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Vfyen summer dnys of faded eld, BroopeJ nightly, folding o'er the clover, heather wild, and garden bower, Yith summer blooms lay tangled o'er, :o:jp strange bright touch my being swept, ' Si every pulse was madly leaping, An'yoy within its heart nest smiiod, .'4t radled babo awaked from sleeping. . teller voice stole softly through Tistirfu! leaves, now uiuto no longer ; %w tusic throbbed from every stem, AiAniy late timid soul giew stronger; A 1 %ue alo't on unseen wm^s, Hit-shadows failed from my vision, All Ad found at last, at lost, .'ilicfcaiised gate-way of Elsyu in. Sof .y lushed asl le tuc veil, F '-w like uiist-wieath at its portal, And. i'lfce go Is h i 1 sprca 1 a fca*t, \!io|uests were lov-, and jouth immorlal Nor evfbought to wear again, The (inon robe of sorrow's weaving; Nor tasle juiccless fruit of care ; Nor bgied the gofs were so deceiving. Woul 1 sjbw how long I hfng upborne, So fii m earth—3o near to lljavcu ? Suffi.-e— Vays as moments Were, \\ hen ■fjwa.rd ray poor wings ware driven, No n*e l y; ou cruel rocks, The vejjjrtii.it whirled a ound ma— The vetyrers, Boft-araiad before, Idns'.leiji ;b r, s s to deepen round me A sumtuoiiz® came tossing by, \Y ing-la j%-itli are bU uof healing, Tnat dro.'|p„n my broken life, Till hop It grew, in string revealing, An 1 the grgri,_.f ttj s'mg me so, I.;kc 1)U is by sua'ight drivon, Drifte i aw n 1 1 ft my s-:y serene, t -aim twiiigat even, I.ut, aye, tij|i so ire cari Is? tone From ' lle ih"re of meinorics'olJen, Stole mourning!! tbonntutnn hush, And iiiapi(.^ s ut.dropped ami golden; Why came tli|.f„ r t ) jjj en ~pe l l, lhat I woii^ er j Lf ,re re meniber It in akes myf| £( , |,j, ter cc i^ Andsbiieri the grey November rjwtiMwuaga-. || 8188 E A' fy o F S B A V L liY. EV J ii. nopkixa, Bishop of : i4tict.se <>f Vermont. ibe word incurs but twice in our English Bible, "servant," cctr raonly employed >* translators, has the meaning of slave irj Hebrew and the Greek originals. ns|.. rd | rtFo, where it stands alone, however, in many places, of* hired * jL" and of "bond men and bondm fj rst WPIV n<jt slaves, bnt the ntlieiii. tho distinction being precisely the f*hich exists in our own day. Slavery, ti re , may be defin ed a* servitude far l'< bending to the of spring. And this Kb bondage appears to have existed as an *shed institution in all the ages of our tj hy t j l(J U;l i For . sal evidence of sacred or profane. This understood, Issotl ot 0 p p0!e t } ie prevalent idea that sda\^ an ( . v j| j n j tse'f A physical evil it mayl t this does not satisfy the judgment of rc zealous ad versaries, since they coii] ial j t is a rnor ill evil— a positive sin t| a human be ing in b !id>gp, under "'circumstances whatever, unless as a pfc jn t inflicted on crimes, for the safety \ community. Here, therefore, lies the'j<pec of tins controversy. And it is el that it can only be settled by the B% E„r every Christian is bound to asseL the rule of the inspired Apostle, that l \ the trans gression of the law," natnelv law laid down in the Scriptures by Whonty of God—the supreme " Lawgi&ho is able to save and to destroy." Fi his Word there can be no appeal. No ton can be so atrocious in his sight as tlnkhich dares to rise against his government!) blasphe my can be more unpar l nab\ aI i that which imputes sin or moral evl the de crees of the eternal Judge, who i ne per ] feet in wisdom, in knowledge, at|\ove. With entire correctness, thok your letter refers the question to tho <1 infalli ble criterion—the Word of God. \it were a matter to be determined by tnjL rs onal sympathies, tastes, or feelings, I shj be as ready as anv man to condemn thdLtitu tion of slavery, for all my prejudice* edu- cation, habit, and social position s| Cn tirely opposed to it. Cut a? a Cnri|i, I i am solemnly warned not to be *' wi a my own conceit," and not to " lean to own understanding " As a Christian, I ; coin- J pellcd to submit my weak and erring mel lect to the authority of the Abnt'ity.lFor then only can Ibe safe in my Conclns, when I know that they are in. accort\ee with, the will of Him, beforo tnbm a l I must render a strict account iAiho gr eat day. -c- "TO SPEAK HIS THOUGHTS IS EVERY FREEMAN'S RlGHT."—Thomas Jefferson. TUNKHANNOCK, PA., WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5 1863. | I proßeed, accordingly, to the evidence of the sacred Scriptures, which, long ago, produced complete conviction in my own mind, and must, as 1 regard it, be equally conclusive to every candid and sincere inquirer. When the array of posi'ive proof is exhibited, I shall consider the objections, and examine their validity with all the fairness in ray power. The first appearance of slavery in the Pu bic is the wonderful prediction of the patri arch Noah : " Cursed be Can-tan, a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren. Blessed be the Lord G >d of Shorn, and Cana an shall he his servant. God shall enlarge Jnfshct, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shorn, and Canaan