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THE VOICE OF FREEDOM.
From the London Court Journal.
Closing Sabbath ! all how soon
Have thy sacred moments passed !
Scarcely shines the morn, the noon,
Ere the evening brings thy last :
And another Sabbath flies,
Solemn witness ! to the skies.
What is the report it bears
To the sacred place of God .'
Docs it speak of worldly cares,
Thoughts which cling to earth's low sod
Or has sweet communion shone
Through its hours from God alone.
Could we hope the day was spent
Holily, with constant heart,
We might yield it up content,
, Knowing, that so soon we paj-t,
We should see a better day,
Which could never pass away.
God of Sabbaths ! Oh forgive,
That we use thy gifts so ill ;
Teach us daily how to live,
That we ever may fulfil
All thy gracious love designed,
Giving Sabbaths to mankind.
From the Christian Reflector.
LINES SUGGESTED BY THE RINGING Or A
Hail, earliest warbler of the spring,
From southern climes returned, to sing
Upon thy fav'rite tree:
'Tis sweet to hear thy cheerful voic ;
Thy music makes my heart rejoice,
I love thy melody
It seems to say " the winter's o'er,
And genial spring is here once more,
To cheer and bless the land ;
Soon will the hills and vales be seen,
Arrayed in robes of lovely green,
By the Creator's hand."
Thus, when the spirit's quick'ning breath,
Dissolves the frost of sin and death
In penitential tears,
And ransom'd souls begin to sing
Hosanna to their heavenly King,
With joy the christian hears.
His faith, and hope, and love revive
When he beholds dead siunerslive
Redeem'd by Jesus' blood:
And when the buds of grace appear,
His faith beholds a harvest near.
Of sinners, turn'd to God.
MI SO ELLA N JGO U S .
Dr. Nelson's Lecture.
Thousands of thanks are due to Mrs. Child, for
the beautiful description which she has given of
Dr. Nelson's Lectures on Slavery, delivered lately
at Northampton, Mass. No person in the world
but Dr. Nelson could have delivered that lecture,
and no other person but Mrs. Child could have de
scribed it with the touching simplicity and full jus
tice that she has done. As a foil, she has set El
liot Cresson with his imposture, at the door ; and
we may offer the two as a fair contrast of the two
From the Liberator, March 1.
Northampton. Feb. 15. 1S39.
Dear Bro. Garrison, Elliot Cresson has re
cently been in this region, boasting that he is no
paid agent, and striving to win golden opinions
Dy rns eloquence and philanthropy. The south
cm icsmeiiis hi mis iown almost sunocated nun
with hospitality. Slavery and Colonization alway
draw towards each other like map-net and steel.
Mr. Cresson's first lecture was in the afternoon
It was very polite and plausible, ami nothing was
said that could not be generally assented to by all
descriptions 01 persons, it was in lact merely a
tiieatricai narangue upon the Horrors ol the slave
trade ; four-fifths of which, he said, was carried on
by the citizens of the United States. When these
ships came near the coast, a signal-gun was fired
and a physician came on board. He examined
the cargo, and pointed out such as would not bear
acclimating ; straightway thej' were thrown over
to the sharks, that were coursing round in expec
tation of their customary meal. For all this, and
mucn more, uoiomzation was the only etiective
remedy. Yet he stated that 200,000 were now
annually carried off from Africa, and if this be
true, there has been an increase of a hundred
thousand a year since they have begun to apply
When it was proposed to appoint a second
meeting in the afternoon, he, with great urbanity
oi speecn, saia mat experience nad convinced him
that meetings were much more- fully attended in
the evening. His wish was complied with, and
he had quite a large audience. In this second
meeting, he launched into considerable invective,
and indulged in some jocosity. It seems to have
been his practice, in the towns around, to call a
meeting in the afternoon, and address a few with
pathetic and uncontroverted principles; this an
swers for an advertisement to the second meeting
in the evening, where a larger audience iniv lis
ten to denunciations against English and Ameri
can abolitionists. He rails against ' Dan O'Con
nell,' calls England ' MotherBritain,' says Geo
Thompson was ' a slandering emissary, sent here
on purpose to split the American Church, and di
vide the American Union,' and declares that ' En
1 1 1 I . . I r- .
