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II. Having disposed of the astounding question
What have the ministers of Christ to do with sla
very, we will consider the declaration made with
so much self-complacency, " It is their business to
preach the gospel." Very well : but is this their
only business ? If you say it is, then you sweep
trie deccat once, and must acknowledge, that Chris
has no ministers in our land, or that they have to
a man turned aside from their only business. For
I have never known a minister, that was wholly
. devoted to preaching the gospel for any length of
time. If you say that preaching the gospel should
be the main business of every minister of Christ,
but not their only business, then you yield the
point, admit that he has other duties, to which he
ought to attend, and must allow him, as an honest
man, to decide for himself what duties have the
strongest claims upon him.
Here we might leave the subject ; but we have
somewhat more to say. The minister of Christ
is like his Master, has his spirit, and will follow
his example. Ho will preach such n gospel as
Christ preached, and will not be a man-pleaser.
The gospel that Christ preached, was good tidings
. of great joy to all people, to the poor as well as
the rich, to the slave as well as his master, to the
black man as well as the white man. It was a
free salvation ; without money and without price.
It was eminently suited to the circumstances and
wants of the poor. To them it was preached by
Christ and his apostles. And while scribes and
priests contradicted and blasphemed, the common
people heard him gladly. It is written, Isai. 61,
1. " The spirit of the Lord God is upon me : be
cause the Lord hath anointed me to preach good
tidings to the meek; he hath sent me to bind up
the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the cap
tives, and the opening of the prison doors to them
that are bound." And when lie began to preach
he called on his hearers to " Eepent because the
kingdom of heaven was at hand." Had he been
among slaveholders, would he not have called
upon them to repent, to break every yoke and let
the oppressed go free ? Would he not have said
to them, " Blessed are the merciful, for they shall
obtain mercy :" " Thou shaltlove thy neighbor as
thyself:" "In as much as ye have not done it un
to the least of these my brethren, ye have not done
it unto me." And had some proud scribe said,
Who is my neighbor? would not Christ have re
peated the beautiful story of the man who fell a
mong thieves, and who was neglected by the Le
vite and the Priest, but kindly taken care of by
the Samaritan ? And would he not have said to
"him with emphasis, "Go thou, and do likewise?"
If Christ condemned the hyporitical scribes and
pharisees, who made long prayers and devoured
widows' houes J what would he say to those pro
fessed Christians and ministers, who devour not
only widows' houses, but widows and their chil
dren together? If he drove out of the temple those
money speculators, who Fold sheep and oxen for
a lawful purpose, would he not with holy indig
nation drive out of his church those speculators
who sell men, women and children, and live by de
frauding those who labor for them ?
Christ commanded that his gospel should be
preached to every creature. His ministers will
obey him and preach to the poor as well as to the
rich ; preach, not as pleasing men, but God ; preach
the preaching that they are bidden preach that
men should repent and bring forth fruits meet for
repentance; preach that those who have stolen
should steal no more ; preach " Masters give unto
your servants that which is just and equal"; preach
" Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your
miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches
are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Your gold and silver is cankered ; and the rust of
them shall be a witness against you, and shall
eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped
treasure together for the last days. Behold the
hire of the laborers who have reaped down your
fields, which is of you kept hack by fraud, crieth,
and the cries of them which have reaped are en
tered into the ears of the Lord of Sabbaoth"; yea;
they will preach " Remember them, that are bound,
as bound with them, and them that suffer adversi
ty as being yourselves also in the body." Such
is the preaching which the ministers of Christ are
required 10 preach. And sure I am, that I am
willing, that they should preach such preaching
in season and out of season, through evil report
and good, whether people will hear, or whether
But tbTere was in the days of the apostles anoth
er gospel, and men that gloried in preaching it.
A gospel, from which the offence of the cross was
excluded, and a religion inculcated, suited to the
carnal heart and evil desires of ungodly men. Has
this gospel come down to our days ? And is this
the gospel, which those are urged to preach, who
haYfi' nothing to do with slavery ? the vilest that
ever sauy the sun ? It is no marvel ! for
the aposde says; " There were false prophets a
inong the people, even as there shall be false teach
ers among you, who privily' shall bring indainna
ble heresies, even denying the Lord that bought
them, and shall bring upon themselves swift d&
struction. And many shall follow their pernicious
ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall
be evil spoken of. And through covetousness
shall they with feigned words make merchandise
of you ; whose judgment now of a long time lin
gereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
2. Pt. 2: 1, 2, 3. KIAH BAYLEY.
Windsor, Aug. 24, 1839.
