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VOL. 4. NO. 30.
SALEM. OHIO, FRIDAY, MARCH 1G, 1849.
WHOLE NO. 186.
ANTI
Ti v Tr-
HI
THE ANTI-SLAVERY BUGLE
governments and pro-slavery churchy organi-
Rations. It is, Edited by Uenjamin S. and J.
Elizabeth Jones; ami wane urging y,"
leople the duty of holding " N union witn
Is published every Friday, at Salem, Colum
biana Co., OAio.by the Executive Committee
of the Western Anti-lavehy oocikiit,
and is the only paper in the Great West
which advocates secession trom pro-siavery
E
.,.. 1 l.o ittlttf
Slaveholders, euner in yi.......
the only consistent position an Abolitionist
can occupy, and as the best means for I he do
traction of slavery ; it will, so far as Is l.m
its permit, k'ivb a history of the daily prog ess
of Um antUslavery cause-exhibit the policy
and practice of slaveholders, and by facts and
arguments endeavor to increase the zeal and
ctivily of every true lover of Freedom. In
:. oni .olnverv matter, it will
aauiiiuu iv .
choice exitaeis, iliuidi
tale, to? It is to "be honed that all the friends
of the VVestern Anti-Slavery Society nil I the
. c ii, niinninn movement, will (lo
what they can to aid in the support of the
paper, by extending its circulation. on
who live in the West should sustain the pa
per that is published in your midst. The
bugle is printed on an imperial sheet, and
subscribers may take their choice of the following
TERMS.
$1,50 per annum, if paid within the first G
months of the subscriber's year.
If paid before three months of the year has
expired, a deduction of 25 cents will be made,
reducing the price to $1,25.
If payment be made in advance, or on the
receipt of the f.rst number, 50 cents will be
deducted, mamng .no .io"i ---
To any person wishing to examine the cha
racter of the paper.it will be furnished
months, for 50 cents in advance to all oth
ers 75 cents will be charged.
0- No deviation from these terms.
(vv- We occasionally send numbers to
those who are not subscribers, but w ho are
believed to be interested in the dissemination
of anU-slavery truth, with the hope that they
will either subscribe themselves, or use their
influence to extend its circulation among their
friends. .
frt- Communications intended for inser
tionio be addressed to the Editors. All oil.
ers to the Publishing Agent, James I3aRnahi
From the Liberty Bell.
Dissolution of the Union.
BY PARKER PILLSBURY.
li was ten years before tho Annexation
of Texas, that tho event was predicted
by the Abolitionist, in 1837, tho editor
of the Liberator, in an address belore the
New England Ami-Slavery Convention,
uttered tho bold words that follow :
'Every moment is big with peril ; and
the Annexation or Texas is obviously
bo among the first acls of Congress-.in-less
the people of the non-slave-holding
Slates sneak in thunder tones of remon
strance. And the consequences ol such
a step will he .
The opening of an immense and high
ly fertile territory to those bloody abom
inations, Slavery and tho Slave I
The further degradation and subserviency
of the people of the North to
demands of the South.
Then the loss of tho balance of power
on the part of ih North, and iho suprem
acy of a Southern policy in Congress.
The perpetuity of Slavery and
Slave Trade in the District of Colum-
b'Tho admission of as much slave-holding
territory into the Union, as the South
shall desire.
A War with Mexico.
pi.:.;. r cm,-it nf nronhcev. these
. I .... I
.mils were ultercu aim rraiwuiou
A .i fl n ct W
, i... v;ir.m
ten years ngo una uium, ...........
Lloyd Garrison. His best friends deem
ed them visionary, hyperbolical, rheto
rical nourishes ; a despcrato instrumen
tality of a bold and determined spirit,
wakon his besotted und slumbering coun-
Nnnci kllCW so ai "a uuuu-
.i rvnnt, h un oj " -
J '. i ,i,n ,l..rrriii1-ninn
lioniais, no I dusneiate the
tno pcopic, i
pravity of their rulers. Hut .vu the
eves had hardly seen, "i
or heart conceived, tho tilings mat oiavc-
ry had prepared for its own enlargement
nnil nrcscrvntion. All others at
TMni-ih SDurned tho proposition of annex-
lNOrui op . i :J:, .,:
pnnlfimDl Uliu MiuiLiiiuiiuii.
anon, w.w. . - "r- "T ":- ,.