giana aid not emancipate ner sieves irom motives
of benevolence. She did it merely from hatred
and jealousy of this country. She wanted to pro
mote civil war here, and thus overthrow our bles
sed institutions.' This attempt to destroy the
moral influence of England, seemed to me almost
as wicked as the malicious act of the priest who
administered poison in the sacrament.
He called the abolitionists ' traitors ;' and said
Virginia would have emancipated long ago, if she
had not been vexed by their interference. In il
lustration of which he told of an old black woman
who, overhearing the doctor say she was dying,
called out,' Dr. Rush ! Dr. Rush ! I say I won't
die now, out o' spite !' To heighten the effect, the
orator imitated her voice and manner. I thought
to myself, if the contest was between Dr. Rush
and the poor dying old woman, it was pretty clear
which would carry the point. He said the abo
litionists wanted to are-ne the matter with him :
but he answered them as Nehemiahdid Sanballat:
' I am doing a great work. Why should the work
ceass, whilst I leave it and come down to you ?'
He hoped his hearers would do something more
than talk and consider; and then with amiable fa
cetiousness, he repeated, ' There was a piper had
a cow,' &c. But I will not write any more of this,
which can neither be new, useful, or entertaining,
nis aldress, as usual, abounded in contradiction,
which some perceived, and many did not. I have
been told that the Colonizationists here feared his
efforts would rather tend to injure their cause.
A week after he left, Dr. Nelson, tormeriy oi
Missouri, came here to raise funds for his Mis
sionary College. Before he left, he delivered a
lecture on the subject of slavery ; for which he
was not paid. He commenced his remarks by
stating, that the black and white races were mix
ing very fast in the slave Stales. He had been
accustomed to hear young men boast so generally
of profligate connexions with slaves, that when he
was firsUold such attachments would be disgrace
ful in the free States, he could not believe it.
The gradual lightening of complexions among
the slaves was strikingly observable, even within
his own recollection, fie knew people, married
and settled in the free Slates, who had once been
slaves ; but they were so perfectly white, that
none suspected their origin. He said when he
was surgeon in the army, during the last war, an
otneer who messed with mm, one day stepped up
to the ranks, and laving his hands on a soldier,
said, ' You are my slave !' The man dropped hi
knapsack and musket in a moment, and cooked for
them during the remainder of the campaign. He
was lighter than his master, who happened to
have a dark complexion. His astonished comrades
would exclaim, ' Why Julius, is it possible you
are a slave ? You used to be a very respectable
and thriving man in Ohio !' To which the ' chat
tel' replied, ' And I mean to be respectable and
thriving again before I die. Honesty and indus
try will help a man up in the world.' When his
master urged that he ought to serve him several
years, in consideration of his kindness, and the
money he had paid for him, Julius answered,
' Perhnps I may for a little while, master ; but I
can't stay long ; freedom is too sweet.' Dr. N.
mentioned having conversed with a slave, who
said he had run away in obedience to his master's
orders. ' My master was always very kind to
me,' said he ; ' and when my mistress was first
married, she was very kind ; but as her children
grew up, the neighbors observed they looked just
like me. Then she began to dislike me, and had
rne punished often. But the older he grew, the
more we looked alike. At last, she said I must
be sold to New Orleans. Then my master told
me to lie up my clothes and run away.'