C. L. Knapp :
Sir The writer of the enclosed has requested
me to send it to you for publication. Should you
publish it, and say any thing of my having decli
ned to insert it in the Chronicle, I take the. liber
ty to express the hope that you will mention the
ground on which' I declined, which you will find
stated in a paragraph that I send you marked in
the Chronicle of July 24. I am induced to make
this request, because the paragraph may not have
caught your eye, and particularly because the in
dividual with special reference to whom it was
written, has not seen lit to do me so much justice.
I am, sir,
E. C. Tkacv.
The " paragraph" above alluded to, is as fol
" Mr. Ingraham's Letter. We have received
from a member of the Executive Committee of the
State Anti-Slavery Society some remarks rela
ting to Mr. Ingraham's Letter, Sec It may pos
sibly save others the trouble of writing, to say,
that an answer to Mr. Irigraham, to claim atten
tion, must come from one of the parties implica
ted, i. e. from Col. Miller, or from the Committee
of the Society, in their official capacity."
Remark. The rejected communication, the
reader will notice, does not assume to be 'an an
swer to Mr. Inraharn.' It relates, it is true, to
one of the principal topics of Mr. Ingraham's let
ter, viz. the question of receiving money from slave
holders for benevolent and missionary objects a
topic, by the way, which ought to " claim atten
tion," not only of religious editors, but of the
whole body of the clergy and the laity in the coun
try. Ed. Voice.
Tor llio Vermont Chronicle.
Mr. Editor :
If public lecturers, J3V agents from benevolent
bodies, do wrong, or violate the rules of Christian
courtesy, I am willing they should be reproved in
the spirit of the gospel, if any good will result
from such reproof; but I would bear much rather
than lake a course to gender strife, or to place one
benevolent society in opposition to another. Let
there be no strife between them or their agents.
If they cannot cordially unite, let each in his own
way carry the war into the camp of the common
enemy ; but let them not fall out by the way and
spend their strength for worse than nought.
The question about receiving money from
slaveholders for benevolent purposes, and espe
cially for Christian missions, has been ably dis
cussed by Messrs. John Tappan and Gerrit Smith,
and perhaps little more light can be thrown on the
subject. Those who feel interested in the ques
tion had better look at that discussion and then
judge for themselves. For my own part, I must
disapprove of applying to knoion slaveholders for
aid to send the gospel to the heathen ; and it is
gratifying to know that some of the missionaries,
if not all, are very unwilling to be supported by
such funds. And why should they not be ? It
is the price ofblood. It is worse than the hire of
an harlot or the price of a dog. " Thou shall not
bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, in
to the house of the Lord thy God for any vow : for
even both these are abomination unto the Lord
thy God." Deut. 23, 18. And it seems to me
that this divine rule militates against the assertion,
"That all benevolent societies, in receiving dona
tions, are to be governed by the same law which
settles the question of right or wrong in this case,
with respect to individuals." For I think no one
would blame a baker, who should let a prostitute
have bread to feed her children, tho' he were sure
that the money he received was the hire of her
prostitution, or the price of her dog.
Benevolent societies, and especially those for
spreading the gospel, occupy high ground : and
they should be like a city set upon a hill. If pos
sible, their character should be, like a virgin's, un
spotted and unsuspected. They should avoid the
very appearance of evil. But when they send
their agents to solicit money from slaveholders,
many good people believe that they violate this
rule, and are grieved. Yea more, they believe
that he who receives goods which he has reason
to believe were stolen, is a partaker with the thief,
and that he does by his conduct, strengthen the
hands of evil doers. Actions speak louder than
words ; and when I knowingly accept as a gift a
portion of the gains of ungodliness, I see not how
I could reprove the evil doer. And I believe he
would feel that he had nothing to fear from my
reproof. " A gift blindeth the eyes of the wise."
