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FEBRUARY. 9. T HE LIBERATOR . - LETTER. FROM REV. S. A. BTEINTHAI. Bridowatkb, (Eng.) Jan. 2, 1855. Mr Dear Ma. Garkiso : i Alhugh I had the pleasure of hearing too speak when you last visited England, I had not the honor of bring introduced to you; but yet I take the liberty of . writing to you, wishing you. in the first place, a happy new year." May you be permitted, during it course, to do much for I lie oppressed of every clime and color ! My special reason for addressing letter to you is, : that I wish, among other thin?, to reply to a letter which appeared in The Liwcrator of November 2-4 , signed 'George W. Putnam,' which contained some good-natured strictures on a former communication f . mine. In the first place, I wish to y, that I never in- " dulged in an intentional fling at Joseph Barker' veracity. The fault I find with the tune of his letters is, that they are dictated by a spirit unwilling to do justice to ' the good which is abundant in all clashes. He seems . to find nothing good among us, and certainly nscrihes . had motives to men, without, as it appears to me, having good cause for so doing. He has met with much to sour his temper in early years, and it appears to me that we are reaping the fruit of it now. I never charged him with want of veracity; but it is not just to charge English institutions with fiults that arise from other causes than our laws. Mr. Putnam fills into the vne error .when he charges England with the guilt of 'permitting million to starve in Ireland, come years ago. t England had nothing to do with the potato disease, but it did its best to alleviate the distress consequent on that " disaster. It sent 3,000,000 sterling, I think, (I am! not quite rare as to. the exact amount, but it wns an j enormous sum.) Our legislature has taken all possible' steps to improve the condition of the people, and I am sure that honest Irishmen will confess, that at the present time steady and industrious men can earn a respectable livelihood, and be independent of all foreign aid. I am not desirous of defending all that England has done to Ireland in days gone by. In my letter which call- ed forth Mr. Putnam's strictures, I said I could perhaps make out a h.nger list of evil under which we suf- " fer, than An Old Subscriber could; and our conduct towards Ireland before the Catholic Emancipation, and in the several coercion laws, would help me to a good number of items in my list; fur, no doubt, Ireland had many wrongs, and I am not the man to deny them; but even in these, as in all English evils, the great difl r- ence between us and America is shown. We have ben continually amending, the United States have as continually been going back. The year 1855 will be a better year for us, I feci assured, than 1S54. I am not so lure whether I can say this for America, which inaugurates the year with plans for annexing new s-lave States in Neosho, which speaks of annexing Cuba, by war with Spain, and hints at au incidental brush with Erg-land. - Our factory system, no doubt, is a subject which must cause much distress to every philanthropist. There is, no doubt, a class feeling, a hatred between employer and employed, of late exemplified in the Preston strike, which cannot be regarded without sorrow. Our agricultural laborers, let me add, are even in a worse condition thac our factory workers. I know these evils, and deplore them, and, what is more, am, I trust, to the tx st f my knowledge and power, engaged in the course which seems most .likely to eradicate them. They are not to be ascribed to any government wrong : they lie . much deeper in ignorance of the duties which men owe to each other. Their root is to be found in the want of a Christian spirit among both masters and men. Indeed, ignorance id the greatest evil we have to combat in .England : ignorance of those physical laws, in accordance with which men should live, and which, being broken, diffuse intemperance, disease and death around .... as : ignorance of the economical laws which govern prices and wages, and which, when broken, lead to ti e deplorable contests between employers and employed: ignorance of secular things in general, which leads to ' crime, and ignorance, above all things, of true rcligim, which produces misery far greater than any other cause. Mr. Putnam will be a benefactor to us, if he helps in tlds crusade against our slavery to ignorance; and I may say, that Americans have been of great use to us already. We respect your New England school system; and though on this side of the Atlantic we teetotallers are not all agreed atvout the Maine Law, yet we all are watching its progress with interest such as is due to an agency that is, perhaps, destined to' do away with that giant evil, the drinking usages of society. We shall welcome nil the aid you can thus semi us. But it is perhaps unnecessary to say so much about this matter. I am desirous that Mr. Putnam, and all abolitionists, : for whom we Englishmen have so deep a respect, should know, that while we are not blind to our. own shortcomings, yet we feel that all the evils that can be count ed up on this side of the Atlantic do not equal in enormity that greatest, -foulest blot on humanity, 'slavery. And we wish also to point out that, year by y ar, our government has made improvements in ouroiiii institutions, while, year by year, America has been fastening tighter the bonds of slavery, and increasing its influence over those States that are still, in name, free. And now for a word or two about Parker Pillsbury. Mr. Putnam is mistaken if he fancies that Mr. Pillsbury bad an opportunity of speaking about British capitalists iu Manchester. If be had done so, he would immediately have been stopped, as out of order. In our 'public meetings, we adhere closely to the subject before . us, and permit nothing else to be introduced. When we are speaking about slavery, we speak about it, and should think that any one would be abusing out platform, if lie ere to make it the stage fitim which he could ex press his views or other suljeste. however important they might be. We respect the American Society, because we believe it adopts this principle, and Mr. P.l's-bery has shown hie good sense and judgment in adhering to it. A to the question, -whether he should get ; op meetings for the purpose of attacking English eils, - it may be left, both by An Old Subscriber and Mr. Putnam, te M.r. Pillsbury' conscience. I think, for , my own part, that when, worn out by fifteen years' un-. wearied contest with oppression, a man seek for a few months rest, but still, during that rest, gives every now and then an indignant protest against the 'sum of all viilanies, no one need "regret the course he baa t ... adopted, ir Mr. Pillsbury were to be quite silent here, no one could find fault with him; perhaps hi medical . d riser would think him prudent; and every word be . peaks for the oppressed is just so much added to the debt which the frieuds of liberty owe to him. January 12. 