The inferences deduced from these facts were,
that slavery tended to promote a rapid amalgama
tion, while freedom checked it ; and that if the
admixture of the two races went on in as rapid a
ratio as it had done for the last thirty years, it
would soon be impossible for us to judge wheth
er our citizens were slaves or not, by their com
The speaker next alluded to the strong local at
tachments of the colored race. He had frequent
ly met emancipated or runaway slaves, who said
' How I do long to go back where I Jived when I
was a child ! Ihe climate suits me better ; and
more than that, all my friends and relations are
there. Oh, if slavery was only abolished, so that
we could all be free there, I'd be back quicker
than I came.
This was intended to show that there was no
danger of colored people all flocking to the North,
in case ol emancipation, and leaving the bouth
Dr. N. expressed surprise that lie had been ask
ed to lecture in New EnpIand, because he knew
so much aoout slavery. ' Why, my dear friends,'
said he, ' there are things which the smallest boy
in this room knows just as well, p'M'haps better
than I can tell him. A dear sister in Christ late
ly asked me if I did not think the slaves would
cut their master's throats, if they were freed at
once. Said I,1 Dear sister, von shall answer that
question yourself, if you please. Suppose you
were compelled to work without wages, year af
ter year told when you might go to bed, and
when you must get up what you might eat, and
what you might wear should you think it just
and right? Suppose your master at last became
troubled in conscience, and said, ' I restore your
freedom. Forgive the wrong i have done you.
Go or stay as you please. Your earnings are
henceforth your own. If you are in trouble, come
to me and I will be your Inend. JJo you think
you should feel like cutting that man's throat?
She eagerly replied, ' Oh, no, indeed I should not.'
My dear fellow travellers to eternity, these things
must be just as plain to you, as they are to rne.
1 lived many years without having a suspicion
that there was any thing wrong in holding slaves.
Even after I had an interest in Christ, there seem
ed to be nothing amiss in it; just as pious people
went on making and selling rum, without troub-
ing their consciences about it. Oh, that I then
could have had faithful christian brethren, to rouse
me with the voice of exhortation and rebuke ! 1
should not then have approached the table of our
Lord with fingers all dripping with the blood of
souls ! I will tell you what first called my atten
tion to this subject. My wife came to me one day,
and said that Sylva (one of our servants) had told
her we had no right to hold our fellow-beings in
bondage ; she had worked for us six years, and
she thought she had fully paid for herself. I gave
some rough answer, and turned away. A few
days after, my wife again remarked that Sylva
said the holding, of slaves could not be justified
by the Bible. Don't mind her'nonsense,' said I.
Bye and bye, my wife said, ' Sylva brings argu
ments from the Scriptures, which I find it hard to
answer.' Well, my friends, the end of it was.
that Sylva made an abolitionist of my wife, and
my wife made an abolitionist of me.
When my feelings were thus roused on the
subject, I was anxious to discover some way by
which we could benefit the colored race, and best
atone for the wrong we had done them. I tho't I
discovered this in the Colonization plan ; and for
seven or eight years I labored in that cause with
as much zeal as I ever felt on any subject. If you
ask why I did not, during this time, boldly remon
strate with others against the sin of slavery, I
must answer, that, in - addition to the natural de
pravity of my own heart, I was prevented by the
conviction that I was doing enough of my duty by
working ior uoionizauon. Alter a time, my views
egan to change. 1 will tell you briefly how it
happened. If you differ from mz in the inferen
ces I draw, I have no controversy with vou, mv
brother. Work in your own way. I only tell
you what effected a change in my own mind. I
had from the very beginning been occasionally
pained by remarks L heard. When I recommen
ded the scheme to slaveholders, they entered into
it warmly, and said they should be right glad to
get rid of the free colored people ; they were con
vinced such a movement would render their slave
property more valuable and secure. These things
pained me a little. Still I thought I might do
good by labouring for Colonization ; and I did la
bour zealously, until the discussion at the North
forced upon me the knowledge that the bociety
has been working sixteen years to carry off one
fortnight's increase of slaves ! Then 1 was dis
couraged, and my hands dropped by my side. A
visit to the lherokees gave me some thoughts con
cerning Colonization as a Missionary enterprize.
