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The following resolutions wero adopted without
k dissenting Vuics at a Democratic convention
liuld in Ravenna, on tlio 1st of Scptcinncr IS 4.').
The Ohio Slor attributes the action of that con
vention against slavery, to tlio iriflnrnco proceed
ing from the mooting?) hold in that place by the
agents of the American Anti-slavery socioty.
Rtsohtd, That, in the opinion of thii con
vention, slavery is a national curse a direct vio
lation of the ahsolnto rights of man, and a doep
and odious stain noon our national honor.
Resolved, That weas Northern freo men are
in duty bound thus 'publicly to express our un
compromising hostility to an institution fraught
with so much injuslico, and total disregard ol
individual rights, and which brings such just ro
proach upon our cuminon country
liemtved. That in ordor the uioro efloctually
to carry out and put in practical operation our
principles upon this great and important suhjnet
we pledge ourselves and Hie democratic party of
the county, to make usa of all means coiisfifu
lionatty in our power to accomplish tho speedy
abolition of slavory in the United Stales and
their territories, and especially to effect the re
peal of all lavs now existing in Ohio imposing
any distinctions whatever between tho colored
and the freo while population of tho Stale.
Rcsolrtd, That, regarding the strict obser
vance of these principles in tlio light of our im
perative duty, we attain pledgo ourselves tu
support no man fur Representative to the State
Logislalure.who will not avow his firm and unal
terable determination to uso every honorable ef
fort in the discharge ol his oll'aiul duties to bring
about their speedy and triumphant success.
Jicuhed, That the old and trilo lin.xml, "let
us do evil that good may come," constitutes no
part of our political creed. We therefore dis
countenance and uttc.ly disapprove of tho course
of all individuals, who either I run) blind and u
vcrlioated steal or from interested motives, are
aiming at tho suhvorwon of the Federal Cun-ii.
tution and tho dissolution of tho Union with the
ostensible object of accomplishing tho abolition
of slavery.
fitiolved. That tho Constitution of (lie United
States is the only "safeguard o. our federal coin,
pnet," and that it is to that compact wo oivo our
safety at homo and our consideration and res
foci abroad. The individual, therefore, who
advocates as the first step lutruids thu abolition
of slavery, the dissolution of the one, or the iih--version
of tho other, xhoiild be looked upon in
tho licht of tho Quack who prescribes a remedy
worse than the disease,' and practices upon tho
principle of 'killing a man to save his lite.'
Letter fhom C ftl. C'lat. The Voice of
Freedom publishes the following note from Mr
Nealc.tho printer of the Truo American, which
seems to countenance tho idea that Mr C. M.
Clay lias abandoned his enterprise. We hope
41 oi.
LEXINGTON, Aug 22, 1845.
Dear Sir Your long and interesting letter
las been received, liefore tho receipt of this,
you will probably have learnt that the True
American Ollico was on Monday last, mobbed
ly the minions of tho slave power. Your re
iniltance of $2 is thureforo returned. Mr. Clay
is not at homo, having just risen from a spell of
severe sickness of a months' continuance, and
gone to tho Springs, When tho viulcuce was
.committed upon his olEco, ho was lyin; com
pletely prostrate.
.Respectfully, W. L. N'ealf..
Pub. True Amer.
From the Liberator.
By the following letter from a much ros
vrctci! citizen at Springfield, it will ho seen
that Dr. E. D. Hudson, a resident at that
place, and long a most faithful laborer in tho
-anti-slavery cause, has been thrust into pris
on, ostensibly by a slave woman whom lie
kindly endeavored to set at liberty by a writ
of habeas corpus, but really no doulit by her
ruffian master, on the ridiculous charge of
4 false imprisonment, tor simply alhnniiig be
fore Judge. Dewey, that lie truly believed the
woman, was illegally restrained of her liber
ty the damages being laid at one thousand
dollars! ! This caps the climax of slavehold
iiig audacity on the soil of New England.
