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be converted by such means : on the contrary, in
fidelity is abundantly strengthened by it. " God
will not accept robbery far sacrifice." " He that
oppres.eth the poor reproachoth his Maker : but
lie that honoreth Him hath mrrey on the poor."
" To do justice and judgment is more acceptable
to the LORD than sacrifice."
Tho person who, with his eyes wide open to
all this, contributes to any Board which he knows
accepts of the donations of slaveholders, encoura
ges that Board in its guilt, and thus indirectly
helps to swell the current of public opinion, which
is the foundation and pillar of slavery. ' What,
then, would you have us do ? Shall we cease our
efforts for the heathen, and refuse aid to all those
benevolent operations ' which are aiming at the
conversion of the world ? Shall we abandon the
missionaries who have so nobly taken their lives
in their- hands and exiled themselves from their
country, because slaveholders contribute to their
support?' I answer, let those who are contribu
ting for these objects, accompany their donations
with a loud note of remonstrance to the Board
protesting against receiving, or sendin g agents af
ter southern plunder : and if the Board will not
clear its skirts from this abomination, and will not
listen to argument, entreaty, or the word of God
then organize a new Board, one which can con
scientiously be supported by the most ultra aboli
tionist"; and let slaveholders and their abettors
have a separate field. And is it not time that
something of this kind was in operation ? Will
not christians clear their skirts from this guilt ?
Some of our missionaries are remonstrating
against being supported on the fruits' of robbery,
nnd many are withholding their money from the
American Board because they cannot consent to
sanction slavery by making use of channels cor
rupted with its offerings. Thus the signs of the
times seem to indicate that something will be done
for the purifying of the channels of benevolent op
erations. May it be done speedily. Take away
all the christian support of, and fellowship with,
slavery, and how soon will its hydra-head reel, its
bloated carcass burst, and the whole putrid mass
find its level in the ditch !
A christian who believes the Bible, must believe
that slavery is a sin against God. How can he
be consistent without advocating the immediate re
pentance and abolition of this sin as well as all
others? And what is the influence of him who
preaches "thou shah not steal," "rob," "murder,"
or ''commit adultery," and openly does the same
things himself, or defends, countenances and a
pologizes for some peculiar friend who is thus
guilty? Or of him who, with an angel's elo
quence, calls upon sinners to repent and turn to
God, but is as silent as the grave upon the abom
inable wickedness of slavery. or, w-hen compell
ed to speak, his eloquence gives vent to his hatred
of abolition, and preference of slavery? Who
can believe in the sincerity or Christianity of such
preaching, or be converted by it? Jf those whom
God has sot as watchmen, " hold their peace," and
are as " dumb dogs that cannot bark," He will
"turn to the Gentiles' and make even "the
stones cry out." He who has " made of one blood
all nations," is " no respecter of persons" or color.
And if, " in times of ignorance" on the subject of
slavery, trod may have " winked at the sin, yet
" He now commandeth all men, everywhere, to
repent" " Awake to righteousness and sin not."
" Come out from among them and be separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing.
., T II T I .1 i
finally, 1 speak as unto wise men, judge ye
what 1 say. "
From the Anti Slavery Lecturer.
Contentment! Happiness! Kind Treatment !
" But the slaves are so well treated .' they are
so contented ! they are so happy ! they are so
ardently attached to their masters that they would
not bs free if they could ; and it is the height of
impertinence for the abolitionists to intermeddle so
officiously in their behalf!"
So say thousands, in high places and in low
And what if the statements they make were all-
true ? Would there be any soundness in the con
clusions that are drawn from them ? By no means
Slaveholding is tin.' It is an invasion of hit
man rights. It is a transgression of the divine
law, by which those rights are protected. Can
the kind treatment, or the contentment, or the hap
piness, or the friendly attachments of the slaves
atone for the sin of the masters? v hat pertinen
cy can be found in the logic that would disprove
the sin of one man by alleging the happiness of
Slaveholding is a flagrant breach of the first
commandment of the fifth of the seventh of
the eighth of the tenth. It usurps the preroga
tives of God ; it denies the free agency of man ;
it degrades an immortal soul to a thing; it blots
out the family relation ; it forbids family govern
ment and parental discipline ; it herds men and
women together like brutes ; it robs the laborer of
his last dues; it covets and seizes upon that which
belongs to another. What has the kind treatment,
or the happiness, or the contentment of the slave
to do with the merits of such a system or with
t,he cTuty of its overthrow ?