shall be his servant. (Gen. 9: 25.) The heartless irreverence which Itam, the father of Canaan, displayed toward his eminent parent, whose piety had just saved him from the deluge, presented the immedi ate occasion for tins remarkable prophecv ; but the nctual fulfilmeut was reserved for posterity, after they had lost the knowledge of God, and become polluted bv the abomi nations of heathen idolatry. The Almighty, foreseeing this total degradation of the race, t ordains 1 them to servitude or slavery under the descendants of Shem and Japhet, doubt less because he jwlged it to he their fittest condition. And aU history proves how ac curately the srediction has been accomplish ed, even to the present day. We come m-xt to the proof that slavery was sanctioned by the Deity in the case*of Abraha m, whose three hundred and eighteen I bond servants, born in his own house, (Gen. II: 14.) are mentioned along with those who were bought with lis money, as proper sub jects for circumcision. (Gen. IT: 12.) His wife Sarah had also an Egyptian slave, named Ilagar, who fled from her severity. And " the angel of the Lord," commanded the fugitive to relum to her mistress a d> submit herself. [Gen. 16 : 9 1 If the phil anthropists of our ag , who profess to be- lieve t!ie B !>!•>, had been will ng to take the counsel of that angel for their guide, it would have preserved the peace and welfare of the Union. Ilie third proof that slavery was authorized hy the Almighty occuts in the last of the Ten Commandments, delivered from Mount Sinai, and universally acknowledged by Jews and Christians as run MORAL LAW: " Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife, n< r his man so cant, nor his maid sir cant, nor his ox, n>r his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's" [Exod. 2'.): 17 ] Hore it is evident that the principle of property —" anj* thing that is thy neighbor's"—runs through the whole. lam quite aware, indeed, of tne prejudice which many good people entertain against the idea of pr >perty in a human be ing, and shall consider it, in due time, amongst the objections. T am equally aware that the wives of our day may take umbrage at the law which places thttn In the same sentence with the slave, and even with the house and the cattle. But the truth is none the less certain. The husband lias a real properly in his wife, because she is hound, for life, to serve and to obey him. The wife has a real property in her husband, because he is bound for life to cherish and maintain her. The character of property is doubt less modified by its design. But whatever whether person or thing, the law appropri ates to an infYwuluu), becomes of necessity his property. The fourth proof, however, is yet more express, as it is derived from the direct rule established by the wisdom of God for his chosen people, Israel, on the very point in question, namely : " If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years, I shall he serve, and in the Beve^fj e came in ( shall go out freq f- If uy Himself, he shall go out by bimseii. i he were married, then his wife shall go ou with him. If his master have given him a wife, and she have borne him sons or daugh ters the wife and the children shall be her mailer's, and he shall go out by himself. jExod °1 1-4 ] H ( ' re we seo lhat tI,G ration of husband and wife is positively di ! rected bv the divine command, in order to I secure the property of the master in his bond-maid and her offspring. But the hus band had an alternative, if he preferred s a very to separation. For thus the law of God proceeds • " H the servant shall plainly 6 av 1 love my master, my wife, and my children ; I will not go out free ; then his master shall bring him unto the judges; lie shall also bring him to the door or unto the door-post ; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he eh all serve him forever (Ex.nl. 21: 5, G ] With this law before his eyes, what Christian can believe that the Almighty attached immorality or pin to the condition of slavery ? The treatment of slaves, especially as it regarded the degree of correction, which the master might administer, occurs in the same chapter, s f* acrrant or his nt.id with a rod, .„d he d U n,lrr hie hand, he .hall bo ...rely pan,shod. J!„,„„ht.ndiap, if ho continue a day or two, he shall ml he pnmVtel, Jur he is hit monev: 1 [Exod. 21 : 20, 21 ] And again, If a man smi'e the eye of hi- servantt or the pyo of his maid, that it perish, he shalll let him go free for his eye's sake. And if he smite out bis man servant's tooth, or his maid-servant's tooth, he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake." (Exod. 21: 20, 27.) Here we see that the master was authorized to u*c corporal correction toward his slaves, within certain limits. When immediate death ensued, he was to be punished as tho judges might determine. But for all that came short of this, tho loss of his property was held to be a suffieientjpenalty. The next evidence furnished by the divine law appears in the peculiar and admirable appointment of the