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VOL., I.
NO. 1G
Published every Friday at
Salem, Columbiana Co., O.
JAMES BARN A BY, Jr., General Agent.
ff.tll remittances to be made, and all Icltert
relating to the iieeumaru affair of the paier.
to be addruted (post paid) to the General
.lent. lommuntcattotu intended for wnttr-
lun to be uadrenKd to the r.dilirr.
0-Trms: $1,50 per annum, or $0,00
not paid within six mouths of the time
Advertiskmknts making less than a squnre
inserted three times for 75 cents: one
uiro $1.
Friiusiiixo Committke: Sam'I Brooke
(ieurgcGnrrclson, James liirnnby, Jr
David L. Gulbreath, Lot Holmes.
J. E. JPAlima T'iaH'JX'Ji.
From the Pennsylvania Freeman.
At a meeting of Friends composed princi
pally of members of the Western Quarterly
Meeting', but embracing a number from Cain
and other quarters, met in conference at
Marlboro, on 7th day, the 18th inst., the fol
lowing address, which had been produced
by a committee to a previous meeting, was,
after protracted discussion, adopted and or
dered to be printed in pamphlet form, for
extensive distribution.
To Members of the Society of Friends in
Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
In view of the position now occupied by
the Society of Friends towards slavery, and
other crying sins of the times, we have been
led seriously to consider what course of ac
tion it is our duty to adopt, in reference
thereto. We have several times met in a
general conference, embracing Friends of
every station in society, and ot great diver
sity of view in relation to the preeise course
of action, consistency and duty require to be
pursued, and have come to the conclusion
that toward the most sublime moral move
ments of the age, the anti-slavery iind other
reforms, the Society of Friends is either pos
itively hostile or culpably indifferent. We
have, therefore, after mature deliberation,
with much unanimity, agreed to address you.
We would that we could utter a voice that
might be heard as widely as the extent of
the evils which we deplore. Wo would that
we might speak in tones which should reach
not only the ears but the understandings and
consciences of our quiet-loving people and
arouso to Christian activity all thoso who
are now resting in the harness of sect, wait
ing, as it would seem, for a sign from heav
en to toaeh them that it is right to relieve
suffering and rehuke oppression and wrong,
by silently witnessing guilt to give it sane
tion and support. Need we multiply words
to prove the character of the society! Are
not all familiar with its inaction on the side
of truth, if not with its less passive adher
ence to error, which have won for it the
sympathy and approval of the oppressor!
Who is not acquainted with the proceedings
of the New ork monthly meeting, func
tioned by the quarterly and yearly meetings
of that place, in the disownmcul uf the ven
erable Hopper and others, sololy on account
of their anti-slavery character and deeds!
And has one meeting in unity and corres
pondence with New York ever uttered a
word of disapproval and remonstrance! Nut
A response, in like spirit anl feeling, has
been sent back from Indiana, in the arbitrary
laying down of Green Plain Quarterly Meet
ing; a measure which, from the manner in
which it was conducted, cannot he under
stood as having any other o'ljoct tlnn that
of overruling its anti-slavery members, vl ich
were comparatively numerous. And follow
ing this we find a few individuals who se
ceded from Green Plains monthly meeting,
and assumed its name, issuing a paper of
disownment against Joseph A. Dugdale, for
action wholly of an anti-slavery diameter.
He comes to Philadelphia yearly meeting,
in obedience to what ho b -lieves to be a ell
jt( duty, bringing with him, according to the
JAMi1.' order, a cer'-ificato from the monthly
Hieing, of which he is a member; but the
small iHftrlV of seceders, that professed
have disowned him, forwards an account
its doing t Philadelphia, and his certificate
U.raje.oyd, True ho was allowed to
jiliitlio yeaily yting, but it was evidently
n ,HH,iu.v:ik, yielded for the sake of peace,
:Wd,uflt acknowledged as a rioht. The re
ii;eti(ip.of the certificate was all that the op-
pojjqcs.o,f anti-slavery required. It was all
that was naeary V countenance the body
issuing jhe disownment; it was a smile
Approval upon tho doings in New York
lietijs these glaring outrages commuted
hv tt,i ihi influential divisions of the soci
ety, there are countless other movement
like ipndpncy. Such was the hasty dimiis.
mil of a amiimit'ee which was. omn years
finefl, amminMl ill Philadelphia, for the
pur)-w of investigating t!ie subject of sla
very ()B smothering of ulaiost every at
tempt m efficient ntilavry action; a pro.
res liem f tindftrstood hy those who witness
it than described by thoso who do not.
