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THE VOICE OF FREEDOM.
What is the Itemed) ?
It. is very strange that such n question should
be asked bv nnv one who reallyknows what the
slave system is nay, by any one who even vague
IV considers slavery to be " an evil."
Whether slavery be a sin, ' or a calamity, its
REMEDY must be the REMOVAL of the things
wherein it consists. It can be nothing else, lhere
can be no remedy, while these things continue, and
their removal and the remedy are one and the same
When the people are really displeased with their
laws, do they ever hud it difficult to ascertain the
true rented; ? If either the Banking laws, or the
1 arm laws, or the Excise laws are considered " an
evil," who doubts that their repeal is the proper
remedy f Just so with the slave laws. Imagine
yourself a slave, and " the remedy" of slavery will
be equally simple and self-evident. " Undo the
heavy burdens." "Break everv voke." "Let
the oppressed tro free." " Proclaim liberty through
out all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof."
" But it will bankrupt the south !" " We shall
lie nvrr run with thrm !" "It will dissolve the
IntWrl ! The true nuestion then, is NOT
how to abolish SLAVEY ? Not." what is the rem
edy of this evil?" The question is how to " get
rid" of the svwosed " evils" of 1' HbbUVM ! A
fine Question truly, for a npublkan people !
Would you learn, with precision, the rettfedy of
slavery? Look over again, me siavecoae. iote
down its essential items, one by one. Conceive
of their repeal, and you have a clear conception of
" the remedy of slavery the sure and self-evi
dent the only possible or conceivable one. 1
The chattelship. Kepeal that! 2. 1 he entire
subjection of the slave to the will of the master.
Kepeal mat : o. me nnniniiauon oi marriage
4; The enforcement of labor without wages. 5.
The prohibition of education. 6. The forbidding
the free exercise of religion. 7. The withdrawal
of legal protection the warranty of " cruelty."
a. The legalized slave trallic and kidnapping.
Make thorough work ! Repeal all these laws,
and you have the abolition or in other words
" the remedy" of slavery. Let the individual slave
holder liberate his slaves from these particulars of
oppression, and "the remedy is extended to
The reader has" now a full and fair answer to
the question as above stated. But does it satisfy
the; inquirer ? If it does not, then the right query
was not propounded. If the question be, how the
white people of this country can possibly live, and
be united, and prosper, unless they live by steal
ing from the negroes ? (a grave question, no doubt!)
it must be attended to, in its proper connexion ; but
its answer will form no part of the answer to the
question, " How shall ice get rid of slavery? What
is the remedy ?"
Whenever persons are really dissatisfied with
the existence of a particular practice or custom, do
they ever appear to be puzzled with the question
" what is the remedy ?" Persons may be puzzled
to know how to retain a bad practice, and yet avoid
its guilt, its shame, and its punishment. So they
may be puzzled to know how to retain or spare
the gains, the pleasures or the advantages of a
wuong practice, and yet give up the practice itself!
It is not proper for persons in such a frame of mind
to say that they are willing, or shoild be glad to
" get rid" of such a practice, but don't know how !
The truth is, they know how, well enough, but
are unwilling. This is precisely the predicament
of every convicted but impenitent transgressor.
And this suggests another view of the subject.
'f lie remedy must be adapted to the nature of
the disease. W hat then is the nature of the slave
system ? If slaveholding be SIN, then the reme
dy is a very simple one. It must be the same as
the remedy for all other sins REPENTANCE
and ABANDONMENT. Repentance entire
unconditional immediate without reservation.
Works meet for repentance. The Bible knows
no remedy for sin that does not include these.
If slav.eUoldinr be sinful, then the slaveholder
ought at once to abandon it. If the slave laws are
wicked and unjust then the competent authorities
ought immediately to repeal then. If the legisla
tures have sanctioned wickedness and oppression,
they should, at once, and forever cease to sanction
them. If they have withheld protection from the
outraged.and wronged, they should withhold it no
longer. If they have not restrained robbery and
crime, they should neglect the proper duty of civ
il government no longer. Civil government, now,
and at all times, should be " a terror to evil doers,
and a praise them that do well." The simple
statement of these propositions would seem suffi
cient, without any labored argument to sustain
But how shall the slaveholder, a id the unjust
ruler be brought to repentance? By precisely the
same means appointed and adapted to bring other
sinners to repentance. It was in special reference
to the sin of oppression that God said by his an
cient prophet, " Cry aloud ! Spare not! Lift up
thy voice like a trumpet ! Show my people their
transgression, and the house of Jacob their sin."
