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SALEM, COLUMBIANA CO., OHIO. By the Executive Committee if the Western .inli-Stavery Society. JAMES BARNABY, Jr. Publishing Jgcnt. BENJAMIN S. JONES, ) ., J. ELIZABETH JONES, l'D,T0, Printed for tht Executive Committee by G. N. HAPGOOD. From the Louisville Examiner. Correspondence and Correspondents. DiJ you ever, reader, have n pile of letters before you, from various pans and people, find read them over one by one! It in nut al ways a pleasant task. Itul it m ly tin made o, if yu will only learn from ilicin i lie char acter! uftlie writers. The cautious, sanguine, bold, impulsive, timid can lie gucsM-d, at once, w iihont Combe's book, or Fowler's Phrenological bust. This whole day, though not with this vipw, We have been readmit H"d answering letters, and we do not know th.it we ran employ its close better than in giving a running notice of their contents. The first we take up is from a North Ala- bamian. His parents were Smith Carolini- ans; but moved to the West, where he was mainly reared. He says: "I was principally raised in North Alaba ma, but had lo leave there on account of Slave ry. I could not live there w iihout participa ting in it some way, and that 1 determined hot to do. I am attached to the country; it has a mild and gentle climate; produces the best fruits and vegetables; but ilie curse of slavery upon it. has ruined il. 1 fiel as if 1 should like to go back nnd live there; if this curse could be removed; but I have no hope of it in my day." "Let him go," say one class. Not so, friends! What drove that man away, drives thousands. It may not impoverish you; hut it does impoverish the state; check Us grow ih, its power; slop the building of railways; lim it the comforts and the happiness of the ma ny; unnerve and debase labor. "Let him stay," adds another. So say we. Stay here, stay, and battle against the evil slay and root it out. But listen again to a Southron: "The last year I lived there (Alabama in 1835) I attended two meetings in my county tu ferret out anti-slavery publications; aboli tion papers I dared ii"t take any part. I could say what I pleased in private without running any risk: and any who knew the middle class men would have hren astonish ed at the extent of the emancipating feeling In fact I believe it is more extensively felt at the South than we generally suppose Well we say, slay at home; nnd talk as you please in private. House the middle class. They have the stuff in them to do. If resolved, they can carry the day. And why should they not speak out? This "I dared not take any part" is what rr.nkes Ihe masses powerless, and the few absolute. If in private, men say what they please, they can soon sot in public. Slay, then at the South, and work. Let us hear now from Western Virginia a friend writes us: "I havo the opinion of some of the citizens of Wood couniy, that if they had somebody to take the lead, an emancipation representa tive could be elected from that county. So of counties round it." "Somebody to take the lead!" Do we Wait for that in private affairs! When our in terests demand it do we stop to enquire what xve should say or do! This idea ah. tit wail ing to take the lead is a most pernicious one. Let the good man utler himself, and other good men will respond, and leadership w ill soon be settled. Tne hour then will pruduce its nun. But another correspondent says: "I have perused the several numbers ofthe Examiner as they have been received, and nm well pleased with the manner in which it has been conducted so far. I hope it may prove a valuable auxiliary in the great and good work of terminating American slavery. One thing is perfectly obvious lo every man who reflects on the past history of our conn- try and carelully surveys Hie present position of our national affairs. Slavery must soon be checked in its progress, or ttie union of these states mu .t he dissolved, and with the dissolution of the Union, in all probability, will terminate all nur fair hopes of prosperity and freedom! God grant that the onward tide of this treinendnous evil, which has hiih- erto surmounted and swept away every bar- rier, may not ba permitted to undermine and our constitution, our Union, nur lib- erlies! Swift's spider, when he saw the bouse- wilu s broom, said that Heaven and r.arth were coming together, but the coining togeth er of Heaven and Earth, was but the coining down of his cobweb." Never fear friend about disunion. We of the mid-sluve states will save that. We don't mean that the perpetual ists shall have every thing their own way, nnd if