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"In the title of the new edition, the date of .the
4 excursion' is modestly omitted, but the reader is
not informed that the spirit of prophecy descended
upon the writer, not while journeying at the South,
but while witnessing: in New York the operations
of the predicted societies, and after the city had
been convulsed by the abolition riots.
"In lS3df Mr. '.Paulding published his' Slavery
in-the United States.' In this work both the Old
and the New Testament are made to give their
sanction to slavery. Great Britian, in abolishing
slavery in the West Indies, is charged with hav
ing 1 committed rebhery under the cover of hu
manity.' (p. 51.) 'A community of free blacks
rising among the ruin of States, lords of the soil,
smoking with the habitations nnd Mood of their ex
terminated masters and families,' would we are
nssurctr-ofly. be fulfilling ' the wishes, of the abo
litionists.' (p. 5f.) Hie advocates of immediate
emancipation recommended, it is asserted, 'indis
criminate marriages between the whites and blacks :'
(p. 61) and well educated and rcspocaible fe
males amongst them are apparently anxious' to be
come the mothers of mulattoes.' (p. G2.) Slave
ry vc are told 'is becoming gratl-ndly divested
of all its havsh features, and is now only the bug
bear of the imagination :' (p. 2(3.) and Mr. Paul
ding affirms 'In a residence of several years
within the Dictrict, and a pretty extensive course
of travel among some of the southern States, (the
excursion in the summer of 1S16, we suppose,) we
never, saw nor heard of any such instances of cru
elty. We saw 7io chains, (!) and heard no stripes.'
In ifis
We trust our readers are now fully convinced of
this ffontlomfin'i rmnlifinntr, ftir n nlTien nf Sspr.
retaryof the Navy, and of Mr. Van Bnren's con
sistency in appointing him." Emancipator.
The following is evidently from the pen of Mrs.
From tlio Liberator.
Benevolence of Slave States.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither
can a corrupt tree bring forth good uiiki. Matt.
7: IS.
It is so common to- hear eulogiums- passed on
the hospitality and1 generosity of the South, in
contrast with the prudence and parsimony of the
North, that even abolitionists generally lake fur
granted the- liberality of the slaveholding region.
Ii-havalong doubted whetha this-prai& were de
served ; not because i had one particle of that
vile feeling called sectional pride,, or because I
supposed New England 'men were one degree bet
ter than Southern .men would.be undent si miliar in
stitutions. My doubts arose frorathe simple con-
v-iction inai a system so-oau nH slavery could not
produce any good results. When I see a man
beating and starving his hoc, the conclusion
seems exceedingly natural, that he will not be a
very quiet and obliging-neighbor, or a very liberal
friend to the poor. The vices, as well as the vir
tues, arc linked together in close relationship. He
who habitually indulges selfish and violent feelings
towards one set ot objects, must gradually weak
en, if he does not finally destroy,. a4I the disinter
ested, humane, and tender impulses of his heart.
These premises would lead us to draw precisely
such inferences concerning the benevolence of
slaveholding States, as the following statistics will
serve to prove :
To the American Board of Foreign Missions, du
ring the month of January, 1830..
Slave States $
Free States
$ 75 77
8,733 65
To the same,
during tho month of November,
Slave States
Free States
To the same, during the
Slave States
1..5.-J3 00
21,626 01
month of December,
190 00
19,699 10
Free States
To the same,
Slave States-
during1 the month of November,
217 25
3J.1S6 01
Free States
To the Home Masnonary Society, for the year
Slave States 700
Free States 47,000
To the American iiible Society,, during twenty
Slave States
Free States
American Tract Society, in 1S36-.
Life members in Slave States 35
" - " Free States 1,123
Donations to the same, exclusive oi life member,
Slave States 8-255
Free States 11,014 06
' American Temperance Society,, in LS33v .