Jubilee. "Ye shall hal low the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabit ants thereof: it shall be a Jubilee unto you and ye shall return every man unto his JIOS, session, and ye shall return every man to tiitfamiy." (Lev. 25:10) This enact ment, however, did not affect the slaves, be cause it only extended to the Israelites who had " a possession and a family," according to the orig nal distribution of the land among the tribes. The distinction is plainly set f.jrih in the same chapter, namely : "If thy brother that dvvelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee, thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bond servant, but as a hired servant and as a so journer he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the vear of Jubilee, and then shall he depart from thee, both he and his chil dren with him, and of all return unto his OWD family, and unto the possession of his fathers sliall he return. For they arc my servants which 1 brought forth out of the land of shall not be sold as bondsmen. Both thy bondmen and bondmaids, which thou shall hgvc.sftall be of the heathen that are round about you ; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bond maids. Moreover, of the children of the strangers that d > sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land, and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them a- an inheritance of your children after you, to inherit them for a possession ; THEY SHALL BE YOUR BONDMEN FOR TVKR ; but over your brethren, the children of Israel, yc shall not rule one over another with rigor, For unto me the children of Israel are servan's ; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Lev. 25 : 40-46, with v. 55 ) The distinction here made between the temporary servitude of (he Israelite and the perpetual bonlsg-r <>f the heathen rac •, is too plain for controversy. And this express and positive law furnishes tiie true meaning of another passage which the ultra abolition ists is very fond of repeating: "Thou shait not deliver unto his ma ter the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee : ho shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose, in one of 'hy gates where it liketh him best : thou slialt rot oppress him." (Deut 23: 15. IG.) This evidently must be referred to the case of a slave who had escaped from a Jor eign heathen mutter, and can not, with any sound reason, be applied to the slaves of the Israelites themselves. For it is manifest that if it wore so applied, it would nullify the other enactments of the divine Lawgiver, and ii would have been an absurdity to toll the people that they should " buy bondmen and bondmaids of the heathen and the stranger, to be their possession and the inheritance of their children for ever," while, nevertheless, the slaves should be at liberty to run away and become freemen when they pleased. It Is the well-known maxim, in the interpreta tion of all laws, that each sentence shall be so construed as to give a consistent moaning to the whole. And assuredly, if we are, bound to follow this-rul. i— mttto legislation of the Almighty. J he] meaning that I have adopted is the only one which agrees with the established principle of construction, and it has rnvaria y been sanctioned by the doctors of the Jew ish law, and every respectable Christian com mentator . Such then, is the institution of slavery, laid down by the Lord God of Israel for Ins chosen people, and continued for fifteen cen turies. until the new dispensation of the Gos- pel. What change did this produce * i grant, of course, that we, as Christians, are bound by the precepts and example of the Savior and his apostles. Let us now, there fore proceed to the all-important inquiry, whether we are authorized by these to pre sume that the Mosaic system was done away First, then, we ask what the divine Re deemer said in reference to slavery And the answer is perfectly undeniable : IU dip NOT ALLUDE TO tT AT ALP. Hot 01,0 word upon the subject is recorded by any of the fourAangelists who gave lLs luo and doc trinfto the world. Yet slavery was in full existence at the time, throughout Judea and the'lioman empire, according to the his torian G.bbon, contained sixty million, n •slaves on the lowest probable computation - How prosperous and united would our glo ous republic he at this hour, if the eloquent and pertinacious declaimers against slavery had been Willing to follow their Sivior a ex- ampl®' . i. But did not our Lord aub.tanM.Jly repeal ,|,o old law, by the mere hot that he etta - liahed a new d.apbnaation ? Certainly "' ' unlet, they were incompatible. And that he did not consider tbero incompatible is clearly proved by his own express declara tion. " Think not," saith he, " that lam comedo destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill."— (Matt. 5 : 17.) On that point, therefore, this single passage is perfectly conclusive. It is said by some, however, that the great principle of the Gospel, loVeto God and loVe to man, necessarily involved the condemna tion of slavery. Yet how should it have any such result, when we remember that this was no new principle, but, on the con trary. was laid down by the Deity to his own chosen people, and was quoted from the Old Testament by the Savior himself ? And why should slavery be thought inconsistent with it ? In the relation of master and slave we are assured by our Southern brethren that there is incomparably more mutual love than can ever be found between the employ er and the hireling. And I can readify be live it, for the very reason that it is a relation for lifo, and the parties, when rightly dispos ed, must therefore feel a far stronger and deeper interest in each other. The next evidence which proves that the Mosaic law was not held to be inconsistent with the Gospel occurs in the statement of the apostles to St. Paul, made some twenty years, at least, after the establishment of the first Christian church in Jerusalem. "Thou seest, brother," said they, " how many thousands of Jews there are who believe, and they are all zealous of the lotr." (Acts 21 : 20.) llow could this have been possi sible, if the law was supposed to be abolish ed by the new dispensation ? But the precepts and the conduct of *>t. Paul himself, the great apostle of tho Gen tiles, are all sufficient, because he meets the very paint, and settles the whole queition. Thus he saith to the Ephesians : " Servants (in the original Greek, bond servants or slaves) "be obedient to them that are your masters, according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your hearts, as ! unto Christ. Nut with eye service, as men ! pleasers, but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God f:om the heart, with good will duing service, as to the Lord, and not unto m?n, Vnnwinr* thnr whatsoever good thing any inui doeth, the same shall ho re ceive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. An Iye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening, knowing that your Master also is in heaven, neither is there any respect of persons with him."— (Eph. G : 5-6 ) Again, to the Collossians, St. Paul repeats the L satne commandments. "Servants." (that is. bondservants or slaves) "obey in all things your .masters according to the Hcsh, not with eye service, as men pkasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God."— (Col. 3 : 22.) "Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal, know ing that ye also have & Master in heaven." (Col. 4:1.) Again the same inspired teacher lays down the law in very strong terms, to Timothy, the tirst Bishop ofEphesus : " Let as many ser vants as are under the yoke,"(that is, the yoke of bondage) " count their own masters worthy of ali honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blaphcmed. And they that have believing masters, let thein not despise them because they are brethren, but rather do them service because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort, man teach otherwise, I* . whole - sum words, even the words of our Lord. Je ms Christ, and'to the doctrine which, is coriliiijto c'omctti envy strife railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputing* of men of corrupt minds and destiln'e of the truth, supposing that gain is godlhms. From such withdraw thyself. Bat godliness with contentment isgreat gam. for we brough nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carr, notWng out. And h.v.rg food ."d | raiment, tet us be therewith content. [1 Tun 5 Lastly, St Paul, in hi. Epistle toPhilomo on, informs him that ho had sent back his Active slave, whom the apostle had convert ed 0 to the Christian faith during his imprison ment, ask,ng the master to forgive and re ceive his penitent disciple. I beseech thee for my son Onesimus," saith he, whom I hats begotten in my bonds, .hid. m put was to thee unprofitable, but now profit able to thee and to me, whom I have sent again : thou therefore receive that is mine own bowel., whom I would have. retained with me, that in thy .lead lie might Intro ministered unit, me in the bonds nf ik. ! pel But without thy mind would Ido nothing, that thy benefit .hould not be.s it were of ticctesity, bat will.ngly. For p.r hap, he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldst receive him forever, not now as a servant, bnt above a servant, a brother beloved, specialty to me, bnt how much mora to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord, If thou countest me therefore a partner, re ceive hi,u as myself- If lie hath wronged thee or oweth the. aught, pnt that on mine account. I P"l !>•"> WrHW " " "i V, own hand. I will repay tt; albe.t I do not .ay to thee how thou owest unto me thine own soul beides."