they make the effort to dissolve the Government, these states will prevent it. The Missouri ins all so de clare. Nay, as to that, Judge Nicholas' dec laration will hold good of all of ihem. They will never acquiesce in toe idea that negro slavery is to be entailed upon them, and their posterity, in perpetuity and never tolerate the jdea of disunion for this end. Their course may create a great out-cry; hut the cob-web only will be swept away. Look up, then, friend, arid labor on. A belter day is coming yet. Old North Carolinia ! we had well nigh overlooked her. Hear one of her intelligent lotis. Referring to the fact that had made ihe identical suggestion we had, as regards couniy aciion, he iys: "I made the identical suggesiion which yOU Sidle 19 II, IW .., : i i :..;., A .1. .. .k., Kuiitn ui.lwH iiniin In Western Virginia, a 1111 IIH0 l,l,:u ilia. liu. only counties, nut towns, cities and town ships, should have the privilege of abolish ing slavery. I at the same lime pointed out manv ways in which local emancipation would be accomplished, provided the funda n.nls,t lau, ,,f the stale guaranteed the future exemption of such places from slavery." Manv benevolent persons both in the North .nd SoL.h would be induced lo bequeath their property to a county or township for the pur- riddfng it of slavery, who would nev. think ot giving It to 8 state lor such a pur-! , : ANTI-SLAVE RY B GLEL j X0 VXIOX WFF1I SMl'EHOLDERS." VOL. 3. NO. 12. SALEM, OHIO, FKIDAY, CCTOBEU 2D, 1817. WHOLE NO. 116. asthma sir, they can't reatlie freely, sir." We advice our cor respondent to gel the farce of Bombastt-s. nod, whenever he meets with those orators whom I e fears so much, rei.d bis description of a young girl when he speaks "of a juvenile person of ihe other sex, i a girl of lender years, a maiden in the dawn of life, a fair of sweet s xteen, a budding w o overthrow I man, 1 may say, a young female." This will i I am told that that noble man, David Rice, came near getting the Emancipation clause verted tn our constitution. How much nearer are we now, hfty years having pas STon . wd.) than we wers then! "Let no man ray, In new of this. 'J am pose. It would be "a drop in the bucket" lor an individual to give his properly to the state of Virginia ns a fund to pun-ha so the slaves; bill many counties in lint State might be made free by the liberality of a single cit izen. Some counties might be made tree by taxing themselves to the value of the slaves; while a I ix adequate lo the purchase of all the slaves in Virginia would he iinb,,irabh. Other counties would gradually hec ame free by the removal i f the slaves. Hut n i matter in whal way they become free, the. constitu tion of the Rtaie, nnd of all (lie slave States should provide that slavery should never I) gain be introduced. A law now exists in North Carolina which gives to counties the discretion of making certain local regulations d ill', rent from those existing in the greater portum of the Slate. For instance the school law whs put lo the counties separately, nnd was in operation for several years in the greater part of the Slate nelore It was reeleved by hili comb nnd a few other counties. A diversity in the local regulations prevails iu many other respects, all of w hich have been sanciiored hy the leg islature; why cannot (his principle lie exten ded to slavery. If the people in the uplands of the South w hoendiire the stigma without reaping any of the profits of slavery, insist on it they can have it so. There would exist every motive in the up land routines to emancipate themselves had they the power or rather could they lie se- cured by law against the re-introduciion o( slavery. A free county in a slave state w ould be a bright spot on Ihe snrf.ee of ilie world. Emigrants would fl.ick to it ho are now de terred by Ihe very name of slavery, though it has little more than a nominal existence. No matter brother, who in ide the sugges tion. You shall have the credit of il, if you desire it. Let us s.-e who can do the most to carry it out. That's the point. We hear from sill head quarters that it is approved. From East Tennessee, from W est Virginia, from North Carolina, from Kentucky, all w ho wiite say "it is Ihe very thing." Let us reason about it, until all hear of, and under stand, the principle. It h is long been a fa vorite idea with us. Early in '12 we sug gested it; in '10 we pressed il earneslly; and we mean now, to join "A Carolinian" and all who may seek to defend and diffuse it. But a warm hearted Maryl.mder a we-bit irreverent a liltle dashed it may he, at the immense evil he combats full of generous impulse, but wanting, perhaps, more pa tience and faith, has a word to say. Hear him. 