Many ol the Indians had become converts to
Christ ; they had improved in the arts of civilized
life ; and there was a light in the eye, always
kindled when men begin to think about the soul
and its existence in a future life. But the difficul
ty was, the same country which sent them mes
sengers of the blessed Gospel, likewise sent
among them cart-loads of rum. I remembered
how missionaries in paran lands dreaded the ar
rival of a ship from their own country ; because
where there was one sailor
the natives of God and the
who would lead them into drunkenness and de
bauchery. Why, my dear hearers, I should be
afraid to take any congregation, in the most moral
town even this audience, if you please and set
vou all down in the midst of a heathen land, as
missionaries there. I should be afraid you would
not all be fit lor your work.
The lecturer neglected to point the moral ; but
he obviously meant to ask, What then can be ex
pected of ship-loads of ignorant and degraded
slaves, landed on a Pagan shore ?
' After I emancipated all my other slaves,' con
tinued he, ' I st.ill held one man in bondage sever
al years. He seemed to be incapable of taking
care of himself. My friend said it would be wrong
to emancipate him ; he was so stupid, he would
suffer if he had no master to provide for him, and
would soon come upon the county. He certainly
did seem very stupid ; so 1 continued to hold him
as a slave. But oh, how I bless God that a voice
of warning and rebuke reached me from the Free
States ! Oh ! 1 expect to sing about it through
all eternity ! It led me to ask myself, are you not
deceived in thinking you keep this man from mo
tives of benevolence ? Is it not the fact that you
like well enough to have him to black your boots,
and catch your horse ? I called him to me and
said, " I give you your freedom. Whatever you
earn is your own. If you get sick, or poor, come
to me. My house shall always be a home to
you." About a year after, I met him riding on a
poney. " Well, said 1, " how do you like free
dom ?" " Oh, massa, the sweetest thing in all the
world ! I've got a hundred silver dollars stowed
sway in a box !" The last time I talked with
him he had laid 1-y six hundred dollars. If you
let a man have the management ol his own con
cerns, though he is stupid, he will brighten up a
' When I was three or four yeats old, I could
say offall the alphabet, and spell some small words;
but it was soon discovered that I had learnt all this
by rote, and did not know one of the letters by
sight. 1 was taken from school, and one of my fa
ther's young slaves became my principal teacher,
He would lead me out under a shady tree, and try
to impress the letters on my mind, by saying,
' That's great O, like the horse-collar ; that's H,
like the garden gate, that's little g, like your fath
er's spectacles.' He was much brighter than I
was, but I was sent to college, and he was sent in
to the cornfield. He became dull, and I dare say
if I could now find him, somewhere in Alabama,
I should find him stupid and ignorant. Yet if he
had gone to school and college along-sido of me,
he would have been as much superior to me as I
am now superior to him.
' I have been asked concerning the religious in
struction of slaves ; and I feel safe in answering,
that in general it amounts to little or nothing.
Hundreds and thousands never heard- of a Sa
viour ; and of those who are familiar with his
name, few have any comprehension of its mean'
ing. I remember one grey-headed negro, with
whom I tried to talk concerning his immortal soul
I pointed to tho hills, and told him God made
them. He said he did not believe any body made
the hills. When I asked him about Jesus Christ,
I found he had heard his name, but thought he
was son of the Governor of Kentucky. One of
my pious Presbyterian brothers charged me with
being too severe upon him. He said he certainly
did instruct his people , he did not sutler them
to grow up in heathen ignorance. I soon after
asked one of his slaves if he could tell how many
Gods there were. " Oh yes, massa ; there are
two Gods." '
Being asked concerning the treatment of slaves,
Dr. N. said, ' I have not attempted to harrow your
feelings with stories of cruelty. I will, however,
mention one or two among the many incidents that
came under my observation as family physician.