1855. Since I began this letter, I was called off to Maaches-. ter, on business, and since my return, I have been so fully occupied, that it was imposeihle for me to resume my pen. Last Tuesday but one, we had an anti-eUve-ry meeting here in our public rooms. Mr. Francis Thompson presided. He is an old and stanch anti-sla- . : very man. was present at the Anti-Slavery Convention in 1810, aud withdrew with yourself when common . jutiee was refused to delegates appointed there. I moved the first resolution, and Parker Pillsbury followed me in an eloquent and feel in; address. It did us good, and roused the feelings and understandings of the audience to the true level of anti-slavery opinions. For the benefit f An Old Subscriber and of Mr. Putnam, I will send you hi opening sentence : label not, as many do, institute any comparison between the tae . of tilings in your country and uii&r. though I see many things, not only in the factory, but in the family, not only in the eoal mine, but in the corn-field, and where-ever men i.nd women are employed, that I do not ap prore. and that will not be in the good time coming.' I cannot attempt to report the speeches, but I will send you the resolution we passed, a I think it may shew J0U that we have had material enough before u profitably to fill op an evening, at the least: That this meeting, believing that slavcholding must, in all circumstance, be op pored to the law of God a ' well us the right of man, ha heard with indignation of the increased aud Increasing power of slavery in the United State of America, and would most earnestly de nounce a unchristian the conduct of all persons who either themselves participate in the sin of slaveholding, or apologize for those who are gnilfy of the sum of all viilanies. It would more especially give utterance to its reprobation of those so-called Christian churches and religious organizations, which have hitherto proved themselves the strongholds of slavery, and would call upon all men to protest against them as dishonoring the name of God, and that gospel they profess to revere. While thus indignantly repudiating all sympathy with the hideous sin of slavery, it would most warmly express its deep admiration for the noble band of Abolitionists, who, led by William Llotd Garrisox, have, for the last twenty years, through contumely and danger to their lives, ever protested and labored against the doctrine that man can hold property in man ; ami it would offer the hand of fellowship to those noble men and women, who have come forth from the churches, with which they were connected, in order to give expression to their hatred of slavery, and their uncompromising love of human liberty and rights.' Carried unanimously. ' I feel sure that the meeting has made a deep impression upon the consciences of many. On Thursday evening, there was a meeting of the Anti-Slavery Sewing Circle at my house. ' I was not present myself, but hear that Parker Pillsbury gave much interesting information to those present. He has (Tone a good work among us, and has confirmed me in my old opinion, that nothing ia so beneficial to the cause in England as to have an agent of your Society among us. What would have come of the London Conference, if Pillsbury had not been there, plainly and decidedly to have unveiled the base conduct of the New Broad street people in the days gone by ? His presence has done the cause nn immense amount of good; people have 6een the true light, who would otherwise have remained in darkness. You' will have seen the Anti-Slavery Advocate i with its account of the London proceedings; but the secret history still remain to be fully written. By the way, I will just tell you of a circumstance which proves how the United States are now regarded amongst us. On Wednesday, we had a meeting here, called by the Mayor, to address the Queen, and petition Parliament in behalf of Polish Independence. One of the speakers a'.lu led to the progress which despotism had been making during the past year, and a voice from the body of the hall immediately exclaimed, Look to America ! Is it not sad indeed that despotism cannot be named in a public meeting, without suggesting the idea of the United States to the minds of the people ? Truly, your country will have to pass through many a trial before its republicanism can be regarded as any thing but the most fearful enemy to true freedom. You will be thankful, I am sure, that lam not a regular correspondent of yours. Sending you juch a long letter is certainly a very bold thing for me. But when I once begin to write a letter, I hardly know how to stop. Accept, therefore, in conclusion, my best wishes for the new year. May it indeed prove a new era in your career of reform, and may it see many a step made towards universal libeiiy, not only in the Old World, but in that land where the banner of the stars and stripes floats ove r three millions and a half of slaves ! We have observed Mr. Chase's notice of motion for tlfe repeal of slavery in the Territories. We look at the proposal as nn encouraging sign, but do not expect that he will carry bis intention to a successful issue; but discussion is good , and to your cause, ns in many another, the motto should ever be, 