'I did not intend taking the Examiner, hut it is so good a paper in its editorials and se lections and is withal so hearty and hon"St in its lone, that I have altered my mind. I am afraid you are a Yankee you write with so much more coolness Ihan we south, m peo- pie po-seas. We are like the Iri-dt an I make our cause ridiculous hy seeming ton much in earnest, and using loo many and too big words. Mubs are indefensible upon any principle I am acquainted with, hut there is a certain aggravating way of writing and lalk- ing which would in lime goad Arch-angels tu phrenzy, and in i!e a nu b in Paradise. "In regard lo slavery, I think ihe cause is hopeless. We may as Wi ll strive lo sink Ihe base of the Rocky Mountains! The devil has taken too firm a grip upon Ihe country, and if here and there some signs indicate the coming of better times, it is only because he has let go "to spit on bis hands as It were, tu "lighten bis hold." A merry fellow that! Too good to give op! Thanks for the hearty laugh he has giv en us thanks f,,r his gooil opinion. But let him dismiss bis doubts, weare as be knows, native and to the manor-horn "South all round the board." And as to the bombast Ihe "aggravating'" habit of speech we south rons are growing wiser. We are getting rid of ihe asthma; J. din Randolph used lo sav id Hie 'highly wrought intense orators o! the south "they are i.fTI cled with the cure them, and so save our friend from olfer- ing any excuse for mobs, or fearing their ex lstence anywhere: But let hiin, also, dismiss his fears. We can bore through, tunnel, the Rocky Moun tains leap over them with steam dart hy them with lightning speed, as though Ihey were not. Why, then tremble before slave ry? He does not know what is doing in Ma ryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. If he did, he would net doubt. Old Nick is a presevoring fellow. But we can engage him in a little chat, when he is spitting on his hands" we will "nab" him yet, and if we once get hold, he may lighten his grip as much ns he pleases we'll beat him. And w ho is more able lo help do this, than our correspondent! Let him lend hearty hand. Il would be worth talking about lo catch and cage the old fellow! Home firt home last. Our hudget of let ters fr.au Kentucky is large. But we must select, and this is hard to do where all are good and el. e ring. Let us hear w hat a very influential native has lo say: "Action, united action is what we need The material is in the community, but it . .11 dormant, and renmrea some stimulus and or - ..... Granization to bring il into useful aciion, One active, working nian can do more than a hundred idle well wishers. "We have an opportunity to make nur free, happy and prosperous stale, and II let it pass, another opportunity may not occur. for emancipation, hut now is the lime. Xnw is the time. And if the Kentucky hoys will he true to Ihemselves, true to their coun try, nnd humanity, we will forever w ipe the foul blot from our glorious state! "L"t our motto be Tnv." Here is something for our Maryland friend to read! Here is something for the best of us lo think about. Tuere is enough materi al, and of the right stulT too, lo do Ihe work. It is in us. h is all arounl us. House it irginize it give it p tip mId shape; let it sound forth the word trv mil act npnn it, an I we shall heave olT slavery in our day in a few years as certain as we live nnd in ike the effort. Tilk about the difficulties! Tell us ihe case is hopeless! Why, what tire difficulties but path-ways to be cut by human energy for human advancement! Vh it the most ho eless of them but earth rubbish to he cleared away that mortals may look higher and higher, nnd look even toward the perfiet day! Dal not our citizens, a handful, defeat and scatter hosts of poor Mex icans al Buena Vista! Are not our soldiers now, h ire six thousand in number, masters of theii city, containing over two hundred thousand people, and defended besides by a mighty army! If fur war anil its bloody ends, our men dare and do so much, shall w e cower w hen our battle is for freedom! Shall we slink away from Ihe dust i ml heat and conflict, when the goal we might win. is ihe wood of our race? Let our motto he, try." Lei our answ er he "we never surrender" lo every position. Then will victory perch on our banner! We fear w e have occupied too much space; hut it is done. We must, at least, defer our budget for another opportunity. (Correspondence of the A. S. Standard.) The Campbellites. COLUMBUS, O., Sept. 