Hut what shall be said of the dastardly con
duct of tho sheriff in this matter? There is
no langungo to describo it. Let him bo held
in abhorrence by the community in which he
lives. To drag an estimable and philanthro
pic citizen from his wife and children, his
home and fireside, to prison, on such a pre
tence, and at such instigation ! Oh, shame !
shame! Hut the tyrant and his tool shall
yet loam, that they who dig a pit for the in
iiioceut, aro themselves the lirst to fall into it.
Springfield, Sept. 8, 1845.
Mr. Oarrisojj : Mu Dear .Sir Our friend
"K. D. Hudson, has just been thrown into
prison in this town, on the complaint ol
Catharino Linda, for false imprisonment!
H",. I., is tho slave of one Hodgson, of South
Carolina. He made his appraTence hero
some three or four weeks since, with his
wife and this girl as his servant. David W.
Haggles, of New Bedford, had an interview
with the girl, at tho hotel here. She admit
ted to hiiii that she was a slave, and said she
should be glad to bo free. Hermistress saw
them conversing together, and called the girl
away. Subsequently, Buggies obtained an
other interview with her, when she declined
'taking her freedom, though she stiil wishes
tto be free, Hodgson, with Mr family, took
.sin early start next morning for Northampton.
J)r. Hudson, at tho request of several of the
fritmtis here, followed them to that place, and
there entered a complaint to Judge Dewey,
affirming that, according to his belief, tlio
said Catharine was unlawfully restrained of
of her liberty by tho said Hodgson.
TM.Iudgo refused to issue tho writ (of
tllaueus uorpus,; timn somo ono wouui
.visit 'the girl, nnd ascertain whether she
wished to be free. Thereupon, tho Doctor
and David Buggies of Northampton, who
had got w ind of the matter, and had come
into town to assist, went to tho Mansion
House, whoro Hodgson and his family
(stopped, at:l enquired for the girl. Hodg
son swung his lists nt them, and told theui
to be olT, ami that they should not see the
girl, nnd threatened to prosecute the Doctor.
They then returned to tho Judge's house,
and uvadi) the complaint. It was to have
been mads in David W. Rugglo's name, hut
as he was under tho necessity nf gv,ing on
with his party up the river, it was made in
Dr. H'i name. The girl was therefore I
brought before tho Judyo, nnd in his pros-
euro admitted that s!io was a slave. The
Juibre told her she was free that alio would
he proteeted in her freedom, if sho chose to
remain, Kc, Hodgson blustered a good deal,
cursed the abolitionists nnd the negroes, nnd
again threatened Dr. Hudson with prosecu
tion .(II in the presence of the Judge.
Hodo-son kept hold of the girl. She ehoso
to remain with him, and they walked back
to the Mansion House; nnd here, as was
supposed, the matter ended. To-day, the
Sheriff went with a writ to Dr. Hudson,
which he said was sent to him from Boston,
the said Catharine being the plaintiff. The
damage is laid at one thousand dollars,
which is more than tho Doctor is worth,
which tho Sherill" had previously ascert lined
by the ex animation of records, and making
inquiries two or three weeks since. I he
uocior rolused to give hail, and was tnen
taken to jail. The damage being laid nt
$1(100, ami ho was required to give bail for
st.iOO. lie inquired ot the Sherill It the
girl had given bonds tor tho costs ol the
prosecution. I he latter said he did not
know that she had. He told the Doctor lie
might remain at home till to-morrow, if he
would then come over and adjust the matter.
The Doctor declined coming over, and said
he should make no effort to gel hail. The
trial is to be in Boston early in October.
Tho Sherill' told him ho would he det iiin
till then; ami if he then refused to goto Bos
ton, he would have to lie in jail thirty days
longer, f am of opinion that some one has
exposed his lingers to bo burned in tho mat
ter. I asked the Sheriff if the Doctor would
not have ground for complaint against some
one for filso imprisonment. He said he did
not know hut he would.