'Agitate! Agitate! ! Agitate ! ! ! With kindest regards to all friends, . . Yours, very faithfully, S. ALFRED STEINTHAL; THE MODERN" . EPHRAIM. We are Il-M that a Scotch minister, of eccentric and independent 'character, on reading in the pulpit the declaration of the Psalmist, I said in my haste', all men are liars, suddenly stopped , seemed to meditate for a moment, and then astonished his congregation by the comment, uttered half to himself and half to them Ye said it in your haste, did ye, David, my man ? If ye had lived in these days, ye might have said it at leisure. Ephraim, said the prophet, is a cake not turneu.' If the prophet could live in Boston a few days of the year 1855, he might easily find a cake as imperfectly baked as Ephraim; a set of men who, inheriting au excellent beginning of truth from their fathers, and assuming to be ever learning, seem never able to compass the acquisition of more. From no sect have nobler dissenters, more admirable protest ants, branched off, than from the Unitarian ; but with the great mass of its clergy, as well as with its popularly acknowledged leaders, there is a fatal want of thoroughness. They are neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm. One of this sort, in the January number of the Christian Examiner, has undertaken to point out the lessons which Kingsley'a ' Hypatia furnishes to the abolitionists. The chief of these lessons is characteristic and noteworthy, and is expressed in one word. Forbearance. The writer admits that slavery is poisoning our prosperity at home, and disgracing us abroad, and demands, more than aught else among us, the inot energetic action for its removal; but the particular sort of energetic action which be specifies as most needed, and most efficacious, is first, forbearance until the elaves run away, and are caught, and legally handed over to the tender mercies of the kidnapper, and then, the purchase of their freedom by a new Northern Association ! Several statements made in the course of this article. are worthy of notice, both as characteristic of the source whence they cotue, and as specially erroneous, either in fact or inference. I have space for ouly a portion of them. The writer says that the language of the North, in relation to slavery, is 'too apt to be of unmixed denun ciation." A more incorrect assertion could hardly be made. The thorough-gting abolitionists, a microscopi cally small body of men, being not one thousandth part of the population of the Northern or nominally Free States, Air bestowed upon the atrocious system of slavery that unmixed denunciation ' which is its due. A still smaller number of men, among whom the Cur-tises, Commissioners Loring and Hallett. John H. Pear-sou and Neheraiah Adams are prominent in Boston, have thrown their influence actively on the side of slavery. But the great mass of the Northern people, fully forty-nine out of every fifty, have all their lives been practising that forbearance which our author recommends. They have forborne with all their heart, and soul, and strength, and mind. They have not only given the matter a thorough lettingtalone in their own person, but have found great fault with the few above mentioned, who thought forbearance the wrong treatment, and denunciation the right. If experiment has established aay one truth in relation to this subject, it is that slavery has grown, thriven, extended and fortified itself for the last half century, under that very forbearance of me ioriu which our author claims as the only satisfactory mode of opposition to it. Aud in view of this result, it seem perfectly reasonable for the abolitionists to request that the system thus signally defeated should now t laid aside, and that the great majority of the North should either cooperate with their plan, or begin (at least) to deiise and execute a better; begin, at least, to do what they never yet have done, namely, something. The AbolitioniM have never bad the advantage of numbers. They have been despised an! epposed bj the im mense majority in every Northern state. They claim that their plan needs nothing but the aid of a majority for its successful MoiLhg, and it seems to them rather hard, a triflo unreasonable, indeed something very like adding insult to injury, to have their energetic action attributed to that majority whose supineness has been the chief obstacle in their way, and then falsely represented a au aid, instead of a hindrance to slavery, and finally, to have forbearance ' recommended, a change of policy, to (hat North which has never done a ny thing ele but forbear. - The writer proceeds, (speaking of the evil of slavery and especially of the Fugitive Slave Law,) Ere these things provoke as to forcible resistance, the question is to be settled in each one' mind, whether the time has come for revolution and civil war. These two thing are quite needlessly coupled together. It takes two parties to make a war. bat only one to make a revolution; and the time for the latter bad fully come, if not before, certainly when the ambassador of Massachusetts, on a strictly peaceful and legal mission, was ignomin-iously expelled from South Carolina. But listen to our critic's reason for still longer forbearance. While the great remedy of the ballot remains, and while the press is free, we must not readily believe that such a crisis has been reached. When it doe come, if ever, let it be met, not by mobs in our streets, but by deliberate action in our State legislatures. What shall be done with a writer who talks about the legal freedom of the ballot, the press, and the State legislatures ss a 'remedy for slavery, while all these are actually used to support slavery? , What avails it that people are able, while they are not willing, to vote for freedom? What avails it that the conductors of the public press have the power, while they have not the disposition, to speak against slavery? Send to the Daily Advertiser &a account of the manner in which kidnapping is practised by men of wealth and influence in Boston will tbey publish it? will any daily paper in this city publish it ? - The legal freedom of the press is worth little while its conductors pervert- the truth, and exclude the statements of those who advocate different ideas and different measures. And the power of the Legislature to act is worth just as little, while it chooses to remain inactive, as it al-ways has done hitherto. It . is plain enough to those who are disposed to see, that while the mass of the peo-plehave no principle in their hearts leading them actively to oppose slavery, their servants, agents, and representatives will make no practical movement against it. .. ' :'... ..