27, 1847. if a is a Dear, Friend : I have just read in the Standard of the ull. a notice of the very suitable reception given hy our Scotch friends to Ihe Rev. Alexander Campbell. Nothing that I have seen lately has given me more satisfaction. It throws me back to the time of my residence in the slave Slate of Missou ri, where I met frequently with Mr. C's most devoted followers, who style themselves, par excellence, "Christians," sometimes also " Heformers." Not much of observation or insight was necessary in order to discover that these lilies were a scandal even to com mon sense so I invariably used the more an pr.iprinte term, "Cumpbeilite," w hen spea king of ihe body. These "Christians" kept their slaves, male and female, old and young, huddled together in one room, at night a desolate-looking, dirty "cabin," at some lit tle distance from the comfortable mansion in habited by themselves. They gave them no religious or other instruction. They spoke to themes if tht y wi re toi. They clothed them, mini grow n, and even then, in rags. thus precluding this little chance of giving them sell-respect. The most ll.ey w ould ad mit wa, that Slavery was a social and polit ical, never a moral, evil. Il was for them selves alone they eared never for the slave, except to keep 1 1 1 it i w ell enough to get a cer tain amount of labor nut of him. I never shall forget the determined bitterness with w hich I was repeatedly told, "H will never consent lo liberate our t.aves, and have them remain as laborers with un. If the Xorlh would buy them, and send them to Liberia, or any where out of the country, we should he glad." Years ago, when I was in Mas sachusetts, and beard Elliott Cressnn pro pound his insinuating salvo, "Colonization," it merely struck tne as being tolerably unoJ, and exceedingly inelficient. As I became better instructed on the subject of Slavery, it appeared rather in the light of a pleasant hoax. Judg', then, how entirely my eyes were opened lo ihe depravity which origina ted and sustains Ihe scheme, when I found that men of the character I have just descri bed, men w ho-e mmiIs had shrunk lo paich ment. who spoke with ihe tones of bardi ned selfishness against all the best interests of the slave, were more apt to hand me the "Colonization Herald" than those of a bet ter stamp. The ignorant Catholic repeats in blind faith a number of aves and paternosters, or puts money into the hands of his confes sor, believing in the efficacy of the same to cleanse him from sin. The slaveholder hires an editor to inform him weekly that he can not da riht under existing circumstances. The value of the excuse, so often made by Southerners, that they cannot liberate their slaves because they have il not iu their pow er lo send lliem out of the State, as the law obliges, is tested in Missouri, where no such law exists. The slaves remain slaves: the excuse "It would not be fair lo other slave holders in the neighborhood would make their servant discontented. " But, to return. two i f lie most popular Campbellite preach ers labored in the neighborhood w here I re sided ; the one quite young, the other forty five, perhaps, having a f.mily of grown-up daughters; and 1 have fads to relate, con cerning both these men, on the truth of which you may Implicitly rely. A colored lad, of fifteen or sixteen, was hired out in a family where theyounger of these men hoard ed. One day this servant of the Loid de clared that sixty dollars had been stolen from an unlocked box w hich he kept under the bed, and he avowed his conviction that the colored lad had taken it. Whereupon a con su'lation was held with the master of the house, and it was dicided lo frighten the lad into confession. So, at midnight, the minis ter, the doctor, (he w ho kept the house,) and the school-master, (who was called in lo as sist.) sat in solemn conclave on the judgment-seat. They told the lad that he had stolen the money, and they were about to hang him; but that if he would confess the ihcft, he should not suffer. The lad protest ed his innocence; so they adjusted ihe rope, and asked what message he would leave for bis mother. "Toll her," said he, "1 did not take the money, snd thai I Meone "'here I shall he heller treated lhan I have been here." They then strung him up. the doc tor holding his watch in his hand to walch Ihe seconds during which life would remain. They then let him down, barely alive, the sweat pouring ofT him, examined his head phrenologioally, and told him he was an hon est boy, Imt that if he ever told of that night's doings, ihey would flog him to death. The