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THE VOICE OF FREEDOM.
From the Boston Courier.
The Africnu Captives.
We do not recollect any incident, for many years,
the occurrence of which has caused so general a
feeling of deep interest in the community, ns the
case of the Africans captured in the Spanish
schooner Amistad. Where and for what are they
to be tried, are questions that have been discuss
ed in some of the newspapers ; some contend that
they tnu3t be tried in 'he district ol JNew York
othere, in that ot Connecticut, dome suppose
they must be tried for murder others for piracy.
We are not sufficiently familiar with the princi
ples of law involved in these questions, to arrive
at biiv mnr nsinn sntistaetorv to ourselves, inu-"
less, to present an argument that may satisfy oth
These unhappy wretches are now in gaol. Th
., ;.r,Q r vhih iHpv nre committed, in the tech
nical language of the law, is called murder or pi-racy-perhaps
both ; and the punishment of either
is death. In the language of humanity they have
committed no crime at all. They have attempted
to refrain the liberty, in which they were born,
and winch has been wrested from them by rob
hov nimtes and murderers. In making this at
tempt they have done nothing more than every
man in America wuum nave uuc m snmmi m
mctnnr.es. if he had courage enough to do it;
nothing more than the laws of God, the laws of
man, and the instincts ot nature, justiiy ana de
mand. The unsophisticated common sense of
mankind revolts at the idea ot tneir naving com
mitted anv crime.
The next step to be taken in regard to these
captives, we presume, will be to present the case,
to a grand jury, and, if twelve men can be found,
to say they are guilty of murder or piracy, they
must then be arraigned, and tried by another jury,
before whom all arguments that the ingenuity of
lawvers can devise, will be urged with alt the el
oquence of the most accomplished orators of the
land, to obtain a conviction. Can a jury of twelve
men bo found in the free states, that will convict
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these captives ot a crime mat win suDjeci mem to
tko nnnishment of death ? We none not. For
tho honor of a people, who call themselves enlight
ened and free ; for the honor of human nature,
if human nature be not wholly depraved and past
all redemption ; we hope that there are not twelve
men in our country, who would disgrace the name
of an American by rendering a veraict 01 gumy.
flat portions tho Court will JcciJo that the case
is not wimin us junsuiuuuu, mm mm iNc jii tun
ers must be delivered up to the Spanish govern
ment, to be disposed of as that merciful tribunal
rray decide. We all know, in such a case, what
the end would be.
Wf are ware that, in the view of the conven
tional laws of nations, the case presents points of
great diffiulty; subjected to the laws ot humani
ty, or morals, or religion, the case is as simple an
one as can be imagined, and requires no casuisti
cal argument. Every man, whatever be his na
tion, profession, or complexion, feds that the pris
oners performed a deed of chivalry, that would, if
they were not blade, command admiration and ap
plause. Joseph Cinguez, the daring leader of this band
of captives, is a hero, worthy to stand by the
side of the noblest Roman, whose name ever gra
ced the pages of history. And' shall he be hung
for striving to regain his liberty and give it to his
fHllnw.fnntive3 ? Shame, shame on the law or
tho ettuntrv. whirh shall-Wintr liia life to snrh a
termination. If they hang this noble fellow, the
scaffold on which he suffers, will be a mrone more
brilliant than ever Alexander or Napoleon sat up
on. He ought to enjoy the liberty for which he
so bravely contended, amid the plaudits of hlteen
million free Americans.
ought not to be tried, and ought not to have been
imprisoned. They are not suspected of crime and
cannot be. The occasion of this imprisonment
and trial is their colorarid their origin, and the
(act of their being claimed as slaves. We treat
them in this way because we have enslaved their
kindred! Why should they have been captured ?
What propriety or usage warranted the brig Wash
ington in taking them ? We put it to the country,
its law and juris-prudence to say why is all this.
What had these men done before they left their
native land, what in leaving it, what crossing
the old sea, reddened all the way by the track of a
THE VOICE OP 'FREEDOM.
MONTPELIER, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1839
DC?"The semi-annual meeting of the State Ami
Slavery Society will be held at Montpelier on the
17th of October. Further notice hereafter.
century s s
Elliot Cresson at Windsor.
