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THE VOICE OF FBE ED O M .
classes in the nation. Liberty lias faded away in their minds into a lifeless abstraction. The re public has lost its " vital principle." Republican ism is dead. It has perished in the hot and Siroc co breath of slavery. We have to this fact, what Finkney lacked in his sagacious visions of the fu ture, " the evidence of our senses." Where among us do we discover any vestiges of vitality in this young republic, that 11x1.1, and whose forms still stand before our eyes ? Who among us now thinks that " reverence for liberty" or even a de cent respect far it, or patient endurance of its ap peals, is essential to republicanism? On whom amidst our Congress full of patriots, has the free mantle of Maryland Pinkncy fallen? In the yhole South on no one. Thomas Morris of the Senate has been lashed by the cart whip of the peculiar institution" into a sort of political slave 'insurrection-r-fpr Morris we believe is not yet a technical abolitionist." Slade and Adams of the House have made some demonstrations of liberty. But Slade is stronirlv urced on by the Green Mountain democracy sequestered where it is in some of the verdant glens of Vermont, above slave ry high water mark. Adams has been forced in to a defence of the abstract right of petition by a press of personal circumstances by personal ex perience of the daring insolence of the slave sys tem, which is bold to light down on the back of ex presidency itself if it come from a non-slave region. Slade is no " technical abolitionist" we understand, Vermonter though he be. And Adams had to mitigate his assertion of the old right of petition, by his preposterous salvo that he is against the immediate termination of slavery in the national district. Clay asks the presidency, because he reveren ces slavery and not liberty. -Van'Buren gets it again because he has a deeper show of rever ence than his southern rival. And in this theory the wily politician isno doubt in earnest. His awe and homage for slavery are no pretence. What ever other seeming he may put on, there is no ' seems" here. And Webster sits mute and toungue-bound, while liberty is murdered and mangled around him. Loud as the tempest in defence of the " colossal" immaterialities of party, he is hush ns fear , hush as death, while fair freedom is cloven down by assassins before his face. Slavery has breath' ed its death damp upon his mighty northern spirit Oh they are all subdued and subjugated to the system. Go to the stern old Bunker Hill city of Boston and see how little is left of the spirit of revolution ary independence there. How deserted is it of enthusiasm for liberty. That home of the old na.oes of Otis and Adams the Warrens, the Hancocks and the Quincys. The press, the pul pit, the bar, the noble art of healing which once had its anti-slavery Rushes in the land now all chop-fallen, dumb or insultingly vassal in spirit. Old Faneuil Hall echoes to no cry but the cry of good fat beef along the butcher s stalls of its base ment and foundation. Boston goes to Faneuil Hall not to get something for dinner, instead of gathering there as of old to catch the inspirations of liberty. The pride of the Boston bar the Masons, the Fletchers, the Choates as undisturbed as their cold dwellings at the loud cry of humanity. Deaf and insensible to the glorious movements for lib erty as those rows of towering abodes that frown in iron trimmed brick and granite down upon the green and embowered common. The surgeon Warrens with nothing anti-slavery remaining but the name slaute " nominis umbra" aristo cratic beyond the utmost reach of anti-slavery truth so high up that the wail of the slave can never mount to their lofty hearing. The Blag dens, the Winslows, the Frolhingham and the Malcolms cold, repulsive and gloomy, as their sombre Bowdoin street temples. The proud gates of their Park streets and their St. Pauls barred against anti-slavery as impassably as Beacon steeet etiquette bars theraggedest plebian from the thres hold of its good society, or as the granite of State street bars the intruder from entering to meddle with the " treasures there laid up on earth." But humanity finds it an advocate in the obscure and Harrow precints of Nassau Court, and room for its convenings in the Chardon Street Chapel. Honored places. Your obscurity will one day be forgotten. Herald of Freedom. Miaistcrs of the Gospel. Let all who have joined the anti-slavery stan dard the faithful men, who have encountered the peculiar hazards of the ministry, at this day, de clare Irfore their people this stern necessary ruth, that religion and pro-slavery do no longer walk to gether. If the times of ignorance on this subject are ever to be past that they arc past. If to en slave men to