The editors here wore all in ectasy nt the
result of the writ of Habeas Corpus. It is
thus that they manifest their love of liberty.
They aro for the largest liberty. If one
chooses to he a slave, they would not hiuder
Respectfully yours, .
X. B. Since this letter was put in type,
we have received one from Dr. Hudson him
self, written in his prison-cell, confirming
the statements made hy our correspondent.
Wo regret, that it was received at too late an
hour to he inserted in our present number.
This outrage is really unprecedented.
FititiNin Enrrous: As "Madam Humor"
with her thousand tongues, has been ex
tremely busy since that important event in
the history of Salem, the citizen's indigna
tion meeting, and as many of my friends
have had every thing but the truth represen
ted to them, 1 thought if you could afford
space iu tho Bugle i would writo out the
In order then to come nt tho pith of the
matter rightly, let ns go as far back as Mas
illon, and think for a moment of tho scur
rilous, niohocratic and abusive resolutions
passed by the citizens of that mobocratie
town; and also the abuse heaped by the (so
called) respectable citizens of that place up
on Stebbiii'.? and Flint. Let 113 remember
too, that although those resolutions were con
cocted and brought forth by that infamous
and low-bred lawyer, David Carter, yet he
was sust lined hy the religious nnd resjircla
hie of that place. 1 merely mention these
circumstaiHvs to show tho commencement
of the outbreak of religious mohoeracy, that
was designed finally to drivo forcibly from
our state the anti-slavery lecturers here from
the Hast. JetVerunn said the toleration of
error was safe so long as reason was left
free to combat it. Carter and his associates
thought differently and so acted. The citi
zens of Paris caught the mobocratie flame,
but there was no sprig of a lawyer at that
place to act as catspaw, and be tho mobs
foreman. But Hk.nkv A.mhi.er was there;
and he could so far turn traitor to his God
and infidel to the religion of Jeeus, as to
make the motion, that Stebhins and Flint
should leavo I'aris before day-light next
morning. Ambler glories in being a eolon
i.ationist and here lie gives us a specimen.
Flushed with success at I'aris, on came
Ambler and Murray to this place. Most of
our citizens are aware of the courso pursued
hy them at the first and second meetings of
the Convention, and how at the third, they
took cntiro possession of the stand, how
they and their bully said they would light and
light on for it, that they w ere no non-resistants,
that until they could fight no longer,
could any but themselves get possession of
that stand. And when 1 alluded to the mob
ocratie course of Masillon, Ambler declared
that I said it at my peril.
Flushed with the mobocratie victory of
that afternoon, Murray and Ambler agreed
there should be held soon a citizen's indig
nation meeting. The infamy of Masillon
and I'aris came to my mind, and 1 asked
them where it was to be, and told them at
that meeting 1 expected to be with them.
Well the meeting came. Ambler and
Murray nnd the picked company were there,
about half an hour after I supposed the
inei ting had assembled, I went to the place
f gathering but it had not yet bcrim, I
soon saw tho ruling spirits of tho niectinr
wero the heroes of yesterday. All thin'rs
seemed moving in harmony to tho touch of
Auihler, till I enquired if thin wni a citizen's
muting; nnd although the question produced
some emotion, it was answered iu the affinn
ative; and either to give it that character or
through some fatal oversight, 1 was nomina
ted on the conunitten of live, nnd voted fur
by Ambler and his friends. Before retirimr
however with them, as the object of the meet
ing had not been stated, I was at a loss, and
consequently asked for what object wo h id
I ; .1 .1 .
oeeu appointee, wnai uuiy wo wero to per
form. 1 was answered by the chair that ii
was salhcieiitly understood. 1 replied thai
I felt at a loss to carry out tho reuuistlions
ol a meeting until it had made those requisi
tions known. But 1 was told that the bal
ance of the committee could inform mo what
I w.13 to do. We went into the committee
room; Ambler had a stung of resolutions and
preamble written out, which, with my ideas
of tho liberty of speech and of the press, were
highly objectionable, the rest of the commit
tee, however, were in their favor. I consid
ered them mostly untrue, illiberal and in
sulting to tho character of tho people of Sa
lem, although milder in some particulars than
those of I'aris and Masillon, yet I consid
ered it my duty to mako a minority report,
vindicating tho freedom of speech nnd tho
press, and deprecating the unchristian courso
pursued towards the anti-slavery lecturers.