Members in Slave States 26
i " Free StaJ.es 307
tf Auxiliary Temperance Societies, there were
wtne oiavc oiaies ouu
Free States 1300
' liThese items are not selected with ill-natured
' 5 iacrimination. They are chosen with all possi
ili fairness ; and similar results will be produced
" jpcomparmg donations in any given months or
viars. taken iust as tlicy arise. Of. those who
. profess Christianity, at the South, it should be re
j membcred that nearly all belong to sects zealous
?, for tracts and missions J. yet they show themselves
Tealjyinearncst with regard to only one mission ;
and that is the ' mission' to Liberia. Either the
South is very much poorer than the North, or else
they are little disposed to expend wealth for be
nevolent purposes;-
In view of these things, is it not surprising-thai
the Northern church sells itsell in tho Southern
market for so small a price ? It is little more than
Judas threw away. If the history of other be
nevolent projects be examined, the result will pro-c
' the same as those already mentioned. When the
inhabitants of the Cape de Verd Islands were suf
fering so terribly from two or three successive
vcars of famine, many cargoes of provisions were
J . .1 IkT-.-.l. 1.... 1 1 .1 ...
sent to tnem irom me njOFUum j. ievtr uuum or
rpnd of nnv sent from the South. When- lanyre
nortions ot Savannah, New York and Charles
ton were destroyed by fire, I believe the liberality
of the North, compared, with tho South, was as
twenty to one.
That Southerners- are more hospitable man
Northerners is u-notiostionnbly true. I lantcrs,
living remote Irom eae-u olhcn;. rejoice- to receive
(i guest to enliven the monotony of their insulated
existence; the numerous slaves about thetc estab
lishment render hospitality less onerous to them
1 than to a Northern household ; and they are lav-
Lish in spending money for personal indulgence,
Mixury, and splendor, for the same reason that the
indolent heir of another's wealth is prodigal of
the treasure which he had no share in earning.
Mr. Grund, author of a very popular book om
America, told me, when he returned from South
Carol'um, that nothintr was more observable in-
Southern gentlemen than the indifference with
which the v lost money nf the Whist Club. 'It
was beautiful,! said he, to see them hand over
their one hundred, or two hundred dollars, ki such
cool ivnd gentlemanly, style-. They never play lor
less than one hundred dollars n corner.' ;i menu
quietly replied, ' Men may well bo cool in hand
ing over other people's earnings.'
And here 1 cannot hut rrerrir an mcicrenc in ine
n i. .1 i rr... J...1 L
course ot my travels, wnu-ii nuorueu me rr.ucu
amusement nnd'f cTiflention.- , I spent an evening
in Now York, with a gentleman 'who dealt large-
ly in cutlery.
Speaking of his "trade with the
it mainly consisted of dirfes arid
He mcnlioned'thc annual sum paid
South, he said
home knives.
lor these instruments-. It was immense , hut 1 am
afraid to trust my memory to name it. The next
lay, I stopped at Hartford, on my way to Boston.
At that place, three strangers entered the stage.
By their conversation, I soon discovered that one
of them was Deacon of a Cnlviritstic church in
Connecticut, another a school-master from the
same town, and the? third from South Carolina.
The Deacon soon began to speak of the intimate
and lnenuiy union between tne lorm and tne
South, Avhich he hoped would always remain un
disturbed. 1 The,re never has been such an active
trade, or so much good feeling between Connecti
cut and the South, as there now is,' said' he.
' There is our rijle-pistol establishment do all we
can, we can't get hands enough at work to supply
the Southern market.'
The schoolmaster chimed in, vvith praises of
Southern hospitality, politeness, and generosity,
I was indignant, but silent. To my surprise, the
gentleman from Carolina broke out as follows :
' Sir, your estimation of Southern character differs
essentially from mine. I have lived sixteen years
in South' Carolina : and I have now left H, with a
resolution never to reside hv a slave state again.
