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For the Anti-Slavery Bugle.
The following humbug, called " Freedom's
Invitation" I found in an eastern paper. H
H such a palpable falsehood tint 1 won ler
the author was not ash lined t.. Ii.ivn It son
the light. I!' he .li.l not 'iS1H,1'",'1
only shows how much people can bo blinded
nnl befooled by what they style pal, ! ilisin,
which as they usn the word means nothing
more than a selfish and contemptible pr"ju
liro which thi! true patriot would spurn from
him. I have written a reply culled the,
'Slave's Declaration," which if it dues not
contain so much poetry as Iho other, has the
merit nf being more truthful.
AN ODE FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY.
Floating through Oolumhi a's sky,
Freedom's hanners wave on high,
While the nations gathering round,
Heard her trumpet-accents sound:
Come, ye people, long oppressed,
Underneath my banners rest;
From the tyranny of kings
Seek tho refuge Freedom brings.
Despots, with their iron tread,
Europe's soil have overspread ;
In the regions of the West,
I have found a place of rest.
Ample is my "Western home,
Hither let the people come,
Oh, why will ye longer slay,
Crushed beneath a tyrant.) sway?'
Monarehs trembled while she spoke;
Men their galling fellers broke,
Hade the land of slaves farewell, (!!)
Sought where Fredom reigns to dwell.
THE SLAVE'S DECLARATION.
AN EVERY DAY ODE.
Hark ! upon Columbia's air
.Cries of anguish and despair,
Wliilo tho nations gathering round
Listen to the piteous sound.
"Come not here, though ye have home
lynmny, and hate, and scorn,
Jtetter to endure the worst
Than to seek this land accurst.
Europe's tyrants may not dare
To inflict the wrongs we bear,
For Columbia's children bring
Nought to us but suil'ering.
Freedom here is but a sound,
Chains, and whips, and yokes abound;
Yonder spangled banner waves
Over tyrants and their slaves."
Hell is pleased and Devils laugh,
And their fiery potions quaff,
Boasting l Art have never sold
Any brother imp for gold.
AN EVERY DAY ODE. N. T. T.
A parent asked a priest his boy to bless,
Who forthwith charged him, ho must first
confess, . '
Well,' said the boy, 'suppose, sir, I am will
ing, What is your charge! ' 'To you 'tis but a
Must all men pay ? and all men make con
Yes, every man of Catholic profession.'
And who do you confess tol ' 'Why the
'And do the deans confess?' 'Yes, boy,
Confess to bishops, and pay smartly too,'
Do bishops, sir, confess 1 if so, to whom ? '
Why, they confess, and pay the church of
Well,' quoth the hoy, 'all this is mighty
And does the pope confess ? ' Oh, yes, to
And does God charge the pope' 'No,'
quoth tho priest,
God charges nothing.' ' Ob, then, God is
God is able to forgive, and always willing;
To him I will confess, and save my shilling.'
[From the Liberator.]
Is it not astonishing alunih!ng! to see
liow absolutely the inlluenco of pro-conceived
opinion and accustomed habits of thought
can subjugate and nullify reason, the faculty
that distinguishes men from brutes
Never in my whole experience as a Chris
tian minister, have I been more impressed
with this truth than in my conversation this
morning with a New Zealand chief, whoso
amiable disposition, acute mind and remark
able facility in acquiring our languago and
adapting himself to our manners, have indu
ved the captain of ono of our merchant ships
to indulge his love of novelty by giving him
a free passage to this country.