poor fellow was confined to his bed for six weeks after this, but no aciion could be ta ken against the parties by his ow ner, had this been desired, because the injured one was the only witness, and he was black. The parties found out afterwards, to their entire satisfaction, that the boy was innocent. Now ofthe oilier, who is, or was lat win ter, a cindidate for State Governor. In one family I met a bright mulatto girl, of six! en. She was hired of this minister, who owned her Bister also. Her employer had frequent ly rematked to me, that, if she oicneJ her, no money would induce her lo sell her, she wasso intelligent and quick at work, and patient with the children; and I had noticed h?r disinterested way of getting along with them ; it w as not subserviency, but real good- ness. Once I nnliced she had scar on her cheek, ami, without dreaming that such a pleasant girl could have been flogged, I ask ed what had caused ihe scar! She answer ed, with a half sad, half careless air. "Oh, master did n with the cow-hide." I was lying down to resl me. hut ihese words brought me lo my feel. This man I had ac tually slu.ken hands wilh a few days before, and be had, with his own hands, cow-hided this poor child over ihe head. "What had you done," I inquired "tn incur his anger!" "Oh, I do ii' il know." she replied, in the same hopeless tone ; "he beat me so often, that I cannot remember why he got angry this time; besides, thin isn't anything, he heal our cook till the blood squirted up on ihe ceiling." "What had the done !" "Oh. the edge of the kettle-lid mellcd off, and master said she could help it." "I low does your sister get along !" I inquired. "She was not happy ; when Miss (ihe minis ter's daughter) was sick, she always had a cow-hide beside her to brat her (sister,) in case she should fall asleep inst. a J of watch ing." This girl was marked on her hack, as w ell as on her face, and the truth of her state ments was corroborated by the fact that whenever her term of service expired, I found her frequently in Iear9, and full of apprehen sion, lest her master might conclude to have her stay lit home ihe next six months. The relation was made in the same tune in which the sUves so often used to say tome, "We're oiiIt iVwm, you know."" - - - - You. my friend, are well aware that these instances of cruelty are most trivial, compar ed with what we are both acquainted with; but ns both these parties came under myim niediate observation, nnd as both the minis ters stand high in their sect, I should be ajad lo give our brethren across the Atlantic lo understand, yet more fully, "what manner of men are these" who claim their fellowship, countenance, and hospitality. Vt-ry truly yours, G. B. From the Liberator. The American Board of Commissioners. This powerful Corporation held its Annu al Me, ting ibis year at Buffalo, on the Hih, i)th and lOih of September. Its deliberations were not quite so edifying as they have been lor two or three years p.-si. It bad no more sins to organize. The Heathen seem lo be satisfied, for the present, wilh the sanctilica tinn of Slavery and Polygamy. The chrys tallizalion of die oilier Deadly Sin did not show itself this year by any tangible demon Urations. They probably remain in a siatn of solution in the minds ofthe holy men who make up the Board, waiting to be precipita ted upon ihe application of proper tests. It seems that ' Harmony characterized all its proceedings ;' but, delightful ns harmony may be lo those who enj..y it, a little discord is more Put, ri. lining lo those who look on. And. perhaps, when we come to see what sort of a harmony il was, we may think lliat a stiff breeze would have been more whole some, as well as more refreshing, than the dead calm in which they rejoiced. But the action or the in-nction which ainnunls tu ac tion, of such a body as the A. B. C. F. M., must needs be important and interesting in proportion to Its power and itiltuei.ee. This body is the representative of the wealthiest, if not ihe most numerous, denom ination in Ihe century. It coin, Is its revenue by t undreda of thousands t f dollarsi It num bers among its members, corporate and hono rary, many of the wealthiest, most learned and most influential men of all the profes sions, and ol every prominent position in so ciety. Il extends its ramifications into every village. W herever there is an ' Evangelical' Onngregniional minister, there is an agent. Its special agents are welcome every where, w herever orthodoxy is. Its system of Month ly Concerts keeps alive the interest of the masses of ihe faithful, iu its