV TO DEKKND MVSELF. From this tmrighteous and uncon-.titu- (ional decision I appealed to the Consoci-ation which met at South Britain, th - first Wednesday of Juno, 1S47. The Con.so-ciation refused to hear my appeal on iLt! ground, that / was not a mem'jrr vf tit,: church at the lime I was ejceludnl FI:OM .'/ ; (hat i.«, it sanctioned the doings of thu church and mad<i itself responsible for its act of excommunication. It li.is inter-preted ecclesiastically, the .Milton Kesolii-tions, and by a judicial decision annulled the gospel rule of Discipline in (he 18ih chapter of Matthew. Again, I either writ, or was not a mem-ber of the church when 1 w.i.s exclud<-d from it. If I icus, the Consociation de-cided that a member might Jje excoinni'i-nicatcd from the church without notice ur trial. If I was not, tho Consociation de-cided that the church—that an:/ church in connection with it, may excommunicato those who do not belong to it. They may take which horn of the diIo:nnia tl-.ey please. Once more. This act of exclusion wa.s Constitutional, or it was not. If it was constitutional, tlien the Consociationisni of Litchfield South, is a spiritual (!e.-<poti.siii which the churches must abcdish, or re-form, or give up their liberties. If it was nwconstitutional, then the Consociation— the standing members, ns;;al!y the majori-ty, (as all the ministers within its bounds, whether active pastors or not, may l e members,)—and always the controlling part of which are ministers,—cannot bo restrained from injustice even by a Con-stitutional inhibition, and are therefore un-fit to be trusted with Ecclesiiisticai jiower, or with tho administration of church dis-cipline. Let me recapitulate. For years I la-bored with this church in every appropri-ate way, to lead it to dissolve fellowship with slaveholders, runi-sellers, and ruiii-drinkers, in vain. Instead of sympathy and co-operation iu my eflorts for the slave, and the inebriate, front the minister and leading members—the controlling in-fluences of the church—I received only denunciation and abuse. I continued to support the minister as long as 1 could, and to attend his preaching, for the sake of example, long after I had lost all con-fider. ce in his teaching.^, and had told bim so in private conversation. l}ut 1 could not always support, or seem to counte-nance such a minister, or fellowship a church, one of whose deacons, in persua-ding a man, not a professor of religion, to vote for a slaveholder, said, that if (hero were two candidates for the ollice of Dea-con, both of whom were Infidels, profane, sabbath-breaking, and dishonest; one of which was a Temperance man, and the other a drunkard, and it was morally cer-tain that one of (hem would be chosen, ho would vote for the Infidel, swearing, sab. bath, breaking, dishonest Temperance man for Deacon, in order (o keep out tho drunkard. Desparing of a reformation in the church, for conscience's sake, and for Christ's sake 1 felt bound to leave it, and that 1 might enjoy the privileges and dis-charge the duties pertaining to a christian church, I united whh others in discussing the basis of a new church, and asked a letter of dismission frora the old church that I might unite with (he new church about to be formed in Washington. Under the lead of Mr. Hayes, instead of granting my request, tho church ex-communicated me without notice, or trii:L From this sentence I appealed to the Con-sociation, and that body sustained the church and refused to hear my appeal, ev-ery minister but Rev. H. D. Kitchell vo-ting against me. Personally this decis-ion afiects me very little. I feel satisfied with my new position. I am happy in the consciousness of having acted right. And were not others concerned in such a decree, were_ not vital principles at stake in this matter, I should not have opened my mouth, much less taken up my pen to expose the doings of this church and Con. sociation. But I know that justice has been outraged, religious liberty trampled on, and Christianity disgraced, by the acts of these bodies, and I feel bound to protest against their unrighteous deeds. Clerical usurpation and Ecclesiastical despotism are law in Litchfield South Consociation, and if church members are willing to sub-mit to such an administration of church discipline, they should prepare themselves forthwith for the Ecclesiastical Gnillotine. A Civil Court that should thus act would be execrated, and become a by-word. The Civil Courts of this country may be searched in vain for a parallel to the de-cree of this Church and Consociation. It has its counterpart only in tbe Lynch Courts of slaveholders. And no wonder, for they were doing the same work. It was Anti-Slavery t&ey condemned, out-lawed, and excommunicated, and not merely Your servant, D . G . P I A T T. Washington, Oct. 8(i, 1847.
|Title||Charter Oak, 1847-10-14|
|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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AS THY DAY IS. SO SH.VLL THY
IIY \V. H. IICKI.KlliU.