Isaiah Iviii, 1. It would be easy to fill this Lec
ture with Scripture directions and precedents for
this course. Vide Sunderland's Testimony of
God against blavery.J
But would the immediate abolition of slavery
be prudent? Would it be safe? Would it be
If slaveholding be sin then these questions
may be stated thus. Would it bo prudent to do
right ? Would it be safe to leave off sinning ?
would it be profitable- to obey God? It can
scarcely be necessary to answer such questions.
Unless honesty be bad policy unless vice tends
to prosperity unless virtue leads to ruin unless
God bo no longer a God of righteousness, or un
less'Ha has ceased to govern unless He rewards
vice arid punishes virtue unless it be right to
eontiiiue in sin, in order to promote our own inter
ests, tnen the objections implied in these ques
tions carry their own refutation along with them.
To doubt, in so plain a case, would be too gross a
skepticism, even for some who are called skeptics.
Abolitionists affirm slaveholding to be SIN.
Can the careful reader of the preceding five lec
tures question or confute the proposition ? Can he
lay his hand on his heart, can he raise his eye to
ward heaven, and say he has any doubt of its truth ?
Jf slaveholding be not sin, can he tell what is sin ?
But if slaveholding be sin, can ho escape the con
clusion that it should be abandoned now, and aban
doned at all haaards'" Can he deny !iis own
obligation to bear testimony against the sin, nnd
to urgo its instant abandonment f
" But the slaves, if emancipated," it is said, "will
cut the throats of their masters! They will not
work lor wages ! I hey cannot take care of them
selves ! They will be" no better off than before
1 hey can never be elevated! 1 he land will lie
unfilled! The country will go to ruin." They
must first be prepared for freedom. They must
be emancinnted craduallv. They must be sent
out of the country !"
So sav the opposers of immediate emancipation
But they have never been able to give any good
reasons why they hold these opinions. They have
never explained to us the philosophy which war
rants such conclusions. They have never pro
dureii tne nisioricai iacia wnicn indicate their
correctness. I hey have never told us when, nor
where an emancipated slave ever cut the throat of
his master nor why they supposed he would do
WICKEDNESS OF THESE OBJECTIONS.
If slaveholding be sin, then they are objections
against ceasing to sin ! If they are good reasons
against emancipation, to-day, they will be good
reasons to-morrow, and next year, and next cen
tury, and forever! They are urged now, just as
tney were, twenty, titty, and an hundred years asro
To defer forsaking this sin, must be as dangerous
and as rebellious as to defer forsaking any other
' . All . r
sin. aii genuine repentance lor sin, is a present
an instantaneous, an unconditional repentance.
It is never gradual, or future, or contingent. It is
an absurdity, and an insult to high heaven, to say
that the wronged, must first be prepared, or be re
moved away from the wrong doer, before he will
cease to do wrong! If these objections are good,
then they will justify the holding of white men in
slavery, as well as colored men. They make the
wrong doer, the judge in his own case, they au
thorize him to make his own conditions, and set
him to decide whether or no he will ever cease
doinc his neighbor wrong. If slavery be sin
then the present generation of sinners, if they cling
to these delusions of the devil, will go down to the
grave in their sins, as their fathers have done be
fore them ; and the nation will go on in sin, until
it is blotted out by divine judgments. It has been
by just such fallacious and wicked excuses, that
one nation after another has strengthened itsell
against God and against-truth, till the measure of
their iniquities has been filled up and they have
been ripened for destruction. Nations as such,
exist only in the present life, and all history proves
that in the present life, they are punished for their
sins, Hut the objections .imply a tear that lod
would punish them for doing right. Whenever
repentance and amendment have averted divine
judgments from a people, it has been donebycast-
ng all such impious and insane objections to the
wind.' There is reason to think that the people
of this nation who have hardened themselves by
these same objections, and excuses lor procrastina
tion, for nearly two hundred years, are already on
the verge of destruction. Fifty years ago, Jeffer
son, m view of this stn said, " 1 tremple tor my
country, when I reflect that God is just, and that
his justice cannot sleep forever. Is it a tune for
Christians to palliate national sins, and urge the
danger of too hasty a repentance, half a century
after skeptical statesmen had trembled in view of
them? Goodells Lecturer.
'Southern writers already concede to us this point.
They admit that if slavery is wrong, then the immediate ab
olitionists are right. But they claim that slavery is a Bi
ble institution !