I was one day dressing a blister, and the mistress
of the house sent a little black girl into the kitch
en to bring ine some warm water, tbhe nrobablv
of their worship of Diana to whip boys at her al
tar, until their sides were worn so thin, they could
see their bowels ; and their parents were not per
mitted to weep while they witnessed this cruel
operation. When the apostle Paul came among
them, he lifted up his voice against their Pagan
rites, and told them their Gods were made by the
hands of men. Then they all began to scream,
' Great is Diana of the Ephesians !' Some good
people hearing the uproar, might have said, ' See
how Paul puts back the cause of Christianity !
None of the other apostles will dare to come here
to preach. Paul himself had to run !' Yet what
was the result ? The images of Diana were final
ly overthrown, and Christ was worshipped in her
stead. Just so it will be with the slaveholders.
They scream, besause they feel the sharD rjoints
that would speak to of truth prick their consciences : but thev can't
Bible, there were six stand there and scream forever. The nostmnstprs
then the numerous assembly dispersed, and, strange
to tell, there was not a sigh of gnei or a tearj ot
sorrow as they lelt the burial scene ol the old
faithful hand-maid of slavery.
An eve witness.
may try to shut out mlormation; but it is like
piling up a bar of sand across a rushing river
Let the broad stream roll on, and it will soon car
ry the sand before it. Iam glad of organized ab
olition, because 1 believe that over all the din
some portion of truth even now reaches the
slaveholder's conscience. Already, many have
learned that every thing is safe and prosperous in
the British West Indies, and that property is fast
rising in value there ; more will learn it soon. I
hear of one acquaintance after another, who be
. 1 1 . 1 1 1 1 1
gins to ieei uneasy aDout Holding numan beings
in bondage. Members of my former church in
Kentucky beg me to print more letters about sla
very ; and when I tell them the postmaster will
destroy them, they answer, 4 Then seal them up
in the form of letters ; we are willing to pay the
postage.', Already it is observable that professors
of religion are afraid to sell their slaves. This
shows that the wedge has entered. It will enter
' Am I asked what is the remedy for slavery ?
I can only answer, that I have known very many
emancipated slaves ; ana 1 have never known or
heard of one instance where freedom did not
make them more intelligent, industrious and faith
ful to their employers. Their grateful affection
for their old master and mistress almost amounts
to worship. They seem ready to kiss the very
ground tney treaa on. ine plan 1 propose is,
that each and every slaveholder try this blessed
experiment. But some inquire, ought they not to
be compensated for their properly ? Sylva said
she had paid all she cost me, when she had work
ed lor us six years ; and she said truly. Now a
large proportion of slaves have been held three
and four times as long ; and of course have paid
tor themselves three or lour times over
' What is the duty of christians at the North ?
Dear fellow travellers to eternity, need I remind
you that Jesus has said, inasmuch as we neglect
the least of his brethren, we neglect him ? Jesus
is the Brother, as well as the Redeemer of th
human race. If you neglect the poor slave when
ne lies in prison, sick, hungry, and naked, how
will you answer for it at the judgment seat ?
Surely it is a solemn duty for christians at the
North to rebuke and persuade christians at the
South, with all affection, but still with all faithful
ness and perseverance.
' I have stated what I myself have seen and
known in Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia, and Ten
nessee. To illustrate each point, I have selected
one or two instances where I might relate a thou
sand. If any man doubts my evidence, I think I
could convince him of its truth if he would travel
with me in the states where I have resided.'
This is a hasty abstract of Dr. Nelson's lecture;
but I believe it is correct. The audience appar
ently listened with a great degree of interest.
These anecdotes of things personally known to
the lecturer are excellent illustrations of principles,
and are highly attractive. I have often wished
that James G. Birney and Angelina E. Grimke
made more free use of them.
L. M. Child
Slavery "in its Mildest Form!"
We have the testimony of Mr. Clav. in his
speech, that the slavery existing in the District of
Columbia, is of the MILDEST kind. We are
opportunely furnished with a recent illustration of
that mildness. It must have been exibited within
two or three days of the time when Mr. Clay
was speaking, and within a few rods of the same
spot. See the last paragraph of tho following:
From the Friend of Man.
