Newspaper Page Text
THE VOICE OF FREEDOM.
be sacrificed without proportionate injury to the cause : And the CAUSE let us gratefully remem ber, irray triumph gloriously through our adher ence to rightousness, though by the same act, tke entire Anti-Slavery organization should be shiv ered. Union 'organization, are but a means and a consequence. When either are considered as ends, they are fatal rocks in our course. On them did our revolutionary fatheTs wreck the ves sel of the State's true peace, and on therm in our day, have we seen live church of every name founder. Let it not be so with us- Though we are in comparison few, may each feel a fullness of soul, as if. a thousand hearts were great within his bosota.' Though we are, in comparison poor, may 'we make many rich laying all upon the altar, even our own selves besides. Ever yours, for G-od and the human race ; MARIA W. CHAPMAN. From the Union Herald. Escape of Fugitive Slave. Peterboro'. Dec. 1, 1S3S. To the editor of tke Union Herald : My Dear Sir You will be happy to hear that the two. fugitive slaves, to. whom, in the brotherly love of your heart, you gave the use of your horse, are still making undisturbed progress towards the monarchical land whither republican slaves escape for the enjoyment of liberty. They had eaten their breakfast, and were seated in my wagon, be fore day-dawn this morning. Fugitive slaves have before taken my house in their way, but, never any, whose lips and persons made so forcible an appeal to mv sensibilities, and kindled in me so much abhorrence of the hell-con cocted system of American slavery. The names of the slaves who left me this mor ning, are John Williams, and John Williams Scott. Their master is Samuel Ferguson, a planter, who grows much wheat and com and tobacco, and a Mttle rice arid cotton, Williams calls himself for ty-nine years of age. Scott is ignorant of his own age. He is probably about thirty-five. Scott was never married. The wife and children of Wil liams were bought several months ago by a "soul driver," and taken to Alabama. " I cannot sleep," said this poor, broken-hearted husband and lather, " i keep thinking ot my wile and children, YVil liams and Scott had both been sold to another " soul-driver ;" and they fled but the evening be fore the morning when they were to have com menced their sad journey to the distant South. They travelled at night only ; were between two and three mouths in reaching Binghamton ; and, in all that time, never spoke to a human being, with the exception of the kind-hearted man, whom they wereso happy as to full in with, a few miles below Binghamton. Williams had not been in a house of public wor ship for fifteen years. Scott was never in one. Williams had heard of Jesus Christ. Scott never. Williams had heard the bible read though not within the last twelve years. The reading of the words of eternal life never fell on Scott's ear, un 'til last evening. Yesterday, lor the first time, they ate with white persons. They both have sound minds ; but their ignorance, and especially of geography, exceeds all my former conceptions of the degree of ignorance, to which it is possible to reduce a slave. They were both born on Mr. .Ferguson's plantation. Williams had never been farther from it than to Mr. Bingham's, the owner and occupant of the next plantation. Two years ago, Scott accompanied his master s son William who is a drunken young lawyer, to Baltimore. This was the extent of his travels, before he broke from that prison-house of American slavery, of which the American church is sentinel ! lhey think Baltimore is some fifty or sixty miles from their plantation, and INorlalk considerably farther They had heard of all the principal towns in that portion ol country ; but they know very little o .1. 1 1 ., . f me uisiane.es or Directions oi tnese towns irom their plantation. There is no large stream near it. " Uoose Creek runs through it, and is deep The fugitives exhibited their bare backs to my self and a number of my neighbors. Williams back is completely scarred, But, I speak within bounds, when I say, that one-third to one half of the whole surface of the back and shoul ders of poor Scott, consists of scars and wales re suiting from innumerable gashes. His natural complexion being yellow, and the callous places being nearly black, his back and shoulders remind you of a spotted anima The beloved abolitionists of Binghamton, after having literally loaded down the poor slaves with boots ana shoes and hats and various garments, sent them. in a wagon to Cortland ville. Here, too, we have dear brethren, at whose hands the fugi lives received much kindness. Mr. Peter Hitch cock, of that place, a true-hearted abolitionist, brought them, in his own wagon to my house. lhey. travelled all night, i he goodness ol the abolitionists at Binghamton and Cortlandville, to these my. poor mangled and imbruted brothers, abundantly compensates me for all my pains in going to. those villages to plead the cause of the perishing slave.. The humane man, whom they saw a little be low Binghamton, was the first person to inform them. that there are such, beings in the world