And he that associates with the wicked, is very
apt to drink in his spirit, and learn his ways:
Hence Solomon says, " My son, walk thou not in
the way with them; refrain thy foot from their
path." Prov. I. 15. And God approves of the
conduct of that man who " despiseth the gain of
oppression, that shaketh his hands from holding
bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood,
and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil." Isa. 33,
15. I should be afraid to meet such a text at the
house of a slaveholder, from whom I had solicited
aid for a benevolent purpose.
But it is said that Christ eat with publicans
and sinners, and thus by his example justified
those who take gifts from slaveholders. Very
well. At another time he said, " Wo unto you,
scribes and pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye devour
widows' houses, and for pretence make long pray
ers : therefore ye shall receive the greater dam
VOICE OP FREEDOM.
nation." Math. 23, 14. At another time, he
found in the temple a gang of swindlers, called
money changers, and drove them all out of the
temple, poured out their money, and overthrew
their tables. How fur may lecturers and agents
follow such examples ?
But Paul has settled the question, 1. Cor. 10, 27
"If any of those that believe not, bid you to a
feast, and ye be disposed to go, whatsoever is set
before you, cat, asking no question for ccnsciencc's
sake." If this text has any thinglo do with the
question at issue, then surely the verse that fol
lows nas a Hearing on me same point, for we
say this donation is the hire of tho labourer that is
kept back from him by fraud the price of blood.
And the apostle says, " But if any man say unto
you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not
for his sake that showed it, and for conscience's
sake." How would a consistent man act in such
a case ?
But it is said, that although the greater part of
the property possessed by slaveholders is the
fruits of their oppression, yet they have some pro
perty that is not of that description, and we may
lawfully take that. Here it seems to be admitted
that the greater part of the properly held by slave
owners is the fruit of oppression, and that it would
not be right to take that if it were kept separate
A good admission. Now, we are told that a lit
tle leaven leavcnclh the whole lump; is it not
then fair to infer, that a mass of leaven will lea
ven a small lump, and that all will soon be of one
quality ? Achan hid the stolen garment and the
wedge of gold among his goods, and it brought a
- ii i i i .
curse on an ne possessed. Ana it was once a
rule, that if a priest touched an unclean thing with
his holy garments, he was unclean. I hear an
apostle say, " Be not a partaker of other men's
sins." And I am constrained to believe that the
safe rule is, " touch not; taste not ; handle not."
I had rather have two mites from a praying wid
ow, than all that was ever obtained from those rich
men who keep back by fraud the wages of those
who have reaped down their fields. I should be
afraid that their wages would cry out, and that
their cries would enter into the ears of the Lord
of Sabbaoth. See James 5, 4. And I should be
confounded should an infidel exclaim, " Thou that
preacTiest a man should not steal, dost thou steal ?"
It may be difficult to draw a line that will meet
the point in all cases ; but if it be a doubtful case,
we must remember that he who acts in such a
case must be condemned. There may be cases
in which it would be lawful to take a donation,
when it would not be expedient. And I very
much question, whether a missionary society can
in any case solicit donations from slaveholders, and
yet not be a partaker of their evil deeds. 2. John.
But I must close my remarks. And we should
all remember, that whether we discuss this, or
any other question, our simple aim should be, to
find out the will of God, that we may do it.
" Whether ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,
do all to the glory of God."
Hardwick, July 17, 1839. '
For the Voice of Freedom.
C. L. Knapp :
Sir I send you the enclosed form of a Peti
tion to be presented to our state legislature at the
eusuing session. It is extremely important that
either this or some other form of petition, having
in view the same object, should be extensively cir
culated through the state as speedily as possible.
There are evidently thousands in the stale, who
are not avowed abolitionists, that will cheerfully
sign this petition if an opportunity be offered. To
our active, working abolitionists, we look to car
ry out this department of our duty. Let the work
be cheerfully doj in season. Let Vermont speak
on the subject of freedom as it becomes the de
scendants of her boasted patriotic forefathers. Let
it be borne in mind, that for the existence of slave
ry and the slave-trade in the District of Colum
bia and in the Territories, and the selling of men,
women and children from one stale to another,
Vermont is as much responsible as Georgia, or
any other slave state. We ask only what we
have a constitutional right to do, and what by
moral, political, and religious obligations, we are
under the strongest obligations to perforin.