Peterboro, Feb. 15, 1839.
Mr. Goodell, A friend of mine writes me
from the city of Washington, 7th inst. Below is
an extract from his letter. Yours, &c.
" I never witnessed a more revolting spectacle
than while at the Capital of the old Dominion
(Richmond), where for the first time I saw a sale
of human beings. A noble looking black man
(warranted sound) sold to the highest bidder at
$950 : the next a female about 35 years old with
a projection of the head occasioned by a fracture
of the scull (unsound) commenced at $305 : sold
at $310 the next about 30 years old. said to be
sound, though she said one arm was lame. It
was enlarged : but the crier said she was warrented
sound commenced at $250, sold at $475. Then
came to the stand a stately looking man about 28
years old. Says the crier, " who will start this
man at $1000?" Soon $900 were bid, 910, 913,
915 and he was struck off.
Last Saturday 30 men coupled in CHAINS
were DRIVEN past the CAPITOL (in WASH
INGTON) for Baltimore, to be shipped South to
gether with about 20 women, who were carried
like sheep in a Pennsylvania wagon. Yesterday
I witnessed an exemplification of the spirit of
slavery. While standing in the gallery of the
House of Representatives I asked a gentlemanly
looking man to point out to me Mr. Slade of Ver
mont. He looked, and said, ' There he is, he is
one of those abolitionists. If I could have my
wish, I would see him burn in hell without dying.'
Mr. S. is a man of very fine and gentlemanly ap
mistook the message : for she returned with
owl full of boiling water ; which her mistress no
sooner perceived, than she thrust her hand into it,
and held it there till it was half cooked.
I remember a young lady who played well on
the piano, and was ready to weep over any ficti
tious tale of suflermg. 1 was present when one
of her slaves lay on the floor in a high fever, and
we fc-ared she might not recover, i saw that la
dy stamp upon her with her feet ; and the only
remark her mother made, was, ' I am afraid Eve
lina is too mtich prejudiced against poor Mary.'
- ' My hearers, you must not form too harsh a
judgment concerning individuals who give way to
such bursts of passion. None ot you can calculate
what would be the effects on your own temper, if
you were long accustomed to arbitrary power,
and hourly vexed with slovenly, lazy, and disobe
dient slaves. If sent on an errand, they would
be sure to let the cattle into the cornfield ; if they
gave the horse his oats, they would be sure to
leave the peck measure where it would be kicked
to pieces. Such is the irritating nature of slave
' I am asked whether Anti-Slavery does not
tend to put back emancipation. Perhaps there is
less said about it in Kentucky, than there was a
few years ago ; but the question seems to be this;
in answer to my arguments, slaveholders reply,
' Why, Christian ministers and members of chur
ches at the North, say they do not think slavery
is so entirely wrong. iNow, they certainly have
a belter chance to form an impartial judgment
than we have. lhis operates like a dose ol lau
danum to the conscience ; but tho effects are dnily
growing weaker. I do not know how it Is, but
there seems to be a class at the North, much more
ready to apologize for slavery, than the majority
of the slaveholders themselves.
Much is still said about the excitement produc
ed. For the sake of the little boys here, I will il
lustrate this by an example. The Greeks were a
cultivated and refined people ; but it was a part
Andover, Feb. 27th, 1839.
You are well aware that about three month
since, Elliot Cresson lectured in this place on th
subject of Colonization, or African missions, as he
very modestly calls it, in order to palm off th
wiciced scneme upon the public. As you nave
published some account of the gentleman's lee
tures here, I will not give any account of them
but will simply say, that quite a number of hi
hearers were converted to abolition.