as "abolitionists.." Their amazement at the kind ness poured out upon them, so lavishly by these " fanatical " beings is not strange, when we reflect, that, from their infancy, they had been accustomed to regard white people as the natural and deadly enemies of the colored race.. It was a most in teresting and touching expression of this amaze ment, when one of the fugitives said to Mr Hitch cock " What country people are dese Abolition ists?" The poor, ignorant slaves seemed to take it for granted, that " abolitionists " are not of the same stock with the white people of the South. Simple-hearted and truthful, as these fugitives appeared to be, you must recollect lhey are slaves and that the slave, as a general thing, is a liar, as well as a drunkard and thief. It is possible, that much of what they told me may be false. The slave and the slaveholder are alike the vic tims of the depraving and corrupting power of sla very. None saw this more clearly, or declared it more stronrrlv than Thomas Jefforson, If there be any virtue in a slavehokling community, it is only because slavery has not yet clone its peneci work there. Your mend, GERRIT SMITH. A Case or Lynching. It is stated in the Sci rta (Ohio) Tribune, that a man was lynched a few days since at Guyandette, Virginia. The charge Was abolitionism; and the punishment tirring, feathering, and riding on a rail. Christian Reflector. Letter of Mr. Birney. Springfield, Mass. Jan, 4. 1839. Dear Sir : Since I wrote you on Saturday last, I have been industriously employed kr lecturing. I commenced in this place on Sunday evening, in the Baptist Meeting-house. On Monday I lec tured in the Town Hall, and last evening in the Unitarian Meeting-house. No difficulty has ex isted in obtaining these several places. Last eve ning I took up, at considerable length, the Colo nization scheme, and showed, as well as I was able, the nakedness of its humbuggery. On arriving at this place, last week, I address ed a letter to the Rev. Dr. Humphrey, President of Amherst College, telling him of my wish to lecture in the village of A. requesting him, if he had no objection to my doing so, to hand over my letter to some of the abolitionists there, in order that an appointment might be made for me on Tuesday evening. He replid to my letter in the most amiable and pleasant terms informing me, that an appointment was made for me, in the Bap tist Meeting-house, for the time I had mentioned. On arriving at Amherst, I found that the Congre gational Meeting-house (the Rev. Mr. Bent's) had been offered because it was larger than the Bap tist. 1 lectured at the appointed time. I am to lecture there again, by appointment, on Sunday eve. On Wednesday, I lectured by appointment, in Westfield, ten miles North-West of this in the Congregational Meeting-house. I am under an engagement to deliver another lecture there this eve. I have always had good audiences sometimes large generally embodying much of the Intelli gence and Morals of the several places where the lectures were delivered. 1 have always been heard with respectful attention and, as it seemed to me, with remarkable patience, considering the coldness of the weather, and the difficulty in some instances of making the houses comfortable. So far as I can judge from what I have seen and heard, since I have been in this region, it would seem, that the great mass of the people are favor able to the Anti-Slavery movement the malcon tents being, for the most part, confined to the Col- omzationists. Emancipator. Free Discussion in Maine. We learn by the Advocate of Freedom, published at Brunswick, Maine, that in consequence of the alarm excited among the pro-slavery brotherhood of that place. by the able lectures of I. Codding, the agent of the State Society, a handbill appeared at almost every corner of the village, inviting the citizens of Brunswick and x opsham to assemble, to take into consideration, the measures at present pursued by the abolitionists. Four meetings were held. At the seccond, at which Ex-Gov. Dunlap presid ed, the vote was against the abolitionists, 163 to 117. At the fourth, after an eloquent speech by our friend Codding, this vote was triumphantly re versed, almost the entire audience rising in favor of Free Discussion. The editor of the Advocate remarks in refrence to these meetings : "Our fellow citizens who have endeavored to arrest the abolition movement by stopping investi gation, and suppressing free enquiry, have been, we apprehend, pretty effectually taught the folly, not to say the wickedness of this course. Their efforts have served to develope a degree of strength in the abolition cause here, winch they little thought to exist, and show them how powerless are the instruments, how impotent and pitiful the re sources winch Can be broil glu",tirteaFagain'st the great principles of truth and righteousness embod ied in the anti-slavery movement. We thank our opponents for the impulse they have given to our cause. From this day it is onward, and there is no power that can arrest its course. So must it be ; for it is the cause of humanity and of God." Ecclesiastical Action against,. Slavf.ev. We