Your neighbor seizes your whole estate, and
converts it to his own use. In other respects, he
treats you, ever afterwards, with marked kindness ;
but he restores not your property. Does his kind
ness cancel his crime? Is it at the expense of in
troducing such a system of ethics, that abolition
ists are to be confuted ?
A pickpocket pilfers your purse of gold. ""He
contrives methods to keep you ignorant of your
loss, or to amuse and satisfy you with worthless
baubles. Can your ignorance or your content
ment take away the guilt of his theft? Can it al
ter ihe fact that he is a robber ?
Abolitionists have never said nor supposed that
no acts of kindness towards the slaves are ever
put forth by their masters. What they say is, that
slavery constitutes no part of that kindness.
That system, they say is evil, aad only evil, from
its foundation to its top stone. Can this statement
be disproved by the fact that in spite of the cruel
system, some kindness may remain in the breast of
the slaveholder, and be extended to the slave r
The slaveholder is a man, and God has put into
every man's constitution those cords and fibres
which cannot but vibrate, whether he will or no,
on I which no system of iniquity has been able,
perhaps," wholly to annihilate. Look over the
slave code. Ponder the several parts of the sys
tem, and tell, if you can, what part of it is good ;
what part of it is benevolent, what part of it tends
to beget kindness, or secure the happiness of the
slave. If men can be kind in spite of it, the cred
it belongs not to the system.
It is the slave system against which abolitionists
contend. They have never made it a question of
treatment. And accordingly they have never ex
pended any great portion of their time and strength
in dwelling on cases of extreme cruelty. They
are aware that these are commonly considered the
mere abuses of the svstein. Thev have therefore
taken great care to discriminate between the sis
tem and its appendaees. Instead of making war
with the branches, they have laid their axe at the
root, , and mean not to be diverted from their pur
pose by a controversy about the beauty or ugliness
of the foliage. ,
The tree is nevertheless known by its frints.
We will nroceed to examine the fruits of the
livf svstem. And let us inquire, in the first
place, what is meant by the kindness which is said
to be shown to the slave ? Some men are very fond
of their horses, and some of their ddgs. Slave
holders may have their pet slaves. Do they treat
them as human beings as men ? Or do they on
ly caress and pamper them as animals? So long
as they hold them as chattels it can scarcely be
conceived that they receive them as brethren.
Would they consider themselves or their children
1 kindly treated,' if treated as they treat their pet
slaves ? Is it a kindness which extends to the im
mortality of its object ?
"But the slaves are contented!" Then, of
course, tiiey are imbruted! abused! wronged!
most horribly, immeasurably wronged ! No hu
man being was ever ' contented' in slavery, till his
intellect was blotted out, and the aspirations of his
immortal spirit smothered to death. Reader! are
you "a parent? Look at that sprightly child of
yours yonder. Suppose it it were now made a
slave. So long as you could see its ctherial rnind
survive the calamity, you might, perhaps, endure
to think of the subjugation of the body. But
mark ! See how your child sinks, at length, to
the level of its degraded condition ! See how
thoughtlessly it laughs, and dances, and sings! It
is contented to be a mere animal, a chattel, a thing!
It had rather be a slave than a freeman ! This is
too much to be borne. Your heart sinks at the
sight, and you droop in the desolation of utter des
pair. You have now doubly lost your child ! ' Will
a man rob God ?' Yes ! Slavery has robbed our
great Father in Heaven of his immortal offspring,
whom it degrades and imbrutes ! ' They are con
tented,' are they? Then the system has completed
its soul-murdering work ! If a slave ever were con
tented, such a fact should be the strongest con
demnation of the system.
The slaves, we are told, ' are very merry. They
laugh, they dance, and they sing !' And this
proves that they are happy, does it ? Nay, verily !
Unless it proves them senseless and insensible, it
proves the reverse ! ' I said of laughter, it is mad.
and of mirth, what doethit?' Who docs not know
that an affectation of mirth is the badge and the
sad refuge of the deepest wretchedness? that rev
elry draws its excuse from misery ? that she drinks
to ' drive away dull care ? Whyelse is this world
of woe and sin such a mad -house of mirthful in
' "Tie a fearful spectacle to see
So many maniacs dancing in their chains,
Then shake them in despair, and dance again.'
What low notions of happiness must tho.'e
have, who prove the happiness of the slaves by
the roar of their occasional mirth ! The lowest
sinks of vice and misery in our cities, might be
proved to be the abodes of enviable felicity, by this
course of argument.