-,,' , The modern Ephraim, speaking by the mouth of his servant Dr. Gannett, said, some years ago, that the mission of Unitarianism towards slavery is silence. He now says, speaking through the writer in the Examiner, that though the Northern mouth must . continue shut, the hand may be opened, and redeem a certain number of alleged slaves, by giving the kidnapper money to buy just as many more. What is to be done when the kidnapper, as in the case of Burns, refuses to sell, he does not tell us. To be sure he says, ' Let public opinion require it of every lawyer, that he shall not consent to act for the claimant of a fugitive, but upon condition of being authorized to accept the price of the man's liberty, instead of the man himself.' But he might just as well enlarge bis wish a little, and say. Let the masters emancipate their slaves ! It is as easy to call three spirits from the vasty deep as two, and three are just as likely to come as two. Moreover, even if pro-slavery Boston should be so far reformed as to make such a requisition, and if Seth J. Thomas and Charles P. Curtis should become so far humanized as to heed it, can we suppose that a Fugitive Slave Law Commissioner would allow himself to bo foiled for want of a lawyer? Zeal iu the service of his master would help him over greater difficulties than that, apart from the stimulus of yet another fee in his pocket. There is another thing which the writer in the Examiner does not tell us, namely, what would be gained to the cause of humanity by supplying an additional market to the Virginian slave-breeders, and tempting other states to engage more fllrgely in that peculiar department of manufactures, by insuring them a sale for their products at the North as well as at the South ? Most slave-traders' would have no. more objection (the price being equal) to sell a man into freedom than into slavery. Indeed, the former would have these points of advantage, that the market could never be glutteJ, and that the worse a slave was treated, the more readily he would be bought. - The little girl who bought caged birds for the purpose of letting them fly, had not come to years of discretion, and was obliged to learn by experience instead of reflection; but when she found that the same boy immediately set his trap again, and caught birds every day to bring her for sale, she understood that this system of operations wns no more advantageous to the race of birds than profitable to herself, its only actual result being that she grew poor while the little kidnapper grew rich. In a country where slaves are raised for sale, like sheep and swine, the supply will he likely to increase with the opportunities of sale, and a person old enough to write for the Examiner ought to know at least as much as that. Whenever the slaveholders, as a body, shall really desire to get rid of slavery, and shall ask the help of the Northern people in accomplishing that work, we shall be very willing to take their request into consideration. As to the plan which Ephraim now proposes, it is sufficient to say, first, that in its best possible operation, it can only neutralize a part of the exuberance, overflow and annual increase of slavery, without assailing, or even beginning or fearing to assail slavery itself; and next, that such a plan, like the Colonization scheme, by having ' a name to live while it is dead, by holding up the pretence of being and doing something against slavery, will quiet the consciences of those who give money without thought or examination into the use made of it, and thus ob-struct the establishment and operation of really efficient measures, namely, those directed against the existence of slavery. c. k. vr. The Cincinnati Bazaar, of which Mrs. Ernst has been the presiding genius, has always excited so deep an interest among the Anti-Slavery friends at the East, that we know there are many who will be deeply interested in reading the subjoined address from her pen, which, by the kindness of a friend, we are enabled to present. We trust that the assistance she has hitherto received will be increased ten-fold, in view of the tenfold importance of the position she has assumed. ADDRESS To the Anti-Slavery Sewing Circle, in Cincinnati, at it Annual Meeting, January 17A, 1855. It has been customary , as each year has passed by us, to take a retrospective view of our labor and position, as a Society; and, before the officers for the next year are chosen , I wuh to say a few wqrds as to my reasons for not wishing to serve as an officer for the future. When, twelve years ago, we first united as a Society, our relative position was quite different from the present, and the fugitive slave being the only object which we could then labor for, there was no room for variations of opinion and measures, and we acted together in perfect harmony. But since large sums of , money are raised, and new avenue for its judicious expenditure are to be selected, there will, of course, in large bodies, be diversities of opinion as to the various ways in which it shall be appropriated and although personal cour tesy may for a time keep us from open expressions of dissatisfaction, yet cases will arise, when it becomes im perative upon as to declare just where we stand. I have labored perseveringly and with much physical effort, for twelve years past, for the Sewing Circle at its stated meetings; but as other, and, to my mind, more important labor comes upon me in preparation for the Bazaar, I have decided that, for myself, I can do if no longer, and you must find some one among your number more competent, because more willing, to