operations. Its machinery ndapts itstlf lo ihe young as well as to the old. It takes tithes f the pocket money of the child, as well as of the earnings or of the accumulations of the man. The spirit of emulation is aroused to increase the gifts into the Treasury, hy the competition of the givers. Its publications are w ell adapt ed lo promote its ends, and are scattered w ith a liberal prolusion, all over Ihe land. If its members be 'the children of light," they are, certainly, also wise in their gener ition." A more perlecily contrived organization, for its purposes, could hardly be devised. And yet its results have not been answer able In Ihe perfection of its apparatus. At hast, its results in the direction of the con version of the Heathen Wolld. Its elf.-cl in keeping the denomination together, nt home, and in keeping alive the interest of its mem bers in its organic vitality, (unquestionably s main object of its establishment and main tenance,) has been, undoubtedly, very great. But, considering the millions that have been expended.and the l.ves that have been spent. n impression mice cpon Hei'din; not seem to hive been very wide, deep or abidinu. And even where its triumphs hive been the most signal and ihe most trumpeted, us in the case of the Sandwich Islands, for example, it may well be doubled w heiher Ihe nominal conversion of the natives lo Chris tianity has been the means of growth in civi liz ition, wh never it miyhave been in grace; and whether, if Ihe balance were struck be tween what they have gained by the doctrines of Chri-tianily, nnd what they have lost by the vices of Christians, it would not be found to preponderate on ihe losing side. Wheth er, in short, of Ih usual items of the assorted cargoes of their New England trade, the Rum and the Gunpowder were not more than i a milch for ihe Missionaries and the Bibles. ' The general fact will not be denied, for it ' is a cause of general lamentation among Ihe 1 friends of the cause, that a very small part ! of the work of the conversion of the World has been effected hy the agency of the Amer- ican Missions. This is usually attributed to j the circumstance that there are not M.siiann- riet en niH. nnd the appeal is made, on this ! ground, in the devout suns and daughiers of ; the Church, to he more abundant in their giv- I ing. But we biimhly conceive that the real difficulty in the e ise consists in the inferior i nature ofthe article ihey deal in. In Ihe old apostolic times, when the doctrine, and ihey 1 lb it dispensed H, were tried with fire. Rod the pure, unalloyed truth was offered to the Nations, a very different disposition was evin ced by them as to its reeepiion. Though il was not received In the days of its first teach ers as the faith of any people; still, such an impression was produced upon the minds of their eonlempnrai ies, as to enable lliein to foresee, without the gift of prophecy, its im pending triumphs. But the case W different w ith the Apostles of the nineteenth eeinury. who go forth not wilh scrip and staff, and in the strength of the Lord of Hosts; but furnished.w iih what ever creature-comforts may console their ex ile, and in iho strength of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Though the Water of Life may be offered freely, still it is rather too strongly flivored with the new nun, which is imperted with it, to commend itself to a seminal thirst. Though words of Peace and Forgiveness are upon the lips of the new teachers, lite gun powder and the muskets, and the yawning jaws of. the cannon of ihe frigates w hich come prowling about their waters to look after the interests of irade and of religion, speak to the Heathen in a language louder than words. The fact is overlooked, though a pretty ma terial one in this connection, that every Chris tian w ho appears among idem, is a Mission ary, as truly set apart to the work; and that they are quite as likely tn infer the nature of the doctrine from ihe practice of the one, as from the preaching of ihe other. And if they happen to know anything about the practical workings of Christianity in the country from which it is exported for their benefit, they might he justified, perhaps, in rejecting the means of grace ihus set before them. If Ihey see a Christian master partak ing ofthe sacred elements on Sunday wilh a poor slave, and on Monday felling hi in away from his w ife and children, and perhaps put ting a portion of the price of bis hlo. d into the Missionary treasury, they might be excu sed for d. I. bung w heiher ihe Religion they have already, is any worse than that which is