are gratified to find that even Indiana, where comparatively littlle eliort has been made in benaii of the sacred cause of Emancipation, the slave is not forgotten. The following excellent resolution was adopted at the late Congregational Associa tion of that state. May other religiovs bodies in the free states imitate this association. They hold in their hands the key to the Great Southern Prison House. They have power to throw open ts massive doors, and let in the light of Heaven upon its suffering inmates. How long will they hesitate to exercise that power on the side of Mer cy and Justice ? Resolutions of 'Indiana Congregational Association. Resolved, That it is the deliberate conviction of this Association, that slaveholding involves the combination of all the moral evil that exists among men. That it is in its nature Hatred of God, Idolatry, Profanity, Sabbath Breaking, Disobedi ence to Parents, Murder, Adultery, Stealing, Lying and Covetousness ; and that, consequently, the! church is bound to use all Scriptural means to re move this sin from its borders. The importance of the Sabbath in education is thus spoken ol by Mr. Isaac laylor: "And here 1 cannot avoid a passinsr reference to the fact, of the very happy influence of a due and ervent attendance upon religious exercises, public and private, in bringing the mind home to its rest ing and to its starting points, and in favoring its recovery of that clearness and freshness of per ception, and of that well-poised self-control and easy appliancy, which are lost in a course of se vere application. I am prepared to affirm, that to the studious especially, and whether younger or older, a Sunday well spent spent in happy exer cises of the heart, devotional and domestic a Sunday given to the soul is the best of all means of refreshment for the mere intellect. A Sunday so passed is a liquefaction of the entire nature a dispensive process, dispelling mental cramps and stagnations, and enabling every single faculty a- gain to get its due, in the general diffusion of the intellectual power. How the Pilgrim Fathers served Duelists. The following account of the first duel fought in New England, and the second political offence committed in the Plymouth Colony, we take from a work entitled "Ihe Mew England Chronology." 'PL.. .1..- r .1 ...... . T C i J a ne uiue oi me event is June otn, lozi. "Ihe second offence is the first duel fought in New England upon a challenge to single combat, with sword and dagger, between Edward Dotv and Ediwrd Leister, servants of Mr. Hopkins. Both being wounded, the one In the hand, the oth er in the thigh, they are adjudged by the whole company to have their head nnd feet tied together, and so to lie for twenty-four hours, without meat or drink : which in began to be inflicted. But within an hour, because of their great pains, at their own and their master's humble request, up. on promise of better carriage, they are released by the Governor. ra. Observer, THE VOICE OF FREEDOM. MONTPELIER, SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 1839. Revivals Hindered," Under this imposing caption the Vermont Chron icle introduces to its readers an extract from a let ter recently addressed by Professor Emerson, of Andover, to Dr. Osgood, of Springfield, Ms. The Professor seems to have adopted the opinion that the anti-slavery movements of the day are work ing mischief among the churches, by diverting the attention of the ministry from their appropriate work of saving souls. Now Dr. Osgood has been, to some extent, identified with that class of here tics who hold that loving our neighbors as our selves implies a remembrance of those who are in bonds " as bound with them," and that a faithful proclamation of truth is the divinely-appointed means of reclaiming all sorts of sinners, not ex cepting thousands within the American churches, whose garments are polluted with the awful accu mulation of crimes necessarily connected with slavery. The first part of the Professor's letter (which the Chronicle omits) speaks of " such ac tion as that of the anti-slavery societies " as " un called for and out of place at the north," tending positively to the " injury of the cause of emanci pation itself," and " productive of other evils of no little magnitude." These " other evils," as before hinted, are said to be, the prevalence of discord in churches, the curtailment of ministerial useful ness, the hindrance of revivals, &c. We confess that the republication of charges of so grave a character against the anti-slavery enterprise, ac companied by the endorsement by the Chronicle of the whole extract containing them, as " timely," " appropriate " and " important," is what we were not expecting. Fortunately, however, this is question of fact, respecting which the evidences are too abundant and palpable to be covered up in a cloud of surmisings. We ask, then, that every reader bring these charges to ths test of his own experience and observation. Is it true, that th anti-slavery agitation in Vermon:, in New Eng land, in the West Indies, in the Sandwich Islands. or anywhere, has ' hindered revivals,' or otherwise injuriously