Democracy "'"""V?"' " "' , '""'a
dog, mat no oiiuum n -
the Whig party cursed the prophet in
name of all Us gods.
But the generation has not passed
nnd lo! all these things, and more,
been fulfilled. So true is it, that
slavery, all things are possible.
Who now shall say that -the hour
t. .licnlution of the Union has not
como 1 Slavery, which, at the first,
a little cloud liko o man's hand,
u i, nnr whole political horizon.
Uw tho terms of tho national compact,
tYeStates are bound in chains, and
people in fotiera of iron; and Mavery,
!t, Kneure. bids defianco lo the
Like some terrible giant, it has planted
one foot on the Atlantic strand, the
, ,Kn nhnrea of the Pacific. With
hand it strangles liberty in the
with the other it hurU freedom from
enort, and, oa that virgin soil, 6eeks
rear Its bloody altars. One glance
its lightning eye dissolved our Southern
boundary, and scared iho Mexican eagle
forever from his cyrio in the Cordilleras.
It rears its throne of skulls in the palaces
of the Monlczumas, nnd covets the broad
valleys of tho Amazon, nnd the sugar
fields of Cuba und .St. Domingo, Let it
but Speo.k, nn() j. js d0no, and nono dare
say unt0 ,t ilai uoest thou !
jNforllcrn mcn ar0 no, SOVerlho chain
that hinds them to the Union, though all
heaven and its inhabitants wail to bless
nnd ratify tho deed. Justice and human
ity, reason and conscience, (iod and nil
nature, urgo the constimntion, nnd yet wc
delay. Wo tremble at the consequen
ces, though they wero tho best benisons
of heaven.
Severed from that ghastly corpse of
dissolving destruction, our boundles en-
to
terpnse, industry, economy nnu tern
pcranec, joined to those inexhatistabh;
resources of wealth, which nature has
scattered on every hill, opened in every
valley, nnd spread out on every prnrie
between the two oceans, & from Mason's
and Dixon's to the lakeswould soon ren
der us the admiration of tho world. We
should sit Queen among the Nations
Every wilderness of our vast domain
would soon blossom as the rose. Every
desert would shout for joy. Over us,
the morning stars would sing together.
Peace would wavo her white banner
throughout our borders. Gladness nnd
plenty would crown us forever.
Hut should none of these millennial
glories attend such a triumph of justice
and compassion, still the duty is not the
less imperious. What though tho day
that saw our dorp repentance, should al
so witness all tho woes that cowardice
and cupidity have ever predicted? Still
the voice ol the Omnipotent, louder than
all the thunders of heaven, demands that
our covenant with death bo disannuled,
that our agreement with hell stand
not.
What though it baptize tho South in
blood ? What though smoking towns and
desolated plantations should robo her in
a pall, black as the midnight ol despair
Still, from the depths of nature and tho
heart of God, the command is, 'fiat jus
litia mat caelum' be justice done, though
tho heavens lull
What arc stales and nations, when op
posed to the triumphs of Justice ? Let
lliein perish. lienor far were it, than
that shivery should endure, if enterprise
nnd industry were palsied forever, and
national prosperity numbered with the
things that are no more. Hotter that
Commerce w rap itself in its own shrouds,
and hido in tho deepest caverns of tho
ocean. Sooner let thrones and domin
ions perish, and dizzy empires go reeling
to the ground. Yea, let Justice be done,
and liighteousness prevail, though it bu
ry every continent of the universe in ir
recoverable nnd eternal oblivion.
From the New Concord Press.