Good fruits. We see the Congregational
ministers of Connecticut are beginning, in their
associated capacity, to confess the sin of slavery.
The feeling is general among them that something
miist be done to get the slaves tree, though they
by no means approve of the Anti-Slavery Society.
We are to reccollect that they have parishioners
who peddle at the South. It is much that they
do not justify slavery from the bible. They are
far higher in the scale of morals than they were
two years ago. So much for the vigorous action
of the Connecticut State Anti-Slavery Society.
A correspondent of the New Haven Record
The Hartford North Association of ministers
met in this city the last week, and four or five
questions in regard to slavery were proposed by
one of the brethren, which were discussed and
answered, with a result, which I have no doubt,
well represents the general position of the minis
try in the whole State, and therefore I will give
you. an account of the facts.
1. Is it our belief that associations, at the
North, for effect against slavery, promise to be of
any real advantage ? are they good as means to
the end ? The general opinion seemed to be neg
ative. Some could not tell what possible associ
ations might be invented ; but all with three or
four exceptions, disapproved of the present asso
ciations. 2. Is it our belief that slavery might be abolish
ed, without detriment to the masters, and with gen
eral abvantage to all concerned ? Unanimously,
and without qualification, Yes.
3. Is the denial of the marriage state, the sun
dering oi parents ana children, the forbidding of
religious instruction orally, and of mental cultiva
tion by reading, any thing less than a flagrant
violation of human rights, and of principles sacred
to God ? With strong emphasis, and unanimous
4. Is " all slavo-holding, sin?" Every one, I
believe, answered with qualification, and all but
four or five condemned the language agreeing,
however, as it would seem, that a less particular
siaiemeni, sucn as that slavery is a system of
iniquity and crime, would not be objectiona
ble. o. Would it be desirable t tbc members of
the General Association, meeting at Danbury,
perhaps in some informal conference, would ex
change views on this subject, and see how far the
ministers of the Slate may be united, in the exer
tion of. n reasonable and efficient influence against
slavery ? Yes mem. con.
From the Mass. Abolitionist.
i he great mass moving. The reproach of
pro-slavery begins to grow uncomfortable. The
anti-abolition folks at the North, headed by the
sheperd dogs that for a long time, wouldn't bark
even the stiflest.non-intcrference, anti ultra sort,
are beginning to cast about to wipe it off. In
Vermont they propose to write an admonitory let
ter to their Southern brethren. The subject is
discussed in the Vermont Chronicle, and the ed
nor seems to be for it. Good ! Go on and write
the letter. We'll pay the postage, and answer
for your being abolitionists in due time. A very
polar bear would kindle into enthusiasm, on this
subject if he should do any thing. Thus says the
The great body of Christians at the North seem
to be placed in a false position in regard to this
subject. They have been spoken of as divided in
to two parties, one identified with the Anti-Slavery
Societies, and the other pro-slavery, It is
not so. The great majority of Northern Christ
ians belong to neither of these classes. They la
ment and oppose the course of the Anti-Slavery
Societies but are yet heaven-wide ' from being
pro-slavery. Now the object, we conceive, of any
communication from us to our fellow Christians
at the South, should be, to set ourselves right be
fore them. We have been misrepresented by our
own neighbors; let us speak for ourselves. Our
position has been misunderstood at the South ;
let us correct the error. Let our views and
feelings be explained in a frank and fraternal
THE VOICE OF FREEDOM.
MONTPELIER, SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1839.
Political Movements. The state convention
of the whigs was holden at Woodstock on Thurs
day of last week. The number in attendance is
variously stated, from 700 to 1000. All the coun
ties, save Grand Isle, were represented. J. he
eonvention unanimously nominated the present in
cumbents for state officers, viz : Silas H. Jenison,
of Shoreham, for Governor, David M. Camp, of
Derby, for Lt. Governor, and Henry F. Janes, of
Waterbury, for Treasurer.
David M. Camp and Geo. T. Hodges were, cho
sen as delegates to a National Convention to be
held in Harrisburgh in December next for nomin
ating a candidate for the Presidency. Erastus
Fairbanks and Ebenezer N. Briggs, substitutes.
The selection of the other five delegates, after an
earnest discussion, was postponed to another state
convention, to be holden at Montpelier in October.
At the close of the convention, after a large
share of the delegates had retired from the house,
a resolution was passed, recommending that the
whigs of Vermont acquiesce in the nomination of
the candidate who may be nominated by the na
tional convention ; but the convention expressed
no preference in favor of any of the candidates
now prominently before the people.