advocate their enslavement to per seatfe those who plead for their deliverance are ever to become criminal they are now so and of a long time riave been so. Let them declare to their people, with the bold explicitness of Peter, that God coinmandelh all men every where in the land, in this behajf, wis to repent. It is time to preach a practical gospel. It is time disciples of Christ were taught something beside abstractions, and taught that they must dif fer from his enemies in something beside ma king long prayers and going to the communion table. Obedience rather than sacrifice ; hear kening, than the fat of rams. The Millenium is coming let professors of religion prepare mi lt, either as instrumentalities in its advancement, or to get out of the way of its coming, lest the eternal Car find us lounging on the track. Let anti-slavery ministers preach to the people not to the doctors, the judges, the generals and honorables, the general courts, general conferen ces, or general musters. They get no hearings at any of these, or before any of these. If they address these at all let it not be in hope of being heard. They speak to a position incompatible with impartial hearing. The unbought, single heAted people, the men who drink cold water and eat their bread by the sweat of their own brow let anti-slavery appeals be made to them, by the faithful prophets of the Lord, from pulpit, byway side and at hre side. When Jurist was on eartti He preached to the " common people," and they " heard him gladly." Ho would so preach were lie among us now. Let His ministers follow His example. Scribes and pharisees in church and state are joined to their rpride. Let them alone. Lo we turn to the " common people," and if they heed not our plea for liberty, then indeed has God ordained that we are forsaken people, and has to wards this our Jericho, other purposes than He had toward Ninevah. We have faithfully done wnat we could we nave nid the messengers with the stalks of flax, aad have nothing more that we can do but bind the scarlet thread in the windows nf nnr linnsns nnrl nwnit the cominfT of the aveinrin(r .Toshiin. And trul v the inhabitants of the land will faint at his coming. Herald of Freedom. THE VOICE OF FREEDOM. MONTrELIF.lt, SATURDAY, JULY 20, 18:19. Kcclesiastics. The General Associations of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and the General Conference of Maine bodies representing the Congregational Churches in those slates have recently held their several annual meetings. Whether we look to the proceedings of these bodies, from year to year, or consider the genera! tone of their period icals, as indicative of the prevailing sentiment, we are obliged to admit that the strong-hold of oppo sition to Abolition is among the congregational ministers and churches of New England. We have before us the proceedings of each convention referred to, so far as they suffered any action on the subject of slavery. in the Connecticut Association, the question came up by a memorial from n minor body. The question was treated in a mood bordering on lev ity, and finally shuflled off by a vote to lay the whole subject on the table. In the Massachusetts Conference, although re ports and resolutions relating to the more popular enterprizes were promptly acted on, the published proceedings, so far as we have seen, do not even remotely allude to the claims of two and a half millions of American heathen. The General Conference of Maine met at Brunswick, June 25. A convention of congrega tional ministers and members was held on the same day, to consider the subject of slavery. At this convention, a committee consisting of Rev. D. Thurston, Dr. Tappan, Prof. Smyth and Rev. Silas McKean (formerly of Vt.) were appointed to confer with the editor of the Christian Mirror respecting his course on the subject of slavery, and report next year. The following resolutions, unanimously adop ted by the Convention, were offered for the action of the Conference, but in the genuine Athertonian style, the whole subject was indefinitely postpo ned, yeas 24, nays 19. The resolutions thus dis posed of " without being considered, debated, prin ted or referred," were as follows : 1. Resolved, That the gospel of Christ is a sys tem full of tender sympathy for the guilty and the afflicted, and that it is the appropriate and sacred luty ot the churches, m their associate capacity, ' ta remember them that are in bonds as bound with thcrn,' to open their mouths for the dumb,1 and to plead the cause of the poor and needy. 