And again, what do men mean when they talk
of the kind treatment, and the conteritmentj and
the happiness of the slaves? Can happiness ex
ist where the will is constantly thwarted? Is not
the slave ' entirely subject to the will of his mas
ter?' Is it not a contradiction to call a man hap
py who is constantly controlled, against his will,
by the will of another? The very definition of
whose condition is that of a person who is sensi
ble thath,e can never be guided by the exercise of
his own powers of volition ?
What absurdities will not men undertake to be
lieve ? What contradictions will they not utter ?
A man, made a little lower than the angels, is re
duced to the condition of a thing. But he i3 well
treated ! He is forbidden to make God his sover
eign, or to call man his brother. But ho is well
treated ! lie is compelled to labor without wages.
But he is well treated ! He is not permitted to
cultivate his immortal intellect. But he is well
treated ! Though bound to the judgment, he is
forbidden to read the Bible. But he is well treat
ed ! He is denied the protection of law, and de
barred, on penalty of death, from any act of self
defence. But he is well treated ! lie may not
change his residence ' in pursuit of happiness,'
except upon pain of death, without judge or jury
but he is well treated : Ho is outlawed ii he
seeks freedom, and sustains life with a moiety of
his own earnings. But he is well treated! He is
confined to one spot of earth by the severest of
all codes. But he is contented : lie is compel
led, in a land of Bibles, to be a heathen. But no
matter ! He is contented! He is doomed to wal
low in the mire and filth of promiscuous concubin
age. iSut never mind: tie is contented in his
filth and heathenism !
Can thej' be called rational beings who talk in
this manner? Is it an atheist who reasons thus ?
or is it a christian a christian minister? Is it a
man ? Or is it a being who believes himself a
brute without any soul and who thinks his fel-J
low men ' well treated,' when they are treated as
What do men mean when they use such lan
guage ? Do they know the import of their own
words ? Ur do they prate like the parrot, and
strive to prove themselves, (instead of the slander
ed negro) a connecting link between men and un
thinking animals ? I would not be causelessly se
vere. But could I conceive it possible that a hu
man being could bo sunk so low in sensuality and
sin, so blind, so dark, so gross, so groveling, so de
graded, so hopelessly lost to the characteristics of
our common humanity 'that he could rightfully
be made a slave, I would select as the candidate
for that condition, the man, who, in the midst of
the monuments of civilization, and after all the
appropriate means of mental and moral culture
and refinempnt had been lavished upon him, with
the power of using letters, with a Bible in his
hands, and with professions of piety on his lips.
should deom an immortal beiner ' well treated,'
when he is treated as a brute ! What plea could
such an one make in arrest of judgment, were
he adjudged in to slavery by the operation of
his own rule? Could he find amongst the sons of
Adam a more worthy candidate for the condition,
Burke estimated that the number of men de-;
stroyed in war, in all ages of the world, up to this
time, amounted to seventy thousand millions.
Mr. Buckingham estimated it much higher.
13 VOICE OF FREEDOM
letter from Jamaica.
Jamaica, March ISth, 1S39
To John G. Whittier, Esq. editor of the Penn
sylvania Ireeman, rhiladuphia : .
Dear Sir : I dare say (as a Christian) your
heart was filled with joy at the announcement in
the American papers, that slavery should no long
er exist in Jamaica, after the 1st of August last.
Oh, how much have we to rejoice in this country,
that the iniquitous and villainous system of slave
ry is forever driven from Jamaica. Our hearts
are filled with love and joy at the victory which
the God of love and mercy has given us over the
enemies of 1' reedom.
You have heard, I suppose, how quietly the 1st
of August passed off ; in so much joy, so much
peace, and the prospect of so much happiness, and
with so much credit to the behaviour of our des
pised race. It was indeed a happy and a merry
The planters, to be sure, hove tried to make as
much bad news as possible, and some have gone so
far as to refuse labor, on purpose that they might
say that emancipation was working badly, l'irst,
they cried out about drunken excesses, then about
the affair at ralmouth, then at the rates the labor
ers demanded, then at rents, then at small change,
and insubordination, idleness and other things too
numerous to mention. Were I to attempt to give
you an account of their croakings and misrepre
sentations, 1 might' say, that all the books in the
world would not contain them.
But they bring the charge of idleness against
thetn and why ( Because they have refused to
come to their overbearing and oppressive terni3.
But have they been idle since August? No, no.