Mr. Cresson delivered three lectures in the
ave trade, wlmtatHavana, and what, we court house at Windsor last week, on colonization
in .11 t i .1 . i t I
cnai.engeme ar.wnat on me way to he uer. ol the An anti.saVery friend who was present at the
could to retrain their wrested liberty & humanity. & second ,ecture' rf?resellts lhat the attendance was
r. " .. . . y
what all men wouId,--and niter they hud slain the respectable as to numbers, but the pertormance
illfated Ramouflous, what did they" do, to merit did not meet- his expectations. Mr. C. was very
upuue or ,mpr .on. nem vv as u mat iney trus- m hs denunciations of obolition and ita friends
icu .luuihl-s lo aiders uuusar cuum nui or IianiDBI . .
any better than he. Napolean must have trusted anJ as our informant thinks, did not gain any con
the false Spaniard, for all the native genius he verts to his scheme of expulsion, by his second
possessed. address, whatever may be said of the rest. At the
15y the way, the calloused hearted monster Kucz ... ,-m. , . . r
: , , , .i . . iuiiuiumuij ui uia curcLii uu uiui evening, ivii. j
must have been keenni" these noor victims as near 1
starvation as practicable, without hazarding their proposed the organization of a society, but when
lives, on that voyage to his plantation, for he says, the question was put to vote, not a solitary hand
ne oruerea oreaa mrown w pacijy mem. tie tno'i was raised , The Chronicle, however, brings us
of something he hungered more for. He was an account of Es1mre Cresson s labors in Wind
thinking of Liberty, and his people were think- sor, by which it would seem that " at the conclu-
mgof that for they would not touch the base sion of the last lecture, the Windsor Colonization
Spaniard's bread. That they were hungry and Society was organized."
meats & medicine, as soon as thev sot their liberty. -Ml" re" proposes to spenu some
" Ordered bread to le throicn to them" as the time in this state, and as the mdsor movement
farmer throws corn knobs to his pigs in the pen may be regarded as a sort of sample operation for
a pretty way of treating tni.Who does not feel otIler t0wns, we may be pardoned for just noticing
the utmost Christian
endurance, by this swine estimation and treatment
We can forgive murder, or any other injury,
But to be estimated as swine to be foddered,
puts us beyond and below the forgiving capacity.
Hogs can't forgive. No beasts of burden, it seems
to us, are required to exercise Christian charity
We are almost prepared to say that with the New
Tesfatament in his hand, Cingues might have
risen from his brutality and asserted his right to
be a man, even at the expense it cost that Spanish
pirate. For how can a man consent to be a slave .'
We can scarcely maintain the calmness of an
anti-slavery editor (& a storm becomes him, m"
better than a calm) when wr look at mis auair,
and coo, ; tho lipiu ol it, the temper and position
of this slaveholding country. And we feel
the more deeply, since, as abolitionists, we are
dentified, in estimation and treatment, with Cin
gues and his people. It is well perhaps we should
be. We can thereby the more readily " remember
those in bonds as bound with them." Herald of
the infant organization, as presented to our view
in the colonization organ of the state. The Con
stitution specifies the objects of the Society in the
following terms :
" 1. To provide for civilizing and Christian
izing Africa, through the direct instrumentality of
colored emigrants from the United (Mates.
2. To promote, by all legal and constitional
means,-the intellectual and moral improvement
of the African race.
The principles upon which it is to aid opera
tions abroad are stated in another article :
" The principles upon which the Society bases
its operations, are peace and temperance in aid
of religion dissuasion from warfare on the part
of the colonists, and the prohibition of the acquisi
tion ol territory, except by tair purchase from the
native princes and proprietors of the soil. "
The child bears a resemblance to its parent, in
this, that it is born into the world without a head
mat is, it has no preamble, purporting to set
forth the reasons, the why and whereas. This
is an omission by no means to be excused, and
which we trust will be carefully supplied if an
other colonization society should ever be formed
n the Mountrfui State. True, it may be a little
The Congolese Hero.
We devote our sheet, this week, mainly to him
this young and august chieftain, from the land
ofJubaand Hannibal. Providence has wonder
fully cast him upon our shores. He conies to tes
tifv on the ffreat question anti-slavery is laborini
to settle before the nation, that the negroe is a Man.
Ourobliaue minded people doubt this. If they reck
on he is of an " inferior race," let them look on Cin-
o-ups. ns n stronL' snecimen to be sure, but still
nle of the humanihi of his people. They
may see by him, what are the capabilities of his
race, as they can u. -
Thp pves of the asritated nation are upon him.