[Ep. to Philemon 5: 1C 19] I TEnivrs s 81.00 rEn AixruTraat Tho evidence of the New Testament is thus compL-te, plainly proving that the institution of slavery was not abolished by the gospel. Compare now the course of the ultra aboli tionist with that of Christ and his inspired apostle The divine Redeemer npently re bukes the sanctimonious Pharisees?, " who made void the law of God by their traditions.' lie spares not the wealthy, infidel Sadduces. lie denounces the hypocritical Scribes, who ' loved the uppermosa rooms at feasts and to be called of men, Rabbi Rabbi." He calls the royal Herod " that fox," entire ly regardless of the king's displeasure. He cen sures severely the Jewish practice of divorc ing their wives for the slightest cause, and vindicates the original sanctity of marriage. He tells the deluded crowd of his enemies that they are '' the children of the devil, and that the lusts of their fathers they woul do.'' He makes a scourge of small cords, and drives the buyers and sellers out of the tem ple. And while lie thus rebukes the sins of ail around him, and speaks with divine au thority, he proclaims himself the special friend and patron of the poor—preaches to them his bl-ssed doctrine, on the inountain j by the seaside, or in the public streets, under the open canopy of heaven—heals their dis eases, partakes of their humble fare, and pass ing by the rich and great, e hooses his apos tles from the ranks of the publicans and tho fishermen of Galilee. Yet lie lived in the midst of slavery, maintained over the old heathen races, in accordance with the Mosaic law, and uttered not one word against it • What proof can be stronger than this, that he did not regard it as a sin or a mora! evil ? And what contrast can be more manifest than this example of Christ on the one hand, and the loud and bitter denunciations of pur anti slavery preachers and politicians, colling lliemselccs Christians, cn the other 1 For they not only set themselves against tho Word of God in this matter, condemning slavery as the " monster sin," the " sum of all villanies," but—strange to say they do it in the very name of that Saviour whose whole line of conduct was the very opposite of their own ! Look next at the contrast afforded Ul ° inspired Apostle of the Gentiles. lie preach es to the slave, and tells him to be obedient to his Master for Christ's sake, faithful and submissive, as a main branch of religious duty. He preaches to the master and tells him to be just and equal to his slave, know ing that ins Master is in heaven. He finds a fugitive slave, and converts him to the Gos pel, and then sends him back again to his old home, with a letter of kind recommenda tion. Why does St. Paul act thus ? why does he not counsel the fugitive to claim his right to freedom and defend that right, if necessary bv the strong hand of violence, even unto death ? Why does ho not write to his disciple, Philemon and rebuke him for the awful sin of holding a fellow-man in bondage, and charge it upon him, as a solemn duty, to emancipate his slaves, at the peril o his soul. The answer is very plain. S£. Paul was inspired, and knew the will of the Lord Je sus Christ, and was only intent on obeying it. Anil who are we, that in our modern wisdom presume to set aside the Word of God, and scorn the example of the divine Redeemer, and spurn the preaching and the conduct of the apostles, and invent for ourselves a "higher law " than those holy Scriptures which are givrn to us as " a light to our feet and a lamp to our paths," in the darknes of a sinful and p illntri] | ?| || I li nnrl r~ prard"as"duty ? Who are we, that are ready to trample on the doctrine of the Bible, and tear to shreds the Constitution of our country ind even plunge the land into the untold hoe rors of civil war, and yet boldly pray to the God of Israel to bless our very acts of rebcll against his own sovereign authority ? AV oe to our Union when the blind become the leaders of the blind! Woe to the man who dares to " strive against his Maker . ( Yet I do not mean to charge the numerous and respectable friends of this popular delu sion with a willful or conscious opposition to the truth. They are seduced, doubtless, in the great majority of cases, by the feeling, of a false philanthropy, which palliates, it U can not excuse, their dangerous error. Lwing far away from the Southern States, with no practical experience of the institution,*nt accustomed, from their childhood, to attach an an inordinate value to their personal liberty, they are naturally disposed to compassionate the negro race, and to believe that the slave must be supremely wretched m his bondage. Thevare under no special inducement to to " search the Scriptures on this-particu lar subject, nor are they in general, T am sot rv to say, accustomed to study the Bibl half as much as they read the newspapers, the novel and the magazine T.iere they find manv revolting pictures of slavery, and they l not pause to ask the question whether toe v are Just and faithful. Perhaps a iugi livV comes along who h.sfledfromh.smas i tor and who in justification of himself, will usual to trive a very distorted statement of the fits eve.i if he does not invent them alto gether. And these good and kind hear V** neonle believe it all implicitly, without ewet remembering the rule about sides before we form our opinion. f f< o nch'ded next week.\ VOL. 2, NO. .51.