Sabbath School Celebration.
The sixty-third anniversary of Independence,
was celebrated in this place, agreebly to arrange
ments already published. At 10 o'clock, A. M.
an immense concourse assembled at the Free
Church, comprising the members of the several
district and sabbath schools in the vicinity as well
as a large number from the neighboring towns.
The procession . formed under the direction of the
committee of arrangements and proceeded to the
Brick Church, led by the Montpelier Band. The
exercises at the church were as follows :
1. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Cressey.
2. Music, from the choir.
3. Address by Calvin Pease.
4. Music, by the Juvenile choir.
5. Address by C. L. Knapp. The Pilgrims.
6. Address by G. B. Manser. The Revolution.
Mr. Jonathan Stevens, of Hardwick, a oldier
of the Revolution, who was at the battle of Mon
mouth and at the surrender of Burgoyne, made a
brief and affecting speech.
7. Music, by the Montpelier Band.
8. Address by J. W. Howes. Sabbath Schools.
9. Music, by the choir.
10. Benediction by Rev. Mr. Kellogg.
The procession moved to a Bower at the foot of
State-street, when refreshments were served. At
the table, Rev. Mr. Stone of Waterbury, gave a
pertinent address to parents, and Mr. Henry Nutt
followed with a well-timed address to the teachers
and scholars. Prayer was then offered by Rev.
B. W. Smith, and the assembly separated, at 4
o'clock, evidently well pleased with the services
of the day. We have never seen so many people
of all ages congregated on any similar occasion
in this state.
Convention at Rutland.
The mail left Rutland too early on Wednesday
of last week to admit of our sending an account of
the proceedings in time for the last 'Voice.' We
now copy from the Telegraph, whose editor was
present, acting as secretary.
Owing to some misunderstanding, the notices
of the meeting had been given out at Rutland on
the Sabbath, for 10 o'clock, A. M. instead of
Tuesday evening, and in consequence, the atten
dance from abroad at the beginning was not so
large as could have been wished. Col. Miller,
Mr. Beckley, Mr. Williams of New-York, Rev.
Mr. Kellogg of Whitehall, and other speakers were
on the ground, and the convention organized at
the Baptist meetinghouse (the Congregational
church having been closed against us,) John Co
nant, Esq. of Brandon, in the chair, and O. S.
Murray secretary. Though not present on the
first day, we were told that a goodly number of
the villagers were in attendance, including the
chief justice of the supreme court, the clergy and
other professional gentlemen. Col. Miller occu
pied most of the time of the first meeting in an ad
dress embracing the elements of our cause. In
the afternoon, the attendance was considerably in
creased, and the meeting was further addressed to
great acceptance by Col. Miller, Mr. Seely, Mr.
Stearns, Mr. Murray, Mr. Beckley, Mr. Sted.
man of Chester, Mr. Williams of New-York, Mr.
Goodale of Jamaica, and others, on the first resor
On Wednesday morning, ike business commit
tee made report of a number of resolutions, which
were taken up separately and discussed with great
By vote of the meeting, gentlemen not belong
ingto any anti-slavery society were invited to par
ticipate in the discussions. One or two gentlemen
present, of this class, availed themselves of the
opportunity, and contributed not a little to the in
terest of the occasion.
From all we saw and heard we are persuaded
that nothing is wanted but a candid examination
of anti-slavery principles, on the part of the citi
zens of Rutland county, to bring the great mass of
the yeomanry heartily into the ranks of the abo
litionists. The strong-hold of opposition, at the
present, is amongst the clergy, and especially that
portion of the clergy who sympathize with the Ver
mont Chronicle men who are ' as much opposed
to slavery as anybody,' and as much opposed to
abolition as anybody. To this class may be ad
ded a considerable number of the aristocracy of
the day, who are jealous enough of the rights of
their own class, the ' property and standing,' but
who can't comprehend the reason of all this out
cry for the rights of niggers. All classes, howev
er, are Beginning to see more clearly that the
slave policy has already overshadowed every sub
stantial interest of the nation that as Americans
we must prepare to surrender our own liberty if
we will not contend for the equal freedom of all.
The proceedings of the meeting, as given in
the Telegraph, are here subjoined : '
The Convention, at Rutland, last week, was a
good one. The help from abroad abundant, as
will be discovered from the proceedings below.