The meeting was ngain called nt fivo o'
clock to finish up the concern. The report
of tho majority was read, and as I was about
to read the minority report, Murray (I mean
the preacher Murray) tried to stop it by say
ing " ho never heard of two reports from
one committee" (wonder where he has been
alibis lile.) 1 hey permitted mo to read
as friend Coon said 1 had that right, but no
sooner was it read than it was vetoed with a
vengeance as only a few of freedom's friends
were there nt that time. Yes, it was strong
ly rejected, and consequently we could not
speak on its merits. It was then moved by
a citizen of Paris, (Friend Murray the preach
er,; that the resolutions be submitted to the
meeting singly, and then the preamble, with
out discussion,
I instantly rose nnd went into a discussion
of the merits of such a gagging motion en
quired whether the people of Salem, would
permit a citizen of I'aris to carry such a
motion over their heads, and stiller such a
string of resolutions to go out as the voice of
Salein, when her citizens could not be heard
in disctis.-ioii against them. I was here call
ed to order by Ambler and his friends, the
chairman at fast chiming iu; after I heard
the chairman's voice, I stopped and asked
him to please state wherein 1 was out of or
der. Ambler immediately rose and went 011
to answer the question addressed to the chair.
1 requested him to seat himself as 1 had no
controversy with him. The chairman fail
ing to tell me wherein I was out of order,as I
presume he could not, I resumed my remarks,
but soon discovered the plan was to silence
1110 by Irichcry, if they could not by brow
beating. Hence to throw me from the floor
Murray withdrew his motion. Then down
I sat, wondering what would coino next.
Ambler then moved a discussion of half an
hour, and that the question then be taken
without further investigation. As soon as
that motion was seconded I obtained the liner
and commenced speaking on it. Shortly
Ambler claimed the floor. I have seen many
specimens of impudence, but I thought this
the coolest; that a man, acquainted as friend
Ambler is, with parliamentary usage, should
claim the floor because he made the motion
astonished me. Tho chairman however de
cided in hU favor. Not yet content to have
established so dangerous a precedent in a
popular m-etiug of the citizens of Salem, I
touk an appeal to the people. Tim " tables
had turned and they sustained me. in my
lights. As soon as Ambler and co. saw that
there was a majority ag dust them, they mov
ed an adjournment, which no one opposed;
thus ended tho larce. V. hen tho citizen s
meeting again assembles I have a right to
the floor to discuss Ambler's motion, the
main resolutions are yet to bo taken up.
The last I heard of them on that evening
Ambler was con'.fouing Murray by saying,
" we'll fix them yet. " 1 really hope we
shall never be fixed in Biich a fur, that the
freedom of the press and freedom of speech
shall never ho in any worse frtUau it hasbeen
already placed by Ambler and associates.
Ambler, 110 doubt, has slaveholdiiig sympa
thies iu his heart, and 1 hope he will find
no peace to his troubled soul till he repents
of Mi w ickedness, and becomes regenerated
from his proslavery feelings and remembers
those in bonds as bound with them.
Friends Fditors: The following com
munication was sent to tho Kditor of tho
Liberty Uerald, but that Liberia luring gen
tleman declined publishing it. If you think
it worthy of a place in your valuahlu little
sheet, you will please insert it. I strongly
suspect the lleraUl man is more attached to
his parly than to the cause of human liberty
and happiness. X. 11.
Fur the Liberty Herald.
