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my fault.”

down, since I am very sorry for band was unceasingly desiring

The enraptured her to inform him what could mother, as she clasped her child be done to afford her ease. But to her bosom, and exclaimed, I do she knew nut how to satisfy forgive you, my daughter, lifted him. While the whole family up her

eyes to heaven, and si- with their friends were thus in. Jently breathed out her grati. volved in agony and apprehentude, that in the time of hersion, the daughter of whom we distress she had had it in her have just related a juvenile anheart to sacrifice a pair of pal. ecdote, and who had now arrivtry jewels, to procure a treasure, ed at the years of full discretion, which she was every day expe- silently went to the table, and riencing, in most unexpected taking the family bible, sat by ways, to be indeed of great her mother's bed-side. She price.

asked her no question ; she only Many years did not elapse, he caught her eye; that eye apfore new and unforeseen events peared to say, you are the best restored this humble, peaceable, physician, my daughter. She happy family to the prosperity opened at the fifteenth chapter and splendour it had once en- of the first epistle to the Corinjoyed. Their trials had not thians, at the middle of which been inflicted upon them in vain. she began, and read in an audiThey had learnt a lesson of re- ble voice till she arrived at the ligion, and especially they felt fifty-fifth verse. She was about with so strong a force the value to proceed, when her dying of the word of God, that they mother caught hold of her arm, could not contemplate their late and said, Stop, my daughter, adversity with the least emo- let me repeat ihe next verse : tions of regret. They still con- O death, where is thy sting ? tinued in the daily practice of O grave, where is thy victory? reading a portion of its contents; In a few moments she calmly the eharacter of every member expired. of the family in consequence re- The daughter, who bore so ceived a higher tone of eleva. conspicuous a part in this intertion, was imbued with more esting sceno, is now in posses, seriousness, and enjoyed a rich- sion of her mother's bible, and er calm, than the influence of what with the impressive recolany other book could possibly lections connected with that bestow.

event, together with the unutWhen Mrs. Olney was at. terable value of the book itself, tacked with ber last illness, she and the pleasure of following was one day so restless and agi. her mother's example, in all tated, that no anodyne could that relates to it, she estimates soothe her to repose. The phy. “the family bible” far higher sician who was called, declared, than the rest of the portion 6 She has a fever, which I can- which fell to her lot. not allay." Her afflicted hus.

PROGRESS OF LIGHT

ON THE CONDITION OF THE AFRICANS IN

THIS COUNTRY.

The apathy which lias gen- entitled to their liberty. Under erally prevailed in regard to this impression many are disthe condition of that part of the posed to emancipate them, but population of our country which are not willing to turn them has been deprived of the rights loose without education upon of man and doomed to slavery, the community. The Societies must be astonishing to men of to which I allude seem to be in reflection and benevolence. Norfavour of colonization. To a can it fail to give them pleasure petition circulated under the to know that the eyes of many auspices of the Abolition Sociare opening on this awful sub- ety of Tennessee to the legislaject. The foilowing informa- ture of that state for some legistion has been collected from Jative provision in the case, two letters, written by Evan there were upwards of 1500 sigThomas, jun. of Baltimore. natures ; and as an evidence of The first was dated in July, their earnest desire for the con1816, and addressed to Richard summation of their request, Phillips, of London. In speak- many of the slave-holders were ing of the salutary influence of so particular as to write oppoBible Societies in this country, site to their pames • slave-holdthe writer observes :

er.' In this state emancipation “ Amongst the numerous sal- seems to be the order of the day atary effects which result from - many families of the first rank the influence of gospel light, håve recently manumitted their the meltoration of the condition slaves-few die now without of the enslaved Africans, and a making provision for their engeneral disposition to emanci- largement." pate, them are conspicuous. I expect very soon to have Not more than 40 years ago, it in my power to announce to when my father proclaimed lib- thee, the organization of a socierty to those in his possession, ety in this city for the meliorait excited the greatest alarm tion of the condition of the Afrin throughout the state, and every effort which sophistry could sug- 5 I regret that I cannot give gest was made to induce him thee an account of the last anto retract. Now emancipation nual exhibition of the African seems to engage the attention Academy in this citybut it is of all ranks. Societies are with much satisfaction that I forming in the midst of the can state that there is an evi. slave states, in some instances dent increase of attention to the almost exclusively by slave literary education of the black holders, for the express purpose and colored people.” of promoting that interesting 6. Ever since my return from measure. Formerly the right England, I have reflected with to hold slaves was scarcely ever surprise and regret upon the questioned ; now it is admitted continuance of the cruel unon all sides that they are justly christian penal code, which annually hurls into eternity. so of Jaạ. 1817, from which we many of your athletic, ingenu- select the following passages : ous and enterprising young men,

can race.”