There was no want of speaking talents. Great
harmony and excellent spirits prevailed, through
out. The cause was advanced. The hands of
those who battle for liberty and righteousness were
The proceedings were as follows:
Rutland, June 25, 1839.
At 9 o'clock A. M. the Convention assembled
in the Baptist meetinghouse, and was called to or
der by J. W. Hale, of Brandon, and John Conant
of Brandon was appointed Chairman, and O. S.
Prayer by Rev. Guy Beckley of Northfield.
R. R. Thrall, of Rutland, Jesse Stedman of
Chester, and Guy Beckley were appointed a Bu
J. P. Miller, Agent of the Vermont Anti-Slavery
Society, made remarks while the Business
Committee were out. He perceived that we were
in a frijrid resrion. If we had met as party poli
ticians, we should have seen a different state of
things. We should have been greeted by num
bers who now turn away and decry our cause.
He doubted not that there were numbers about on
these pleasant hills who are praying, with much
zeal ' Thy kingdom come.' But ask them to 're
member,' in their prayers, ' them in bonds, as bound
with them,' and they will fly into a passion and
inveigh against the ' nigger business,' they are off.
They have no hearts to engage in this work which
alone can remove the obstacles to the extension
and triumph of that kingdom for whose appearance
Adjourned to half past ten.
At half past ten, public exercises commenced
J. r. Miller addrcsed the audience, until past
twelve. He wields a gun of great power, scatter
ing his shot in every direction, against the enemies
of our cause, slavery colonization the apolO'
gists of slavery the recreant clergy the dormant
church the heartless, intriguing politician the
advocate offcaste the fiendish man-hater who
indulges and cherishes a diabolical prejudice
none of these escaped.
Adjourned to half past one, P. M.
Half past one. Met according to adjournment.
Prayer by Rev J. Seeley, Agent of the Vermont
Anti-blavery society. J, r. Miller continued his
The following resolution was reported by the
business Committee :
tiesolved, JLhat American &lavery is the sum
of all villanies the monopoly of all wrong the
first on the roll of infamy. It defies competition
For ineffable meanness it is without parallel. Of
all despotisms it is the most despotic of all crimes,
the least excusable, lt is the daily, habitual trans
gression of every command of the Decalogue. It
seeks a refuge in the Sacred Page, and must be
slam at the horns of the altar.
Voted, That no person be permitted to speak
more than once to a resolution or more than 15
minutes at a time, without special leave of the
The foregoing resolution was sustained by Guy
Beckley, O. a. Murray, timothy uoodale, of Ja
maica, J. M. Stearns, of Montpelier, J. P, Miller,
R. G. Williams, of New-York, J. Seely, Jesse
Stedman, after which it was laid on the table for
further discussion to-morrow morning.
Adjourned, to meet to-morrow morning at nine
Nine o'clock, Wednsday morning. Metnccord-
ing to adjournment. Prayer by J. M. Graves, of
C. L. Knapp, of Montpelier, J. Holcomb, of
Brandon, J. Seely, R. G. Williams, were added
to the Business Committee.
J. P. Miller was called to lhe floor, nnd enter
tained the audience for half an hour.
The resolution laid over last evening, was call
ed up and adopted unanimously.
un motion of J. r. Miller,
Resolved. That all irentlemnn nresent, whether
in favour or against our measures, be invited to
participate in our discussions.
The Business Committee reported inc iouow...s
resolutions, which were sustained by remarks
fromR. G. Williams, G. W. Grandy, oi vergen
nes, C. L. Knapp, Timothy Goodale, J. V . Hale,
P. Millar. nnA unanimously adopted :
7?7,W Thnt so lone as slavery exists in the
Distrirf nf Columbia nnd the Territory of Florida
so lonsr as the slave trade is carried on between
, ., i . r.i
the States -so long as me military power oi me na
tion is pledged to keep the slave in subjection, and
northern magistrates consign escaping fugitives to
hopeless bondage, so long the people of the Free
States are guilty of the sin of slaveholding.
rWhereas the most powerful agent in promoting
any reformation is the press ; and whereas the
Circulating Librai-y System, so far as it has
been adopted, has proved to be a most power
ful auxiliary to the Anti-Slavery cause, and af
fords the cheapest possible mode of bringing
the whole question of slavery and emancipation
before the people of this country, therefore,
Resolved, That it be, and hereby is reccom
mended to the Executive Committee of the Ver
mont State Anti-Slavery Society, to adopt imme
diate and energetic measures to plant an Anti
Slavery Library in every town aud every school
district, in the State, witli the least possible delay ;
and also to put the Anti-Slavery Almanac for
1840. American Slavery As It Is, and other late
and important works, into ai general circulation as
Adjourned to half past one o'clock.
