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region of his own making, aud assigning interfere ; and they return to their own to them all the dreadful punishments, al selfish pleasure, wrapt up in the comthe terrible employments, by which he placency of their own minds, though we thought that guilt ought to be visited. It tell them, that we want no more than the has always been imputed to that genius, expression of their voice, and that by their that it is in some degree absurd, by the silence they are increasing the miseries of extravagance of his fancied wretched ness. their fellow creatures. (Applause.) Gentlemen, I assure you, upon my per: Adam Smith, that most accurate anasonal authority, for I have read the book lyzer of our moral sympathies, puts this all the horrors of the dark fancy of Dante case: suppose a man, of what are called are exceeded, by the actual horrors which generous feelings, to sustain any little pass every day in our own islands, upon injury, we shall suppose about the edge of men whom we have torn from their own his nail : we all know what that man feels; country to put them there, protected by be works about it, and talks about it, and what we call our laws; shielded by what thinks of nothing but the scratch of his we term the charity of our religion ; sprung nail. Should you meet this man, and tell from the same origin with ourselves ; par- him that certain news had just been retakers of the same common naturc; des- ceived, that the whole empire of China had tined to the same immortality. (Cheers.) been swallowed up by a wave, and that
I repeat it, if there be a person here, three hundred millions of his fellow-creawho has not read this terrible and affecting tures had in a moment ceased to live, -record, let him go home, and let him not what is the case ? Why, says the learned stay till he has got and read the book. I re Doctor, with a perfect knowledge of, but peat the title again, « A Picture of Negro with a severe sarcasm on our nature, he Slavery, drawn by the Colonists them will utter some well-turned period on the selves"--what, in this presence, I could not precariousness of mortal life, look sad, -read one word of; and I know, that the he gets to the end of a division of the hardest beart I address, cannot read one street, and then returns to his nail again. page of it without feeling that heart beat (Laughter.) We, gentlemen, are not unquick ; that before he read another, his like the fancied case put by this profound blood will grow cold; and that he will moral philosopher. Here are we, an assemshut the book at last, astonished and con bly met for the subjugation and gradual founded at the atrocities which he, by his abolition of slavery, and yet, notwithsilence, should be the means of committing standing the acknowledged benevolence of upon those persons. (Applause.) I trust our designs, and though I delight to see that no squeamish delicacy will prevent any the respectability of this meeting, permit man or woman who hears me from going me to tell you, that even with all the unthrough every line of this work; that we wearied exertions of the office-bearers of will not spare ourselves the horror and the Society, we cannot count, out of all the laceration of heart, the sickness which its citizens of Edinburgh, more than five hundisgusting details inspire; but that we will dred contributors, to the extent of five go on to the end, and then, refuse to sign shillings a year. And yet, with that money, our petition if you can! (Cheers.)
what light have we not poured upon the The fact is, that contemplating what the public mind, with regard to the situation colonists themselves have told us is the of these poor creatures of slaves! What improved condition of their slaves ; it is shock have we not given to that system of to my mind, one of the most humiliating tyranny by which they are oppressed ! pictures of the weakness of our nature, It is worth while to observe what has been that we can speak and hear so coolly of done by these mites. The mite multiplied such a subject. We are living in the midst becomes a treasure ; and if these mites of our personal and domestic comforts; were poured in from one end of the island we rise in the morning, and the sun shines to the other, how many thousands might. on our employment; and we close the day not we save from the event of possible dein the midst of our pleasures, our busi- gradation! Why, then, are they withheld ? ness, and our families; but we consider The truth is, it is the anomaly of the evil not, during these last twenty-four hours, which prevents us from seeing it. We how many of these slaves have suffered all easily attach our sympathy to the case of that tyranny can inflict--all that hu- an individual sufferer, when we hear every manity can endure. We think, that, be groan, and see every tear, and detect every cause we attend a casual meeting, and quivering of every muscle; when we can sign our name to a petition, we have done follow him through the tale of his family enough ; and we do no more : and we meet woes, then our sympathies become flut. every day with the most sensible and tered, and we are all humanity. But when amiable persons, possessed of what is we can only describe wretchedness, by generally called a good heart, we ask counting islands in the ocean, and enuthem to think of this matter--we ask them merate by telling of hundreds, or thouto come