66 Some time last summer a who might under a more humane few individuals compassionatsystem have been made useful ing the deplorably neglected and valuable subjects. I wish condition of the numerous colthe people of England could oured people of this city, and take a view of our penitentiary, persuaded of the truth of the and see how we manage the scriptural declaration--He banditti, which are poured upon hath made of one blood all the our shores from all parts of the nations of them that dwell upon world. It would be a spectacle the earth,' associated for the not easily effaced from their re: purpose of imparting useful collection : instead of foul and learning to them. Three hungloomy apartments, and clank- dred pupils immediately preing chains, they would see open sented themselves. In a short and airy rooms, free from close time the number of pupils inoffensive smells, walls as white creased to upwards of one thouas snow, and foors as clean as sand. The association formed they can be scrubbed. On all itself into a society, assumed sides the busy artisans ply sed- the title of · The African Free ulously and silently at their School Society, and adopted several occupations. Smiths, rules and regulations for the nail-makers, spinners, weavers, government of the Institution.” shoe-makers, tailors, and a long 66 Such has been the progress train of manufacturers in their of these pupils such their deproper apartments, present to sire to improve their intellectual the eye of the spectator such a faculties such their attention soene of active industry, order to decorum and good order and comfort, as to cause him to that a very lively interest has lose sight of punishment, and to been excited, not only in the consider himself in the midst, Society but amongst the differas it really is, of a very thriv- ent individuals who have visiting manufactory. They would ed the establishment.” also see that, notwithstanding “ Thus by the blessing of there is a regular and ample Providence a number of our felsupply of excellent provisions, low beings, who have been exsuch as beef, &c. furnished to isting in a state of deplorable the criminals, their labour is ignorance, in an age termed the found to be quite adequate to most enlightened, are about to their maintenance, fact of partake of one of the greatest the utmost importance, as it is blessing, of civilized life-useconclusive evidence of the ex- ful learning.” pediency of the institution. 64 Good fruits are already apThe state is not only at no ex- parent ; more than two thirds pense for their maintenance, of our pupils are rapidly adbat is actually benefitted by vancing in their studies, and extheir labours.

hibit in their deportment a con-. Second Letter.

descension and decorum creditThis letter was dated the 12th able to any people."

300

* The whole 'may be thus characterized :

1st. Blacks, native Afrioans or descendants, * 2d. Mixed race-from whites and blacks, whites and na

tive Indians, native Indians and blacks, Asiatics and

whites, Asatice and blacks, “ 3d. Aboriginals, < 4th. Asiatics, principally Malays,

800

Total,

1100

POETRY.

CHRISTMAS HYMN-BY G, CARSEER.

Men of Peace and Warriors. SING hymns to God, ye sons of peace : Ye sons of war the battle ends : The sounds of war and battle cease i Embrace your enemies as friends ; The Prince of peace is come :

In love together meet : No longer foes in armour shine, The helmet, sword and quiver yield, No longer roars along the line And freely cast the spear and shield The loud, tremendous drum.

At Jesus' peaceful feet.

No longer garments, whelm'd in blood, Confess that cruel was your rage,
Offend your sight, no more the flood And let not hist'ry's glaring page
Of crimson dies the plain ;

Again delude mankind ;
No longer murder's rapid car For ravag'd fields and towns in flames
Rolls fiercely, in the field of war, Add no just glory to your names,
O'er mountains of the slain.

Nor dignify the mind.

INTELLIGENCE.