'What is in a Name?'
the
Everything? Who has not heard the com
mon sayings, ' get your name up, nnd you
may lie till ten o'clock,' and 'you might
well kill a dog as give him a bad name '7
To some peopie in our ' queer world,' a
i9 everything. To tlieru nothing is good
which comes from Nazarelh. Truth and fic
tion black and while good and had,
all alike, if they come from certain quarters.
Some men might talk like angels, argue like
the Auoslla Paul, and persuade with the elo-
nuence of Isaiah, and vet produce no effect
unon a certain class of individuals, because
with lliem a name has mora influence than
.,1 I l.nil. Ii-.itl, ami elnnnnncB
v,.. ....... .....
to
Such will gag, and strain, and choke at
idea or proposition coming from one quarter,
which, when it comes from another, having
a different label, or from one of a different
name, will go down, like the most palatable
food, without an effort, and afford intense gra
tification. ' W hat is in a name V Ah, neigh-
linr A. iust trv it. I f vnn wnnt I n itpnt nnrne
. .... ...... .............. . .
nf laudable ohiect. and desire the aid or coun-
do- 'finance of your neighbors, or of strargers,
the first question you have to answer is,
r l, m wlla, do wal.
w,o are you 1 If you write a book, the
ner WiIllU t0 unoW) not what it is with
character, but, who is the author. .Some
the men look through such green spectacles,
are so cross-eyed, that they see every
uhn in nnt nf their own name with nreen
... - --- --
. )asscs Bn(1 crooked eyes.
ansrel of light, and they fancy him to be
the
have
with
for
fully
was juj(,men r9 nol formed by the matter
now reat or hear, but by the name of the
who writes or speaks. Such we envy
If they are willing to be duped by those
the ''h very of heaver ..oservethe
-
world. own
A Sign. While tho Slave States
other only 2300 miles of completed railroad,
ono iho Free Stales havo 4000 miles.
name with
Call the devil
most beautiful creature. Call the mostrigh
teous man In community by a bad name,
those men take him to be a demon. Label
whiskey barrel 'a good creature of God,'
it is rolled into the celler lor use. l-all
man-thief a president, and he is an honest
man. And so we might go on, without
to illustrate the fact that there is much
a name with the great mass, especially
a certain class ol blear-eyed men,
North,
Ot-
to
froin
tho projected and progressing railroads
are in much heavier proportion, favora
ble to the spirit and prosperity of
North.
For A. S. Bugle.
BARKER the Great Religious and Political
Reformer of England.
I hope every reader of the Bugle, will re
ruse with care the following which was pub
lished in tract form, in Great lirilain. It
shows how well acquainted men in other
portions of the globe, are with our National
system, and also demonstrates that the Priest
hoods are the same every where. It is a full
answer to the question "Why do not the
clergy attend our Anti-Slavery Meetings I"
The article may look lengthy, but Tead and
you will be deceived for once, it will be too
short. Yours,
W.
WHY DID THE
Ministers the Town of Leeds
ABSENT THEMSELVES FROM THE
Anti-Slavery Meeting
ON THURSDAY EVENING LAST?
f
It is not perhaps known to all, that at the
meetings of the Anti-slavery League, held
in the Music Hall, Leeds, and addressed uy
Messrs. Douglass and Wriorht. there wag
not n sinale minister to be seen, except Mr,
... . . . ... . ... .-n
icksteed, the Unitarian minister oi nnii-
hill chapel. Mr. Wicksteed was present at
both meetings, and spoke at ooin , out ne
was alone in his glory. Not a Methodist
nor a Daptist, not an Independent nor s
Churchman, was there to keep him compa
ny. I am told that at other towns it has been
verv much the same. At Darlington an In
j ... . i . - j .. j
dependent minister, ftir. rrucnaru, ancnuuu,
but it was to oppose the abolitionists, and
defend the pro-slavery and slave-holding
churches and preachers. At Newcastle an
Independent minister attended ; but it was to
defend tho faithless Editor of the Christian
Witness, the traducer and calumniator of the
slaves' best friends. Generally speaking,
the orthodox ministers throughout the coun
try have kept aloof from the cause of aboli
tion. To such an extent has this been the
case, that George Thompson, at a meeting of
the League in one of our large towns, when
asked, 'Is this an anti-slavery meeting, or an
anti-clerical meeting V was obliged to an
swer, ' It is truly, and in good faith, a pure
ly anti-slavery meeting ; hut lam sorry to
say,' that such is tho position, and suc-h is tho
conduct of the clergy, than an anti-slavery
must now of necessity be an anti-clerical
meeting.'