His mighty character is creating a sympathy whol
ly unlike any thing ever felt before for his color
or his kind. It COnillClssuiMiiyiY mm tue ftuni
and contempt felt by us, for the " negroe race."
nintrnps has not drifted here on the waves of
rhnnce. God has cast him here, at this crisis of
human liberty. We hail him, all unalught and
rough hewn and savage, as he comes from the sa
ble depths of the mourning continent. He is an
unadulterated sample of the nature our repulUcan
ism is enslaving. One of liberty's sentinels esti
mates him, that he would bring $1500 in the New
Orleans market ! 1- Our country has got so as to
look on his people merely with an eye to what
they would bring in our slave markets.
That estimate they need not make on the migh
ty Cingues. Our editor was unwary to utter his
judgment on the hero's price. The country does
notgenerallv, if we mistake not, think of him in
that behalf. ' His price is not fixed or paid. He
dies here, the victim- of murdered law, or he goes
back to his country in freedom and honor. If they
hang him, the law of the land hangs up with him.
Every heart and head in the land (where the two
exists in the same man) cry out instinctively, that
he has committed no crime. But he does not go
to the plantation. They don't have the breaking
of him there either in the United States or the
milder island-servitude of the accursed Cuba
That princely neck bows not to their demon yoke
The sweat of their reptile toil will never moisten
his Jove-like forhead. His kingly blood thev
may shed it, and let .their canibal soil, drunk with
mrrinirlonorat"the human banquit, drink it
oii;hin(r warm from his miffhty heart. But
they don't have him on the plantation there to coil
about bis giant spirit the anaconda of the " pecu
fier institution." Thank Heaven for that.
We are not solicitous whether Cingues lives.
Life can have but few charms for him. If he
eould be taught Christianity, from the bible, exist
ence were worth his while, and he might be a
MpsRincr to his countrymen We trust pains will i
be taken to enlighten him,-not with the light o(A
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merecan lnrisuanuy, or viul-i icuu rupuuiu-iuii.-in.
They have as many whips to them, ns Medusa
had snakes in her " head: of hair." We wish his
noble eye could see the glorious pages of the bible.
Will not the abolitionist see lo it ?
A o" abolitionist we insist that the Africans
From the Baltimore Chronicle.
The disposal of the blacks captured in the
schooner La Amistad, is likely lo bring up ques
tions of much interest. We believe it is admitted
that they were brought from Africa, and landed
in Uuua, Dut a very lew aays Deiore iney were
mi inline nrl Vir l?no7 nrwl TVTnntnc nrtA llint tlioir
WL4 1 VnllUOVM J J-"v u uuu " v 1 Ul.u HJtlV H1CV I i . t r 1 t . ,
could not with anv show of justice.be held as a'cuit to irame a preamble assigning any satis-
slaves previous to the purchase. They were sto- factory reasons for. colonization; but, that there
len from the coast of Africa by pirates, (we use the may be no lack on this behalf in future, we will
word as epp leu to tne stave traaer in me law o. volunteer as draftsman. Take the follow.
civilized nations,; anu ixuez uuu juuiues, ny me .
and should be held in the eye of the law ns bad as
the thief himself. We have no commiseration
for any man engaged in the African slave trade,
either directly or indirectly, and would as soon see
" Whereas, there are 400,000 persons in the
United Slates having skins variously colored from
dark black down to the slightest Johnsonian tinge ;
the man who purchased any part of the cargo, and whereas God hath made of one blood all na-
punished, as to see punishment inflicted upon the tions of negroes for to dwell in Edina, Liberia
wretch who stole inein nom tneir noines. a cor
respondent of the New York Commercial Adver
tiser puts the following questions as likely to arise
n the discussion bclore the Courts.
1st. Vo tne laws ot opain prohibit the slave
2d. If imported into Cuba in the month of June
last, and that fact now admitted, had been estab-
ished then, would they not under the laws
t'pain, have ceased to be slaves?
and Bassa Cove ; and whereas the aforesaid 400,-
000 persons are found at large in this Christian
and republican country many of them being in
a state of fearful and dangerous proximity to the
peculiar institutions of our slaveholding brethren ;
and whereas the histories of Egypt, Saint Do-
of mingo and the West Indies clearly show that col
nrpil tnonnmnn infirinprnn cn InKocol ne ciiqr.a.