The form of petition prepared by the Executive
Committee will be forwarded to a considerable
number of our friends, but the Committee have not
enough to supply all ; it is therefore requested
that this form, or some other more agreeable, will
without delay be circulated in every portion of the
state. J. A. ALLEN,
Sec. Ex. Com. of Vt. A. S. Society.
Middlebury, Sept- 4, 1839.
DC'Annexed is the form of' petition intended
for circulation. Now that the smoke of election
has passed away, we trust the friends of the slave
will promptly second the call of the Executive
Committee, remembering that the time in short.
The petitions, so far as may be, should be circu
lated in season to be brought by the members on
the second Thursday of October.
Will any one say, we have petitioned enough
the legislature for three years have passed very
acceptable resolutions ? Let it be considered by
such, that the right of petition is still denied to
us at Washington. Now, then, is precisely the
time to re-affirm our rights and to demand for
them that respect which has been so shamefully
denied. Circulate the petitions ! and while do
ing this, don't forget to circulate at ihc same time
some useful publications. Invite the friends to
lend a helping hand to the Voice of Freedom by
sending in their names and money. Ed.
To the Honorable tie Senate and House of Rep
resentatives of the Slate of Vermont :
The undersigned, inhabitants of the town of
and State of Vermont, respectfully request
your honorable body to instruct the Senators and
request the Representatives in Congress from this
State, to use all constitutional measures to pro
cure the abolition of slavery and the slave-trade
in the District of Columbia and the several Terri
tories; and also the abolition of the inter-state
Also to remonstrate, in the name of the people,
and as a sovereign State, ucrainst any abridgment
of, or infringement upon, the right of petition, by
reiusing to leceive petitions, important m their
nature and respectful in their language, or having
received, to deny them a proper consideration and
And to remonstrate asrainst the admission of
Texas, or any new State, into the Union, with
constitutions permitting the existence of slavery.
The Monlpelier Clerical Association will meet at Waits-
field on Tuesday Sept. 17, at 12 o'clock. Also the Wash
ington County Conference of Churches will meet at the
same place the Wednesday following. 1'. Iaylcr.
Wailsheld, Aug. 30, 1839.
State Auti-Slavery Convention.
An Anti-Sfovcrv Convention under the direction of the
State Ex. Com. will be holder! at Manchester, on Wedne
dav, Sent. 2.r)th.
A public Lecture will be given on the evening prece
ding: liusiness meeting at 9 o clock and public exercises
at half past 10, A. M. on the day of the convention.
beverat distinguished speakers and advocates of the
cause will be present; and tho public generally are invited
By order of the Committee,
J. A. ALLEN,
Soc. of Ex. Com. of Vt. A. S. Society.
Middlebury, August 20lh 1839.
The Rev. G. Becklcv by the leave of Divine Providence
will deliver Anti-Slaverv lectures as follows viz:
August 25th, Stow.
" 27, Morristown,
" 28, Craftsburv,
" 30, Irasburgh,
1 & 2, Derby,
Meetings to commence at -4 o'clock or 7 P. M. as will
The friends of the cause in the above named places will
have the goodness to make all necessary arrangements for
the meetings. The North Star, and Caledonian, wil1
pleaso copy the above.
Reported for tho Yankee Farmer.
Monday, Sept. 2, 1839.
At market, 625 Beef Cattle, 140 .Stores, 14 yoke Work
ing Oxen, 35 Cows and Calves, 4650 Sheep and Lambs,
Prices. Beef First quality. g8 second quality,
a $7,50 third quality 6,50 a $7.
Working Oxen Quality at market not so good as last
week. We notice sales at 90 &1I5 IS 145.
Stores Sales were slow, on account of the high prices
demanded bv the holders. We noticed a few sold at $22,
Cows and Calves Sold at $30, 25, 38, 4-5, and 4S.
Sheep and Lambs 4,75, 1,87, 2 to 3.
Swine At retail from 7 to 8 cts. Old hoes were re
tailed from 6 1-2 to 7 1-2. Lots of shotes to neddie were
taken from 5 1-2 to 6 for sows; 6 1-2 a 7 for barrows.