Springfield, Summit Co., 29, 1845.
Mr. Tait: I have for some time past been
identified with tho Liberty party, and a sub
scriber to your paper. I believed the pian of
political organization the best for nhcUMnnr
slavery, but having recently heard the lec
tures of Miss Kelley and Messrs. Foster and
Stebhins on this subject, I have been irresist
ibly dr.iwn to tho conclusion that the plan
proposed, can effect little or no good, for the
follow ing reasons. First, becauso Congress
h is not the power to abolish slavery except
in the District of Columbia and Territories;
Second, because when wo vote lor a man for
office, on taking that ollice he has to swear
to support tho Constitution of tho United
States, which seems to 1110 like pulling down
with 0110 hand and building up with the oth
er, because the individual though going into
ollice professedly an Anti-slavery man has to
swK.411 to support slavery. I know it is con
tended by many that the Constitution is an
Anti-slavery document; but as it tnaiits anil
authorize a slave representation in ( .'ongivss,
I don't s.-o how they make it out, it also de
mands the surrender of the fugitive slave, and
the Suppression of insurrections, a pretty
V institution this, for Liberty men to vote un
der! Besides, should not all tho State Con
stitutions be in harmony with tho Federal
Constitution? Slavery then could not exist
in these States except in violation of that
Constitution if it bo anti-slavery. Vet Lib
erty men say and claim that the only power
Congress h is over slavery is iu the District
of Columbia and Territories, virtually ac
knowledging the Constitution to be a slave -holding
document, although they may deny
it iu tlo next breath. How then is it possi
ble to abolish slavery under the present or
ganization! It is admitted on all hands, that
tlio South cannot sustain slavery without the
aid of the North it follows then as a matter
of courso that it falls It tho ground when the
iittluences that support it are taken away.
Suppose the Liberty patty (so called) should
so far succeed as to elect James (J. Birney
and members of Coiigrcoa i'roui ail tho free
States, and abolish sVaverv in the District of
Columbia and Territories; would wc not then
as now have n Sluvthol liar ftvnrnmail' for
tin ir President and all their niemhcTsof Con
gress would have to support the Constitution
or perjure themselves. The free St.tes would
STii.i, be lending their aid to support slavery .
Is there then uny probability, or even the
most remote possibility of slavery coming to
an end under the present organization of the
Liberty party! 1 think the party themselves
must sen that tho only plan to'nbolish this
great evil with all iu horrid train of conse
quences, is to come out and ndopt the motto
" No union with Slaveholders," for then as
has been shown it will fall for want of sup
port. It can get help from no other source
but the north, the iwhole civilized world is
against it. Humanity, Justice, Truth nnd
Reason are against it, nnd fall it must A-
part from the inhumanity and injustice of
slavery, we lahor under very heavy pecunia
ry oppression; we tire taxed iu various ways
to support a system we know to be wrong.
We are further oppressed as we have notour
just share in the nlfairs of the General (iov
crumenr. From the times of George Wash
ington down to the days of James K. Polk,
a great proportion of the ollices have been
held by slaveholders, those men who steal
human beings nnd reduce them below the
level of beasts, revel in luxurious abundance
nnd prosper in their crimes. Is it not time
the free States should waka it) to the sub
ject and no longer bo the willing dupis of
these slaveholdiiig aristocrats? Can we ex
pect to remain pure in the company of .Vur
rf.iwi anil lubbers? Are we not implicated
in their crimes by aiding and abetting them!