You talk of generosity. I'll tell you in what it
' . ti" o .J .1..: -.1
consists, i lie oumiieru geiuiemuii unn-s inner
with the whip to toil for him. lie comes to Phil
adelphia, New York, and1 Boston, and during six
months spends their earnings in making a dash
;arnonc the Yankees; then he goes home to starve
his niggers upon ground' corn ami water, the other
six months, xou may call this generosity, but
call it meanness.
.The Connecticut
I quote his precise words.
men scarcely opened their lip
.again till we reached Boston
If any reader makes use of these statements to
foster sectional pride or jealousy, he will pervert
the truth to a very bad' purpose. My oliject is
to prove that slavery has-an inevitable tendency to
make men sensual and selfish ; and: therefore ev
ery Christian should do his utmost to abolish that
soul-destroying system,. But we must not forget
that the North is, and' ever has been, more or less
a partner in the guilt; and that Northerners be
come quite ns- much hardened as Southerners,
when placed under the bad influence of a despot
ic institution.. The system must first be changed,
and then tile men will change.
It is pleasant to contrast with the foregoing,
the following facts, illustrative of the effect Free
dom has in expanding the benevolent feelings.
lhe Lev. John Clark, Baptist Missionary in Ja
maica, in a letter dated- Jan- 9; 1830V informs u
that two or three' churches of emancipated negroes
i". his district speedily subscribed $600 for mis
sions to Africa ; and this was done by laborers
working sonje for 50 cents, and some for 25 cents
a day, out of which they were obliged to pay for
house and provision-grounds, and board themselves
and families.
In the congregation of Mr. Blyth of Jamaica,
about $160 were raised by the emancipated slaves.
One third was devoted to raise a small tablet in
their own chapel, in commemoration of their
emancipation on the 1st of August ; one third
was sent to the Scottish Missionary Society ; and
one third to lhe Edinburgh Society for Universal
From Thome and Kimball, I quote as follows :
" The receipts of the Antigua Branch (Bible)
Society have greatly increased since emancipation.
From receipts for the year 1S36, in each of the
British Islands, it appears that the contributions
from Antigua and Bermuda, the only two islands
which adopted entire emancipation, are about dou
ble those from any other two islands. About fifty
Branch Associations have been organized anions:
the negroes themselves.'
' The superintendent of the Wesleyan mission
.informed us that the collection in the several Wes
leyan chapels in Antigua last year for the support
of the Gospel, independent of occasional contribu
tions to Sunday Schools, Missionary objects, Sec,
amounted to 850 sterling, about 5,000.'
' The friendly Societies are formed to give re
lief in cases of sickness ok infirmity, to encourage
sobriety and industry, audi check disorderly and
immoral conduct.. The Wesleyans of Antigua
have four Friendly Societies. The largest, con
taining 650 members'-,, was organized in August,
1834. (The month nnd year of emancipation.)
The last 3eor it had expended 700 currency.
Be it remembered that these Friendly Societies
exist solely among the freed negroes, and that the
monies arc raised exclusively among them. Among
a people who- it is said ' cannot take care of them
selves,' who 'will not work when freed from the
fear ' of the lash,' yea, among negroes these
things are done ; and that too when wanes are but )
one shilling per day less than sufficient, one
would reasonably suppose, to provide for daily
food.' L. M. C.
Northampton, May, 1839.
Annual Meeting of the Anti-Slnvery Societv of
Knstem Pennsylvania.,
We have seldom been more cheered and grati
fied in. tho progress of our cause, than in witness
ing th noble array of abolitionists who gathered
to the Annual Meeting nt Norristown, on the 20th
KrriiAN Stem, pastor of the Episcopal church
in Norristown, nnd one of the Vice-Presidents of
the State Anti-slavery Society, occupied tho chair,
and James Fulton, jr DanNeall, jr., Scrctaries.