The conduct of orthodox ministers in this
matter requires explanation. This explana
tion we atlcmpt to give. Many are asking,
Why were there no ministers at the meetings
at Leeds This question we attempt to an
swer. Whether our answer be the right one,
our readers must judge. We fear it is. We
grant that our answer condemns the minis
ters ; but we nave no nope mat uie ministers
will be able to prove that we have con
demned them unjustly. In a part of
this tract we speak as in the name, of the
ministers; but with no desire to do them
wrong. And we have no" desire that our
answer to the question should be the only
one; if the ministry will answer tor them
selves, we shall bo glad to read their answer.
We have answered the question to llie nest
of our ability, and we hope that botli minis
ters and people w ill receive proht, it not plea
sure, from what we have written.
Why, then, did Ministers of the Town of
Leeds absent themselves from the Anti-Slavery
Meeting on Thursday evening last?
an
not
but,
rea
its
and
one
the
they
person
not.
who
devil
have
And
an
and
a
and
end,
in
with
whose
the
Ans. 1. It was not because they are in
favor of American Slavery. It was not be
cause they have any objection to tho aboli
tion of slavery. It was not because uiry
think that slavery is a natural or a happy
f tate for man. It was not because they think
that slavery in America is better than the
slavery once existing in the West India Is
lands, it was not because tney are wisinui
lo perpetuate slavery in America. On the
contrary, they would rejoice to see slavery
abolished. 1 hey would bo glad to see me
world entirely free from such an unnatural
and inhuman system. They regard slavery
as the greatest curse of humanity. They look
upon it as a mass ot crime, lliey believe
with John Wesley, that it is the grossest
outrane upon human nuhts mat can be per
netrated. the bitterest insult to a Human De-
iii rr that can be olfered, and the sum of all
possible villages. They are perfectly aware
thai slavery must necessarily be a system
cruelty that cruelty and slavery are insepa
rable. They are aware, that to subdue
spirit of a human being, to reduce him to
brute, and to hi mm to be useo as property,
the greatest cruelties imaginable are neces
sarv. Thev are aware that slavery is a sys
tem of stripes, ol cliains, oi letters, oi
yokes, of brandings, of maimings, of insults,
of indignities, of violence in every form,
of cruelty in every shape, they are aware
that slavery is inconsistent vvitn respect
the institution ot marriage, witn tne sacreu
ness of domestic relationship, with the vigour
and health of the benevolent affections,
with all the dear delights and joys of home,
of love, and household blessedness. They
are aware that slavery is a system of pollu
tion ; that where slavery prevails, woman
unprotected, and subject to every indecency
and outrage. They are aware that where
slavery prevails, the husband is torn from
wife at his master's pleasure, and the
torn from her husband ; that children are
from their parents, and parents
their children that beauty, and innocence,
and all the attractions of humanity, are bought
and sold, by selfish, sensual, brutal man
They are aware, that in me lamine oi
slave-holders, as well as in the huts of
slaves, the grossest licentiousness prevails,
and the most unnatural anominauon.
aro nol ijnoiant of tho fact, (hat the piobl
teresting portion of the human species, are
often reared and trained for the most inhu-
man and revolting purpose that the mind of
man can conceive. They are not even ig
norant of the fact, that where slavery pre
vails, the father often sells his own offspring,
and in some cases sells his offspring to the
u.uo. ,iu. nme ana unnatural doom lo which
a human being can he devoted. Then
also iware, that slavery is destructive to the
iineiemn oi morality in general. They know
that it hardens the heart of the Blave-holder,
and makes the injured slave reckless and
desptrate. They know that it increases
men 8 selfishness ; that it withers the very
root cf benevolence, and makes the heart of
the master as hard and unfeeling as a stone.