offered lo them. And when Ihey see llin very great Board which exists hut f.T their salvation, refusing lo exclude such tainted gold from its treasury, or even lo require its converts to put away ibis sin Irnui tliem, be fore they can he admitted tn the Mission Churches, they may he pitied, but they can hardly he blamed, for hesitating to beiieve the one to be tbn treasury of the Lord, and the other the chi relies of I is Christ. We say nothing ol the refusal or the Hoard to condemn the slight impropriety of a plurality of wives on the part of the Neophytes, or of the declaration of the pious Chancellor of iew l ork.lhat w hat was felony in Ins Slate, was law ful, and no bur lo Christian commun ion, under another meridian; for we have no room tn go into detail. But briefly, the rea son of the imperfect success of American Mis sions is to be found, as we conceive, in the fact that the Heathen, seeing our Morality no belter, to say the least, than their own, are apt to think their own Theulngy quiie as good ns oui4. And it ia perfectly natural that, seeing men pominw across the ocean lo cast Ihe motes out of their eyes, with these enormous beams sticking out of their own, thev should decline the suigery of such ex traordinary occulists. Another matter, very obseiVahle at this lime Is, that the receipts, during the past year, fell short of the expenditures by about f ikty tiiiiee thousand dollars! A variety of rea sons were given for this stale of things; but none, we apprehend, lhat touched the root ot the nntter. For the two last years the re- ceipts were from twenty-Jive In thirty thousand dollars list than for either of the years '-14 and '15. The mailers of Slavery and Polygamy have been especially agitated within those two years; end we cannot hut think lhat this falling olf is largely to be accounted for, on account of dissatisfaction w ith the outrageous conduct ofthe Board in these respects. The concession, such as it was, that w as made on III e Slavery question, (which we shall com ment upon in another place,) is a sign, as we look upon ii, that this element was recogniz ed. From all which we are encouraged lo hope, that the Congregational masses are going to look into these in liters lor them I selves, and tn question the w i.-doin of the I complete reliance w Inch they h ive reposed . in time past iu Ihe Hoard. That an effort ' will be made that will remove their present i embarrassments, is very likely. But wee n ; not forbear to hope that the prestige is broken, ; and that it can never be recovered. Tuat the i people are gradually learning to see that a re ' iigion which is made to cover up the most fligiiious of vices, is a gift which blesses neither them lhat give nor them that receive, , Arnerls.jn Br,;j j, fi.si eW fcx St. I I 1 0- .111 remittances to be made, or.d all Ittter relalinu lathe fitcuuiary tjatrnj tin r, lo be addressed (post hiu) iht Lttitui jt;cnt. Communicationsitilttie'td Jot itinf tiun to he addretted lit the Editi rt. tje Terms: $1,50 per annum, tr IM.'S (inri'iablyreouiredyif not paid within si months ofthe time of subscribing. (Kr No subscription received for ls tfcsn six months. Advertisements making less than a squnr inserted three times for 75 cents: n square 1. Francis Xaviers nnd our St. Vincent dn Paul to occupy. When they, and those they lead, are convene to' flie Chiilianity of Christ, it w ill bo lime enough to turn to Hie Geniilcs. Q. 1 Ret. Mr. Clark's Sermost against f as Mexican War This sermon Was delivered last evening in Ihe church former')' occupied hy the Congregation of Dr. Cox, in Crr.n herry at. The speaker, who is Settled nl Portsmouth, N. If., commenced by sneak ing of the difficulty of gaining attention lo the sulij. ct of War. In nine of peace it w,.s contended thai lo meddle lo meddle with ihe subnet was umieccssarv. When Me are invofvfd in war, il was sud, it will be lime to consider ''" An'1 w W Hr "'"'''y opn ,l"'n ''I"?"0'''" ''vp,y ' "- '"' I""" "' bp,"!J "f hostility to the in- o ,uno 'i titr- , i'ui.ii, ,,i "i il ii'i ui iinui- otism. Above all, ihe pulpit mast he silent on this suhj.ci. At ihe utmost, ihe clergy" might speak of the wars of the Israelites, of Ihe bloody career of Alexander or Napoleon, but as to the war w ith Mexico Ihey must nut speak. But what is the oHii-e of the pulpit! Why, to speak ng linst sin. And il it is not to raise lis voice against one ol Ihe greatest outrages !hi,t ilsl.'races the history of nations, fhen let it perish as faithless and unworthy. Tins war was brought on without nny lot g scries of hostile ucls to excite it. It was a war waged