They have in very many cases purchased land for
themselves, and have been working hard and
cheerfully since they have purchased. And have
the others been idle, who had not the money to
purchase land ? No. They worked their own
grounds well and industriously ; until they have
at last come to terms with their employers, who
appear just to begin to have a dawn of light com
ing upon them.
lhe planters still continue their croaking,
through their organs, of the ruin of the island, the
short crops, laziness of the laborers, scarcity of
corn, scarcity of small change, Baptist missiona
If, after all, Jamaica should be ruined, whose
fault would it be ? The jnegroes ? No, They
have not refused to work, where they have been
treated kindly, fairly and honestly. Then whose
fault will it be ? 1 unhesitatingly say, and with
out the fear of contradiction, the planters' and the
House of Assemblys fault.
1 expect your papers will be filled with bad re
ports of the condition of the island and the insub
ordination of the laborers, Sec. And how have
they obtained their information ? From captains
of vessels from your Southern States, (who ob
tain all their information from prejudiced persons)
and who are doing a great business in lumber,
flour, shingles, &c. They will not carry home the
I am happy to say every thing is going on qui
tly in Jamaica. The proprietors are mostly at
work throughout the island. The crops, I expect,
will be very good, if the seasons are favorable.
The planters have been holding meetings all over
the island, and sending reports home to scare the
proprietors and the government. But have they
(the planters) reported any ot the grievances of the
laborers? No. They have kept that out of the case
altogether. Every thing was light on the part of the
planter, everything wrong on the part of the negro.
Now Jamaica is not ruined, nor do 1 think it
11 11 1
will ever be. rorwny uo rents Keep rising so
high ? Why are parcels of land bought upas soon
as advertised? and why are so few offered? The
planters know their own interests too well to sell
out. 1 hey have taken the opportunity of scan
dalizing the negroes at that particular time, the
end of the year, and the Christmas holidays.
Irade was belter during the Christmas holidays
than it was ever known before. All the other lsl
ands made the same hue and cry.
Yours, dear sir, faithfully and truly,
II. K. Burkell.
The planters took the opportunity of holding
their meetings just alter the Christmas holidays,
when they knew the laborers wanted to form new
and more permanent arrangements. The plant
ers would not pay 2s. 6d. a day, and the laborers
would not take Is. od. liut now, the planters
have had to come to fair terms, or else 1 blackee'
won't work for them. He prefers working his
own grounds. . h. k. b.
From the Pennsylvania Freeman.
The National Intelligencer contains a speech of
"Hon. Mr. Pope of Kentucky," in the "House of
Representatives during the past session, which al
though not on the subject of slavery, discusses that
delicate topic at some length. In the course of
his remarks, he states that if he were assured that
his re-election could be secured without his per
sonal efforts and presence in his district,
" He believed he would make a tour through the
Northern and hastern states, and deliver lectcres
to them on this very interesting subject, and exhort
them to pause before they cut asunder the ties of
interest, amity, and blood, by which this great and
rising nation were united ; and he would more es
pecially appeal to the LADIES, who, by artful ad
dresses to their finer feelings and sympathies, had
been induced to take a warm and active part in be
half of the slaves of the South.
" He would, if he cnuld address the single ladies
of New England, endeavor to give their finer feel
ings and sympathies another direction. He would
hold a very different language to them from that
which they so often hear from puritanical lectur
ers, who appeal to their sympathies and their pock
ets in behalf of the imaginary sufferings of the
Southern slaves. Mr. Pope would tell them that
he had lived in the far West ; that those fertile
regions abounded with active, enterprising, and
promising young men; that young ladies were
rather scarce ; and he would with sincerity and
zeal exhort the ladies of the East to turn a deaf
ear to the idle tales and appeals of the artful a-
gents of the abolitionists, and take up their march
to the West. They would soon, no doubt, get
good husbands in those new regions, and will ren
der more essential service to this great and rising
Republic in raising good democrats to fight the fu
ture battles for liberty and their country, than in
sending petitions here to wound the feelings of
their Southern friends and brethren."