They know that absolute power was never
meant for man, and that no man can possess
it without risk or ruin lo his virtue and his
humanity. They know that to deal in the
blood and flesh, in the bodies and souls of
their brethren that to seize and make mer
chandise of those whom God has formed for
intelligence, and virtue, -and immortality,
muBt necessarily strike at the root of all that
is good, of all that is great, of all that is ten
der, of all that is god-like, of all that is love
ly, of all that is Christ-like in the human
soul.
The ministers of Leeds are also aware.
that the existence of slavery in America, must
necessarily havo an injurious effect upon the
interests of other nations of the earth. Thev
have been given to understand, that the rights
cf Dritons themselves are already sacrificed,
in part, to the interests of that unholy and
unnatural institution. They have also dit
covered that those who hold men in slavery,
must necessarily seek to keep instruction
from the slaves. They are aware that the
American slave-holders deny their slaves the
liberty to learn to read and write that in the
slave States of America it is made death by
law, to attempt a second time to teacli the
slaves to learn the letters of the alphabet, or
to spell the name of God their Father in
heaven. The ministers of Leeds have also
been given to understand, that where slave
ry prevails, it necessarily generates a spirit
of bondage or servility in the minds of the
wholo community, and exerts its baneful in
fluence both on church and state, corrupting
and enslaving the minds of all. They are
aware that in the Slave Stales of America the
of
a
iron
and
tor
and
is
his
wife
se
parated from
ma
the
ijr
in-
nolitical representatives of the Slate are bound
to tho defence and advocacy of slavery at all
hazard, and that the ministers of the various
religious denominations are tiod and bound
in like manner, to connive at the abomina
ti.ans 4 that system, and lo refrain from re
buking its guilty upholders. " They are
that slavery has corrupted the churches
of America that members, and leaders, and
deacons, and elders, and preachers, nnd bish
ops, end churches, are involved in the guilt
of slave-folding that members and minis
ters of churches are to be found brecdingand
rearing slaves for the market, and selling,
and buying, and whipping, and branding
their fellow-creatures as their daily occupa
tion that they even buy, and sell, and whip,
and brand, the members of their own chur
chesthat Methodists are found holding Me
thodists in slavery, and Baptists holding D ip
lisls in slavery, and Independents holding In
dependents in slavery ; that ministers are
lound dealing in llie nesn anu uiooo, in me
bodies and souls of their own church mem
bersthat churches even in their corporate
enpacily ore found in possession of slaves
that missionary societies, ana uiuie socieues,
and religious seminaries and colleges are
supported bjT the price of human beings;
supported, not only by Ihe forced earnings.
or the plundered wages oi tno siayes, our uy
iho price received at public auction for the
personB of the slaves. I say that with all
these things the ministers of the town
I.ecLS are, to somo extent at leasi, acquain
ted. They have read the reports of nnli-
slavory speeches in tho newspapers. Some
of them have read the narrativo of Frederick
Douglass ; and those who have not heard In
sneak, have heard accounts of his speeches
from those who have attended his lectures,
and have read reports of his speeches in the
newspapers published in their own town.
They are acquainted therefore with the groat
facts connected with American slavery.
They are aware lhat in the United States
America there are three millions of their fellow-creatures
held in the most abject and
nmnl hnmlnire. Thev are aware that
number of slaves is annually increasing that
the extent of territory occupied by slavery
annually enlarging that Texas has been
wrestpd from Mexico to be convertod from
land of freedom into a land of slavery
il,o United States are wacing war with
Mexico at this moment, tor the purpose
wresting from lhat power still greater tracts
of territory, and of converting California
New Mexico into slave plantations. They
are aware too that America obstructs llie
of England and othor European powers,
in their efforts to put down the slave-trade,
and to secure freedom and peace to the wide
spread population of Africa.