In Barnard on the 28th ult. by Rev. J. Hiuen, Mr. Jo
Ellis 2nd to Miss Elmina E. Graves, both of Barnard.
By the same at the same time and place, Mr. Thomas B.
Graves of Barnard to Miss Mary B. Thompson of Royal
In Bradford Aug. 22, John C. aged 3 vrs C mths; and
Ann R. C. aged 2 yrs and 11 days, children of the Rev.
Cephas II. and Mary Kent.
In Lowell Mass. August last Mrs. Mary T. Rust. Prin
ters in Illinois and Ohio are requested &c.
HORSE FOR SAL!).
Inquire of C. L. KNAPP.
FIRE ! FIRE ! I FIRE lit
"IIE members of the Vermont Mutual Fire Insurance
Company are hereby notified that the following as
sessments have been made by the Directors on all notes in
force on the following days, to wit :
Nov. 10, 1838 1-2 of 1 per cent.
22, " 1-2 "
Dec, 20, 1 1-2
31 , i4
Jan, 6, 1839 1-2 "
Feb, 8, " 1-4 "
Mar, 12, 1-4
May, 8, " 1-4
Making 5 per cent, assessment fur the
year; said percentage to be cast on the original amount of
the premium note, without relerenco to any emiorsiiicnts,
and to bo paid to the Treasurer, at his ollice in Monlpelier,
on or before the 16th day of October, 1839, being the day
of the annual moeling of said company. An opportunity
will be presented to forward assessments by the members
of the Legislature, and those who neglect to forward their
assessments then, are referred to the 8th section of the Act,
attached to each policy, for the consequences.
HARRY VAIL, Treasurer.
Monlpelier, Aug 12, 1839, ' 18
ICPTho printers of each weekly newspaper in this state
are reqnestod to publish the above notice three woeVs suc
aossively.and forward their bills by ihe members of the Leg
ilature for payment.
FOR 18 10 for sale at this OlTioe.
WASHINGTON OOUMTY GRAMMAR
rtnllE fall term of this diservedly popular school, under
-EL 'the superintendence of Mr. Calvin Pease, Principal,
and Mr. R. Case, Assistant, will commence on Thursday,
29th of August instant. The terms of tuition are as fol
lows, payable in advance:
Three Dollars for Orthography, Reading, Arithmetic,
English Grammar and Latin Grammar,
Five Dollars for Languages and Mathematics, (except
Arithmetic ami Latin Grammar.)'
Four Dollars for all other studies pursued in the Acad
emy. Hoard inrespectablehoiisesmay.be had from $1,50 tr.
$1,75 per weok; and those who prefer can be furnished
with rooms, and board themselves. The Board of Trust
have made such arrangements as thev believe will render
this institution among the first in the State. From the pop
ularity of tho teachers the last year, and the proficiency of
the scholars, as evinced at the late examination, parents
may roly on a thorough education of such of their sons and
daughters as they may be pleased to place under the care
of the present conductors of this literary institution.
. iih.ioi inniiiuii
JOSEPH HOWES, ) I
I. F. REDFIELf),
JUKI, I'll HOWES, ) Prudential
tee. 32 3:w
Village of Monlpelier, Aug. 6, 1839.
TTUST received from New York, by it. R. HIKER,
J9 State street, opposite the Bank, a large assortment of
MILITARY GOODS, suitable for the present regulation
of the Militia of this Slate. Terms Cash.
May 6th, 1839. 19:tf
JEllKTT, EHUVES & CO.
RE iust receiving from New York and Boston a prime
.Si. assortment of Goods, to which they invite the at
tention of their friends and customers.
May 4, 1838. 13 Cw
NEW GOODS ! NEW GOODS ! !
BALBWL? & SCOTT
SAVE just received a splendid assortment of SPRING
& SUMMER GOODS, which they will sell cheap
for cash. tCp" Those wishing for a great bargain will
do well to call before purchasing elsewhere.
May 13, 1839. 19:tf
THE Subscriber having taken as partner his son, IL
LIAM P. BADGER, in the business heretofore con
ducted by himself, the business will hereafter be done un
der the firm of J. E. BADGER &. SON.