Captain II. who has long been an esteem
ed member of my congregation, and whose
voyages generally furnish some accession to
my little cabinet of curiosities, had this time
brought me some curiously carved spears,
paddles, and paloo-patoos, and a perfectly
preserved tatoocd human head from' New
Zealand; and knowing how much it would
gratify mo to see a native of that heathen and
savage island, he brought Tapio, and left him
in my study, promising to call for him when
he had finished some business with my next
I was delighted with the opportunity of
learning, from such unquestionable authority,
tho truth respecting the manners, customs,
and religion of New Zealand, and especially
respecting the horrible practice of human sa
crifice, which is said still to prevail in that
country. Indeed my eagerness upon the last
mentioned point was such, that it formed the
first topic of inv inquiries, after such common
place observations as were calculated to put
him ut ease, in his new position. Ho show
ed no luluctuuco- to speak -upon llio subject,
but answered In" quietly, simply, and w ith
no moro emoli u than if lie h id been speak
ing el" the inot unexceptionable net, that
Airv, hi god, rc ptirc'l hum in sacrifice-) on
ccrl n l oiv nlons, Pint lie him (II, in his al
lien of chief, hid sometimes assisted at lliem.
'I'n my successive inquiries he replied that ho
felt no compunction, hut rather satisfaction
in performing this oilier; that his god had a
right to dispose of men at his own pleasure,
and that bis pleasure was to Inve many hu
man sacrifices; tint it was his imperative du
ty to obey the god s commands, and that ho
knew these olTerings to be bis command, be
cause the priests assured hiai of it. I urged
upon lii in as forcibly as 1 could, the eonsid
i ration, that the Creator of tho world being
clearly a God of infinite benevolence, having
commanded the love of human beings to each
other not less than to himself, having implant
ed gentle and kindly affections in every hu
man heart, and hiving so constituted men
that mutual kindness, confidence, forgive
ness, love and help always render lliein hap
pier, while strife and opposition always di
minish their happiness, a command to one
human being to hill another would he rever
sing his own work, and it is therefore impos
sible that be c m have given such a command,
and tlie priests who assert that lie bar dom so
must be deceived or deceivers. To this he
replied that such might be the character of
my god, but that Atl.'a was a vindictive and
malignant being, who if not propithtod by
such sacrifices, would bring great calamities
upon tho whole people.
I then presented to bis mind the inquiry
whether a being cherishing such dispositions,
and issuing such commands, could possibly
he the true G'od, mid whether all such repre
sent itions of the true God inu.;t not necessa
rily he regarded as impious and libelous,
though all the priests in tho world should u
nite in asserting them. He seemed struck
with the justice of this thought, and begged
me to tell him more of the true God, and his
mode of communication with men. I then
told him of the covenant of God with Abra
ham, and in reply to his further inquiries,
narrated to him the chief events in the life
of the father of the faithful. His attention
was strongly arrested by God's command to
the patriarch to sacrifice his son, and he in
sisted, with the strongest pertinacity, that
this com in in I was precisely like that of Atca
to the priests of his heathenish island, though
1 pointed nut the diticrcncj in the clearest
manner. He dwelt so long upon this point,
that 1 felt rather relieved when a knock at
tho door interrupted our conversation.
My new visitor proved to bo a messenger
from the sheriff, requesting me to perfonu
the religious services at the execution of two
pirates, which was to take place that day
Tapio accompanied mra to the nhice of exe
cution, and stood at a little distance while I
ascended the scaffold to offer the last servi
ces to the criminals. Tho first proved to he
a hardened wretch, for ho turned contemptu
ously away from me, refused the prayer
which I proposed to oiler for him, called our
professions of sympathy hypocritical euut.
and declared that, bad as ho was, he was
never Dad enough to murder a ic low man in
cold blood, us we were about to do. He re
mained obstinate to the last, and was sent
into eternity without having manifested a
siiiglnsynipt nil of penitenceduringthe whole
six weeks which the judge innreifully allow
ed him to prepare for death. The other had
pursued a far different course, hivingapplieJ
himself diligently, immeji itely altar hi sen
tence, to the great work of repentance. Ho
gave abundant evidence of a real change of
heart and 1 felt us I stood by him on thescaf-
lold and mingled my prayers with his, and
then saw him hanged by the neck till he. was
dead, that ho was a true brother in Christ.