1 say me mimsiern ui
all these things ; and they are wishful
at least we are required to believe them wish
ful, that Ihose great evils should bo brought
to an end. It was not then because
were ignorant of the evil of slavery ; it
not because they were ignoran eexn
to which slavery prevail. -
. , .i.ou i-ro indifferent to
not Decaubr,
indifferent to
arowth of this frightful evil ; .1 was not
they are wishful lo perpetuate
streng he Ibis most awful of all vices,
mostBterrible of all calamities, that the mm
Uten of Leeds chose to keep away from
meetings of the Anti-Slavery League.
What then was the reason
We answer, secondly, ihe ministers
not absent themselves from the mee ings
h. Anti-slavery League because they
the agenls of the League to be drun
ken. profligate, licentious men. or mer ,
are seeking their own interests by the
ofSnti-slaver, principle, t nor w..
because they considered the agents o t
Anti-slavciy League to be men of weak
tellects or feeble powers; persons ignorant of
the subject on which they presume to speak,
or unable to present the subject in its true
colors before the meetings which they ad
dress. On the contrary, they regard the a-
gents of the league as men of virtue and res
pectability; as persons of intelligence and
great abilities. I'hry know that they under
stand the subject on which they speak, and
that they are able to make that subject un
derstood by others. They know, that both
as speakers and as writers, they are persons
of superior powers ; men that can both exhi
bit truth to the understanding, and make it
tell by the heart, llipy know, that the pre
sident of the league, George Thopmson, is a
man oi unequalled powers, as well as a man
of high character. They know that the se
cretary too, if they are acquainted with him,
is a man of virtue and integrity, nnd of no
ordinary abilities as a speaker. They know
that the agent of the league, Frederick Doug
lass, is a man both of extraordinary talents,
and of a sterling, irreproachable character
that his spirit, hi3 language, his powers, all
combine to render him an object of intense
interest and of liMi admiration. The min
isters of Leeds are also aware, that Frederick
Douglass comes to them accredited by the
favorable testimonies of some of the most
respectable, intelligent, and pure-minded in
dividuals, both in America, in Ireland, and
in Great Britain. It was not therefore for
want of satisfactory information with respect
to the general character and the superior la I
ents of the agents of the Anti-slavery League
it was not for want of a knowledge that
the agents of the league were respectable, in
telligent individuals, disinterested, philan
thropic characters, that the ministers of Leeds
absented themselves from the meeting on
Thursday evening. What then was the rea
son 1
We answer ; the ministers of Leeds were
afraid lest the advocacy of the rights of the
slave, by the agents of the league, should in
jure the interests of religion t should endan
ger the stability of their religious denomina
tions, and exert an unlavorable influence upon
the credit and position of the ministers them
selves. The ministers of Leeds have learn
ed from various sources, that the anti-slavery
lecturers charge a great deal of the guilt of
slavery, upon the churches and ministers ol
America. They have learned that they con-
of
of
the
is
a
that I
ot
and
ef
forts loo,
they
was
sidcr the American churches and American
ministers, as the cliisf supports of slavery
They have been informed that ono of the ad
vocales of the cause of the slave, has pub
1'ished a work entitled ' The American Chur
ches the Bulwarks of American Slavery
They have learned wilh dismay, that Wright
and Douglass, and Garrison, are prepared
risk the existence ol any lurm ol religion mat
justiiies slavery, ot any church that upholds
slavery, and of any ministry that connives
slavery. They have learned with dismay,
that Wright, and Douglass, and Garrison, are
bent upon the overthrow of slavery at all
hazards that they are prepared to risk the
07erthrow of every church, of every religious
system, of every religious sect, that stands in
the way ol the lull and speedy abolition ot
slavery. One of these men, II. C. Wright,
they havo learned, has declared himself rea
dy to put bis heel upon any government that
gives its B.inction to slavery ; to pul his heel
upon any religion that sanctifies slavery ;
put his heel upon every institution that is
war with the freedom and rights of any por
tion of the human family. They have found
that in speakinrr nirainst slavery, those lec
turers expose the guilt of the American chur
ches, and of the American ministers that be
fore mixed nnd crowded audiences they un
cover tho nakedness of their slave-holding
religious brelhrrn, and their beloved slave
holding and slavery-advocaling fellow minis
ters across the Allaniic lhat they make
known to the people of England the awful
fact, that the churches and ministers of Ame
rica generally are pro-slavery, and that many
of them are actually engaged in tho traffic
slaves that Methodist ministers, ISaptist
ministers, Independent ministers, Presbyte
rian ministers, and Episcopal ministers, are
all implicated in the guilt of slave-holding,
and in all the cruellies and abominations
connected with the slave system. These
lecturers have attempted to make it plain,
that before slavery can be abolished in Ame
rica, those slave-holding churches must
thoroughly revolutionised, or utterly destroy
ed. They have endeavored to mane uie
pression on the minds of iho people of Eng
I land, that the Mothodist, and Baptist,
Presbyterian and Independent denominations
I of this counlry, are in fellowship wilh
slave-holding churches and ministers of Ame.