The Annual Iieport of the Executive Committee
of the Society, an able and excellent document,
was rend by C. C. Burleigh, the corresponding
secretary, giving nn interesting necoun-t of the
proceedings of the Society nnd its auxiliaries since
lire last meeting. A resolution recommending
abstinence from the products of slave-labor, was
introduced by the business committee, eloquently
advocated by Gerrit Smith, and adopted. A res
olution on colonization, called forth an interesting
discussion, in which C. C, Burleigh, Jas. C.
Fuller, of New York, Henry B. Stanton, H.
Grew, Gerrit Smith, and T., S. Cavender par
ticipated. After the adoption of this resolution,
and the appointment of several committees, the
Society adjourned until the next morning.
On llie 2 1st the meeting 'was opened nt 9
o'clock. A resolution, in regard to the disfran
chisement of the people of color, after some sensi
ble remarks from Thomas Whitson, Lucretia
Molt, and others was adopted. The following
resolution was offered by the business committee :
" Resolved, That it is as inconsistent for the friends
of liberty to vote for slavery, as it is to write, speak
or pray for it."
Upon this resolution Gerit Smith made an im
pressive and powerful speech; urging the duty of
abolitionists to remember the slave at the ballot-box,
and carry their principles into politics maintain
ing that political action was but one form of moral
action, in behalf of the enslaved.
Thomas S. Cayenne n offered the following in
addition, as an amendment : " and he who writes,
speaks, or prays against slavery, nnd yet refuses
to exercise whatever right he claims to vote and
petition against it in the District ot Columbia, at
every suitable opportunity thereby gives virtual
sanction to the unholy system."
In support of this the mover spoke with ability,,
and was followed by Samuel J. Levick against the
amendment, and denying the ngbt of the Society
to use political action for the abolilinn of slavery.
J amks C. r ulleu followed, in a forcible and
animated manner, urging political action us a du
ly on the part ol nbolitionisls. He said slavery
had never been abolished in any part of the world
without political action. Political action had
swept the foul stain from the British West Indies.
In all their movements the abolitionists of Great
Britian have relied upon political action. He said
a worthy colored friend had told him, that had
all the Quakers of Pennsylvania gone to the ballot
box, and voted for their rights, the elective fran
chise could never have been wrested from himself,
and forty thousand of his brethren. Friend Ful
i.er remarked that he himself was a member of
the Society of Friends, and in advocating political
action tortlie overthrow ot legal iniquity, ho was
but acting in accordance with the example of the
illustrius founder of Pennsylvania. William Penn
never surrendered his rights as a citizen. He
contended for them before persecuting judges. He
wrote a pamphlet to the electors of Great Britian
beiore a 1'arliamentary election, urging them to
come forward and support good and honest men
by their suffrages, and he took by the hand Eng
land's noblei-t patriot the iioble and immortal
Algernon Sidney, and proclaimed him a candidate
for the British Parliament. He concluded by de
claring that he regarded the abolition of slavery
as a paramount political object, that tariffs and
banks' were trifling in comparison with it inas
much as the former related to the lives and liber
ties of millions, and the others were mere ques
tions' of currency j and that he would prefer to see
his own property scattered to the winds by un
just legislation, than to preserve it by thepurpetu
ity of slavery.
The resolution was laid on the table and an ad
jornment took place until 4 o'clock P. M., giving
two nours lor a public, meetng. At tins meeting,
uernt bmith made an able speech in reply to the
common objection, " We shall be overrun with ne
groes ;" and closed with an earnest and solemn
appeal to the abolitionists to stand fast to their
principles, and follow neither sect nor party in any
measure detrimental to the cause of the perishina:
He was followed" by Henry B. Stanton, also in
answer to the popular objections against anti-slave
ry movements, which he disposed of in a triumphant
and masterly manner. The large and beautiful
house was thronged with a deeply attentive aud
euce; anci a conviction oi tne truth ot our princi
ples was undoubtedly made upon many hearts,
neretotore insensible to the claims ol humanity in
behalf of the slave.