by us upon a sister and weaker Republic. In the moist of the greatest nn lional, mtell, ctual and spiritual rdvanlr gis and benefits, we bad plunged into this hi to dy and in just cnnics'. In this crniicciicrr the speaker wruld i ndeavor lo bring forward some of Ihe reasons why Ihrs nation should never engHge in war. In ihe first place war was destructive lo the prosperity of Ihe people. Mr. Clark then contrasted our present condition w ith that in which we should have been had n been engaged in warlike pursuits. From the examples of Rome, England and France the speaker urged tbn pcrnicioiisncts of war to the highest interests of men. And w hat had Mexico done that her terri tory should he invaded and ravaged, her cit- r.' ns slatu and her towns seized hy hostile armies ! Why, her crime was tlrat she abol' ished slavery, anil now she must be destroy ed in order that that accursed system might be once morn established on her oil. h ihe next place, war was hostile (o out' political institutions. The whole tendency of war was to est blish a despotism. More over we had not forgotten how, at the break ing out of this War, the resources of the coun try w ere turned from their legitimate use to subserve the purposes uf war. The bill for River and Harbor improvements was vetoed in order that the money might he devoted to the destruction of life and property, to the carrying on of the war. The speaker then dwell in Ihe most forcible manner on Ihn in fluence of war, of the character of those en gaged in it, nnd pictured in strong ,iut:ine the horrors which have attended our conquests in M.xico. Must we not see how ihe depo lisui of a military life necessarily unfitted men lo discharge ihe peaceful duties of eili zens, and how the moral sentiments can scarcely escape entire corrupiion in such tcenes hs the war daily brought before them! Were our Government an absolute despo tism. Ihe slavish submission enforced on otif citizens who are in the army woi.ld not be discordant with our institutions. The spea ker then spoke w ith much earnestm ss against the rewards so often he.-low ed on soldiers as such, and especially against the idea lhat the services of a military chieftain could ouN weigh, as claims to the highest office In the People's gift, nil the most eminent qualities of our hi si statesmen. Again, war was contrary to the spirit cf j otir religion. On Ibis head Ihe speaker dwelt at length with great power of argument and illustration, snd showed lhat in the Mexican war every Christian principle was trampled under foot. If it wis ihe destiny of this na tion lo advance, il was In f high mission to conquer by the sword of Faith, by the light of the Gospel, nnd by benefits done to all other nations. To enter on a bloody and de structive war for the extension of slavery, was to he false to the principles on which our institutions are founded, false to our an cestors, false tn our religion, false to our high mission, f.lse to our God ) But we were told hy some that this war with Mexico w as popular. This the speaker denied. He believed it was quite the oppo site. Il only needrd the voices of the cler i gy and of ihe press to be honestly and bold ly expnssed, to have it heard and effectual. Let them, then, speak nut, nnd they would al nny rate have the sali.slaeilnn of knowing that Ihey had borne their testimony against a cruel, destructtvn nnd liornnio war, that is destroying our cl , il and religions institutions, and laving up a heritage of shame for onr country. And, above alt, they wonld hsvs the Lord of Heaven and Earth on their side. for Ihey would speak in behalf of t'ae eternal principles ot His kingdom, Do Right tou cannot no better. 1 admit not indecision in the grave questions of life; one course only is lo he taken, that of duly. As for the const qin rices, sooner or later, tiuod engenders )iiiod. Fools ai d ick ed men say that we are frequently Ihe dupes of our good beans ; this is false. When did a I'.yal and good aciion ever prove fatal to its author! Whal signifies ingratitude 1 Good always comes of good. Is he to whom you give your clo..k nny the rnlder because he is ungrateful 1 No; the good is effected I think of doing somebody else a service. Only fools and madmen tear the hand that minis ters 1 1 their warns, when they io not kiss il and should we Judge hum-.nrty according tor the rules of fools and madmen I There is s proverb that s iy s, iht what you ouht so far it is well ; the proverb sdds. enmt of it whal tuny. This is an unworthy inoilion of chance. Da what you ought, good will turn . if it, is the true reading. EUgt Sue.