fill my place there as your President. - The meetings come so often, that no one already ever-burdened should an dertake it. . It is no sudden impulse which induce roe to decline my official position in this Society. I have intended to do so these last? several months ; but, as this is the regular time for choosing officers, I have waited till now as the suitable one. Were this Society an auxiliary of the American Society, as I think it ought to become. my connection with it, in this capacity, would not involve me in the painful necessity of ever acting in disrespect to those I so much honor ; bat, as a minority here, I may at any moment, when you choose to exert your undoubted right a a majority, be forced into positions wholly against my convictions. Yoa may say, that such a case may never occur : wait till it does. But quite as likely, it will ; and my conscience is" not at rest, under the circumstance. But I neither wish to force other into my view nor will I be forced into theirs. Let each be fully persuaded in his own mind ; and those who feel that the relief of the fugitive is the beet and principal object or as Abolitionist' labor, continue to act together for him ; while I, who feel that tb great moral straggle now foingon in oar country, led by that glorious few whom all future ages will delight to honor a martyrs of oar time, the Pioneer Society, is the stone from David's sling which is to slay the mon ster Slavery ought and must throw whatever influence I possess more unequivocally into sympathy with them. than to be always at the mercy of the msjority of this Society, should they differ in judgment from me. I wish to enter into no contest with those dear friends, with whom I have so long labored, and who may not feel willing to go so far as I do. Bat, if I ever act in a Baxaar again, it will be ia fall sympathy with a Com mittee not unwilling to be known as connected with the American Society, aided by its co-operation, sympathiz ing with its trials, and, as far as is consistent, carrying out its measures. If we feel right, there is no reason why we should not do this ; for theirs is the only true and safe way. JVb CTaioit with Slaveholders ! JSTo Compromise with Sin! " ' SARAH OTIS ERNST. FRED'S DOUGLASS IN FHEvADELfHIA. , Philadelphia, Feb. 3, 1855. Mr. Gabrisox : , Dear Sir Within the past week, the citizens of Philadelphia have' been honored by a visit from Frederick Douglas. And as he was careful to an-i nounce, that his object in visiting our city was to lecture, not . on Slavery, but upon Anti-Slavery, I thought it might prove interesting to yoa to receive a slight sketch of what he had to say upon a theme of so much importance. It has been five years, I think, since Mr. Douglass visited our city last. In that time, he' has had great opportunity to improve himself as an orator; and he has certainly availed himself of it.' with great success. I did not hear his speech on Monday night, but am told by a gentleman who was- present, that it was very able, but infamous. . - As to his speech on the second night. I can say it was, in every way, worthy of Frederick Douglass. I have watched Mr. Douglass's course closely during the past two years, and know well how unscrupulous he is in his misrepresentation of bis old friends; yet, had any one told-me thai he could deliver such an address as be did in this city on last Tuesday night, I would not have believed it. How any man, possessing a spark of integrity, could stand before a Philadelphia audience, composed mostly of colored, people, and give utterance to such gross misrepresentations and base inuendoes, is more than I can understand. After throwing out a number of baseless and malicious insinuations concerning the Abolitionists of Philadelphia, he started on a voyage of discovery, and found, what no one else had ever heard of, that ' the Abolitionists claim that the principles which underlie the Anti-Slavery movement were discovered by Mr. Garrison, and bis coadjutors. - . After having, made this original discovery, he proceeded, in a very eloquent manner, to show, 'not merely the folly, but the blasphemy of any man claiming for himself, or allowing his friends to claim for bim, the pioneership or fatherhood of the Anti-Slavery cause. 'As well might the traveller among the mountains of Switzerland claim that the shock of his tiny tread had caused the avalanche to be" hurled from its mountain heights, into the valley below.' He enlarged, with great indignation, upon ' the studied silence with which Anti-Slavery societies and lecturers treated the memory and merits of Lundt and Walker, with others whose names are never mentioned in an Anti-Slavery meeting or newspaper.' In speaking of the martyrs to the cause of Freedom, he laid particular stress 'upon the fact, that Lovejoy was a Minister of the Gospel,1 and that 'he was never considered an Abolitionist per e. He also stated that Charles T. Torrey, a Minister of the Gospel, who died in -prison for the slave, was denounced as an. apostate by the Garrisoni-ans. He said it was true, indeed, that Mr. Garrison had been dragged through the streets of Boston, with a rope about his person; and that he was only rescued from death, by being placed in a common jail ; yet he had lived long enough to become quite a respectable gentleman, () surrounded by influential and wealthy friends.' (!!) . Mr. Douglass then read from the records of the Methodist, Baptist, and other churches of the Colonial times, up to the year 1801, to show that they occupied as good Anti-Slavery ground then, as the Abolitionists do now; and, consequently, that modern Abolitionism is but a revival of the old movement of Colonial and Revolutionary days. 