U e left in the afternoon of the 21st, and the
proceedings of the meeting on the 22nd have not
reached us in season for to-day's paper. Between
two and three hundred delegates were in attend
ance, all animated with one spirit, a united and
faithful phalanx of devoted men and women. The
labors of our friends from abroad, Geruit Smith,
with his generoo. heart and! manly eloquence,
James C. Fuller with Fn"sgooI-natureil bhintness
and warmth of zeal, Henry B. Stanton, with
his stirring appeals his withering sarcasm, and
vehemence of rebuke, have been well received,
and havo contributed in no small decree to the
tnterest of our meetings. Penn. Freeman.
Mob in Nw Haven.
The following from our tried coadutor, Gerrit
Smith, is from the last Emancipator:
Farmington, Con. Mav 14, 1S39..
Dear Brother Leavitt, I wrote you a brief ac
count of the mob in Newburgh last Friday. Last
evening I witnessed another similar answer to
the question, ' What has the north to dot with
slavery V
On reaching New Haven yestarday, a few of
lhe mends ot our cause thought it would be well
for me to speak in the evening on the subject of
slavery. 1 consented, and public notice was -given
of the meeting. I had not spoken a half nn
hour, before I was interrupted by a mob, the lead
ers of which were, as I was informed, southern stu
dents mostly law students. They beat the floor
with their canes they cried aloud they threw
eggs at me, which bespattered not only myself,
but Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Dutton, two clergymen,
who sat by my side. It was told me, that some of
lhe leaders occasionally flourished their dirks.
To the dear brethren, who manifested their so
licitude for mv nensonal1 safety, 1 feel under creat
obligations. Our beloved brother S. S. Jocelvn
showed remarkable self-possession and trood
judgment on the occasion..
1 am this evening to plead with lhe people of
Farmington in behalf of the Saivior's enslaved
and crushed poor. In the morning I am to ac
company John 1. Norton to the Anniversary
Meeting of the Connecticut State Anti-Slavery
Society, which is to be held fit. Hartford. That
well-tried friend of the slave James C. Fuller, who,
in our perils last evening, showed thnt ' the right
eous are bold as a lion,' is. id" riccoinpnny us.
Your menu
tut oromer,
:hrit SMITH.
Slavery is vindicated in n.-lni. M.-vSl nYuldpfVind-
ed in the House of Peers ! Poor human reason.
when wilt thou come to years ol discrction? Han
nah Moore.
American Colonization Society.
In our lust, we characterized this institution os
' unprincipled." It was by no means an uncon
sidered assertion. We repeat the charge; and
now propose to offer some remarks in its support.
Let us premise, however, that we arc fur enough
from supposing that all who lend their countenance
to the scheme, are unprincipled men. ;Time has
been, when we ranged ourselves among its friends
and supporters ; but this tvns when we had very
inadequate conceptions of its real character and
tendency. Mullitudes at the Nqrtji, . have hon
estly but ignorantly fallen into the like error. It
lis not loo much to say that many persons have lent
their aid to colonization without even examining
the constitution of the society, and who, when in
quired of as to its aims, are quite nt a loss to give
an intelligent reply.
Should one inquire after the fundamental prin
ciples of the Federal Government, it would mani
festly be proper to refer him to the Constitution of
the United States, as containing an authoritative
statement of those principles. Our fathers well
considered, that a decent respect for the opinions
of mankind as well as the success of tho embryo
government, called for a frank and unambiguous
avowal not only of the reasons of their great en-
terprize, but of the foundation principles on which
it was proposed to conduct it toils consummation.
Hence the preamble to the constitution of the Uni
ted States, with its narration of objects, the
studied arrangement and avowal of principles
the careful distribution and limitation of powers.