J'ilprini! treading feebly on,
Sttiitten by tlic torrid sun—
Hoping for the eoolitig rain,
1.coking for the sh.ide in vain—
Travel-worn and faint at heart,
Weak and weary as thou art,
Let thy spirit not repine,
SluHde and shelter shall be thine;
Friendly hands to thee shall bring
Water from the eooling spring,
And the voice thou lovest bi!St
Call the wanderer to his rest:
(Jtxl hath said, to oonifort thee,
" . \ s thy day, lliy strength shall be I"
Wat. her by the bed of death!
Waiting for the laU'st breath
Of the lov«d, whose heart hath grown
Closi'ly, closely to thy own—
< lazing on the fading eye
Long, and oh how mournfully !
AVhilc remembrance travels back
Over Being's vanished track,
Multiplying presetit woe
By the joys of "long ago,"
Till thy tears arc jjoured like rain,
And thy spirit writhes with pain ;
'i o this blessed promise flee—
"As tby day, thy strength shall be,"
Mother! from thy sheltering breast,
To his dark and dreamless rest
They have borne thy fair-haired boy,
Him who was thy hope and joy—
Him who was tby only stay
When his father passec' away;
Coldly by that lather's side
Now decays thy tlower of pride.
And thy w idowed heart is left
Doubly wounded—twicc bereft !
Yet the God who smites to heal.
Can for human anguish feel;
He will find a balm for thee—
"As thy day, thy strength shall be."
Christian ! toiling for the prize
Kept for thee beyond the skies—
Warring with the powers of sin.
Foes without and foes within—
Breathing now in rapture's air,
Verging then upon despair—
Trembling, hoping, filled with pain.
Then rejoicing oncc again;
Shrink not from Life's bitter cup,
God shall bear thy spirit up—
He shall lead thee safely on
Till the ark of rest is won—
Till tby spirit is set free;
"As thy day, thy strength shall be."
m i s c c l l a n g s
Troui tlic Ladies' W r e a t h.
THE OLI> MAN AND HIS LIT-TLE
BY S. C. MEUURG.4^TE.
One nioming, old Jacob sat sullenly a-part
in his little cabin, with soured tace
leaned on one clenched list, his surly dog
—a companion of his morose moods, wont
to harass his neighbors' fowls and cattle
—crouched by his feet, with his red eyes
half open to catch the first movement of
his master, while the ever-sounding loom
beat its regular pulsation, the sole life-pulse
of that house, almost—for it gave
bread and clothes, and many little com-fort*,
things whereby they lived.
I'he old man's shrill voice had rung
through the neighborhood alllhe morning,
with sharp accusations and stinging re-torts
; flinging bitter taunts, and warding
off ill-tempered gibes ; and now his whole
spirit was tremulous wiih the spent thun-der.
and a savage scowl lurked under his
gray hairs, like a tiger in its jungle. His
insane daughter pinched his cheek with a
provoking twist, and asked him, with real
soliciiude, but insane rudeness,
"What's the matter, old Hunks ?"
He was in an ill mood to endure it, and
burled the poor creature with one sweep
of his arm into the comer of the room,
where she lay howling and cursing, with
no notice but a look of bitter anguish from
her mother, to whom such scenes had
grown too familiar, and from which she
had too feeble means to restore peace, to
warrant a suspension of her toil. The
restless loom only beat with a deader
stroke ; and the old man settled his knot-ted
face on his clenched fists again.
But the darling Minnie, who trembled
always to see her troubled grandiktber,
felt her jroung heart of love too strong for
her fears, and ran to the old man, and
threw her small white arms about his old
" Oh, grandfather, she is my mother—
my poor, dear mother; I love her, and it
•cares me to see her so. Grandmatber
loves me, and don't strike her. Won't
yea love me, grandpa, and be good to n y
The little creature put a warm kios be-tween
the futTOWB o f his brown cbeek, M
the old man was giving a convulsive fling
to throw her ulF; but that kiss reached to
the centre—and one. hard hand relaxed, to
brush a tear from his eye, while the olher
patted llie cheek&siiiiiothed the hair of the
girl,ii.s he told her,softly to go & soothe her
mother. The gladdened girl saw that
slie had prevailed, and slij)ped from his
knee, to which she had climbed, to run
on her new mission ; but, by ill luck,
siep|>ed on (he tail of (lie d|
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