'The only difference being, that we claim immediate emancipation as the duty of the master, and the right of the slave,' (with which doctrine he condescends to agree,) while they of the olden time were satisfied with the amelioration and gradual abolition of the system.' He quoted statistics, showing the number of slaves manumitted under the old system; and then wished to know whether modern abolitionism could show so great a result as the fruit of its labors ! ! Avery consistent query for an. immediate emancipationist. Mr. Douglass next accounted for ' the great agitation which attended the revival of the Abolition movement, by the fact that Mr. Garrison's paper, and all the speeches of the early Abolitionists, teemed with apostolic denunciations and prophetic warnings drawn from the Word of God.' He attributed what he was pleased to term the diminution of Mr. Garrison's power to the new views he entertains respecting the Bible! Mr. Douglass vies with Pecksniff and Chadband in his excessive piety. He lamented, with true 'evangelical' cant, 'that the Church, by its short-comings, had driven the Abolitionists to take an infidel position. : With characteristic magnanimity, he apologized for their weakness in not being able to hold fast their religious faith in the presence of a corrupt Church. (!!) He eulogized his own strength of character, which ' enabled him to escape from the influence of the infidel teachings of the Abolitionists, and return to the bosom of the Church.' It is very amusing to hear Mr. Douglass, in one breath, talk about having been taught to believe. or disbelieve, certain things; and" in the next assert his great independence of character, which leads him to oppose even Abolitionists, when they do that which does not accord with hi judgment. - He said the Abolitionists were charged with mis stating facts, in their denunciations of the Church. He did not think this charge true, unless it be in the case of the Society of Friends. ; And here be confessed that he thought they were suffering from a slight enlargement of the imagination.' This assertion is easily accounted for when it is : remembered, that no inconsiderable portion - of his audience were of ' the people called Quakers! ?'. . I was forced to leave the meeting before he had con cluded his speech, which occupied over three hours in iu delivery; therefore I cannot speak, of my own knowledge, in regard to the remainder of it, But I am told, by one who listened . to the whole of it, that throughout he sustained bis reputation as an ingenious traducer and base calumniator. i : He repeated all the stale cant and twaddle about the Anti-Sabbath and Anti-Bible character of Mr. Garrison and his friends, and intimated that, under the garb of. Humanity, they were endeavoring to uproot Cbristi- anity! thus appealing to the lowest sectarian preju dices of bis audience. He asserted. that the old basis of Anti-Slavery action, that the slave was a man and a brother, and that we should feel for him as bound with him, was laid aside for political catchwords, such as " Down with the Con stitution.? and "Np Union with Slaveholders!" I well know bow imperfectly I have given the numerous libellous assertions, made by Mr. Douglass, bat they are sufficient to show that, notwithstanding his talk about bis interests being identified with those of his oppressed brethren, he considers his own aggrandizement and success paramount to their elevation, or he would never spend so mu&h precious time in maligning their best friends. T : ! K.T. 17" A colored friend, of great respectability, in Philadelphia, referring to Mr. Douglass's venomous lectures ia that city, says Allow me to say, that the disaffected to oar cause, and its advocates, ia Philadelphia, are a mere faction. The respect, gratitude and confidence of the great body of our people are with you. How could it be otherwise i iy The Evening Telegraph says that the friends and townsmen of Senator Wilsos assembled, ea Monday evening bast, to the number of 1200, at the School House Hall, in Natick, to greet their honored associate prior to his departure for Washington. The hall was crowded, and great interest attended the proceedings. J. W. Bacon. Esq.. presided, and opened the exercise with an appropriate speech. He was followed by Mr. Wilson, who cordially and feelingly addressed his old and long-tried friends, and by B. F. Ham, Esq., Rev. Elias Nason, the Orthodox clergyman. Senator Pillsbury of Hampden County, Dr. James W. Stone of Boston, Dr. Lynde. Representative from Hard wick, (who voted against Mr. Wilson, but who bore testimony to bis worth and ability,) E. C. Morse of Natick, Rev. Mr. Lewis, the Methodist clergyman, Rev. Mr. Partridge, the Universalis! clergyman, Decatur Morey, M..VY, Bickford. and Charles Rockwood. severally of Natick Equal interest was manifested by the- ladies with the gentlemen on the occasion. General Wilson took occasion to deny in the most ex plicit terms, in thought, word or deed, any arrangement or ' understanding, either with . himself or his friends on the one hand, and Mr. Gardner or his friends on the other hand, that the one should be Governor and the other Senator. The remarks of Senator Wilson were regarded as among his happiest efforts. . ' Rb-Elkctiox or Senator Seward. Mr. Seward has been reelected U. S. Senator from the State of New York. The ballot in the Senate stood as follows : Seward 18, Dickinson 5, Wm. F. Allen 2, and five oth ers. In the House, Seward 69, Dickinson 4, Seymour 13, Hunt 8, Dix 7, and 11 scattering. This is another signal defeat of the Slave Power North, and decisive proof of the decline of Ilunkerism. We accept it for all it is worth. j ea Know-Notuisgism. The radicals of this party iu Boston made a rally on Friday evening last, and restore! John L. Swift (excommunicated Free Soilcr) to his position of full membership in the Council, from which he was ejected on a stormy night by a squad of hunkers. William Ellert Chanmxq. A life size photograph of William Ellert Ciiannino, taken by Whipple from Gambardella's portrait, is on exhibition, for a few days at N. D. Cotton's store. No. 7, Tremont Row. It is pronounced by his friends to be, by far, the best repre sentation of Dr. Cbanuing which has been offered to the public Go and examine it. . ; Removal of Edward G. Lor t no. Petitions faain all parts of the State are pouring into the Legislature, asking for the removal of Judge Loring, for his atrocious conduct in the case of Anthony Burns. It is gratifying to learn r that the wishes of an outraged and indignant people will in