On the evenings of the 13th, 14th and 15th
inst. Mr. Stanton lectured in the Methodist meet
ing house, of this place, to large assemblies. On
the first evening, he spoke with great, power and
eiiect in Denait oi our cause, ine remaining
two lectures were against colonization. He took
up the main arguments advanced by Mr. Cresson
who is acknowledged to be the body and soul o
colonization, and swept them all overboard with
the invincible weapon of truth, which is mighty
through Uod to the pulling down ol strong holds,
Last Sabbath, the Rev. Mr. Binney, pastor of the
ivielhodist church, gave notice to his congregation,
that there would be a lecture on colonization, in
reply to Mr. Stanton s lectures, next Tuesday ev
ening, in his house. Mr. Binney said that he
gave out the notice, both in accordance with his
own wishes, and by the request of some of his
Alter the meeting closed, some of the promt
nent male members ot his church being very
much surprised that such, a notice was given out,
as all the members of his church were abolition
ists, inquired ol their pastor, who was going to
lecture, and what was to be the character of it.
No definite reply was given to their inquiries.
Public notice ol the lecture was also given to the
students in the Theological Seminary, informa
tion was circulated into different parts of the town,
but all of no avail. Now comes the sequel.-
Tuesday evening came. Mr. Binney ap
peared in his pulpit, as the lecturer in behalf of
the expatriation scheme. Ihe large and commo
dious house was well lighted up for the occasion.
After sitting in his pulpit three-quarters of an
hour, waiting very impatiently for a congregation
to fill the vacant seats, he arose, and stated to his
audience (which was composed of the very large
number of 22 individuals, all abolitionists, save
one or two,) that he was placed in very peculiar
circumstances, and that it would be very embar
rassing for him to address so few; but said he
would go on with his lecture if they desired it.
He paused for a reply, but none was given, Mr.
B. then requested those who wished to have the
lecture adjourned to make it manifest. Two abo
litionists and one colonizationist voted for an ad
journment. Ihe very much mortified champion
Talent and Industry.
More is to be expected from laborious mediocri
ty than from the erratic efforts of a wayward ge
nius. There may be a harlequin in mind as well
as in body ; and I always consider him to have
been of this character, who boasted that he could
throw off a hundred verses while standing on one
leg: it is not to such a source as this we are in
debted for good poetry. Demosthenes elaborated
sentence and sentence, and Newton rose to the
heavens by the steps of geometry, and said at the
close of his career that it was only in the habit of
patient thinking he was conscious .. of differing
from other men. It is generally thought that men
are signalized more by talent than by industry ;
it is felt to be a vulgarizing of genius not to attribute
it to inspiration from heaven ; they overlook the
steady and persevering devotion of mind to one
subject. There are higher and lower walks in
scholarship ; but the highest is a wr-.lk of labor.
We are often led into a contrary opinion, by look
ing at the magnitude of the object in its finished
state ; such as the Principia of Newton, and the
pyramids of Egypt ; without reflecting on the
gradual, continuous, I had almost said creeping
progress, by which they grew into objects of the
greatest magnificence in the literary and physical
world. In the one case, indeed, we may fancy
the chisel which wro't each successive stone; but in
the other we cannot trace the process by which
the philosopher was raised from one landingplace
to another, till he seated to his towering elevation:
it seems as if the work was produced at the bid
ding of a magician. But Newton has left as a
legacy the assurance, that he did not attain his el
evation by dint of a heaven-born inspiration, out
of the reach of many, but by dint of a homely, vir
tue within the reach of all. Chalmers.
A. S. Convention. At the meeting in Au
gusta, a consultation was held and some prelimina
ry steps were taken for calling a Congregational
Convention on the subject of slavery. The
movement is a very important one, and we hope
it will not lail to be carried into etlect. Hy the
Eastern Baptist, we perceive that our Baptist
brethren are making similar preparations. Ade.
N. Y. Young Men's Bible Society. This
efficient institution distributed, or caused to be dis
tributed, in the vear 1838, 4070 Bibles and 12,116
Testaments, total, 16.1S6. Cost $4037 55.
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