I would hero intuition, to show tho malig
nity of infidelity, that as wo were going a
way, one of the opposors of capital punish
ment said, evidently intending that 1 should
hear it, that the sheriff and the parson had
done a great deal for the kingdom of heaven
to-day, having just damned a sinner and mur
dered a saint. Of course I tuok no notice of
We wulkcd awav in silence. I was med
itating on tho iinpressivo sceno wo had just
witnessed, with a view to the addition of
some further reflections to my sermon on the
necessity of capitil punishment, and my new
acquaintance seemed alsoahsorbed in thought.
Hut scarcely had wo seated ourselves again
In my study when, to my utter amazement.
Tapio looked up to mo and seriously asked,
way nave you deceived me!' 'In what
have I deceived you!' 1 replied. 'You have
led me to believe, said lie, 'that human sa
crifices were; unknown in tins country, and
contrary t J its religion.' I explained to him
that this execution took place in the ordinary
operation of civil law. 'Is this law then op
posed to your religion' asked ho. 'On the
confary, siid I, 'it is even founded on reli
gion, for God hath said, 'llo that sheddelh
man's blood, by mm shall his blood bo shed.'
'Is this God then,' said he, 'more powerful
than tho truo God, of whom vou foraierlv
said that he is love, and commands invaria
ble love, forgiveness and kindness, in the in
tereourse of his children?' I told him that
wo bavo but one God, and that lie command'
ed both these things; but this ho declared bo
could nut understand. And when 1 told him
that no ono was put to dealh in public in this
deliberate way, except those who bad coin
mitted some great crime, he said it was just
: . . I l 1 i i i
so ill iow .uaiuuti, most! only nciinr select'
cd for sacrifice, whom Ihe priests declared to
have oilentled ATl'A.
Tho intellect of Tapio had been so imper
fectly developed, that it was obviously very
uimcuii lor linn to understand tin; tlistinc
tions I pointed out; but 1 was about to at
tempt yet another explanation, when the door
was suddenly and violently thrown open.
and a man, clad in rags, covered with dust,
and panting with fatigue, rushed into the
room and threw himself on his knees before
me, crying, in tones of piercing earnestness,
'Save me, save ine! For Jesus Christ'ssakc,
don't give mo up! I'd rather die on Ibis spot
man go uacK lino slavery. lieloro 1 had
timo to speak, an athletic white man rushed
in with equal violence, and seizing the ne-
ero by the collar began to say, ' on damned
rascal' when I interposed, rebuked the man
for hi) profmilv, anil tic :i red him to tell me
his husin-ris. He iinmetli it.My assumed a
respectful demeanor, apologised for his ill
latum ii'H, whieh ho slid wiw not habitail
with him, but was excited by the ingratitude
and deceit of the slave of whom he h id now
obt lined possession, mid who had run away
from one of the best and kindest of masters.
On further in piiry, I found that the si ivc's
master belonged to the church of the Rev
Dr. Fuller, a dear minist-ring brother of our
denomination in South Carolina, whoso de
fence of slavery from the Bible I bail lately
read. Of course thorn was nothing to be
ilonn but to pursue tho course, required by
our constitution end laws, I therefore pro
vided a piece ol rope lor tfie mora o!lituil
safe-keeping of the slave, adinonishpd him
to render faithful service for the fnt ire to his
master, charged the overseer with my re
spectful nml fraternal salutation to Dr. Ful
ler, ami bade them cro in peace.
As I returned to the study, Tapio said ti
me, '1 Ins looks very much like a human si
crifie.e.' I was about to explain bow incor
rect his opinion was, just then Oapt. II.
returned and took him away.
I greatly fear that the poor blinded heathen
still prefers Atua and his sacrifices to the
true God and the institutions of Christianity.