affected the progress of Christianity Is it true, that the faithful testimony of christians against robbery, and oppression, and blood-guilti ness, and every ' abomination that maketh deso late,' has obscured the light of the churches, im paired their piety or hindered their usefulness ? Let the statistics of those associations, conferences and churches where "such action as that of the abolition societies " has most abounded, furnish the answer. Let the pillar of fire loriously Xisible . in thaajTjjdt.. of .the daynter).bdnr. nf nntij slavery men in the Sandwich Islands, testify. Let the glowing flame on God's altar at Lowell and the signal success of the devoted Scott, bear witness. We might adduce many examples in our own state, which should, at least, exhonerate the anti-slavery cause from the imputations we are considering. We have known a church, strug. gling into existence with thirteen members, deep ly imbued with the spirit of the anti-slavery re lorm. We have seen the same cnurcn enjoying a continued revival since its organization, (about four years) under the ministry of a devoted aboli tionist. We have seen numbers added to the same church at every season of its communion. It now numbers 240 members, every man, woman and child of whom is an active participator in " such action as that of the anti-slavery societies." It is worthy of remark, that the same number of the Chronicle in which we find this admonitory letter of Professor Emerson, contains a communi cation from the Rev, Mr. Spalding, late of the Sandwich Islands, assigning his " reasons for con fidence in the present revivals" in those Islands. Mr. S, states that " the pastors of all the 1,5 church es are men of prayer and faith devoted to their work and making sacrifices for Christ" that " they are harmonious in their views and act in concert in all their measures for building up Christ's kingdom." The intelligent reader need not be told that all the missionaries at the Sand' wlch Islands are ardent friends of " such action as that of the abolition societies," The monthly con cert for the enslaved is regularly observed by them. Their stirring appeals in behalf of our American heathen have already been extensively published in the form of resolutions, and in letters to their friends in this country. We cannot close this article more appropriately than by quoting the following testimony jn support of anti-slavery action : 6 h not this the fast that I hare chosen? lo loose the hands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let tie oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 h if not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 THEN shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteous ness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thv rearward, '9 THEN shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer: thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10 And iY thou drw out thy soul to the hungrv. and satisfy the afflicted soul; TUEfy shall thy light rise in ob scurity, and thy darkness be as the noon-day. 11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make rat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not, 12 And they that $hall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in, Is, 58. Vermont laid on the fable. During the past year communications were ad dressed to the Governor of this state from the Ex ecutives of Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and Rhode- Island, covering reports and resolutions of the Le gislatures of those states, with the usual request to lay the same before the General Assembly. The paper from Alabama consists of a lengthy preamble and resolutions in favor of the annexa tion of Texas to the United States; -that from Georgia, a joint report and resolutions, predicated on the refusal on the part of the Governor of Maine to deliver up, on the demand of the Governor of Georgia, two fugitives, named Philbrook and Kel leran ; and the reports and resolutions from Ohio and Rhode Island are both in opposition to the annexation of Texas to the United States. These papers were severally laid before the legislature of this state at the last session, and were subse quently referred to a select joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives. To the same committee were also, referred a large num ber of petitions relating to Texas, the infringement of the right of petition by Congress, the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, and the suppression of the inter-state slave trade. The committee reported1 a series of resolutions, which; after undergoing some slight modification, were adopted by the Senate, and concurred in by the House almost by acclamation, as follows : Resolved by the Senate and- House of Represen tatives, lhat our Senators in Congress be instruc ted, and our Representatives be requested to use their utmost efforts to prevent the annexation of 1 exas to the United States, and to procure the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the Dis trict of Columbia and the territories of the United States, and the slave trade between the severa States and