Let us come out and be separate, let no man
go to the ballot box except to enter his pro
test against slavery, and ere long it will speak
in tones of thunder to the oppressor. What
a spectacle do we present to tho civilized
World; professedly the freeest nation upon
earth, declaring th it "all men arc hum free
and tipial" yet holiting nearly three million
of human bring in the ruoxt degrading band
age the world has erer known. Look at the
members of our religious organizations, par
ticularly the clergy, while they profess to be
the followers of Him who preached glad ti
dings t- the poor, deliverance to the captive,
and the opening of tho prison doors to them
that are bound, do they proel dm liberty to
the captive! have they any tidings of hope to
the poor enslaved African? do they raise their
voice against the oppressor? Ia I them s; eak
for theios'dves. Have they not nu t in their
Ecclesiastical bodies at the .South, anil de
clared slavery to be a divine institatioh, or
dained of G'od! Wo need hut read the pro
ceedings of their various conventions to bo
satisfied it is so; and many of the northern
churches havebut re-echo d' this sentiment by
remaining in connection with these polluted
bodies. Verily wc are a nation if hypocrite
of the hncl hind. The preservation of this
blood-cemcnled L'nion (with murderers, rob
bers mill adulterers) has been a great hobby
with political dem igogues, and their frothy
ellusions about Liberty, lvjuality, and our
Glorious Union, is enough to sicken the mo
ral feelings of any man whose sensibilities
have not been made callous to its influences.
They would fain make us believe the liberty
of tho whole hum 111 family depended upon
the perpetuation of this Union. Apart from
the subject of slavery, I cum it see what
preat principles beneficial to mankind the u
nio.i of the States involves. A clashing of
interest has already nearly severed the South
from tho North. But 1 advocate it only on
the ground, that its dissolution Would he the
means of striking from nearly three millions
of fellow mortals the chains of slavery, which
would bo the first step towards raising them
from the depths of degradation and ignorauce,
to intelligence, virtue, and happiness.
Vour3 in the cause of Immunity,
N AT HAN 1 i;i , 1 1 AS SV F. LL.
Below will be found tho rejected Kpistlo
of Green Plain Quarterly meeting, with the
reply of between one and two hundred mem
bers of the Ohio Yearly meeting.
Dear Friends:
Although proscribed hy our
Yearly Meeting of Indiana, (under the inllu
cuceofal'ew who wish to bear rule) wo
havo nevertheless in this state of discourage
ment still kept up all our meetings for wor
ship and discipline, and we feel it to bo our
duty, notwithstanding, our trials havo be
come of no ordinary nature, to continue to
meet together, remembering tlio promiso of
our Divine Master, that when two or three
aro met together in His name, there will
I lo be in the midst of them. Tnis encourag
ing promise, we hope w hile it is remem
bered hy us, may havo a tendency to stimu
late us to every good word and work; nnd un
der tho influence of this feeling, wo feel it
our duty to salute you as brethren of the
samo family, with this Kpistlo from our
tjuarterly Meeting, believing that many of
you can and do feel tho causo of Truth
very dear to your lu st life.
Wu may here acknowledge tho receipt of
an Epistle signed by many Friends after
your late Yearly Meeting, which was truly
acceptable to us, and causo of ciicnurao'eiiieut
in our moments of trial. As the causo of
our opposers has been much commented on
in various quarters, we presume you are no
strangers lo the case, and therefore further
particulars at this time may be out of season
or unnecessary.
Wo much desire that your assembly may
be overshadowed by the divine presence.and
that love, that true badge of diseipleship,
may abound amongst you. And dear friends
we hope that you, as children of tlus same
Heavenly Father may bo permitted to feel
for us, and with us, seeing that for the testi
mony of a good conscience towards God, our
jinnies have been reproached, and many lals
itics abound couci ruing us. But this is no
new thing, and we desire lo be enabled to
bear uur allotted portion of sull'eiiiw with
meekness and christian forbearance,
With feelings of uUcctiomito love, wo are
your friends.
Signed on behalf, end by direction of our
Quarterly Meeting, held ut Geu Plain,
Clark Co., Ohio, oih, mo., l'lth 1h.i, by
We nlsohirf full unity with this epistle.