0,1 A m tnra nnr trpntir nrilirrntirinc tr Atiaa I
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the comity of nations require, or are there moral ' 10 ue reacneu me "eaveniy "Si a
rights, which would justify the delivery of these whereas the brilliant success of African coloniza-
girls, or of any acquitted males, to the persons tion for the last twenty years, as displayed in the
pretending 10 own uiem B8 s.aves removal of 5000 nerrrnos from this rpniihli,.. -Wn
In reFcrence to " acnuitted ma es. ' it mirrht. fur. 1 1
thpr bf. asked hnvo the United Smtps Hm.rtQ nn,.. in2 a drain for the increase beyond the means of
urisdiction in the case, so far as to try any of the profitable employment in the olanting of rcnub-
blacks for murder, or if they " ceased to be slaves," Uca,i institutions in Africa governed bv a board
objects, as the Asculney Mill Dam Company.
The American Society, in its constitution, de
clares that " The object to which its attention is to
be exdusively directed, is to promote and execute
a plan for" what? civilizing and evangelizing
Africa? stopping the slave trade? benefitting ei
ther bond or free, in or out of the United States?
None of these. But to " execute a plan for colo
nizing (with their consent) the free people of col
or residing in our country in Africa, or such other
place, as Congress shall deem most expedient."
1 he naked and " exclusive" object of the parent
society has been found to be ill-adapted to the me
ridian of Vermont. Hence the agent finds it con
venient, in enlisting new recruits, to erect anoth
er platform. What better is this than a "pious
fraud," to raise money under the auspices of a so
ciety professing various apparently benevolent ob
jects, and then cast the funds, so raised, into the
treasury of another society professing an object
totally different and distinct ? The evangelizing
of Africa is an object foreign to the Am. Col. So
ciety as much so as the building of fortifications,
or the growing of silk. James G. Birney, when
its agent, stated publicly at New Orleans that the
object of the Society was to render slave property
more secure by sending from the country the free
people of color whose residence here tended to dis-
afTect the slaves. Other affents of the society have
repeatedly stated the same thing at the south, tho'
at tho north, a different language has been held.
The Managers themselves, in the Society's 2d
Report, page 9, declare that the " colonization of
the free people of color will render the slave who
remains in America, more obedient, more honest,
consequently more useful to his master." Such
sentiments, however, would not be relished in Ver
mont. Colonization to be made tolerable here
must be dressed up in a full suit of new garments.
Hence, the model society just born at Windsor.
And then the principles upon which the Wind
sor Society bases its operations, are " peace and
temperance in aid of religion." This will sound
strangely to those who will call to mind the san
guinary conflicts in which the colonists and the
natives have been engaged, with scarcely a year's
intermission, fro.n the beginning of the colonies
down to the latest dates from Bassa Cove. In the
Liberia Herald of March 22, 1332, was advertised
by C. M. Waring and F. Taylor "500 kegs of
powder, 500 muskets, 150 cutlasses, 10 bags of
shot, 10 puncheons of Rum, 2 puncheons of Bran
dy," &c. In the same newspaper of Sept. 7, 1832,
M. Waring advertises 60 dozen spear-pointed
knives, 10,000 musket flints, 1,197 gallons rum,
350 kegs of powder, 140 muskets," &c. This Mr.
Waring was at the time a preacher of the gospel !
The rum and powder trade have been extensive-
y prosecuted by the colonists. In several pur-
hases of lands made by the colonists, rum
has been paid to natives bv the barrel. The
ditor of the Libe-ia Herald in a letter dated
November IS, 1929, says, " tobacco, rum, pipes.
loth, iron pots, Powder and Shot are considered
the currency of tho country." There is reason
to hope that a ' better currency' has since come in
to use ; but to claim that peace and temperance
are principles peculiar to colonization, is to trifle
with the public.
Starksboro' is about to rally a meeting in refer
ence to the same object. This town, by the way,
sends on her yearly budget of petitions as regu
larly as she does her representative. If every
town had a few " living epistles," like Joel Battey,
we should have no need of exhorting abolitionists
to untiring vigilance.
The African Prisoners.
We devote a liberal share of our space to-day
to interesting details connected with the case of
the Spanish slaver, which is the leading topic in
most of our exchange papers. It is an auspicious
token, that the public attention is so general
ly turned to this novel and important matter. A
goodly number of the commercial papers of the
cities have spoken out with unwonted freedom,
considering that the crew of the Amistad are
dark colored. We copy several articles from dif
ferent journals, in which the legal questions in
volved in the case are ably examined. 1 The point
ed article from the pen of brother Rogers of the
N. H. Herald of Freedom, is especially commend
ed to the reader's attention.