C. K. W.
BY MRS. CHILD.
following extract, wo
been allowed to take from tho records of the
Prison Association, kept by Isaac T. Hop
per, at the ollieo of that excellent institution,
io. 13 Pine street, may bo interesting to
tho readers of the Evening Mirror. We trust
that this alloctiiig case may at least operate
as a caution to employers how they injure
the character, and blight the prospects, of
poor young creatures engaged in their ser
vice: "Mary McIIugh belonged to a respectable
Irish family in Upper Canada. There being
several sist rs at homo, and her services not
needed, she deemed it best to relieve her pa
rents of a part of their burthen, by an ellort
to earn her own living. For that purpose
she came to the United States, and entered
into the service of Mrs. . She dis
charged tho duties of her station in a satis
factory manner, an 1 secured tho confidence
anil affectionate good will of the family.
At tho death of Mrs. , she engaged
with another family in the sima neighbor
hood. This Mrs. promised hor a dol
lar a week for hor services; but after sho bad
been there three weeks, she told her that
she should give but sixty-two cents. Mary
then requested the wages that wero duo her,
that she might go into the service of anoth
er family near by, who had offered a dollar
anil a quarter a week. Mrs. ' declared
that she should not leave till she had pro
cured another servant; that sho Would not
pay her a cent till another servant cunt), and
that sho would pay her only sixty-two cents
a week from tho beginning to the end of her
This oppressive and altogether unjustifia
ble conduct excited Mary's resentment.
Partly in anger, and partly from the idea
that her employer intended to wrong her, sh3
hid a silver can and some spoons in the wood
house. There is every roason to b.dieve that
sho had no intention of stealing them, and
sho was not aware that such a step subject
ed her to tho danger of a criminal prosecu
tion. Mrs. was extremely exasperated;
and, it is to be hoped, more under the influ
ence ot thoughtless anger than ot deliberate
cruelty, she caused the poor girl to be arres
ted, l no silver was lound wuero sue con
fessed she had hid it, she was tried, convic
ted, and sentenced to Sing Sing furtwo years.
A sense of tho disgrace which her i.npru
dencnhid brought 'on herself autl family,
and especially the anguish it would iullict
on her mother's heart, completely broke the
spirit of tho poor suiTeror. Hor sensitive
nature could not bvir up under tho terrible
struggle, and she sunk into a listless despair.
She took extremely little nourishment, and
obtained scarcely any sleep. It soon became
evident that reason was giving way under
tho inlluenco ot perpetual griel, anil that s'ae
was in danger ot melancholy lunacy the re
mainder of her life. Her father, a venera
ble old soldier, who had been lamed in the
Uritish army, at tho battlo of SaraTossa.
ratio from Canada with an earnest petition
in her behalf, backed with letters ami cer
tificates from magistrates ami other people of
lniluence and lugli respectability, testifying
to tho good character uud condui t of Mary
..a i c. :i., 'Pi. i
uii-.i w i 1'iuiiij . in- iwui-i uiriuiiii.-tiauccs Ol
the case being officially laid before the Gov
ernor, in connection with these cnitiliciites.
he granted a pardon, and communicated the
welcome intelligence to the afflicted father
in a loiter which did him great honor.
Hlule 1 wnto this, my heart ejaculates,
"May heaven bless him!"
A letter from Kliza W. Farnham, tho ex
cellent matron of Sing Sing prison, enquir
ed ot me whether ttia J'rison Association
could provide for this unfortunate creature.
till such timo as her father could como for
her. I replied that a suitable place had bet
ter be procured in tho neighborhood of the
prison, and tho Association would pay her
board till elis could be restored to her home.
As sho Was labeling undor derangement of
mind, and required some gentlo restraint, it
was dulicult to procure a suitable place, and
sho was conveyed to tho County House.
Another letter from fc. W. luriihaiu inform
ed mo of this, aud expressed great anxiety
on her account. For four days she bad tas
ted no lood, nor obtained a single hour oi
sleep. Tho letter concluded by saving.
" 1 his, m addition to her previous rxbaus
tion, must, if continued, soon produce dealh.