Territories of the Union. Resolved, That the adoption, by the House of Representatives ot the tiniterj estates on the 521st of December last, of the resolution by which " a petitions, memorials and papers, touching the ab olition of slavery, or the buying, selling or trans' ferring of slaves, in any state, district or territory oi tfle united states, were "laid upon the table without being debated, printed, read-or referred, was a daring infringement of the right of the peo pie to petition, and a flagrant violation of the con stitution of the United States : and we do, in the name of the people of Vermont, protest against the passage of the same, or any similar resolution by the present or any future Congress of the United states. Resolved, That our Senators in Congress be in structed, and our Representatives requested to pre sent the foregoing resolutions to their-) respective houses, and use their influence to carry the same into effect. Resolved, 1 hat the Governor be requested to transmit a copy of the foregoing resolutions to the President of the United States, and to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress. In pursuance of the last resolution, copies were transmitted to the delegation in Congress from thiswState. In tlieSWB-Jan. , Mr. Prentiss presented them, and in doing so, made the usua motion to print. This gave rise to a warm de bate, in which Messrs. Prentiss, Calhoun, King of Ala. and Lumpkin of Ga. participated. The remarks of the slaveholding Senators, as reported in the Globe, are quite liberally spiced with me nace and bluster rone threatening to leave the Sen ate hall with his friends,' if the motion to print should prevail another talking largely about splitting this Union asunder, and all that sort of thing. The motion to print wa3 lost, Yeas 27 iays v. oo tne sovreign state oi Vermont is laid on the Senate's table, and the abolition ques tion is postponed till it comes up again. V e will publish the debate next week. Patriots of 1776. The following letter of encouragement comes from a veteran of the Revolution. The hand writing reminds us of John Hancock firm and bold. It comes from Jamaica, the birth-place of Vermont abolitionism. It is a cheering omen to our cause that hundreds of such men are found in its ranks, eager to bear their part in the more glorious revolution now in progress ' not in strife Like that our sterner fathers saw," but with weapons burnished and bright from Heaven's armory. Yesterday we had the pleas ure of placing on our list the name of another revolutionary veteran Thomas Tolman, Esq. of Hard wick a name highly honored in . the early annals of our State, and a firm friend of the anti- slavery cause. Dear Sir I feel rejoiced that you have under taken to publish a paper whose object is to be, to plead the cause ol the oppressed and down-trodden poor slave. I was one who went forth to the field of battle in the revolutionary war against the op pression oi urnain ; ana it nas grieved me to think, that after we had broken off the British yoke, we should put a worse voke unon the npeks of our own people, yes, on the necks of some of those who fought and bled to save the country from oppression. I have hated oppression from that day to this. It does appear so odious and in consistent for us to boast of our country's freedom, and set apart days to celebrate our national inde pendence, while our own feet are on the necks ol 2,500,000 slaves, that I feel ashamed of my coun try when I hear such boasting and celebrations of independence. Mow Ur.. 1 wish vou uod speed in your un dertaking, and to aid you in your work you may send three papers, &c. Yours with much aiiection, JUSTIN PARSONS. Jamaica, Jan. 12, 1839. ' AntitSlavery Lecturer.' This is the title f a new monthly paper, published at Utica, by the New-York State Anti-Slavery Society. Wm. Goodell, Editor. Price, single copy, 25 cents 40 copies for S 100 copies for $10, , State Anniversary. We trust that abolitionists throughout the state will see the importance of reporting themselves at our coming state meeting at Middlebuiy. Every local society should be represented, if possible. We would suggest that meetings be called at least three weeks preceding the state anniversary. Let delegates be chosen who will be willing to make a sacrifice, if necessary, to attend. We wantnwre men lor such . occasions those who always an swer at the roll-call. The matter of funds must not be longer over looked. Prompt measures should be taken to se cure subscriptions in those places where nothing,. or next to nothing has been done since the last meeting. The money may be forwarded to B. F.. Haskell, who will be in attendance at Middlebury on the 20th, 21st and 22d February. DeprivedK at present, of the services f a General Agent, oar friends, individually, it is h(KVI, will act, and actt promptly.. gjjff Liberia. The following paragraph is from the -j:. l l r .1. . T :i : TT l.i I .1 I . .... I t U. V. 1 L. I .1 ...... 7 if Bays ..fjni. .