rira, and are thus partakers of their crimes
Thev have published it to the world as
fact, that the Melhodist churches of England
are in fe owslun Willi tho slave-holding
ihndist churches of America that the
il.n.liji Conference places the numbers
Ihe Blave-holdiug Methodists and slave-holding
ministers of America, upon theirminutes,
and reckon them as part of their own body,
and hold fellowship wilh them as truly Chris
tian men. They have published it to
world that the Methodist ministers cf
when they have gone over to America,
have neglected, or refused, in their public
sermons, lo denounce the slavery of Ameri
ca, and to rebuke their slave-holding brelh
ern. They have published it to the world,
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a Modern Mystery of lniiuity," it win Hnleil
when K. Newton went over to Aineriea, he
onr in bin eriiinua, either denounced nluverv,
rebuked the vluve.h'jhliiiK MeiliodUtH of that
A pemon, A. Smith, ui Uroillurd, a member of
Methotli.t Society, wrote to K. Newton on the
jeel, asking him whether the charge nm true
Vale. K. Newton -eul the following answer!
Dear Sin,
When in Aineriea, I did in public Conference
denounce Slavery ill the lron;ct term" t
to employ : w hoever Hpeuli or writes to tlie
tellt a lie. K. IV fcWTON.
u thii note he plainly betrayi bolh liii contciou
nin of guilt, ana hit deniie lo conceal hit
deceit. The que. lion wan, whether while he
ill America, he denounced slavery, and iebtike.il
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that the deputations from the Daptist and In
dependent denominations were also faithles
to ihe interests nf the slave, and to the claims
of humanity, when they visited that land of
oppression. 1 he ministers of Leeds are nf
f prepared to controvert the statements of ths
eclurors ; they believe their statements r
correct; but they consider such revelations
lo be impudent, unsnfe, injurious to the Inter
ests of religion. They are concerned for ths
cause of tiod, or for Ihe interest of their re
epective denominations. They are afraid
lhat if these facts become generally known,
their religious denominations will sink In
public estimation, and lhat they themselves
will be shorn of much of their respectability
and influence. They also perceive that ths
Anti-Slavery lecturers are wishful to lay the)
burden and the task of rebuking the Amen
can churches upon them, and upon their cAur
7ie. They perceive lhat the anti-slavery
lecturers consider it to be the duty of the
churches and ministers of Great Britain, to
disclaim all Christian fellowship with thn
American churches, until they have purged
themselves from the guilt nnd abominations
of slavery. They perceive lhat if the princi-
files of the anti-slavery lecturers are general
y received, l hoy , the ministers will be called
upon at once to require, that the American
churches shall cilhor separate themselves
from slavery, or that they shall be called up
on to separate themselves from the American
churches. For a Btcp like this the ministers
of Leeds are not prepared. Many of the
ministers of this country are on friendly terms
with the slave-holding and slavery-advocating
ministers of America. Many of our
EnnliBh Doctors of Divinity have received
their honours from American theological in
stitutions. In some cases the churches of
this country have received liberal pecuniary
support from the churches of America; and
even lately, the Free (1) Church of Scotland
received no less than three thousand pounds
from the slave-holding churches of America
themselves, towards the erection of churches
and the support of their ministers. 1 o sepa
rate, therefore, at once from the American
slave-holding churches, would require a sac
rifice both ot enfres and of feeling on the
pari of Ihe ministers and churches ot this
country; and for such sacrifices, the minis
ters of this country sre not prepared.