She is exceedingly miserable, and my heart
is sore at the thought of leaving so sensitive
and shrinking a spirit all unshielded as she
Unwilling'sho should remain in the Coun
ty House an hour lonsrer than was necessary,
1 started for Tarry town tho very day I re
ceived me letter, i nau seen uio poor cniiu
of misfortune at Sing Sing, some months
before, and inv sympathy had been greatly
excited in hor behalf. Sho recollected mo
at once, and made no objection to returning
with ine t ) N.e.v Yik. She was in saeli a
delicate utiba of health, mind nnd body, that
1 could not hour to pi ieo her Willi s'ring'-rs,
who would feel no synip ilhy for her; a.nl
though it was inconvenient tn rt reive h -r m-t-i
my fiinily, I thought if bet uotb r the
circumstances to tlo so. We found her simple-hearted,
unoll'euiling, and gr.il ful; easi
ly guided, though Soei'wh.it l.-oublcsome,
from the wandering.? of her mind, and the
highly excitable state of her nervmn sys
tem. Sho expressed an ejruest wish t-i see
llisbop Hughes. 1 went for him, and 1 was
pleased with the prompt nn.l hearty cheer
fulness with which ho camo to speak to her
words of encouragement an I consolation.
Sim soon began to tiko nourishment, nnd
during the four weeks tli.it she remained un
der my roof, she continue. 1 to improve in
health, though her mind still remained fee
ble and wandering. The fouialo br.iiieli of
tho Prison Association having provided u
Home for tho woman convicts released from
Sing Siug, it was thought best that Mary
should go there. A few days after she bail
left my roof her mother camo for her. Sho
appeared to be a respectable, worthy, hard
working woman. 1 conveyed her to her
daughter, and it Was truly iill'eeting to wit
ness their meeting. They threw themselves
into each other's arms, wept, looked at each
other, and wept again. On tho eighth of
this month, they departed together for their
homo in Canada, and it is hoped that time
will gradually restore poor Mary to health
1 have purposely avoided mentioning the
name of the woman whose oppressive and
harsh treatment occasioned the wreck of
this poor, well-meaning girl, and such great
distress to an innocent family. May tho
consequences of her proceedings teach her
a lesson for the future. N t for the wealth
of the Indies, would 1 do such au injury to
a fellow being."
AN EXTRAORDINARY CASE.
BY LYDIA MARIA CHILD.
From her Second Series of " Letters from
Tho yellow fever raged fearfully in Boston,
tho last part of the eighteenth century. Tho
panic, was so universal, that wives forsook
their dying husbands, in soinsi cases, anil
mothers their children, to escape the conta
gious atmosphere of tho town. Funer.d rites
were generally omitted. The " Death carts,"
sent into every part of the town, were so ar
ranged as to pass each street every half hour.
At each house known to contain a victim of
tho fever, they rang a bell, and called "bring
out your dead." When the lifeless forms
were brought out they were wrapped in t arr
et! sheets, put into the cart, and carried to
the burial placo, unaccompanied by relatives.
In most iustinces, in fact, relatives had fled
before the first approach of the fatil disease.
One of my father's brothers, residing in
Boston at that time, became a victim to tho
pcstilenct;. When tho first symotoius ap
peared, his wife sent the children into the
country, and herself remained to a'tend upon
him. Iter mends warned her against such
rashness. They told her it would be death
to her, anil no benefit to him, for ho would
soon be too ill to know who attended him.
1'hosfl arguments made no impression on her
!reetionate heart. Sho felt that it would be
a lifelong satisfaction to h-r to know who at
tended upon him, if he did not. Sho accord
ingly stayed and watehed linn Willi unremit
ting care. This, however, did not avail to
save him. I In grow worse ami worse, and
finally died. Those who went round with
the "death carts," had visitod the chamber,
and seen that his end was near. They now
canirt to tike the body. His wife refused to
let it go. Sho told me that sho never knew
how to account for it, hut though he was p ar
fectly cold and rigid, and to every appear
ance quite dead, there was a powerful im
pression on her mind that life was not ex
tinct. Tho men were overborne by the
strength of her conviction, though their own
reason was opposed to it. The half hour a
gain returned, and agiin was heard tho sol
emn words, "Bring forth your dead."