The plming the doors of almost every inert
ing.ifUSP in the country agaitiiit anti-shvery
mt)tlpys, vthjch of itself spooks a hngU'fgo
which causes the hunted fugitivo tj faint,
humanity to sicken, and the oppressor to tri
umph. The riotous proceedings to suppress
the right of speech, when attempted to be
exercised in behalf of sulTering humanity,
by a worthy and self-sacrificing representa
tive of the sla-e, und advocate of his cause;
and in several instances the forcible ejection
of the same individual from our meeting
houses, and this conduct not only tolerated
and connived at, but openly advocated by
our ministers and thoso occupying hi"h sti
tions in the society, and all upon the insuffi
cient plea that he was not a member; a plea
which savors deeply of hypocrisy and false
hood; for it is well known, that in our pub
lic meetings persons not members have very
often been allowed to speak, when they con
sidered it their duty so to do. No official
voice has, to our knowledge, ever been rais
ed against this proscriptivc course. Time
was when it was not so; when the oppressed
of all climes turned for sympathy and aid to
the society ot r riends. It did not then love
its peculiar forms and ceremonies better than
humanity. It did not then overlook the calls
of the present, in nll-ibsirbing admiration of
the past. Far different was its character
then, when, in alvan-e nf the moral if the
tiie, it made it a rlisownable otlenee to i.old
property in sla1 s. Now, when increased
light calls for advance, the Society refuses
to move onward; pointing to tho ground
which it assumed years ago, as its fixed po
sition, it prides itself upon occupying no
tiding platform, forgetful that progress Is a
law of nature, and that what does not ad
vance is essentially retrograding. It seems
to he tho language, of many. Have we not
rox, Icnn, anJ Hoolinin lor our lathers,
and shall we not ho saved!
In view of these things, it is not surpris
ing that conscientious individuals in diil'erent
parts of the country, Linking as they do tip-
on the society as professedly a Christian
church, and unwilling to end its: its chanc
ier as such, thereby holding up a false light
and proclaiming themselves hypocrites to the
world, have lett and are still leaving it.
And if we might not rcuiai.i in an associated
capacity, without being controlled by any
decision of the majority which conflicts
with our individual sense of right, we should
feci bound to fjllow their cxa mile; but hav
ing the right, anil certainly meaning to ex
ercise it, of publicly protesting against any
m asiire which may call lor sueti a course,
and denying its character and repudiating
its authority as a Christian church, many of
us think we may, without incurring undue
responsibility, or being made partakers of
other men's sins, rctaiii our rights as mem
bers, uniting when we can, dissenting when
wj must, and at all times refusing to give
position to anti-slavery and every other re
form 13 be encountered in the world, i the
natural resi.lt of that almost inevitable growth
of time-honored sectarian institutions, that
indescribable, intangible, yet more potent in
fluence for evil, that blind reverence for sect
and all that pertains to it, that idol-worship
which loads to the belief that man was made
I'or the church, rather than the church for
mm; and perceiving the close approximation
of tho Society of Friends, in several partic
ulars, to the popular sectarian church organ
izations of the day, we c innnt but feel the
necessity of waging perpetual war against,
not only a narrow, bigoted, sectarian spirit
in all its ghostly manifestations, but against
whatever forms and usages of our Society
only lend to foster it. Topursnn this course,
or at once to declare our disunion with the
society, seems to be incumbent on us. We
feel that it is sinful by continued silence to
sinetion its evil influence; we must therefore
speak out as we have never yet spoken, and
fail not to press the cause of the slave upon
unwilling ears, uu:il tho people's hearts are
moved, or we expelled from the body. Tlii
former, in view of the prejudices we have
to encounter, seems to be a forlorn hope; but
if the latter should bo the result of our la
bors, which, judging the future from the
past, we have reason to expect, then will
the society stand confessed in its true light,
then will it wear its own colors, und the
world shall not longer be deceived by a show
of tho standard of truth, while all beneath
is corruption and rottenness. We must not,
cannot remain co-workers in evil, by giving
silent countenance and support to an influ
ence so dangerous as that which now claims
our consideration.