here--they shake their heads, sands, or millions of sufferers, then our look grave, give a few sighs for suffering imagination is baffled in catching but one humanity, but tell us they do not like to individual case, and we fall back on the generality of our nature, and come to cannot be sure of success, that ought not repose upon its continuance, as we do to abate one jot of the holy ardour with upon the continuance of some of the evils which this cause ought ever to be purof the natural and moral universe, which, sued. Success is not in the power of though we may regret, we know that man man; but it is always in the power of man cannot remove. But could we only see a to use the means by which he thinks sucsingle slave for a single day, how different cess may most probably be attained. If would be our sensations ! I cannot tell we had yielded to despair, where was the you--imagination cannot conceive, por Reformation? Where the English Revowords express what their circumstances lution ? (Cheers.) Or where our redempare, even in an individual case. I can tion in this country from the persecutions only say, that in the circumstances of the in Scotland, a hundred and fifty years ago ! life of a single slave, every principle of (Immense applause. Success! you are human nature is subverted,--you have so blind if you look to the certainty of that conceived of all the extremity of distress in any mortal affairs; yet you are not the that man can sustain, and all the ex less to bear in mind, that the government tremity of insolence which power and self- of the world, so far as man is the instruishness can inflict,--you have the posses. ment, is in our own hands, and that gesion of life without the liver having the nerally. Yet we ought to remember, we mastery over his own limbs,- you have are accountable to Him who gave us this labour without property--families without power, for the use we make of it. And, lawful relation--wrongs without redress-- even when we fail, there is an elevation of punishment without guilt-minds in which sentiment-an independence of character memory can remember no early education --a consciousness of desire of usefulness,
-fancy anticipate no aged repose. (Mur. which sometimes make even failure a mur of applause.)
greater delight than ordinary success obAnd yet, with all this, and with the tained without a struggle, and for an imamost unfeigned delight in the appearance ginary or a ušeless end. (Applause.) Let presented to this meeting, if the funds of no man imagine he does his duty, by this Society shall be allowed to become sitting with his hands before him, and saybankrupt this year, as they were the last, ing, " There is a place a little way off, and if this meeting is to pass over, and our hemmed in with a circle of wretchedness ; petition, instead of carrying with it the the people are not of the same colour; great and united voice of our fellow.citi they speak not the same language with zens, shall be allowed to go forth to Par. us,--there is an interfusion of a little water liament with the suffrages of the few between us ; we do not hear their groans attached to it,-every observation I have we will not attend to them." Let every made will apply to every individual who man crush that ungenerous sentiment! now hears me, and who shall be conscious Let him remember, it is the person only of not having done what in him lies to put who does his duty, that is able aright to down this monstrous abuse. I know it is look the sun in the face, and say, “ it is a common sentiment--a sentiment only not my doing.” In my eyes, there is the more dangerous, because apparently nothing so utterly heartless and contempfounded upon reflection. "What can we tible, as the life and mind of that creature, do ? The thing has lasted a hundred years. who, wrapt up in his own ease, could hear Do you expect that this meeting is to do all this, and say, "I can't succeed in much good ? It will last a certain time, undoing it, and therefore I won't try to we cannot say how long; why disturb have it undone." ourselves, for we cannot succeed, or rather, My Lord, I beg leave to read the petigovernment will do it without us." My tion, which proceeds upon the resolutions Lord, I believe, as firmly as I believe in which have been moved by my friend. the ultimate progress of justice and truth, [The learned gentleman here read the that succeed we shall. (Applause.) I enter very excellent petitition of the citizens of tain no more doubt of it, than I do of any Edinburgh, which have appeared in sevefuture moral good. There is nothing I ral of the public prints, and sat down amid anticipate more confidently on this earth, great applause.] than that all the West Indian islands, which now present to the eye of man some THE CASE OF THE MARINERS' CHURCH picture of the wretchedness of another