J. E. BADGER.
Monlpelier, Feb. 7, 1S39. 6:tf
HAT, CAP AND FUR STORE,
STATE St., MONTPELIER, Vt.
J. E. BADGER & SON,
ATS, CAPS, STOCKS, FURS, SUSPENDERS,
Gloves. Hosiery, &c. &c, would return their
thanks to the citizens of Monlpelier and vicinity for their
liberal patronage heretofore extended to their establishment,
and solicit a continuance of the same.
N. B. Merchants supplied with Hats of all kinds at city
February 7, 1839. :"
rPpIIOSE indebted to J. E. BADGER, by note or account,
.1SL of over six months standing, are requested to call ana
adjust the same immediately.
February 7, 1S39.
AT THE CASH STORE OF
.1 p mi
"H"UST received from Boston and New York, an EXTEN
V SIVE STOCK OF GOODS, among which may be
From 6 to 7,000 yd- PRINTS, from 6d to 3 6 per
yd. From 40 to 60 piecea plain and fig'd diess SILKS'
BROAD SLOTHS &. OASSII.IEIlirS.
BONNETTS, from 20 cts. to 15,50. .Ribbons, Laces,
Linens, Muslin de Lains, Printed Lawns and Muslins, Ar
tificial Flowers, Fancy Hdks., Shawls, Flannel Binding,
Gloves, Oiled Silks, Neck Stocks.
4,000 yds. Sheetings, from 10 1-4 to 10 cts.
l,40O Shirtings, from 7 to 10 cts.
Tickinir, Cotton Yam, Wickinj:, Batting, &c.
LOOKING CLASSES, CHINA TEA WARE
with Plntes to match.
Anvills, Vices, Mill Saws, and Hard Ware in general
Nails and Glass, Paints and Oils, Iron A-X'es with pipe
Boxes fitted. fCTA Large and more general assortment
of all kinds of IRON and STEEL, and at lower prices than
has been sold before, will be received in a few days.
We invite our friends and the public to examine our
stock and prices.
CJt' We are on the principle of small advance for
cash, or short credit.
WANTED 1,000 vds. TOW CLOTH, DRIED
APPLE, BUTTEfl, CHEESE and GRAIN OF ALL
May 15th, 1839. 20:4m
VEW CJOOI5S! CMEA1 OliM
LANGD0N & WRIGHT
MAVE this dav received, at their Cash Store, a large
amount of FllESH GOODS, from New York and
Boston, comprising a very general assortment which they
have recently purchased with cash, and which they offer
at prices which cannot fail to pleaso. They respectfully
solicit the patronage of their friends and the public gener
ally. jCP N. B. L. & W. will soon remove their Cash Store
to the large white Store one door North of the old Langdon
Store, on Main st., where goods will be sold cheap foj
prompt pav. Call and see.
Monlpelier, May 1, 1839. 18 tf
THE CASH STORE IS
fj" ANGDON & WRIGHT have removed their CASH
JlJ STORE to the large White Building, one door north
of the Landon Store, on Main street where they have on
hand, and are daily receiving, a great variety of Desirable
(OODS, which they oiler for sale at great bargains. Call
and see. "
Monlpelier, May 16, 1839. 20:tf
Attention Artillery Companies !
R. R. RIKER,
(Slate sreot, opposite the Bank,)
"T" "3"AS this dav received from INt-VV -1 UK IV, Scarlet
JTS. Broad Cloth, for Military Companies' Uniforms, Ar
tillf rv Buttons, Yellow Wings for S.irgeanls, Red Cock-
feathers, Red Pompoms, Red 12 inch Vulture Plumes,
Yellow Lace, Yollow Epauletts, Red Sashes &c. for sale
cheap for cash.
30 do2. Infantry Hat Plates, White Cock feathers, White
Wings for Sargeunts, 12 inch White Vulture Plumes,
Swords and Belts, Flat Eagle Buttons, Laces, Epauletta,
&c. for sale cheap for caEh.
Montpolier, June 10, 1830 :'f
BY WILLIAM C. BOARDMAN,
St. Johnsbi'rY Plain,