Signed by direction, and on behalf of the
MARLBORO, 10th mo. 18th, 1815.
Everybody knows, or ought to know, that
the citizens of this goodly city are not so im
mersed in tho cares ot money-making, that
they deny themselves that privilege which is
cst'jeined so valuable in other sections of the
republic. Thev find time to be patriotic
even iu Ncw-Y ork. That glorious proof of
tho sovereignty of thi people, the "Fall train
ing." is not yetobsolctj miring us. In all our
public s piares during the last week in Sep
tember, our citizen-soldiery, arnid with mus
kets or hrooiii-stU'ks, as best suits their indi
vidual tisto;. learn the nrt of war. under tin
command of a brave captiin in motley, to the
admiration of a crowd of r inged newsboys and
otle'r ir-roverent spectators.
Our frieivl Thomas Van Rcnnsel ter, a col
ored man, roceivel a notice t ait"nd one of
these glorious, gathering.. Of course it was
a mistike. as the citizens of his color arc ex
cused bv the philanthropy of our laws from
I din miv of hi wort "I sen iff, In rises of
actual necossity the Stitn will permit them to
enjoy the privilego of being shot, but can in
nowise put them to tho inconvenience of any
previous preparation. But Thomas Van Renn
selaer, ever ready to obey the call ol his coun
try, borrowed bayonet and bolt, musket and
cartridge-box, and armed and equipped as the
law directs, appeared at the appointed hour on
the Battery.
In bearing und equipment ho was as tall
and as good-looking a grenadier as one would
wish to Bee, and he took his position according
ly in the front rank with his fellow soldiers.
There was a movement in the ranks, and the
crowd around them that just perceptible rus
tle, rather felt than seen, which denotes in an
assembly that something unusual and interes
ting has happened when he made his ap
poarance. It was doubtless an involuntary
acknowledgment of the honor which one ex
empt from the toils and the glories alike of
military life, had done them by thus prompt
ly signifying his willingness to share in their
perils. But the captiin, mindful of the hu
manity of our just laws, and unwilling to iin-
fiose upon the new recruit the duty of serving
lis country when there was little probability
of his gaining tho honor of a bullet or a bay
onet through him, which under other circum
stances she would be willing to bestow, beck
oned him aside.
'Oid you rcci ive a warning to train!' asked
the captain.
"Yes, Sir," replied Van Rminselaer, giving
his nnuin and residence.
"Ah! yes," said tlie other, "I remember.
But there is some mistake."
"None at all, Sir; I have the notice, in my
"Hem! yes. But you arc not obliged to
"Oh! 1 know that Sin but I am a good cit
izen mid am willing to serve the Swte in any
'Oh! no doubt, no doubt But but the
fact is, tho laws do not oblige colored men to
do military duty."
"Very true, Sir; but is there any law aginst
"No not c-x-n-c-t-l-y. But"
"Very well, Sir, 1 choose to train. I have
received your notice, mid here I am all rcaly
for service. Tho law does'n't obligj mu to
train, neither does it prohibit inc. 1 prefer
ti do it."
"Yes, I sec, 1 see. But I will excuse
I do'n't want to bo excused, Sir."
"Well. 1 had rather excuse you."
"You tire very kind; but 1 hav'n'l theslight
rst objection to training. H wo'nt laka us a
great while, will-ir, "irl" -
"Oh! it will take us ; n hour or so."
"Well, Sir, I'll train. I can sparo tho
"Hut I do'nt want vou to."
"But I h id rather.''
"Well, I ;"
"That 1 must not!"