2. Resolved, That the practice of slaveholding in these United States, by which nearly a sixth part of its population, though like other men made in God's image, and redeemed by the precious blood of atonement, and invited by the word and spirit of God to a participation of the purity, bless edness and glory of the heavenly inheritance, are deprived of all their rights as human beings, by being held and used as articles of property, is a heinous sin against God and against men; and that this sin, like all others, ought to be immedi ately repented of and abandoned. 3. Resolved, That the mental darkness and moral degradation of our enslaved fellow country men, their entire subjection to the will of their masters, the withdrawal of legal protection from their persons, pvitity, reputation and domestic re lations, their being debarred from the means of education, and denied the free exercise of religion, give them a peculiarly strong claim to the sympa thies, prayers and elforts of the churches for their deliverance, that they may be enlightened, purifi ed and saved. It remains to be seen whether the General Con vention of Vermont will 'follow in the footsteps of its illustrious predecessors.' It is related of Prof. Stowe, now of Lane Sem inary, that while making his European tour some years since, lie lound himself 111 Berlin, Hie duel city of Prussia. Passing along the street one morning, his attention was arrested by several :aricature lithographs at the window of a print- shop. The professor halted, little thinking he was about to be introduced to a sketch from life md manners in America: but so it was. The picture represented a miserable, wo-be-gone slave, crouching beneath the uplifted lash of an athletic iron-hearted soul-driver, while, underneath the whole was the key explanatory, thus : " A speci men of Republicanism, recently imported from the United States." The professor wanted to hide, lie scud back to his quarters for the balance of the day. This anecdote was brought to mind bv the following paragraph, from the pen of a distinguish ed English writer : " The United States of America present to the world one of the most extraordinary spectacles that can be conceived of by the mind of man. They are a huge moral and political enigma. We be hold part of the population priding themselves on the peculiar freedom of their institutions, and hol ding the other part in the shackles of slavery. They are a people who boast that they are pos sessed of an " admirable system of public schools, continually spreading into new stales ; hundreds of academies; 70 or SO colleges ; numerous the ological and medical schools ; 1,200 newspapers ; S.000 or 10,000'temperance societies, with a mill ion and a half of members; 15,000 or 20,000 sun day schools, with their libraries and a million of scholars, and taught by 120,000 of the best men and women among them ; an evangelical minis try of not less than 11,000 ministers of the gos pel," and, which the writer omits to add, nearly three million of slaves ! Alas, that a figure with so goodly a bust, should terminate in the slimy folds of ihe serpent." To ministers of the (Jot-pelt The Executive Committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society, deeply impressed with the im portance extending the circulation of the Ejian cipatob, as the principal vehicle of anti-slavery intelligence unanimously adopted the following resolution, at n meeting held on the 2d July : " Ilesolccd, That the Emancipator be offered, gratuitously, for one year, to every preacher who will deliver a lecture on slavery, and take up a collection for this society, in his stated place of la bor. The Emancipotor is a large and handsome sheet, edited with signal ability by Rev. Joshua Leavitt. The subscription price to single subscri hers is $2,50. No man who wishes to keep him self acquainted with the sublimeat moral enter prize of the age, and which addresses itself to the moral, religious and political interests and rights of fifteen millions of immortals, should be without this paper. We hope that many, very many preachers in Vermont, who feel hardly able to tax themselves with the cost of a subscription for the Emancipator, will avail themselves of the offer of the committee. We would especially urge our readers to bring the above resolution to the notice of all clergymen who would not otherwise belike ly to be apprized of the offer. Address S. W. Benedict, 113 Nassau st., N. Y. Weld's WorkHint to Delegates; Ten thousand copies of Weld's " Sr.AVEKY as it is," and as many more of "Jay's View," ought lo be in the hands of the people of Vermont. Our State Executive Committee expect soon to send out a Book Agent, specially charged with the bu siness of distributing these and other important publications. But what can one, two or three agents do towards a thorough distribution as rap dly as is desirable ? The local societies and in dividuals should make immediate arrangements to procure these works as well as the Almanac for 1S10, at the approaching convention at