Met according to adjournment. Prayer by D.
Haskell, of Rutland.
The Business Committee reported the follow
ing resolutions, which were supported bv C. L
Knapp, G. W. Grandy, R. G. Williams, Timothy
Goodale, J. P. Miller, and J. Seely, and unanim
ously adopted :
Resolved, That the principles of the Anti-Slavery
cause are in perfect accordance with the princi
ples of the Gospel, of the Declaration of Indepen
dence, and the spirit of the constitution of our
country, and when fully understood, must receive
the hearty approbation of every candid mind.
Resolved, That every freeman is bound to with
hold his suffrages from every candidate for any
legislative office, who is unwilling to use all prop
er and lawful efforts, immediately, to " break eve
ry yoke and let the oppressed go free."
Resolved, That, in the minister of the Gospel,
appointed by the Great Head of the Church him
self, the slave ought to have a distinguished ad
The original resolution read as follows :
Recsohd, That in the minister of the Gospel
the slave has an advocate, set apart, by the nature
of his office and the authority of his Master, to
the great work of emancipation.'
Resolved, Ihat those professors of religion who
refuse to assist in the work of emancipation, be
cause persons of different views have got into the
held before them, or from any other pretext, nre
recreant to the cause of humanity, and are shack
ling themselves, and those under their influence,
with rules ol duty not taught by the saviour of
men or his apostles.
Resolved, 1 hat the same principles and meas
ures which lay at the foundation of British eman
cipation, will accomplish the work in our own
liesolved, lhat the thanks of this Convention
be tendered to the proprietors of the house we have
occupied, and to the inhabitants of the village and
town who have entertained us, for their hospital
Resolved, lhat the Rutland Herald, the Ver
mont Telegraph, the Voice of Freedom, nnd Ver
mont Chronicle be requested to publish the pro
ceedings of this Convention.
Adjourned. John Lonant, Ch in.
O. S. Murray, Secretary.
How it Works. A friend relates to us an in
teresting fact, showing the importance of circula
ting Weld's new work entitled ' Slavery as it is.
A clergyman in Addison county, who had stood
aloof from the cause, took up this interesting
work and perused it. So thoroughly was he con
vinced of his former error, that he carried the work
to the house of God on the Sabbath, made a con
fession of his short-comings, read portions of it to
his congregation, and exhorted his hearers to tho
christian duty of ' remembering those who are in
bonds as bound with them.'
Letter from Mr. Seely,
In giving publicity to the following letter frora
our indefatigable Agent, we are tempted to make
a passing remark as the result of a long and
highly-prized acquaintance with the writer in
reference to his alleged unfitness for the com
mission he holds, but the fruits of his labors, as
indicated in his reported list of pledges, in anoth
er column, will, we think, furnish ample com
Brandon, July 2, 1839. 1
That the friends of human rights may know
how the holy enterprize prospers, and its enemies
how it is dying away, you will please give in the
Voice the following signs of the times, which are
surer tokens of the future, touching the prospects
of the cause of the crushed slave, than are those
tokens in the heavens by which we judge, and
say it will be foul, or fair weather to-day, or to
morrow : And as success in war depends on a
knowledge of the strength, position, and move
ments of the enemy, as well as preparation, and
vigorous action, both offensive and defensive ; I
will give some of the signsfn both sides of this
great question, for you know " there are many ad
versaries," and in a very important sense we may
say we do " wrestle against flesh and blood," as
well as " against principalities, and powers, and
spiritual wickedness in high places." But in thii
conflict we are iimum uc.u. ......
our weapons are " mighty, through God, to the
pulling down of strong holds, and casting down
imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God," and the t
alienable rights of man.
On the 27th of Feb. last, with much trembling
and fear, I commenced operations as Agent of the
Vt. A. S. Society, not, indeed, thnt a doubt linger
ed in my mind but that the cause was the cause of
truth and righteousness, nnd that it possessed the.
strongest claims upon the Christian, the Philan
thropist, and the Patriot, for a deep sympathy.
and self-sacrificing spirit! but a consciousness of
my unfitness for the arduous work ; for among .
all the benevolent enterprizes of the present day
of wonders, the public advocates of this, ought the