all probability be complied wita. Send in the petitions ! The Lowell Courier says ' 'Judge Loring begins to realize that the people are on his track, and will soon have him. The petitions for bis removal pour in last, ana have been withdrawn from the Judiciary Committee, and referred to that on Federal Relations, which is supposed to be quite willing to allow the Judge hereafter to devote the" whole of his time to the service of such slave-catchers as the liar and scoundrel who made various promises to restore Burns to liberty for a price, and in each case forfeited his word, and had his victim dragged back to stripes and chattelism. The Springfield Republican says 4 The appointment of Edward G. Loring as lecturer in the Law bohool, is to be voted upon by the overseers at their next meeting, and, in view of the large proportion of Free Soil leaven in that body, we venture to say. that his share in returning Burns to slavery will secure his rejection, whereby the Law achool will lose no ereat amount of legal ability, and the moral feeling of Massa chusetts will be vindicated, as it should be. -" MEETING OF THE N. E. NON-RESIST- ANCE SOCIETY. A Meeting of the New England Non-Resistance So ciety will be holden iu Worcester, Mass. (probably in Brinley Hall,) Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, commencing at 10 o'clock, A. M., on Saturday, and ending on Suuday evening. On Saturday evening, , an address on the general subject of Christian Non-Resis-tance will be delivered by Adin Ballou. On Sunday forenoon, afternoon and evening, there will be addresses, discussions, exhortations,' and remarks, accompanied by singing, and such other devotional exercises as persons in attendance may feel it a privilege to offer. Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Stephen S. Foster, Abby Kelley Foster, Henry C. Wright, and we hope many other able speakers, will be present on the occasion. As many of the friends from the Hopedale Community as can con veniently attend, especially speakers and singers, are earnestly requested to be present. The discussions will be radical and earnest. All the bearings tf the great doctrine, Total Abstinence from Injurious Force, In jividual and Social, Moral and Political, Conservative and Reformatory, will be in order - The few veteran Non-Resistants who still remain true to their standard, (being a precious few,) will need no urging to be present. - The whilom Non-Resistants and Peace Men, (not a few,) who have progressed round the moral zodiac into the constellation of Lfjcsiotrs Force rom Righteousness' Sake, are requested to come and tell us their experience, that the remnant of ns may see their more excellent way. Finally, we tender a welcome to all who seriously believe that the human race cannot be governed, protected, improved, and re generated without a dernier resort to Tbb Sword and Penal Vengeance. - Come and give as yoar strong reasons. : Come and hear oars in favor of nerer doing evil that good may corner never resisting injury with in niry. i ; i ADIN BALLOT. ' - DIED Tn Boston, January 24, Mrs. Elizabeth Riley, (colored,) aged 63. t -, For many years, it bad been her chosen mission to administer aid and consolation to the sick and dying. Her kindness of heart, benignity of expression, and admirable adaptation of speech to the wants of old and young, rendered hers a charmed presence In the invalid's chamber... No hand seemed more welcome than hers in alleviating the pains of the body; and indeed none more deserved the appellation of a ministering angel to the spirit winging it flight to regions beyond the skies. ... .. . ' - . .".'.'. X ... With remarkable fortitude of mind, the day before her dissolution she imparted to her weeping family special direction for her funeral, and when . the summons came, quietly and hopefully resigned her soul to Him whose service she loved whose praise was ever on her lina. I . i In the various relations of wife, mother, and member of a Christian Society, will her memory be blessed, as was abundantly confirmed by the large concourse at- renoing services, at Kev. Nr. 'Grimes' church; to all of whom the following lines may furnish a solace: t. -. ...... - WeP not for ber ! Her menofy he shrine Of pleasant thought, soft a the scent of flowers, ! - Calm as on windless eve the sun's decline, j Sweet as the song of birds among the bowers, ; ) iwon as a rainoow with its bue or light, -'u.' t Pure as the moonshine of an autumn,' night. 1 ' Weep not for her . , N.t i - February 3. Mrs. Scsan Bckbocghs, aged 6Q. Her death was hastened by a cold conrraeted while attending ehe funeral of ber neighbor,. (Mrs. Riley.) 1 The - eev-tral Benevolent Societies of which she was a member united in tribute to her worth at the May street Metk- uuiei ciiurcu. In Charlestewn,' Jan! 81, Mrs. Caxolot FowlkbI 88, widow of the late William Fowler. ' SPECIAL C02TRlBUTld5S To the American Anti-Slavery Society, in mid of tk - Y ct ef Tracts. . ' ., William Ashby, Newburyport. Mass?, ' ' . . , , t& CO Jacob Leonard. East Bridgewater, Mass., 0 60 Nathan Webster, Haverhill, ' J ' 0 60 Deborah Kimball, Hanover, " ..100 John C. Wy man, Boston, 100 Mrs.Owyna, " ? i ' : 1 00 John C Haynes, 6 00 Friends (by J. R. Brown) ia Barre, . . 9 25 Aaron Porter, Salem, 8 00 Samuel Watson, New Bedford," ; ' J r 1 00 Cornelius Cowing, West Roxbury, -t - g 00 George G. North, . ' .: .,100 Benjamin H. Smith. Rock port, - . 100 8. C W. Whitney, West DummerMon, Yt, 1 00 Wm. Boynton. New Ipswich. N. IL, 0 60 Sarah C Morrill. Manchester, " 1 00 Benj. Chase, (additional.) Auburn. N. H. 6 00 John W. Pound. Lock port, N. Y., 1 60 Mrs. Ann Richmond, Walworth, N. Y., 0 60 LucvM. Simmons. " ' - - 0 60 FRANCIS JACKSON, Treasurer. Boston, Feb. 7, 1855. . : fugitives in canada: The subscriber takes pleasure in announcing this pr ence in Boston and vicinity for a short time, and will thankfully receive such- pecuniary aid, for the cause he is promoting in Canada West, a the friends of humanity may p lease send to the care of Robxbt F. WallctT, 21 Cornhill. Boston, Feb. 6. 