Albany. No work has issued from the anti-slavery press so well fitted to do up the business of abolitionizing the North as that tremendous book by Weld. Let the delegates to the Albany Convention be prepa red to make liberal investments. The people are wailing for Weld's Book. The papers announce that Mr. Clay has set out on an excursion to the North intending to visit the Falls of Niagara and Saratoga Springs. Hope he may make it convenient to drop in at the anti' slavery convention at Albany on the 31st. His neighbor Morris, of Ohio, will probably be theTre Gov. Ritner of Pennsylvania, and Thaddeus Ste vens, it is hoped, will also be in attendance. By the way, we had the pleasure of a brief interview with the latter, a few days since, while passing on to Caledonia county. He intends to be at Alba ny on the 31st, if possible. It is rather remarka ble, that Van Buren and Clay are to be in the neighborhood of Albany, (probably at Saratoga) on the 31st. " Zion's Walchtower and Baptist Vindicator" is the name of a neat monthly paper just commen. ced by Ansel Warren, at Perry, Genesee co. N. Y. The Watchlower promises to occupy an eta vated moral position ; it will plead the cause of the injured and suffering slave, in his physical mental and moral degradation despoiled of his earnings, of himself, and of the book of God. " The want of an untrammclcd organ, to speak out fully and fearlessly against the abominations of slavery, and other crying sins, which are deeply entrenched in the heart of the church, as well as that of the nation, has long been felt by no incon siderable portion of the 80,000 Baptists of the Em pire Slate." Such an organ the new paper prom ises to be. The taste and talent exhibited in the first number give ample assurance that the paper will be a valuable auxiliary in the cause of the outcast slave. The Correspondence On our first page involves questions of vast and vital interest to the Christian community. After the lapse of three years, a minister residing near the " court" of the Chronicle, deliberately attempts to play Leonard Bacon in Vermont. The spirit of intolerance shadowed forth in the letter of Mr. Bliss was not unknown to the Robinsons and B re waters of another age and country. But we will not stop to comment on a letter so admirably answered by one who partakes largely of the spir it of the Pilgrims. Read the correspondence. Windsor County. The Windsor County Anti Slavery Society held a meeting at Felchville on the 4th of July. The Secretary, Gen. R. Fletch er, in a letter to the Telegraph, says: " The exercises were, an address in the morn ing, and free discussion in the afternoon. About 50 names were added to the constitution, and a much larger number would have been obtained if it had been presented at an earlier hour it was deferred until a large part of the audience had left. This 1 believe is a very frequent fault, in similar meetings. But as associated, organized action is the most effective action, all should be earnestly solicited to identify themselves with this cause, and thus stand forth the declared friends of free dom and justice. The people on this occasion hstened with deep interest, and seemed ready not only to hear, but to embrace the truth in the love of it. This is a striking characteristic of the day. Our principles are rapidly spreading; our friends are becoming confirmed as they are enlightened, and thousands are rallying to pur standard. No thing seems wanting but faithfulness, unity of ac tion, and singleness of purpose, to effect a mighty change in the public mind, and roll on the aboli tion car to complete triumph." Noah Safford, Esq. and Gen. Ryland Fletcher were appointed delegates lo the National Conven tion to bo held at Albany on the 31st insu N Tension Agency, Augustine Clarke, Esq., of this town, has been appointed Agent of the U. S. Government for paying pensions in Vermont ; and all the pensions payable m Vermont are hercaiier to be paid at Monlpelicr. Supremo Court,. In consequence of the illness of Chief Justice Williams, the hearing in the case of Holmes is understood to have been postponed from Wednes day to Saturday (this day.) Letter from Mr. Sccly. Castlcton, Glh July, 1SP.0. Bito. Knatt: Being detained here a few hours in conse quence of having lamed my horse, I will give you a brief sketch of my labors and success, in be half of the enslaved, since we parted on the 26th ultimo at the close of our interesting conventional session at Rutland. I spent the remainder of the week among the friends of the slave, soliciting do nations and pledges, and obtained in two half days about 70 dollars. In this excursion I had some opportunity to judge of the impression made upon the public mind by the exercises of our Conven tion ; and I rejoice in being able to assure