We hope the Honorable Kentuckian will make
us a visit. In the name of the ladies of Pennsyl
vania and New England we welcome him. fie
shall not be mobbed. The ladies will pledge
themselves to protect him. They will listen cheer
fully to learn what apology a slaveholder can
make for driving persons of their sex into the cot
ton-fields- for scourging them with the cart-whip
for committing them, defenceless, to the control
of brutal and vicious white overseers for expo
sing their persons with shameless indecency at
the auction sale,-for tearing them from the chil
dren of their affection, all that slavery has left
them to love! - They will excuse the grossness
and indelicacy of his matrimonial proposition, as
they are well aware of the degrading ideas which
in the slaveholding mind are associated with wo
man ; and endeavor to give him a candid and at
As the General Convention of the abolition wo
men of the United States is about to assemble in
this city, the honorable gentleman might save
himself some trouble and expense by appearing
before this assemblage of delegates from all parts
ot the Iree states, and presenting his arguments.
We will ensure him a fair hearing, but he would
do well to come prepared for knotty questions and
prompt rejoinders. If we mistake not, he would
find, some of the youngest members of the Phila
delphia Female Society quite an over-match for
his Congress-trained logic. Let him come, and
welcome; but he will most assuredly find nnoth
er " Jael the Kenite" to nail his falsehood to the
wall, or another " woman of Thebez" to break the
scull of his argument, and leave him to lament,
like Abimelech of old, that it should be said of
him " THAT A WOMAN SLEW HIM !"
THE VOICE OF FREEDOM.
MONTPELIER, SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1839.
The Editor will be absent for a season, in at
tendance on the annual meeting of the American
Anti-Slavery Society, at New-York. It is hoped
that our correspondents will send in their favors,
and thus supply the lack of editoral lucubra
tions, during his temporary furlough. The
readers of the ' Voice' may expect to be advised of
the doings at New-York, by notes from the Ed
itor. C7 The Montpelier Cent-a-week anti-slavery
society was organized a year ago. It is composed
mostly, of youth and children, and meetings have
been held monthly, in connexion with the con
cert, lhe Treasurer informs us that the collec
tion for the last month was $7,07 for the whole
year, $32,57. This amount has been collected by
two or three ladies. The money otherwise contri
buted for the anti-slavery cause, in Montpelier, the
year past, has been about $100. For the year to
come, we stand pledged to pay at least $500.
Can't Elliot Cresson be persuaded to come and
give the metropolitans another lecture or two ?
Richford, Vt. We make no apology to our
readers for devoting a large space this week to the
address of A. H. Baker, Esq., delivered at Rich
ford, March 24th. It is an able and interesting
production, and richly merits an attentive perusal.
Let no one excuse themselves from reading it on
account of its length. Friend B. has clearly ex
posed the inhuman and heaven-daring sin of buy
ing, selling, and imbruting our fellow-men has
plainly shown ' what the North has to do with
slavery,' and made plain the duty of all those who
are ' as much opposed to slavery as any body.'
At the close of the address, says a correspon
dent, a society was organized, consisting of sixty
nine members, and it is thought the number will
soon be doubled. The following officers were
chosen for the year ensuing: Dea. Daniel Smith,
President; Win; Goffand Reuben Rounds, Vice
Presidents ; E. W. Goff, Secretary, and Hermon
Rev. Anson C. Smith is authorized to act
as agent for the Voice of Freedom on Moretown
7"The last Annual Report of the Vermont Anti-Slavery
Society is out of press. Those design
ed for the lower counties of the State have been
forwarded to Dr. Allen, of Middlebury.
QCThe last monthly Concert of prayer for the
enslaved, holden on last Monday evening, at the
Free Church Lecture Room, was a season of un
DC?" A Whig State Convention is to be holden
at Woodstock, June 27, for the nomination of State
Dr. Holmes, the murderer of Tasche, who was
ordered by Gov. Jenison to be delivered up to the
Canadian authorities, has been detained, brought
before Judge Bennett for a second hearing, and is
now incarcerated in the Jail in this village to await
the next sitting of the Court, in July.
For the Voice of Freedom.
Freedom of Speech.
" Ah eloquence, thou wast undone
Wast from thy native country driven,
When tyranny eclipsed the sun,
And blotted out the stars of heaven." (
None but the fool-hardy maniac would be seen
addressing the elements of nature to calm the an
gry storm, or still the restless flood, for common
sense teaches that that which has neither ears to
hear, eyes to see, heart to feel, or will to be influ
enced, will leave the fires of eloquence to spend
their flame and expire, unnoticed and unregarded.