The same remarks are applicable to all our state
constitutions. With equal caution and forethought,
the founders of most of the benevolent associations
which have .prung up to bless the land in the last
forty years, have considered it necessary as well
as respectful to an inquisitive age, to pause, at
the threshhold of their organizations and inform the
world of the reasons which impelled them to their
undertakings. The Bible Society, itself, did not
feel warranted in preferring its claims to the public
favor, without a most explicit annunciation of rea
sons. Its kindred sisters in the family of benevo
lent institutions, the Foreign and Home Missions,
the Seaman's Friend, the Tract, the Temperance,
the Peace, and the Anti-Slavery Societies, each
and all, though clad in garments of charity, had
not the presumption to come to the baptismal fount
without giving a reason of tho faith that was in
them. They all have their honest and plain-spoken
tchereas. Their principles are laid down in
tangible fhnpe. No man, on scanning their or
ganic laws, need be in doubt ns lo their aims, nor
is he liable to meet with different and conflicting
interpretations iu every degree of latitude.
We will now look at the American Colonization
Society, in the.light of its own constitution. The
first two articles are the only ones affording any
cine to its object. They are as follows :
Art. I. This Society shall be called the Am
erican Society for colonizing the free people of col
or of the United States.
Art. II. The object to which its attention is
to be exclusively directed,1s to promote and execute
a plan for colonizing (with their consent) the free
people of color residing in our country in Africa,
'or ruck other place as Congress shall deem most
expedient. And the Society shall act to effect this
object in co-opetation with the general government,
iand- such of the States as may adopt regulations
on the subject.
Unlike the benevolent associations before allud
ed to, the colonization society was ushered before
the American people without a preamble, setting
forth the motives which led to its formation. A
Judge Jay well remark, its constitution " has no
'single principle of duty or policy recognized in it,
and the members, may, without inconsistency, be
christians or infidels ; they may be the friends or
the enemies of slavery, and may be actuated by
kindness or by hatred towards ' the free people of
: ine exclusive object winch the society m its
constitution, professes, is, wholly devoid of moral
character. The removal of a class of men from
one spot on the earth to another, is, for aught we
can see, a purely physical act. Circumstances
may, indeed, be superadded, which would attach
to it a moral or an immoral complexion. If, when
Sodom was threatened with a shower of fire, Lot
had conceived and executed a plan for colonizing
a certain portion of its inhabitants, the act of " re
moval" might have been set down in the category
either of good, or evil deeds whether of the first
or the lust, it is unimportant here to inquire. Or,
if a class of men were threatened with pestilence,
or famine, their "removal," even without their
" consent," to a salubrious and plenteous land,
might properly be termed a merciful act. But,
that the "removal" of 400,000 men, black, white,
or yellow, from America to Africa, with no reason
for the net- save the hue of their skins, is either
patriotic, philanthropic, or christian, is n proposi
tion which we humbly deny. The moment so
crave a "plan" is proposed to be executed, the
world has a right to demand of its projectors and
friends some reasons for so vast an expenditure
of time and treasure as the execution of the scheme
must require. Christianity recognizes all men as
made of one blood, ' lo dwell on all the face of the
earth.' She asks a reason for removing a wronged
and despised people from a republican and chris
tian, to a pagan land. The 400,000 free people
of color echo the demand, in tones of startling em
phasis. What is the response ? ' Our exclusive
object is removal' ! ...
The colonization society claims a sort of copart
nership with Congress! By what authority, we
humbly demand ? It has been supposed, that the
limited powers of Congress were solely derived
from the federal constitution ; but who can point
us to the clause giving the shadow of authority to
Congress to exercise any of the powers which this
strange relationship supposes? As Well' might
Congress appropriate the people's money for the
completion of the Thames Tunnel as to." co-ope
ration" with any: Society for colonizing : Ameri
cans in Africa, or elsewhere. If it be replied, that
the colonization society contemplates the suppres
sion of the African slave-trade, and that such an,
object comes within the provisions of the constitu
tion, we deny the proposition. So far from this
the society is prohibited by the terms of it3 con
stitution, from directing its attention, to any other
than the 44 exclusive" object of removal of free col
ored persons to Africa or some other place.