our friends that it was decidedly good, and that the cause in that section is advancing. Anti-slavery principles are not only spreading, but at the same time, taking deeper root in many good and hon est hearts, and springing forth and bearing fruit. I went to Brandon Saturday eve, saw Rev. Mr. Curtis, Congregational clergyman, and found to my joy that the prospect was fair for obtaining the privilege of speaking to the people on the Sab bath, on the exciting subject of the salvation, tem poral, spiritual and enternal, of three millions of chattclizcd Americans, took lodging with our good Bro. Ilolcomb, where I received a call Sab bath morn from Bro. Curtis and Bro. Thomas, Baptist clergyman, when the following arrange ment was made, with apparent cordial unanimous consent, viz. lhat 1 should preach A. M. lor bro. Curtis, P. M. for Bro. Thomas, and at 5 o'clock have a union meeting at the Baptist house, and plead the cause of God's suffering children in bonds. The congregations in both houses were large, and just about equal ; I said enough upon the exciting subject before the union meeting to let them all know that I was as much opposed to slavery as any body, and I have not learned that any one thought the Sabbath desecrated thereby. At 5 o'clock, all who had attended had reason to expect that the peaker would literally " cry aloud" against the sin of American slavery. The congregation was large, the attention of all respectful ; the Lord bless them all, and may his truth be found to have made a lodgment in every heart, and soon produce the fruits of righteousness to his glory and praise. I now went from house to house to receive the donations and pledges of the friends of humanity to aid in the prosecution of the holy entcrprize, which course furnishes the most favorable oppor tunity for preaching the Heaven-descended doc trines of immediate emancipation ; or, in other words, immediate repentance and reformation, and I can assure our friends that this blessed cause is not only making a steady, but also rapid onward march in Brandon ; I find that Bro. Murray's pa per is very generally read in that vicinity, and it evidently exerts a powerful influence in purifying the moral atmosphere on this important subject Une man told me he never had heard a sermon or lecture upon slavery until I came there, but had been an opposer of the anti-slavery enterprise, un til quite recently he was converted to the faith of Christ, and this as a matter of course opened his heart to receive with all readiness the kindred doctrine of immediate emancipation, and the seed took root, sprang forth, and bore good fruit he gave 10 dollars and his wife the same. Another young man of kindred spirit made a liberal dona tion, and while subsequently hearing the subject discoursed, his warn, heart was moved to double his pledge, and he resolved to do it by denying himself the use of tobacco, and instantly cast away the poisonous quid, and as soon as opportunity was offered performed his vow. Another young con vert to Christ, (until recently a resident of Cana da) who had made a liberal pledge, rose and made some pertinent remarks, and declared in the full ness of his warm heart that, were he qualified for the arduous work, he would at once consecrate lis life to the service of .the enslaved in free Amer ica, without fee or reward, until they were eleva ted to their rightful rank of freemen, nnd I trust,! with the smiles of Providence, his talents may, ere long, be employed in the service of his Master in some portion of his great moral harvest-field. On Thursday, 4th of July, I went with Bro. Ilolcomb, over the hills to Ilubbardton to attend the juvenile temperance and sabbath-school celebration, and truly, this was to me, a rich feast. The meeting house was crowded, and overflowing, and not less, probably, than one half were children and youth ; having formed a procession and marched with mu sic, to the house, Bro. Ilolcomb gave an excellent temperance address, which was listened to with marked attention. After which, the Baptist cler gyman gave a splendid address, making a touch- ingallusion to the condition of the oppressed in our I land, who was followed by the Congregational clergyman with a most interesting and thrilling addressto the dear children and youth. And final ly, the Agent of the Yt. A. S. S. was permillfd to address this most interesting group of the rising generation, and exhort them to appreciate and inv prove their invaluable privileges, contrasting their condition with three millions of Americans groan ing under the most cruel servitude il.f. sun vnr saw. The exercises were commenced with pray er, and interspersed with excellent singing by the choir. I never attended a more interesting cele bration of the 4th of July. I returned and contin