So where the iron hand of arbitrary power has re
duced moral intelligences to the condition of inan
imate things where a sense of conscience is lost
in fear, and the moral agency of men is bound in
the chains of cruel laws, the appeals of eloquence
might as well be made to mountain rocks, or )o
the resisttasa tM nf
sensibilities and human sympathies. So tho ligli .
of genius must perish in a land of slavery, foi
even the voice of petition is stifled by tyranic
masters, and much more is liberty-loving eloquence
forbidden to raise her voice, lest she shouid awake
the slumbering spirit of freedom in the bosom of
the down-trodden, and incite them, to resist their
When did the orators of Greece, and Rome
raisetheirvoi.ee and exult in the honor of their
countries and their laws, and appeal to the patri
otism of their countrymen to defend their public
institutions ? It was in the days of republican
freedom that the panting of the popular spirit for
liberty responded to the soul-stirring power of el
oquent oratory. But hushed were those thunder
tones and the Forum and Senate Chamber which
they so oft had shaken, were left desolate as the
house of death, when liberty was subverted and
tyranny held its iron sway.
As the modern traveler sees the stupid peasant
tilling his garden-patch amid the ruins of antiqui
ty, and inquires in vain for information concern
ing the broken columns around, which betoken
the faded glory of by-gone ages, he is surprized"
at the degeneracy of men who are thus insensible
to the proud distinctions once possessed by their
country. But when he sees this apology for man
hood trembling beneath the scimetar of the mer
cenary Janisary, his wonder ceases, for he is re
minded that he is in a land of slavery.
In the fate of antiquity, we are fearfully warn
ed of the doom of this nation, when our public
authorities are so infatuated with the spirit of des
potism as to forbid the pleadings of humanity in
behalf of the enslaved. Unless the people of this
land shall arise in the majesty of their strength,
(I mean of their moral power) and overcome the
'dark spirit of slavery' that is rife through so
large a portion of the nation, we shall presently
read in the broken columns of our own proud
Capitol the fearful record ' Thy glory is depart
ed, thou proud, cruel and slavery-loving America !'
For the Voice of Freedom.
The Bible Cause.
The result of every attempt to supply destitute
families, in any part of our country, has given ad
ditional evidence of the necessity of constant vigi
lance and effort to keep the community supplied
with the word of God. Could our country be
thoroughly explored, the present year, I hesitate
not to say that thousands of families would be
found without a Bible. I might also add that un
less the friends of the Bible search out the desti
tute and supply them, many if not most of them
will remain so will live and die without ever
possessing the Holy Scriptures. Much, therefore,
needs to be done to keep families supplied with
the word of God. Every part of the country should
be explored, and the families found destitute sup
plied in the course of every few years : beside
this, measures should be adopted to afford the
best facilities for individuals to supply themselves.
It should not be deemed sufficient, ordinarily, for
a family to possess a single copy of the Bible ; but
every individual, so far as able, should possess
the word of God. It might seem' that parents,
who duly appreciate the Bible, would wish to fur
nish every child, yhen able to read, with a copy.
And were children more generally furnished with
tho Bible, and taught to read and reverence it as
the word of God, the influence would be exten
sively felt, and the cause of morality and religion
greatly promoted. That all, who may be dispo
sed to furnish themselves or families with the
word of God, may have the best opportunity to do
so, we wish to establish good depositories in eve
ry city, town, and village, so far as necessary,
which shall be well supplied with the different
editions of Bibles and Testaments issued by the
American liible society, ibese are printed on
good paper, with fair type, and substantially bound,
and are sold to auxiliaries at cost. They are usu
ally disposed of by auxiliaries on the same terms,
or only an advance may be made on the original
price merely sufficient to meet the expense of
transportation, &c. I need not say, therefore, that
great good would result to the community gener
ally, were well furnished depositories established
in every town. Many would be disposed to fur
nish themselves or their children with the Bible,
who would otherwise remain destitute. By this
means the Bible would be more generally read,
its influence more extensively felt, and many bles
sed by this influence forever. Is not this subject,
therefore, worthy the attention and co-operation of
all who claim to be the friends of the Bidle cause?
And may not measures be adopted by the several
auxiliary and branch Bible Societies to have an
object so desirable and important, fully accomplish
ed ? Let the officers and members of these soci
eties, and the friends of the Bible, determine.
Ag't Am. Bible Society.
April 22, 1S39.
From the Vermont Telcgragh.
Let not the following Circular be disregarded
because it is short. Short as it is, it mentions
things important to be attended to.
To the Baptist Churches in Vermont :
Brethren, There is due to our missionaries in
Canada about six hundred dollars, for labor per
formed the last year, under the direction of the
Board of your Convention. The object of this