was it murder, if thev put to death those who would
take from them a natural right guarantied by the
law ol nations f
of managers who are. American slaveholders in
the surprising thrift of agriculture, commerce, and
manufactures, in the opening of extensive mark-
Remocal of the African. Prisoners. We learn ets in which American produce and provisions are
by a letter from New Haven, that nil the prison-Li,i nt on niir0 nr nnl,r onn m, ,.i
ers, with the exception of Cinquez, alais Jingua, . . , . , TT . , Q .' ,
nA luin nn t io s A 1st whn it. is fpnrpH v rf o ungiimi wsi 111 mu i;imcu Uu.m, uuu micicoa
were removed on Saturday morning to Hartford. Upper Canada, Jamaica and Trinidad are very in
They were put on board a canal boat, via Farming- eligible and unpromising parts of the earth " for
ton. Jingua was to ue removeu on iv onaay, this the reIJef and improvement of the colored race
Antr I ha rnrf nrontlirPQ cnire tha tit tar mapn I 1 '
verv averse to beintr removed, and doubtless had and whereas we deeply share in the yearning sym
awful, forebodings, being entirely ignorant of their pathies of those pious Christians, Henry A. Wise,
destination or the objects of their removal. The Henrv Clav. and William Winans. who desire
cnnuren criea oiueny, urm ore oi tne men secre- . . . missionarv laWrs to benighted Africa
ted himself, and was not found until after a consid- , , , ... ,. . ,
erable search. The writer says he had written lo ana Pul on enu 10 me w,CKea niacninauons oi me
Jarlford to have the friends of the Africans there incendiary abolitionists, and co-operate with the
ready to render any assistance needed, and to at- Government of the United States in their lauda-
an end to the African slave trade,
ually suppressed for 300 miles
Bacon performed service. After he had closed along the coast," Sec. &c.
one of their number place himself at the head of if the ab0ve preamble should be objected lo on
ready to renuer any assistance neeueu, ana to at- Government of tl
tempt immediately to calm their fears ond pursuade ejforts l0 put
them that they are among friends. At the funer- , J '
a! of the man who died1 on Wednesday, Rev. Mr. already effectu
the corpse, and repeated what seemed, from its
measured sentences, to be a ritual. At the inter
vals of the sentences a kind of response was made
by the others around. Tf. Y. Coin. Adv.
the ground that the portico is larger than the
house, we reply that it has the advantage of com
bining nearly all the orders of colonization archi-
nnt.,.. wu i ,i n. .k.j i
Tire Nrw IT mismn it Vniinir Mnn's A n h.S ave.
t i i mi I I I fio nrtnviAaraA lliol tlippo wnnlfl Kn n livorcilir nf
rv Society met lately at Mmcora. ine nign " """"
toned political resolutions of the nationnl conven- tastes as to the punctuation. He accordingly or-
tion were adopted". Measures were taken to sup- forci njg pr;uler t0 up one pag.e at the end
civ every family in the state with the Anti-Slave- ... . . . , . ,
r -v . , r 3-,cAn a with commas, semicolons, interrogations, &c, lea-
ry Almanac lor ijiu. curunjj lesuiuuuua were
also adopted on ecclesiastical matters, and the vnS each reader to pepper his dish to suit him
recommendation for a season of of special fasting self. So we would prefix to the constitutions of
and nraver, on the last Friday in September was
cordially responded to, in a resolution adopted by
the society. ' '
Maine. The abolition young men of Maine
are about to hold a state convention. Mr. Rem
ond, a colored lecturer, is drawing large audiences,
and making many converts.
colonization societies the whole medley of motives
urged by slaveholders and their northern dupes in
support of the system of expulsion.
But the Windsor Society, it would seem, is got
up on a new and improved model as distinct, in
deed, from the American Society in iis declared
The Legislature meets on the second Thursday
in October. It is important that the anti-slaverv
memorials be handed in at the commencement of
the session, that there may be no want of time for
deliberate consideration and action. A form of
petitition has already been sent to leading friends
in many towns. A copy of the same has been
published in this paper. We see no reason why
any one should think of relaxing efforts in the
least in this department of labor. On the contra
ry, the work should be prosecuted with unwonted
activity. The evils for the removal of which we
havs petitioned from year to year, are still pressing
on the body politic. The people's petitions, to
gether with, the solemn resolves of sovereign states.
still lie in fbueral pile in the nation's state house
monument of a broken Constitution token of
the base subserviency of northern slaves to the
behests of the slaveholding power. ' Is this the
point of time to yield up the right in tame sub
mission ? This is the trial hour of our faith. Im
portunity may be prevalent with the unju.-rt legis
lator as with the unjust judge. Let the state and
national legislatures be plied with petitions still.