Tho wife again resisted their importuni
ties, but this time the men were resolute.
They said the duty assigned them was a
painful one; but the health of the town re
quired punctual obedience to tho order they
bad received; if they ever expected the pes
tilence to abate, it must be by a prompt re
moval of the dead, and immediate fumiga
tion of the apartments. She pleaded and
pleaded, and even knelt to them in au agony
of tears, continually saying, "I nm sura he
is not dead." The men represented tho ut
ter absurdity of such an idea, but finally o
vorcome by her tears again departed. With
trembling haste sho renewed her elforts to
restore life. She raised his head, rolled his
limbs in hot flannel, an 1 placed hot onions
on his feet. The dreaded half hour again
camo round and found him cold nnd rigid as
ever. Sho renewed Her entreaties so despe
rately, that tho messengers beeran to think a
little more gentlo force would bo necessary.
They accordingly attempted, to remove the
body against her will; but she threw herself
upon it, ami clung to it with such frantic
strength, that they could not easily loosen
her grasp. Impressed by tho remarkable
strength of her will, they relaxed their ef
forts. To all their remonstrances, she an
swered, "if you bury him, you must bury
mo with him." At last, by dint of reason
ing on the necessity of tho case, they obtain
ed from her a promise that, if ho showed no
signs of life before they again came round,
sho would make no further opposition to the
Having gained this respite, she hung the
watch upon the bedpost, and renewed her ef
forts with redoubled zeal. She plaited kegs of
not water upon hiiu,lorced brandy betweeubis
teeth, breathed into bis nostrils, held harts
horn to his nose; but still tho body lay mo
tionless and cold. She looked anxiously at
the watch; in five minutes the promised half
hour would expire, and those dreadful voices
would be heard passing through the street.
Hopelessness came over her; she dropped tho
head she had been sustaining; her hand trem
bled violently; and the hartshorn she had
hc n holding was) spilled on the pallid fie
A ei.leiitally, the position of the head I
b'eomo slightly tipped backward, and t'i
powerful liquid' (lowed int.) lib nostrils. ln-
-.d-inlly there was a short ipirek gasp strug
gle hi-, ryes opened and when tin death
men raino," they found him sitting up in bed!
He is still ulive, and has coKyod unusually
I should be sorry to aw-,iken any fears, or
excite unpleasant impression's by the reeitil
nl thi story, but I have ever thought that fu
nerals were too nuuh hurriiit in this country,
p irticul.irly in newly srtrleti parts of it. It
se-tns to me then? ought fo tw a nmch de
lav as poibln, especially in cases ot'nnhlen
death. I believe no- nauon. bury with tut
much haste a (he Americans. Tint illicit nl
look many precaution. They washed autl
anointed the body many successive times be
I'tii it was carried to the burial. The Ho
rn ins cut off a joint of the finger, to make
sure that life was extinfS, before they lighted
the funeral pile. Doubtlo it is very unu
sual for the body to remain apparently life
less for several hours, unless- it be really
dead; but the mere, possibility of sixth- case
should make f. inula careful to observe un
doubted symptoms of dissolution, heforo tho
From the Free Wesleyan.
uac X, Hooper, Hint llio .UetuotGiC
During tho late session of the General!
Conference of tho Methodist E. Churclu
in the city of New-York, that well known)
friend to the slavo, Isa.:e T. Hopper, wns
introduced to three young ladies, daughters
of a slaveholding Methodist preacher, fronn
Mississippi, Said tho Friend at whoso
house lliey were visiting, "This is lsaao
Hopper, one of tho most rabid Abolitionists)
in the North. And these," turning to tlnr
ladies, "aro the daughters of a slaveholder
from the South."
iiy this means they were soon well known
to each other. And the conversation which,
ensued, with other interesting incidents, C
will give in the language of Friend Hopper
who related it to mo to-day.