1855. HIRAM WILSON. . ADJOURNED MEETING. - - The public meeting which was held in Belknap street Church on Monday evening last, ia regard to the ease of those suffering friend of the fugitive slave, Rcssr R Sloan, of Sandusky, Ohio; and S. XL Booth, of Mil-waukie. Wisconsin, stands adjourned toTCIS (Friday) EVENING v Jan. 9, at the same Church, at half past 7 o'clock. ' Charles Lenox Remond,' Wm. Wells Brown, and other able rpeakers, will address the meeting. ' WM: WELLS BROWN, an Agent of the Ansri-' can Anti-Slavery Society, will hold meetings la ' Lanesville, . Friday, , Feb. 9. ,.r Manvltle, R. I., Sunday,' 7ll." GiobeViltage,Tiverton,Toeeday, ' -1S.T Wednesday, . :14. , TivertonFourCorncra, Thursday, . 15, .f Fall River, Mass, . Sunday, ' 18. BT SALLIE nOLLEY; an Agent of the Mans. Anti-Slavery Society, will speak in " , Bradford, Saturday ere'g, Haverhill. Sunday ; Grovelarfd. Tuesday ' Georgetown, Thursday Portsmouth.!!. Sunday , ; " Feb. 10. : 11. r. 13." M 14. Special Notice. Persons sending to this office for Tracts will pleise to say by what conveyance they hall be sent; whether by mail, or by express, and, if the latter, by what express, or in what other way. They will state, also, how many of each Tiact they require. Address Samvel Mat, Jr. FORTIETH THOUSAND ' Now Ready.- ' ' , 'J.. ..Y rpiIE continued favor which the public- hare shown ' A to the beautiful story of IDA HAY 'I is the best proof of its intrinsic excellence.- -,r ' 1 Tbe entire press, of the country, excepting inch as were averse to the discussion of the subject it Involves, have given it high praise. Whoever has read it, will carry the impression of its noble heroine through life. - ' -: .- '.;4 For sale by all Booksellers, ia one volume 12mo. Price, $1.25. 4 ; PUBLISHED BY ? ' PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & COMPANY, ' BOSTON; ' : 'v :' :t POSTSCRIPT! Messrs. PHILLTPS. SAMPSON . & CO. and rented the spacious building t ' have leased NO. 13 WINTER 8TXLTJZT, where their large stock of BOOKS may be examined. This establishment is believed to offer advantage to Booksellers, Librarians, Ac, unsurpassed in the United States. , . 2w ; t February 9. ' ' USC TXXS IMPRESSION MAGIC PAPER, For Writing without Pen or Ink, Copying Leaves, Plants, flowers, Pirlurts, Pattern for Embroidery, Marking Linen Indelibly, and TVT rrpHlS article i absolutely the best portable Inkstand A' in the known. world, for a small quantity folded and placed in the pocket constitutes a travelling inkstand which cannot be broken. No pen is needed, for .any stick, sharpened to a point, writes equally as well as the best gold pen in the universe. ; For drawing it is indispensable. It is, indeed, the whole art of Drawing and Painting taught in ore lessox. Any leaf, plant or flower ean be transferred to the page of an album with a. minute and distinct. resemblance of nature. .With equal facility, pictures and embroidery patterns are taken, and have received tbe highest eulogiums from the fair Bex; and, indeed, a more tasteful present for a lady could not be prodoced. - ' The Magic Paper will also mark Linen, or other articles, so as to remain perfectly indelible. All the washing in the world fails to bring it out. Any child can use it with perfect ease.; . With; this Magio Paper, likewise, ohe or roua copies of every letter written can be secured without any additional labor whatever, making it the cheapest article extant. H is used to great advantage by reporters of the public press teUgraphio 'operators and hosts of others. v Each package contains four different colors Black, Blue, Green and Red, with full and printed Instructions for all to use. and will last sufficieatly, long to obtain Five Hundred distinct Impressions, j . , ; - ? It is put np in beautifully enameled eotored envelopes, with a truthful likeness of the Proprietor attached. Each and every package warranted. t(J Peice 82 a Down ; or. Five for One Dollar. Single Packages, 25 Cents. . m ., , Address, post-paid, " . . V ' NT 1TUMBSLL, t:-; ' - - ' .167 Broadway, N. T iPENN MEDICAL TJNIVEBSITY. THE Ladies' Institute of the Pens Ksdisal Uniter-eity of Pennsylvania, located 419 Market street, Philadelphia, will commence iu Spring Term on the first Monday ia March; and' continue four months. Tbe facilities for acquiring sound medkfeleducation in this Institution are of a aaperior order; ,tbe teach-, ings are liberal, and free from all sectarian dogmas. Ladies desiring such an education are 'respectfully in vited to gk" ii weir attention. ror aanosmeemeata. containing terms, further particular. Ac. nieaea ad dress JOS. S. LONGSHORE. 410 Market street above Eleventh, Philadelphia. Februajy.9. . .2w -..:i Ck BOARDING AND DAY SCHOOL. MRS. n. BIBB WOULD inform her friends and former jtaireo, that she has resumed her school at Windsor, where she has made arrangements to bward, ia her family, pupils from a distance. Haying procured an assistant in the Ctwing Department, instruction will be given in tbe following branches : Reading, Writing Arithmetic,' Geography, Grammar. Physiology, Philosophy; History, Ptein Sewing, Knitting, Worsted Work. Leather - Work, PetwU Drawing, and Colored Crayon Painting, r , . T Persons in tbe 8tatee wishing to oooperata-with Mrs. Bibb, will please address her at Detroit, Michigan : in Canada, Windsor, (Canada WestY,; , -r Jan. 26.,,,, y.,, ., , , , tf , . .. "V -r I WAS SICZ; ANT YE "TISrTED Xd' THB subscriber, having been quite thcronhly educated by the Association of BeneSownta, will either visit the sick, disharmonized, inooavcaisnosd, at their dwellings, or will receive them at his place of abode, (MELnosEj Mass.) ; While charge will tte be made for services, offerings of grathade will ' be taaakfollj re eeived. j ,-, , -o- - . v. When desired, his daughter. M,r. 8. B. BoTLxn, will accompany him to record thinpw said. ' II may be addressed at Bela ' Ma nan's, IS Franklin street, Boston, fbr a temporary season.-- Love's Labors shonM be without hope of fee or reward. ; .. ; v ?; .'! Melrose is seven miles from Boston, ea the JtUtz. ' railroad. ' Residence, first noose east of the depot. Jnn. 26. JOHN U- tIAA. Mi ) T ! ( ) V

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