SECOND ANNUAL REPORT OF THE
MASSACHUSETTS PEACE SOCIETY.

lar to each member. From this state ment it must be evident that the pecu.

niary means have not comported with On this Second Anniversary of the the magnitude of the object~PEACE Massachusetts Peace Society its offi. ON EARTH.. cers have the pleasure of announcing At the Annual Meeting of the last to their brethren, that the God of year there remained on hand, of the peace has smiled on the efforts for Sermon on War 590 copies--of the diffusing the pacific principles of his first Circular Letter 230.These, ex. beloved Son,--and has given great en; cepting a few copies, have been gracouragement for more powerful and tuitously distributed ; and 1500 copies persevering 'exertions.

of a second Circular Letter have been It is however proper to observe, printed for the Committee of Inquiry, that in representing the success of the and distributed by them. In addition Society as great, respect is had to the to these the Executive Committee means employed. In any other view have distributed 355 copies of the great effects are not to be expected Solemn Review,

and 2696

of the sev, from such limited means as have hith. eral Numbers of the Friend of Peace. erto been at the command of the Ex. This statement includes what the ecutive Committee, The funds of members of the society have received the Societv have principally consisted according ty the Constitution. of the annual subscriptions of one dol. The gratuitous distributions bare Vol. VI.-No. 1.

not been confined to this State nor to Editors of Newspapers and Periodical. the United States ; they have been ex- Works, this society is under obliga. tended to Canada, Nova Scotia and tions for friendly and gratuitous aid in New-Brunswick, on this continent ; to the good cause France and Russia, on the continent The Divine influence in favour of of Europe ; to Asia, by the Congrega peace has not been confined to the tional and Baptist Missionaries ; to United States. We bave friends and various parts of the island of Great coadjutors in the neighbouring British Britain, and to St. Domingo So far Provinces, and in different parts of as information has been obtained the Europe. In London a Society has Tracts have been gratefully received, been formed for the Promotion of and have generally procured friends to Permanent and Universal Peace, bethe objects of the society. It has been tween which and this society a corresparticularly the aim of the Executive pondence has commenced." The letCommittee to excite the attention of ter from the London Society, of June men of intelligence and respectability, 18th, informs that they had then printwhose opinions and exertions would ed 32,000 Tracts, besides 20,000 copies have influence on others.

In this at. of an Address to the public ; and that tempt they have been successful they were preparing to translate some

In the course of the last year the of their Tracts into foreign languages, society has been increased by the ad. anul to introduce the subject among dition of 131 members. The whole the neighbouring nations. From the number, so far as reports have been character of several of their Commitmade, is 304"--of which 80 are minis- tee, whose names are known in this ters of religion ; and the greater part country, we may anticipate perseverof the new members are persons of ing exertions and favourable results. respectable standing and influence. In the enumeration of auspicious

But in estimating the prospects of occurrences, the letters from His Majsuccess we'are not limited to what has esty the Emperor of Russia, and His been done by this society, we may Excellency Prince Galitzin are worthy justly take into view the exertions of of particular notice,-as containing a others in the same cause.

pledge that their power and infloIn our own country twó societies ence shall be employed in striving to have been formed in the course of the secure to the nations the blessings of year--the Peace Society of Maine, that peace which they now enjoy." anıl the Cayuga Peace Society. Sev. Nor should their condescension and eral others have been proposed if not goodness be forgotten in sending their actually established.

letters in our own language. We can The Society in Ohio has been divid. hardly conceive how their letters ed into four organized branches ; and could have more clearly expressed the last accounts stated a probability their approbation of the object of the that another branch would soon be society, or have been better adapted formed, including a part of Indiana.. to encourage our hearts The Ohio Society has published in On receiving these letters, believing the course of the year 8000 copies of it would be agreeable to Prince Galit. several Numbers of the Friend of 'zin, the Trustees elected him an Hon. Peace, the most of which had been orary Member of the Massachusetts disposed of in October. The society Peace Society-which measure they consists of more than 100 members, hope will be approved by this meetamong whom are some respectable ing. clergymen and statesmen.

Many agreeable letters have beery Several of the pamphlets which received in the course of the year ; have been circulated by the Massachu. from which, as well as from verbal in. setts Peace Society, bave gone through telligence, it appears that prior to the five or six editions in different parts establishment of Peace Societies, a of this country ;--all of them have far greater number of Christians than been reprinted, excepting the last Cir. was generally supposed, had been cular Letter and the Tenth Number shocked by the contrast between the of the Friend of Peace: To the New. spirit and practice of war, and the England Tract Society, and to several precepts and example of the Messiah.

* More than 20 Rames have since been reported,

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