"They were very intelligent girls. I was
much pleased with them. One of them as
sured me, however, thai they could not do
without the slaves."
"' Why, Mr. Hopper,' said she, 'I never
dressed or undressed myself until I came to
the North. Ami I did not know what to do
when I loft home; I felt inclined to bring a
servant with mo.'
" ' 1 wish thee had brought one,' said I.
'"Whj'1 What would you bavo dono,
Mr. Hopper, if you had seen her!'
" ' I should have told her that she was a
free woman now, but if she went hack to tho
South she would go as a pig or a sheep, to
be s d I if occassion called for it.'
"They only laughed nt the frankness thus
exj.r sse'tl, and continued tho conversation for
so.ue time, on the same subject. I then told
them I should like to see them nt my house
with their father, And in a few days they
camo very much to my satisfaction. We
had a long talk about Slavery.
"Said tliis preacher, 'Mr. Hopper, do you
siy nnd think that I am not a Christian?'
41 1 certainly do not regard theo as a Chris
tian,' " Why, Mr. Hopper! do you think I can.
not tret to heaven?'
" That I will not say. Hut Slavery is a
great abomination, and no one who is guilty
of it can bo a Christian or Cbrist-liko. I
would not exclude thee from the kingdom of
heaven. To thy own Master thou do:it st iu-1
or fall. If thou dost enter there, it will be
on tho ground of ignorance of tho fact that
thou art living in sin.
" Wo reasoned on it at some length, when
the conversation turned upon the conduct of
" Said the preacher, 'If the Abolitionists
wero all liko you and Mr. Gibbons, we could
come to some agreement on this matter.
Why, I never was treated so well by anybo
dy as ycu and Mr. "Gibbons, your abolition
friend, have treatod ma. But your'Abolition
ists generally aro so violent and abusive.
" A Friend present remarked to him that
none were more generally execrated, as vile
and abusive Abolitionists, than was tho 'no
torious,' Hopper' as the Southern papers call
him. I then said tho slaveholders love and
in ike a lie in this thing.'
" Well,' said he, 'wo should be glad tt
see you with us, Friend Hopper, on a visit.'
" Ah! anil thou wouU'st lynch me, or thy
frientls would, if they caught me.'
"'() no sir: we would treat you well.
But how would you do about Slavery when
" ' Why, I should tell the slaves to be o
bedient, faithful, industrious, and never think
of running away from a good master, unless
lliey were sure they could escape! and in
that caso Imj off as soon as possible! for if
c.iugbl, tiioy would fare much worse than
they do now. And I Would say to thcc,tlutt
as thou claimest to lis a minister of Jesus
Christ, consistency of character, and the spir
it of thy Master, require thee to give deliver
ance to tho capxivo to let tho oppressed go
" Before we scpnrat"d I saw tears in his
eyes. I appealed to him closely, and bore
a faithful testimony.
" ' My friend, dost thou have a conscience
void of offence? When thou liest down nt
night, is thy mind always Rt case? After
pouring out thy soul in p'rayor to thy M.iker,
ilost thou not feel the outraged sense of right,
like a perpetual motion, restless ami disqui
eted within thy breast, telling thee 'tis wrong
to hold these men ill slavery, their wives
and little ones!'
"To this he answered frankly, that some,
times he doubted; yet upon the whole, ho
thought it best and right. When they were,
about leaving, one of his daughters, a young;
widow, thus addressed ine:
"'Mr. Hopper, 1 thank God for this jiriv
ilego. I never saw and talked with nn Ab
olitionist boforu, nn now persuaded that
slaveholding is sinful in iho sight of God.
When my husband, died, he left me several
slavea. I have held ihoin for fivo years.
But I return home now, resolved to be tho
owner of a slave no longer. Wo hade each,