- . .k vancement ot the colony, is the suppressjSn of the slave trade in our vicinity. This trade has been gradually acquiring strength for the last four years.. Its ravages have been more fearful, and. the vessels engaged it it more numerous, than at ANY EORMJJR PERIOD OF THE COLONY'S HISTORY- An eiterm.inntinrr war has rnrrprl nvpr nn pvtpnt nf fif- a o ... ....... ty miles around us ; nearly all communication with the interior has been cut off; lands have remained uniilled i every article of food has advanced 2Q0 per cent, in price, and horror and confusion have raged on every, side." M.nnrv TU. 1 C .U HT:,I uiesex Aiiii-5iavery oocieiy was noiuen at me .11 A . Ol C1 I..11... . .1 rk,k ; ti, tr.-n t i r, ti as Stowell, presiding. An address was delivered l ni t u tt:ii j r ::. J i..: - . a - .u . : a e t i , .. ri.i . . ci Dies oi our cause, conaemnatorv 01 Ainerion s n-n rr jirrrinrY tlio nonpQQitir nf rliccprm'nnfinrr 1 i nrV, t J Tk. V:,. f TT 1 . I. ' & ' " f , m, rr r .1 11c patronage, ine oincers lor me year ensuing . t . rr . d..m . . c v rvn: t emiah Leland, Vice Presidents ; S. II. Stowell, Secretary ; Holden Putnam, J. S. Ladd, Ashley Blodget, Hubbard Hill and Stephen Herrick, Man agers. Alvan Stewart. We have been kindly furnished with the speech es of Alvan Stewart, Esq. before the Joint Com mittee of the Legislature, as reported forthe Friend of Man. The first wjlJ appear in our next. ,.Cnr Paper. rrL LJ-Hf 1 e .1 . ir ine nuner-now usea ior me voice is not so strong as 11 snouiu De. v e snau soon nave paper .. . .1. .1 1 1 lir 1 1 of firmer texture. For The Voice of Freedom. A beautiful summer morning the sun in his splendor is dissipating with his brightening beams, the dews of night the trees are clothed in their freshest green, and all nature in her most luxuriant foliage. Man hastening to his daily ton, remembers that he is to eat bread by the sweat lure nas so aaunaaniiy provided ior nis entertainment in the charms of her beauteous scenes, and in the cheering nnm ef (hi tonunts nf ht.r rural rtrnvaa k a ia .ntani cheerful and happy. He may eat his scanty meal, while ' " -. fa ' V ' M WHIVI1WUI seated on the barren heath with the canonv of heaven for the curtains of his dining hail, yet the hlcised thought of 1:1 ... .1 : . . : . 1 . 1 l. : . 1. . . j , - t , - .' o ' - j 3 mmt nf bis life. nnH nrpnnr., him fnv swoat reel at niakt when the business of the day is passed. " 1 1 1 - - r y- ' ft 1 iiut, to the poor slave, the light of the most beauteous morning, out reneois me oarKness 01 nis conauion. ins .... -1 ' k... 1 1. 1 e : -. k:-k ':. : . 1 j - . - It. .A 4ka nk nnA nvnea 1 I , .' . k.' .1 1 -,i srvitiiflA. There is to him onlv the inaensihilitv nf tomn- tUC II.IU IVUMi BI1U UIU9G ICnilVIGS V. 111 UCK1.UCU rance, in view of the smiles of nature; or the dark an guish of despair is awakened in his bosom, when these taunt him with their attractions, and he remembers that ha i slave. S. For The Voice of Freedom, Some of the beanties of the "Patriarchal In stitution of the South." .in. i v r r . . ill. uucBLiuii ib t. i.ii iii.ni i . bbkcu. t. or ours. j . j , From the Meadville, (Pa.) Statesman. A TOUCHING INCIDENT, "Man's inhumanity to man Makes countless numbers mourn." Mr. Editor. The fallowing: extract from a letter writ ten from a young man, pf (his village to his friend, is a graphic description of a slave scene very common in the South true the matter may be incendiary, and he, whose heart shall throb at its reading may be a fanatic, and the publisher may deserre lynching; yet if you will risk the consequences of an insertion, at least one of your subscri bers will be gratified: "After I had got on the Ohio river, many things there were, which might have rendered my journey pleasant, had it not been for some others, and one in particular which I shall relate, and which cast a gloom over the whole of my journey. A few miles below Wheeling (qn the river side,) a signal was made to stop for passengers: we did so, and it proved to he a. negro driver with ten or a dozen slaves, each one chained to his fellow. The river informed the captain that a few miles below he had forty or fifty more men, women and children, that he wish ed to take on board. We arrived at the nlace. about ten clock., I . III. J: . l .. .1 1 boat, and in an hour returned with the negroes, .nA Ih.t t,.l I ... I 1 l 1 1 . l ... A n . . were severed lorever. hrnlhnm ana sisters, parentis uiun. wivch nnii. niunanna u'nm nura lu tin, i.iu luce night, no house near, large weeping willows overhung w bank, underneath which the .group were gathered, anl seemed in silence, to weep -over the miseries of man j nothing could be heard save the howling of the wind, thl splash of the waves as they broke upon the shore, mingledS with the lamentation of despair; the moon that an hour be- t fore had shone forth wjth all her wonted loveliness now : i i i. r i l : i i ... 3 I,, veiieu iioi ivco inr uciiiiiu a juweruig cioua, ana an nature seemed to sympathize with the scene. Among the num ber that com nosed the croun. I dirnvrH tven whmo n " j. j .... . .. i ... , .iivii ... 1 1 1 1 II J i) wdib mucvu big with sorrow, The woman I should judge to be about 20, the man, (her husband,) about 25 years of age, both were nearly white, eouH read well, looked intelligent,