"You wont let mel"
So pjivatn Van Rennselncr having csrried
his point, of icing denied the pri'i Het-K of ma
king a fool of himself according to statute,
because he was colored, shouldered bis mus
ket gave bis unwilling commander a u.ilitary
salute, and marched oTthe field wit'i the hon
ors of war. The redou i able captain reliev
ed his brisom by a heav . sigh ol its pent-up
demotion and as hrt wiped tnecold swe-.tlrom
his hmw, thanked God that he was relieved
from the most dangerous foe that iu all his
military experience he had ever rncount Ted.
I have related the occurrence, as nearly as
I can recollect, precisely as it occurred. In
justice to Mr. Van Rennselaer, I should a Id,
lest the case he mis-understood, that his only
motive was to test the strciiglh of the preju
dice against color. .1n!iSlact.ry-&aiulu:rJ.
From the Liberator.
Letter from Frederick Douglass.
Pi dun, (Great Brunswick Street,)
September 29ih, 1815.
My Ufar 1' rirnd Garrison:
1 promised, on leaving America, to keep
you informed of my proceedings whilst 1 re
mained abroad. 1 sometimes feel I shall bo
compelled to break my promise, if by keep
lug it is meant writing letters to you fit for
publication. You know ono of my objects
in coining here was to get a little repose
that 1 might return home refreshed und
strengthened, ready and able to join you vig
orously in tho prosecution of our holy cause,
lint, really, if the labor ol the last two
weeks be a fair sample of what awaits me,
I have certainly sought icpose in the wrong
place. 1 have work cnougn here, on the spot,
to occupy every inch ol my time, and every
particle ot my strength, were I to stay in
this city a whole six months. The cause of
temperance alone would afford work enough
to occupy every inch of my time. I have
invitation afier invitation to address temper
ance meetings, which 1 am compelled to de
cline. Mow dilferent here, ifoiu my treat
ment at home! Iu this country, I am welcom
ed ti the temperance platform, side by side
with while speakers, and am received as
kindly and warmly as though my skin were
win to.
1 have but just returned from a great Ro
peal meeting, held at Conciliation Hull. It
was a Very large meeting much larger than
usual, I was told, on account of the pres
ence of Mr, O'Connell, who has just return
ed from his residence at Derrynane, where
he has been spending the summer, recruit
ing lor an energetic agitation ol repeal our.
ing the present autumn. On apptoaehlny
the 'door, or gateway leading to tho Hall,
and observing the denseness of tho crowd,
I almost despaired of getting in; but havinrr
by the kindness of James Haughton, Esq",
obtained a note of introduction to the Secre
tary of the Repeal Association, and being
encouraged to persevere by the evident dis"
position of tho friendly crowd to let tne
pass, many of whom seemed to beholding
in their breath, and thus contracting their di
mensions, to allow me passage way, I
pressed forward, and with much difficulty
succeeded in reaching tho interior. The
meeting had been in progress for sometime
before I got in. When I entered, one after
another was announciug the Repeal rent for
tho week. The audience appeared to be in
deep sympathy with the Repeal movement,
and the announcement of every considerable
contribution was followed by a hearty round
of applause, and sometimes a vote of thanks
was taken for the donors. At the close of
this business. Mr. O'Connell rose and de
livered a speech of about an hour and a quar
ter long. It was a great speech, skilfully
delivered, powerlul in its logie, majestic in
its rhetoric, biting in its sarcasm, melting in
its pathos, and burning in its rebuke. I'pon
the subject of slavery in goneral, and Amer
ican slavery in particular, Mr. O'Connell
grew warm and energetic, defending his
course on this subject. Ho said, with an
earnestness which 1 Shall never forget, 'I
have been assailed for attacking tho Ameri
can institution, as it is called, neirro sla
very. 1 am not ashamed of that attack. I
do not shruik from it. I am the advocate ol
civil and religious liberty, all over the globe,
an. i wherever tyranny exists, 1 am the foe
of the tyrant; wherever oppression shows
Itself, I am the foe of tho oppress r; wherev
er slavery rears its head, I am tho enemy of
the system, or tli institution, call it by what
name you will. I nin tlie fri.-nd of "liberty
in every elime, diss anl c lor. My sym
pathy wild distress is not con.lued "within
the narrow bounds of my own green island
No it extends itself ti every corner of the
earth. My heart walks abroad, and wh-re,--c-r
the miserable are to be succored, or the
slave to be set free, t'lere my spirit is at
home, and 1 delight to dwell.'