- New ORLEANS. world, will yet be the abode, not merely of There annually visit New Orleans from the English language, but of the princi- seven to ten thousand seamen ; and their ples of the English Government, and the number is constantly increasing. They principles and practice of the Christian re- are principally natives of Great Britain ligion. (Applause.) I do anticipate, my and of the Northern States of America. Lord, a long reign of guilt in these for the moral and religious instructies of islands, favoured by nature with every this large, highly-interesting, and imporbeauty, and yet cursed only by the selfish tant class of strangers, no provision whatever ness of man. But I say, that though we is made. On the contrary, the temptations were not to succeed, or rather, though we to a departure froin a course of moral and virtuous conduct are open, numerous, and Society, desirous at once to supply their pressing. This is specially true on the own immediate vicinity, and the valley of Sabbath. Too often the young and un- the Mississippi, with English and French wary, on finding themselves beyond the Scriptures, and at the same time co-opeparental roof and parental voice, are hur- rate with the British and Foreign and ried away, to the loss of health, character, American Bible Societies, in circulating and life. Benevolent merchants and others the Spanish Scriptures through the new in New Orleans, on learning what has Republics, are obliged to state, that in been done in London, Dublin, Liverpool, their peculiar situation, they can personNew York, and elsewhere, for seamen, ally do but little. Their desire is to aid hare, in order to co-operate in the same in the support of some active and intelli. work, formed themselves into a Mariners' gent agent, whose express business it shall Church Society. Their primary object is be to accomplish these objects. Experito erect a building, and support a preacher, ence has already proved, that any other for seamen. They feel, that, in order that mode of co-operation will effect their obthe efforts made for mariners in other sea- jects but partially, and not at all to the ports may not be counteracted, but sus- extent both desired and practicable. While lained in New Orleans, a Bethel Institu- upon many parts of the European Contition must be planted there ;-that while nent, it is a crime to read the Scriptures, the Bethel flag is already waving over the --in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Thames, the Mersey, the Clyde, and the Chili, and Buenos Ayres, the priests are Hudson,—the time is come when it must desirous not only of purchasing for themalso be unfurled over the dark and hitherto selves, but of circulating them among the neglected waters of the Mississippi.
people. Shall enlightened Protestants They design that the same edifice which neglect such an opening and such a moserves for the Mariners' Church, shall also ment to send among their awekening Cabe used as a Sabbath School, and serve as tholic brethren those Scriptures, which, a depository for Bibles and Tracts. The while bestowing so many temporal, and connexions of Louisiana with the adjoin social, and political blessings, also make ing and the Western States, and with the wise unto eternal life ? new Republics of Mexico and Guatemala, To procure the land, erect a suitable are so numerous and intimate, that greater building, and endow it with funds adefacilities for the circulation of the Scrip quate to the support of a mariner's tures in these countries are possessed at preacher, and of an agent for the Bible New Orleans, than in any other American Society, a large sum will be required. city. South of the United States, and Measures have already been taken in the north of the Isthmus of Darien, is a popu- American Atlantic cities to secure their lation of about nine millions, who are, aid; and liberal assistance is offered in with scarcely an exception, destitute of the New York, Boston, &c. Whatever sum word of life. The recent political changes is collected in Great Britain, is to be dein these and the other Hispano-American posited in Liverpool or London. States, hare broken down many barriers T his case is strongly recommended, and which have hitherto obstructed the circu- subscriptions will be gratefully received in lation of the Sacred Writings. The door London, by Mr. William Skinner, Secreis now opening through wbich the Bible tary to the Religious and Charitable Instiis to pass to the heart of the American tution House, 32, Sackville Street, PiccaCatholic Church. Indeed so liberal are dilly, to whom also any donations can be the Catholics in Colombia, that a Bible sent by letter, specifying the object; or by Society has been organized in Bogota, Colonel Aspinwall, i, Bishopsgate Church which has for its President, the Secretary Yard; or by R. H. Marten, Esq. 40, Comof State for Foreign Affairs. In Mexico, mercial Sale Rooms, Mincing Lane ; or a kindred liberal spirit is extending. In by Professor Shedd, 20, Keppel Street, Tampico, Alvarado, Rio Grande, and other Russell Square. towns on the Gulph of Mexico, the inhabitants have purchased, at advanced prices,
NOTICES, many copies of the New Testament, sent
The next monthly exercise will be held thither in vessels from New Orleans. A
on Thursday, April 6th, at Mr. Blackshort time since, a Spanish gentleman, who had been driven from Havannah on
burn's, Claremont Chapel, Pentonville, account of suspected political opinions,
when Mr. Stratten, of Paddington, wilí
preach. Subject, “The Evidence of Chriscalled at New Orleans, on his way to Mexico. While at the office of the collec
tianity derived from Miracles.”
Tlie Suffolk Society in aid of Missions, tor for the port, who is President both of
will be held at Bury St. Edmonds, on the Louisiana Bible Society, and of the Mariners' Church Society, he, unsolicited,
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the
17th, 18th, and 19th of April next. The purchased fifty Spanish Testaments to take with him.