ued my labors through the week, went to Whiting and preached twice for Bro. Johnson, Baptist clergyman, on the Sabbath; American Slavery as it is, and the Gospel, or spirit of Christ, the only rem edy, were thrown as fully before the people as the ability of the speaker would admit ; and no one,, to my knowledge, was driven from the house, or in the slightest degree grieved or offended. My dear Bro. made some remarks which were to my heart as cold water to the weary fainting pilgrim ; the Lord bless him with an hundred fold reward. ' Returned to Brandon and preached at 5 o'clock, two miles from village, a full house and interesting time. Preached at East Haven Village on Monday, attended the meeting of the Executive Committee, at Middlcbury on Tuesday, preached in Goshen on Wednesday, in Ilubbardton Friday, and went to Rutland on Saturday, having obtained about 300 dollars in donations and pledges in Brandon, as evidence of the genuineness of the abolitionism of that town. Preached on the subject of my agen-. cy in the Baptist house Sabbath, P. M. and at 5 o'clock in the court house. Good congregations, and heard no complaint of the desecration of the Sabbath, or that any man was slandered or abused. Made some further collections on Monday, and preached at West Parish at 5 o'clock, and although, the rain descended in torrents, a good congregation assembled, and I hope a good impression was made. Started this morning to attend Association at Ben son, and being detained, as before mentioned, with a lame horse, I have improved the time in giving this sketch of my three weeks' labor. Will send you a list of contributions soon. If you think this will encourage our friends, throw it into the Voice. Yours in the cause of God, JOAB SEELY, Agt. Vt. A, S. S. For the Voice of Freedom.1 The N. II. Conference of the 31. E. Church Closed its session at Sandwich, N. H., on tho 11th inst., having been in session eight days. A more interesting session we never had. About one hundred and forty ministers were present. Much interest was felt for the various enterprizes in which the Church is engaged all of which, no doubt, received a new impulse at its session. The cause of abolition, in particular, triumphed: beyond the expectation of its most sanguine friends. It carried all before it. But very few of the prea chers were disposed to stand aloof from it : and these few, instead of opposing, or throwing any obstacle in our way, seemed rather by their looks and actions to bid us God speed. The abolition flame burned more and more, and shone brighter and brighter, from the commencement to the close of the session. The Bishop, it is true, admonish--ed us at the close of the session, to beware of the abolition excitement assuring us that it could d nothing toward abolishing slavery. That man could not abolish slavery : that God alone could do the work ; and if we would see the work ac complished, to pray much to God. Accordingly,, the Conference voted unanimously to have a day of fasting and prayer for this specific purpose. The last Friday in September was the day fixed upon to be observed by all our congregations through out the Conference. They are expected to meet at their usual places of religious worship on that day, and unitedly to engage in prayer to Almighty God, that He would break the iron arm of the op pressor and let the oppressed go free ; that those who are now trodden under foot, treated as the? beasts of the earth, and reckoned as no people, may be raised up from their low estate, and be come the people of God enjoying all those privi leges that are necessary to make them happy hero and in the world that is to come. A memorial to the next General Conference, praying for the ab olition of slavery throughout the Methodist Epis copal Church, was adopted by the Conference nearly all voting for it, and none against it ; a few. only "did not vote at all. Six delegates to the next General Conference, all true abolitionists, wese elected. We have three Conferences within the New-England States-, all of whom have large ma- A 1 Tl 1 . 11 1 -J jontics 01 uDomionisis. iney nave an eiecieu their delegates to the General Conference. They are allowed one delegate to twenty-one members. New Hampshire Conference has six, Maine six, New-England seven, nineteen in all. And they are all true abolitionists. What will be done by other Conferences, remains yet to be seen. We have, however, reason to believe that the cause of abolition has nothing to fear from the doings of the next General Conference. GEORGE PUTNAM. Middlesex, July 17, 1S39. A colored man casually employed on board the Maid'of Orleans, was wounded with a knife and much beaten on Friday evening. The cause we learn was his attempting to eat supper with the, white " hands" on board. N. 0.t Pic.