Let the people call in their own name for the ab
rogation of the infamous gag of the last session
for the overthrow of the human shambles of our
federal district for a total prohibition of the sys
tern of internal piracy between the slates for the
recognition of the Republic of Hayti on a footing
of equality with the blood-besmeared, slavery
cursed land of Texas. Florida, having now &
dopted a constitution tolerating stavery, only awaits
the assembling of Congress in December to prefer
her application for admission as a state. The re
montsrances of freemen must be pcrseveringly
urged against a policy so suicidal to the country's
We would suggest ns a matter of economy of
time and labor, that the petitions to the legisla
ture and lo Congress be circulated at the same
time. Some towns, we are glad tp notice, have
already commenced the work, Worcester takes
the lead. In Waterbury a meeting has just been
held, and we doubt not our friends there will move
forward with their accustomed spirit. The town of
Philip Thornbury, a young man aged about 18
years, of respectable English parents, came to his
end this week under circumstances truly deplora
ble. On Wednesday, there was a meeting of a
militia company, for the choice of officers. As
usual, the appearance of the company while march
ing" and countermarching through the streets, indi
cated anything but a respect for the institution of
the militia, one or more being evidently drunk, and
others demeaning themselves in a clownish, if not
boisterous manner. This spirit of insubordination,
emboldened by too long indulgence, was rather en
couraged than discountenanced, by treats on the
part of the newly elected officers. Young Thorn
bury, who, during a two years' residence amongst
us, had hardly been known to taste of intoxi
cating drink; and who has certainly appeared to
be a very industrious and interesting youth, was
at first induced to drink wine, and afterwards, as
we learn, waar.ruellywirged to further excesses,
until alcohol obtained a complete ascendancy
over him. He remained a prostrate victim of its
power from Wednesday evening until about 10
P. M. of Thursday, when, in spite of all applian
ces of physicians, death closed the scene.
Thus has an intelligent, promising young man
been hurried into eternity in the full vigor and
freshness of the morning of life. It is not for us
to follow him beyond the confines of his " narrow
house ;" but in view of the succession of events
just before his awful death, who can parry off the
conviction that tremendous guilt lies at the doors
of the living? In all probability, had the young
man been left to his own impulses, he would have
escaped the gang who clustered aboutthe tippling
house, and gone home to resume the business of
the shop, with tho rose of health upon his cheek,
and the fire of hope in his eye! The blood of
young Thornbury cries from the ground against
the rumsellers and drunkard-shops of Montpelier
against those by whose authority the damning
business is licensed and against those who by
precept or example are countenancing the traffic
by which the life of the precious youth has been
made a sacrifice ! We call upon the civil author
ity who have cognizance of public nuisances, to
look into the drunkeries about the town and see
if they can find no scope for the legitimate exer
cise of their official functions.
For ourselves, we know of no evils in the com
monwealth, calling so loudly for the interposition
of such authority none more palpably falling un
der the denomination of nuisances which may be
a bated under the statute.
The humiliating case before us suggests the
inquiry whether the plighted friends of temperance
and good order have not become too remiss in du
ty ? It seems to us to be a favorable moment for
a public meeting of our citizens, that the alarming
state of things maybe thoroughly canvassed, and,
if possible, that more effective measures may be
adopted to stay the swelling tide of intemperance.
On Thursday evening, as the Boston Stage
drove up to the post office, being heavily loaded with
14 passengers, and much baggage on the top, the
coach was suddenly upset in crossing an incline d
plane from the road to the platform in front of the
office! The skillful driver managed to keep his six
horses in check, until a sufficient number of citi
zens, aroused by the piteous cries of the passen
gers, mostly females came to the rescue, and ex
tricated the sufferers from their perilous position.
Providentially, no person sustained material inju
ry from the accident. A passenger informed us
that the stage came very near upsetting twice lha
same afternoon, in conseqence of the wretfhed
condition of the Gulf Road for a considerable dis
tance. We have heard frequent complaints of
the same character. A. the proprietors of the
road are about to petition the legislature for a re
newal of their charter, it is to be hoped they wi
see to it that all just ground of complaint is re-) ,
Michigan. The friends of the slave in Michi?
gan are preparing to go ahead. The American,
Freeman has become a weekly paper, and is to be
edited by S. B. Tread well, Esq., of Rochester.
author of the valuable work , " American Liberties
and American slavery."