Committee to meet at three o'clock on The managers of the Louisiana Bible Monday afternoon.
minn COMMUNICATIONS have been received during the past month from the Rev. Dr. Winter
-Dr. J. P. Smith-W. Orme-J. Churchill-W. Ellis-W. Chaplin--D. E. Ford T. Keyworth--J. Hoppus--R. Pool--J. S. Hine--G. Redford J. Matheson--R. Vaughan-J. Fletcher--J. H. Cox. Also from Messrs. Royston--J. Tarn--J. Pitman--S. Brown--James Edmeston-W.
Bateman--G. Cunningham A Friend to Missions--Amicus A. K.-J. M.-K. K. .-A.-Cedman.
D. E. F. will perceive his remarks have been anticipated by another correspondent.-W.C. does indeed ask “ too much," when he requests the insertion of his turgid « lines,” in this or any future number of our work.
Investigator, having observed in some recent numbers of the Missionary Chronicle, that two converts from popery were baptized by our Missionaries in India, begs to ask, Is it intended generally to deny the validity of baptism as administered by the Romish Church? or is there any peculiarity in the Romish mode of administering that ordinance in the East which warrants this anabaptism? as he conceives serious inconvenience may result from the hasty adoption of such a course.
We thank A. B. for his friendly hints, which generally harmonize with our own wishes, but he must be aware that very considerable difficulty exists in selecting subjects for the graver, which are at once popular and appropriate.
Mr. E. Pullen will oblige us by a note to the Publisher, informing us in what way he would wish his books returned, and how they shall be addressed.-Our venerable correspondent, J. A. refers us to the following passage in Doddridge's Life of Col. Gardiner, $ 36--(I hope the world will be particularly informed, that there is at least a second (case like the Colonel's,) whenever the Established Church shall lose one of its brightest ornaments, and one of the most useful members which that, or perhaps any other christian communion can boast,"--and wishes to inquire to whom the Doctor alluded? and what were the extraordinary circumstances of his case, which made it only second to that of Gardiner ?
Apropos, on the subject of Doddridge's Life of the Colonel, our northern correspondent H., who led us and our readers astray, by a communication which appeared in our last September Magazine, and for which he was gently chastised by Z. Z. in our Supplement, bas bowed to that correction in terms which we think must satisfy that gentleman.--" I feel myself called upon to acknowledge my error in not having looked into Dr. Doddridge's Memoir before writing those strictures upon a part of it, on which friend Z. Z. has taken the trouble to explain to me that I have been fighting a shadow.”
We have to express sincere regret to our friend “a Yorkshireman," that he should have been troubled to write a second letter, as his first was duly received, but not acknowledged, as it was unintentionally thrown aside with some other papers. • The papers of Delta, “on Religion in London," cannot appear. We fear, indeed, such instances of inconsistency may be too easily found amongst our fashionable professors, but we cannot admit their general occurrence.
If “the Entrances” to which Cedman refers, have any architectural character, and will make agreeable pictures, we shall be happy to receive the drawings he kindly offers, The article to which J.C. refers, shall be returned as he directs, if not shortly inserted.
We thank our .venerable friend, An Observer, for his shrewd remarks on a recent review of the Glasgow Controversy, which we must, however, decline to insert, as we can assure him it must be something more important than the ordinary articles of the Miscellany to wbich he refers, which can justify the opening of our pages even to his able replies.
The papers of " a Country Minister,” and of “a London Congregational Minister," on the Scottish Missionary Society, in our next.
Did Amicus A. K. ever read the Fable of “the Old Man and his Ass?" we can assure him it is illustrated in the case of the Portrait to which he refers us, which has been much approved by many by our subscribers, and was engraved froin a beautiful drawing from the pencil of no mean artist.
K. K. had better send his verses to “ the beloved Pastor,” to whom they are addressed, as they can never be acceptable in any other quarter, and we should doubt, indeed, of their acceptance even there.
"* A Friend of Missions” begs us to insert the following errata,_"they refer,” he says, “ to points of no great consequence; but it may be as well to correct them, to prevent any advantage being taken of them as errors."
p. 128, col. 1, 1. 10. To the Hibernian School Society, to 1815, read, to 1825. p. 132, col. 1. 1.7, Exclusive of Two hundred guineas from the London and Baptist
Missionary Societies, read, Five hundred guineas. p. 162, col. 1. for the ship Dolphin, read Devonshire.