M.'. O'Connell was iu his happiest mood
while delivering this speech. The fire of
freedom was burning in his mighty heart.
He had hut to open his mouth, to put us in
possession of 'thoughts that breathe, und
words t'.ut bam.' I hv;e hoird many
speakers within the last four years speak
ers of the first order; hut 1 confess, I have
never beard one, by whom I was more com
pletely captivated than by Mr. O'Connell.
I used to wonder how such monster meet
ings as those of Repeal could be held peace
ably. It id now no nutter of at jniKliinent
at all. 1 seems to mo that tho voice of
O'Connell is enough to calm the most vio
lent passion, even though it were already
manifesting itself in a mob. There is a
sweet persuasiveness in it, beyond any vr ice
I ever heard. His power over an audience
hen he had taken bis seat, a number
withdrew from the II. ill, and, taking advan
tage of the space left vacant thereby, I got
quite near the platform, for no higher object
than that ol obtaining a favorable vi':w ol
the Liberator. But almost as soon as I did
friend Bufl'uin had hy some means (I
know not what) obtained an introduction tu
.Mr. John 11 t ounell, and nothing would do
but 1 must bo introduced also an honor fjr
which 1 was quite unprepared, and one from
which I natural')' shrunk. But Bullam; in
real Yankee style, had resolved (to use a
Yankee, term) to 'put me through' at all
hazards. On being introduced to Mr. O'Con
nell, an opportunity was ufiorded me to
speak; although I scareo knew what to say,
managed to s.iy something, wlucli was
quite well received.
1 he Hutchinson latnlly have been hero a
week or more, and have attended two of my
lectures on slavery; and here, as at homo,
did much by their soul-sliring songs to ren
der the meetings interesting.
My .Narrittvo is jnit published, and l have
sold one hundred copies in this city. Our
work goes on nobly. James and myself
leave here for Wexford on Monday next.
We shall probably hold two meetings there,
and from thence go to Waterfurd, and then
to Cork, where we shall spend a week or
ten days. I have also engagements in Bel
fast, which will detain me iu Ireland ull of
one month longer.
Much love to my anti-slavery friends.
Ever one with you, through good and evil
From Richard D. Webb.
DUBLIN, 2d of 10th mo., 1845.
Mr Dear Garrison:
Frederick Douglass delivered his last lec
ture at least, the last during his present vis
it to Dublin yesterday evening, to a large
and resnecUible audience in the, Music Hall
He has been well leceived by all classes
since ho came to Dublin, and has had nu
merous invitations to the tables of many ex
cellent people. His visit has occasioned
dneii interest in the anti-bluvery cause, and
many who never thought on the subject at
all, are now convinced that it is one which it
is a sin to neglect. Some of his true and
guarded statements respecting the American
Methodists gave great offence to Methodists
hero; but when they learnedthat hewasnotat
tacking Methodists, but Slavery not their
peculiar tenets, but the sum of all villanies
many of thorn ceased their hostility, and have
s iown themselves friendly; not however be
fore, by their complaints and remonstrances
and threats of noisy replies to F. D., they
had frightened Friends ibto closing the door
or their meeting houses ng iinst hiin. Our
Society here, as well as in America, are tim
id people, loving to be thought much of by
tho community, and seeking to dwell in tho
quiet. Their instincts aro ull as fir as poss:
ble different from the strong tendencies of
George Fox and his stern and uiillinehinr
contemporaries and coadjutors. The general
impression F. D. has made has been highly '
favorable, both to himself and to his ra e, by
the mother's side. 1 have no doubt that ho
will make his way readily through the coun
try, aided by the kindness and sympathy of
his truly noble-hearted friend, Jaiiie. N. Buf
fum, of whose many excellent qualities 1 can
hardly trust myself to write in the terms of
respect and regard which I feci for him. 1
have never known a nun in whom, on o .