It is worthy of notice, that while the coloniza
tion society, in the face of its constitution, has set
up its claim to be an abolisher of the foreign slave
trade along the African coast, it has, from the first,
manifested a most stoical indifference to the equal
ly revolting traffic in the United States. The
saat of the society's operations is in the District
of Columbia, where the trade in human beings is
a daily avocation, yet who ever heard of any ef
forts being made by tho society or its managers
for the suppression of this nefarious traffic ? If
the society is intent on abolishing the African trade,
why does it spread the kindly shadow of its
wing over the internal piracy nt its' rery doors ?
We have only glanced at the border-ground of a
vast field. Enough has been advanced, we would
hope, to justify tho opinion that the American
Colonization Society is an anomaly amongst the
professedly benevolent institutions of the age that
it can lay no just claim to any principle, as a ba
sis of its organization. If any of its friends think
us in error, we shall be happy to afford them spaco
in our columns for a refutation of the charge.
County Conference.
The monthly meeting of ministers and' delegates
from the congregational ehuTcfies in this county,
was holden on Wednesday and Thursday of this
week, at the Free chunch.. The time of the con
ference was chiefly taken up with preaching. In
the afternoon of Thursday, relations were heard
of the state of religion ir the several churches'
represented, including the condition of sabbathi
schools nnd biblcr classes, and whatever else was"
supposed to have a bearing on the interests of re
ligion. The monthly conceit for the conversion
of the world was generally represented as being
attended by few. The concert for the enslaved,
we are sorry to say, has not, as yet, been establish
ed, in more than two or three churches in the
county. We were much interested in Rev. Mr.
Taylor's account of the Sabbath School connect
ed with his church and congregation in Waitsfield.
The school is held between the forenoon and after
noon service, and is made up of almost the entire
congregation, numbering more than four hundred.
This is as it should be.
A committee was chosen r tafor info'consiJera
tion the interests of sabbath schools fn our county,
and make report at the next monthly meeting of
the conference, which will be at Middlesex Village,
on the last Wednesday and Thursday in June. -We
hope the next meeting may be fully attended.
Judge I'nine's "Present."
In a circular letter, addressed by Judge Paine to
the people of Vermont, in December last, that gen
tleman proposed to make a donation of $1000 to
the Colon iiation society, on condition that tho
friends of the cause in this state should raise for
the same object, in a given time, the sum of $5000.
Considering that '.he colonizationists in this state
had not raised the sum of two hundred dollars lhe
last ycar,( and that only six clergymen had been
found to ask collections for that object during the
year, the offer of the Judge was regarded by soma
as being a very safe one. It was, however, hon
ored with laudatory notices in the pro-slavery
journals, far and near.
At the late meeting of the New-York city col
onization society, a letter was read from the Judge,
apologizing for his obsence, and making some
reference, perhaps, to his thousand dollar ofler.
The city papers, at all events, adverting to the
Judge's letter, informed their readers that he had
actually forwarded his donation of $1000, and the
story, of course, has gone the rounds of the pa
pers. But, alack! the following, from the last
Woodstock Mercury, is the conclusion of tho
whole matter:
"Judge Paine, of Williamstown, requests us to
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say, mat ne nas neen mucn surprised and morti
fied at seeing it stated in the Montpelier Watch
man, that he had made a present of a thousand
dollars to the Colonization Society, ns he can'
claim no such merit ; but that he intends to make
such a present, if the conditions of his circular let
ter of last December shall be complied with.
Meeting in Berlin.
Let it not be forgotten, that the quarterly county
anti-slavery meeting takes place in Berlin next
Wednesday. The meeting will be open nt 10
o'clock at the new congregational meeting house.
We shall be disappointed if the meeting does not
prove to do one oi uncommon interest, uur
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