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so that many thousands of slaves may be redeemed without any cost of their redemption! Can this almost universal feeling--this almost universal change of heart—have taken place, without the intervention of the Spirit of God! And if it be noble to emancipate, how much more noble to make these people by due preparation the instruments to elevate, from savage barbarity to Christian light and knowledge, their brethren, the benighted inhabitants of Africa. Thus speaks that eminent British philanthropist, while the pigmy abolitionists of our country insult heaven and earth with their railing and vituperation against this heaven-born institution.
Philanthropy, and even religion itself, has wept over scenes which have recently transpired in the city of New-York, this emporium of benevolent institutions, in which an organized conspiracy has been instituted, claiming a kindred affiliation with the Christian enterprises of the age, and aiming not merely at the prostration of the Colonization Society ; but attempting to fix a stigma on the colony itself, and the character of the colonists, by means of a worthless renegade from Liberia, who was employed to slander the colony from which he had clandestinely escaped, and whose falsehood and calumny implicated our missionaries, as well as the whole emigrant and native population of the settlement. Happily the baseness of this outrage upon decency aroused the indignation of the insulted community, and brought upon its authors merited disgrace. The cause of colonization, here as elsewhere, will thrive the more rapidly, under such unnatural and unchristian combinations against it.
Finally, in the American Colonization Society, maugre all the injustice and malignity of its adversaries, we see the last, best hope for African melioration, and the only safe and practicable method in which the abolition of slavery can be promoted. If this . consummation devoutly to be wished,' be ever attained, it is obvious that it must be done by the voluntary action of the south; and that it will only be delayed, if it be not defeated, by any attempt on the part of the north either to hasten or coerce it. Under such convictions, we deprecate the formation of the Anti-Slavery Society—and still more the inflammatory harangues of its meetings and its incendiary publications—as a grievous calamity to the slaves, and a still worse calamity to our free people of color. And it is because we ardently desire the voluntary and universal emancipation of slavery in the land, as well as the present and future welfare of the free, that we thus regret the infatuation of these mistaken anti-colonizationists. What have they effected by their raving, their railing, and their violent abuse of the south? What slaves have been emancipated by their means? Where the instance of immediate abolition' resulting from their speeches or their publications? For every contribution they prevent to the American Colonization Society of the amount of thirty dollars, they doom one of their fellow men to perpetual slavery! And we repeat the language of one of our most intelligent and respectable men of color, who said of one of these prominent abolitionists :- I regard that man as one of the worst enemies of the people of color ; for he is digging a pit for their destruction.'
Meanwhile the American Colonization Society is gradually increasing the number of its emigration; and only waits for public
liberality to remove more than ten thousand slaves, who are now ready to be emancipated by humane masters, -upon whose hearts and consciences the genius of colonization and of Christianity have unitedly impressed the duty of immediate abolition.' And upon the great names, which have been loaned to the anti-slavery or anti-colonization cause, is thus rolled the tremendous responsibility of hindering this god-like design. Yes; the money expended in this worthless crusade in favor of immediate abolition, and against our society, would emancipate scores and hundreds, who, with their posterity, will probably live and die in slavery. And yet these mistaken visionaries make pretensions to exclusive friendship to the cause of abolitiontraverse sea and land to make proselytes—and even import foreign slanderers, to enlighten our countrymen on their duty to the colored population, and instruct us in the constitution and laws of our own country!
But our beloved colony, under the smiles and benediction of a kind Providence, will soon put to silence and to shame all the calumny and predictions of its enemies. Already our own missionaries and those of our sister denominations are engaged in the blessed work of teaching the way of salvation to the colonists, and their heathen neighbors. Other missionaries, and teachers, both white and colored, are nearly ready to embark in this holy enterprise; and hundreds more will follow, prepared to labor and to die in this blessed cause, hallowed as it is by the blood of so many Christian martyrs. Colony after colony will be planted along the coast. Other states will follow the illustrious example of Maryland, by yielding the public treasure to this work; and not merely at Cape Palmas, and Cape Montserado, and Cape Mount, but along the whole coast, until colony shall meet colony-until, as we confidently trust and believe, the ultimate triumph of the cause shall be seen and acknowledged to be of God, and not of man.
And without being solicitous as to the mere channels through which the streams of benevolence may flow, whether through the parent society or state societies, we rejoice in the hope, that the exiled children of Africa will be restored to her bosom, and bind up her wounds, by the destruction of that unhallowed traffic in human flesh and blood, which has for three centuries been the fruitful source of such unutterable ills, and elevate from savage barbarism her one hundred and fifty millions to a participation in the blessings of commerce, civilization, and religion. Then, indeed, shall · Ethiopia stretch forth her hands unto God ;' and from every hamlet of regenerated Africa, the school house and the church spire shall be seen in hallowed sisterhood while the voice of the instructed child, and the hymn of the joyful saint, shall ascend in mingled melody before His throne.
HOUSE OF REFUGE. Ninth Annual Report of the Managers of the Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Delinquents, in the city and state of New-York.
This is a charity for which thousands will have reason to thank God. Those little vagrants who are thrown upon the community, either for want of parents or guardians to provide for them, or from a wayward disposition which impels them to break through all parental restraint, are here taken in, provided for, instructed in the elementary branches of an English education, and in religion, and also practically taught the habits of industry and economy. After this course of education and discipline, at a suitable age and time, they are either bound to a trade, put out to serve in some good families, or sent to sea.. Evidence is presented in the report before us that many of these have been entirely reclaimed from their erratic course and irregular habits, and have become steady and industrious, and are now doing well in the world. The report states, that
• This institution, which commenced its duties in the year 1824, has, from that time up to the present, received within its walls, subject to its discipline and instruction, 1262 children. Of this number, 968 were boys, and 294 girls. During the same period, 1033 children have been parted with principally by indenturing ; leaving now in the Refuge 229, of whom 186 are boys, and 43 girls.'
In confirmation of the favorable influence of this institution on the morals and habits of youth, many facts are adduced; and then the report goes on to say, that,
• In addition to the facts, showing the importance of the Refuge and the advantage of our system of discipline, we might refer the legislature to the high encomiums which have been passed upon it by Edward Livingston, whose great talents and pure and philosophic mind have been especially devoted to the improvement of his fellow beings, by reforming the existing abuses in the criminal codes of our country. We might also add, that the discriminating De Beaumont and Toqueville, commissioners from France for the examination of the prisons in this country, gave their decided approbation to the system and plan of the New-York House of Refuge, and recommended its adoption in France.'
SINCERITY REWARDED. An Anecdote, -Hegiage was a celebrated Arabian warrior, but ferocious and cruel. Among a number of prisoners whom he had condemned to death, was one who, having obtained a moment's audience, said, "You ought, sir, to pardon me, because one day, when Abdarrahman was cursing you, I represented to him that he was wrong; and ever since that time I have lost his friendship.' Hegiage asked him if he had any witness of his having done this; and the soldier mentioned another prisoner, who was likewise about to suffer death. The prisoner was called and interrogated; and having confirmed the fact, Hegiage granted the first his pardon. He then asked the witness, . If he likewise had taken his part against Abdarrahman?' But he, still respecting truth, answered, that he had not, because he believed it was not his duty so to do.' Hegiage, notwithstanding his ferocity, was struck with the prisoner's greatness of spirit. Well,' said he, after a moment's pause, 'suppose were to grant you your life and liberty, should you be still my enemy?' No, said the prisoner. That's enough, said Hegiage,
your bare word is sufficient; you have given undoubted proof of your love for truth. Go, preserve that life that is less dear to you than honor and sincerity: your liberty is the just reward of your virtue.'