llecnuse, it is douhtrul whether the Amer
ican Anii-slavery cause will become popular
in this country. It is doubtful whether the
wealth and respectability, the greatness and
the nobilily of this country, will take part in
the abolition movement. It is doubtful
whether the ministers of this country will bo
nble to increase lliofr usefulness, to add to
their popularity and influence amongst the
perple, by taking part with the friends of the
slave. The aboliiionists are stein, uncom
promising men. They appear to prefer the
principles they advocate, and the interests of
the cause in which they are engaged, to sve-'
ry oilier consideration. They do nol attempt
to conciliate Ihe prejudices of men. They pay
no regard to the feelings of those who stand
in their way. They epeak right out. They
utter their convictions, and their strong, ir
dignant feelings, in language the most un
guarded. Their rebukes of wrong and cruel
ty are terribly severe. They neglect the usu
al rules of prudence, and though men of migh
ty, of extraordinary abilities, they are lack
ing in tact and policy. And these qualities
expose them lo much reproach and opposi
tion. The world is too bad to be reformed
al once. It is too corrupt to bear the trulli
without a veil. It cannot bear the uncom
promising virtue of thoso unsparing reform
ers, it requires to be uean wun gciaiy, ji
requires to have tho truth presented lo it by
degrees. It requires to be brought over to tht
cause of freedom imperceptibly. These, the
principles ol policy, ol expediency, are Ihe
principles on which the ministers of this
country think It needlul to proceed. IJut
these principles are cast aside as worthless,
as un-chrislian, as wicked, by the anil-slave
ry lecturers. They go straight on. I hey
care for nothing but the true, the right, the
good. So far from being alraid to irritate the
evil-doers, they even seem to rejoice in Ihe
prospect of irritating and rousing them. So
far from being atraid ot snocKing me prejudi
ces of slave-holders, and of slavery-uphold
ing ministers and churches, they appear to
think they cannot shock such guilty ones loo
much, or shock them too soon. With the
spirit of such men, the orthodox ministers of
Leeds, and the orthodox ministers of this
counlry generally cannot sympathize. To
the principles and proceedings of such men,
lliey are unablo to give their sanction. They
consider that the interests of the church mint
be first secured, and the interests of humani
ty next, that the cliara.-lcrs of the ministers
of religion must bo hold sacred, whether sla
very he abolished or not, lhat the unity of
the church must be promoted if possible,
whether the slave can be emancipated or nol.
And it is on this account in the first place,
that the ministers of Leeds absented them
selves from the anti-slavery meetings, end
refused to take pnrt in the anti-slavery move
ment of the League,
Again ; the ministers of Leeds had anoth
er reason for absenting themselves from those
mcetinire. The advocates of abolitionism
have given no proof of the orthodoxy of their
opinions. Neither Garrison, nor Douglass,
nor Wright have given any satisfactory proof
to the Christians and ministers of this coon-
try, that they hold the great doctrines or the
gospel as held by the various orthodos de
nominations, and as embodied in the ortho
dox creeds of this land. They have given
no proof that they believe in the doctrine of
Ihe natural, hereditary and total depravity of
the human heart in consequence of the one
transgression of Adam. They have given no
satisfactory proof that they hold the doctrine
uluve-liolilimr MetboilinU of America in hi Ser
mons, lie Biiawen. I ilenooueed lnvery, not r
bul.ed the luve-huldiuK MuthodltU, in tha Confer
ence, (a meeting w ith closed doori,)not in hi ef
mom, from Ihe pulpit. He rontrarlictt not s word
of tha charts, yet he wulirt It to be received
runtraUicliuu. mid a tuch it we received by Mr.
bniilh.
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