HI, 17. A SUAYNi:,
1IANN Ml HOW!:!,!.,
The undersigned infinbcrs of Ohio Year
ly Meeting, having met nt the adjournment of
said meeting for the purpose of reading tho
communication addressed to our Yearly
Meeting, but not permitted to be read there
in, embrace the few moments allowed us,
brielly to express to you the great satisfac
tion which your Epistle Ins, afforded us, and
the de -p sympathy w ith which our mimht
have been clothed ill viewing the tried situ
ation in which you aro placed.
We can do no more at present, than han'
ily to furnish you with this evidence of tint
cordiality w ith which wo receive any such
favor, and to express our sincere regret, that
the Yearly Meeting of which we ari" mem
bers, have seen fit to deny to you the res
pectful reception of your mild and coutreous
With feelings of affection nuj sympathy
we are your friends.
Signed by George Oarretson and about
one hundred anil forty others.
Salem Col. ('a. U., )th ma. 5th, 1515.
"I love agitation when there is cause for it
the alarm hell which startles the inhabi
tants of a city, sives them from being burn
ed in their beds." K.lmunJ Ilurke.
O-Subscrihors, Correspondents, nnd Ex
changes will take notice that our Publication
0. 11ce is removed from yew Lisbon, to Sa-
1. km, Coi.CMiiiA.NA Co., and that James Bar
naby, Jr., of that place has been appointed
General Agent for our paper.
It is a c'looring fact to the laborer in tho
anti-slavery field, that not only is tho publics
sentiment ot the North being regenerated,
but the South is awakening from her senso
of f.ilso security, and is inquirim', "What
shall I do to bo saved?" Progress is being
mado in those section of our country,
where until recently prevailed the siloncc
and order of despotism; and though tho
Uoyal stau lard of abolitionism has not them
been unfurled, though tho people do not
yet comprehend the truo means of emanci
pating both mister ami slave from their
thraldom and destroying the principle of sla
very; there has been awakened a spirit of
inquiry which will lead them hy nnd byo
fully to understand the nature of the system,
anil the character of the remedy that must
he applied.
They have those among them, who hav
ing felt the incubus weight of slavery upon
the energies of their people, have determin
ed to throw it oil', to adopt a system of freu
labor, and by establishing other relations be
tween the employer and the employed than
those which now exist, hope to givo new
vigor to the South, and to lay a foundation!
upon which should bo reared the super
structure of her prosperity. Wo regret that
some of tho most, distinguished of these dr
not tike a more liberal aud comprehensive
view of tho subject than they do. They
see the evils of slavery, tlcy know it to bo
a curse, yet they are fearful of parting with
this curs'j too soon, and advise a system of
gradual emancipation, and urge even that
upon the peo le inoro as a measure if expe
diency, than a mailer if principle.
Wo however rejoice in tho agitation of
this question in almost any form, and re
gard it as an evidence that society is maJij,
ing progress toward true principles aiidwil
ultimately become interested- in the support ,
of tho great moral movement by which thu,
abolition of slavery is to bo effected. Wo.
are glad to fiud honest, sincere opposition to,
the system, in whatever connection, or in,
whatever degree. If thorn is enough aboli-.
tionismjn the-political parties to bo seen by a
microscope, we will rejoice thereat. And if'
the churches hive enough anti-slavery life t
cause them to wander among tlie tombs even
as the Devils, ,ljd of old,, aijul to rend them
selves, that also is a cause of rjoiciiij.
And when weseethe Clays and. Snodgrasses,
of tho South, agitating the' public mind with
a discussion of the question, qqr heart haps
for joy, for wo know that good must result,
anil that honest minds will finally arrive,
at just concliisipns, Tlq.so men are doinjr
a great work, part of which is a necessary
preparation and will certainly advance the
cause, while another part is unnrcessary and
hurtful, and tends to retard) Ms progress.
Much awe syuipatlijzo in thctrial.8 to which
such lvivo been subjected, yet to, admit they,
arc abulitionists in the hiyh meaning of tho
word, would be affixing the seal of our own
condemnation, for if they arc consibteut ah-

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