short an acquaintance, 1 luVC felt KUch con
fidence, t rederiek irons fram li,.i,o tr, v-
ford; then to Waterl'ord and Cork, and per
haps to Limerick. Having thus visited tho
principal towns in tho South of Ireland, he
will return to Dublin, on his way to Belfast,
the. capital of l ister. He has been invited
thither. Mo will then pass over, most prob
ably to Glasgow, visit Scotland, and then
into England. Elizabeth Pease has writtten
to welcome him, and I have had letters from
Harriet Martineau, William Boultbeo of Bir
mingham, William James of Bristol, and oth
er friends of the cause, respecting hiin. I
have printed an edition of dnoo copies of his
Narrative, and 100 are already sold in a few
Tlie Hutchinson are here. They are a
delightful troop. They have sung the first
songs ever sung at an anti-slaver? r,,ii,..
in Dublin. They have a glorious gift; and
n dily they employ it lor tho good of human
ity. The stile of singing is so different from
t:ie scientific and artiiieial stvle so much in
vogue hero, that I cannot rivu Rn opinion us
to their probable success. But this I know,
that I hive heard ill mi several times in pub
lic, and that great delight was manifested by
the nu diem e. For their own sake, as well
us for the cause of temperance and anti-sin.
very, I wish them success. They have been
greatly noticed in private circles, and 1 be
lieve are fully satisfied with the reception
they met with from their Dublin friends.
I think anti-slavery in Dublin has received
a great impulse from F. D's lectures, and am
in hopes that this will be show n on tho part
of some, at least, by deeds, and not bywords
and professions anil resolutions only. Henry
O. Wright is writing- awny like a Trojan in
Scotland, and is making Frederick's way
smooth before him amongst the intelligent
and enlightened people of that country. "
Thine very truly,
Let no ono who looks for fame join ns.
Let him wait rather, and bo one of that crowd
which will Hock like doves to our windows,
the moment the first gleam of success shall
guide them. Our work is only to throw up,
ourselves unseen, the pathway o-er which.
unneeuing, tne triumphant majority are to
pass, s'aouun tho names of lat; r and gaudi
er leaders as their watch-words.
How few have ever heard of Zaehary Ma
c.iuley, the counsellor to whom Wilberforce
looked up, ono who rose before tho sun to
give every hour to the slave, and died at last
that glorious poor man, which the creditor
of humanity always is. But thousands echo
the easier earned fame of his son!
How few know any thing of that little com
mittee of Quakers, who labored unseen,
in Lombard street, that Wilberforce and
Clarkson might be strong in the eyes of tho
great British people, grappled uncheered
with the great British heart, and enlisted it
finally in tho causo of Africa; but went down
most of them, to their graves forgotten, whiio
the gallant ship which they had launched so
painfull', baptized with a new namo, and
bannered with a new Hag, anchored iu the sal'o
ha:bor of a nation's welcome.
"Wo may regret," says the Edinburgh Re
view, "that thoso who sowed should not bo
allowed to reap, but such is tho ordinary
course of events. By separating success from
merit, by imposing on one set of men the sac-
rtliee and the labor, and giving to another the,
credit of tho result, Providence seems to tell
us that higher motives than any man can ol
fer, ought to actuate those ho assume the
responsibility of Government."
In the place of "Government," put "Re
form," and the sentiment is still more appli
cable to a causo liko ours. "And grant,"
says old Fuller; "that God honors thee not to
build his temple in thy parish, yet thou muy
est, with David, provide metal and materials
for Solomon, thy successor, to build it with."
Some reluct at tho long time requisite to
change the institutions of a nation, or regen
erate its public sentiment. But here too, a
moment's thought shows us, how wise in tbis
respect is the order of Providence. The pro
gross of a great reform is a nation's school.
It creates as it advances, the moral principle,
the individual independence, tho habit of pri
vate judgment, the enlightened public opin
ion, which are necessary for its own success;
and thus, by new moulding the national char
acter and elevating its tone of morals, it con
fers far other and greater benefits than its o
riginators at first proposed. And further, it
naturally opens the eye to kindred abuses, or
growing itself out of a wrong principle, wJjisH.
ha other results besides thie tan'ate oae,

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