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Venus [ $ ] will be Evening Star until March 2d, then Morning Star until Decembe...
JANUARY, 1846—31 Pays*
Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. SunonMer.
First Quar. 4
Full Moon, 12
Third Quar. 20
New Moon, 27
H. M.
MARCH, 1846—31 Days. APRIL, 1846—30 Days.
Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer. Moon - Phases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer.
MAY, 1846—31 Days.
Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. Sun. on Mer
First Quar. 3
Full Moon, 11
Third Quar. 17
New Moon, 24
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JUI5Y, 1846—31 Pays.
* Moon's Phasesj New-Yr
rk. Sun on ]V
First Qwar.
Full Moon,
Third Quar. 15
New Moon, 23
First Quar. ...
SEPTEMBER, 18 46—30 Days.
Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer
Full Moon, 5
Third Quar. 12
New Moon, 20
First Quar. 28
H. M....
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It will take the light of eternity to reveal all the influences that have
speculation of the time. What a delightful piece of pious financiering it was,
to take the funds from the Hackensack Bridg...
results. Is the Bible in favor of such things—of ignorance, vice, and wretch-
edness—of falsehood, and debauchery, and mur...
opposition to slavery. Can it be expected to extirpate what it regards, with
indulgence or complacency. To expect, then, t...
giance one and all to these as a manifestation of the Godhead ? Were we not
thus brought to clasp hands and unite hearts i...
It is needed, because the National Government, under all its successive
administrations, has been unrighteously w...
This question is comparatively a new one, with the greater part of
abolitionists themselves. A...
power'''—"to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying
into execution all the foregoing powers."
by placing the administration of the general government in right hands. Let
us look, then, for a moment, at the brighter s...
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held as property till twenty-five, as t...
ces, and in expending thirteen millions annually on the sea and land, by the
army and navy, to keep three millions of slav...
on earth; and every return of the census shows that this heathenism is
increasing more rapidly than in any other land unde...
Of the fourteen presidential terms, now expired since the formation of the
"Allow me to relate a fact, which occurred the spring of this year, illus-
trative of the character and knowledge of the n...
Millions -of the human family may, in this republic be reckoned up, men, wo-:
men, an...
American Slavery is a System of Murder,
American slavery is a system of murder. Everything distinctively human in
its vict...
remorse for the ruin and wretchedness they had brought upon the country;
laughing at their own safety and security."
And w...
At the General Anti-Slavery Conference held in Londo...
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
Anti-Slavery Almanac of 1846
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  3. 3. CUSTOMARY NOTES, &c, FOR THE YEAR 1846. " Venus [ $ ] will be Evening Star until March 2d, then Morning Star until December 15th, then Evening Star until October 3d, 1847. The Moon will run highest, this year, about the 22d degree of [ n] Gemini, and lowest about the 22d degree of [ t ] Sagittarius. Latitude of Herschel fJ£l] about 41' south this year. Longitude of the Moon's Ascending [a ] in the middle of this year, 7 signs, 4 degrees. Mean obliquity of the Ecliptic in the middle of this year ; 23° 27' 33.5". True obliquity, same time, 23° 27' 25.3". Ascension Day May 21 Whit Sunday (Pentecost) May 31 Trinity Sunday ..... .-.June 7 CHRONOLOGICAL CYCLES. Dominical Letter D. Golden Number, or Lunar Cycle 4 Epact, or Moon's age Jan. 1st 3 Solar Cycle 7 Roman Indiction. . > 4 Julian Period 6559 MOVEABLE FEASTS. Easter Sunday April 12 Rogation Sunday May 17 Advent Sunday Nov EQUINOXES AND SOLSTICES. D. H. M Vernal Equinox, March 20 6 50 ev. Summer Solstice, June 21 3 36 ev. Autumnal Equinox, Sept, 23 5 34 mo. Winter Solstice, Dec , . .21 11 15 ev. ECLIPSES IN THE YEAR 184G. There will be two Eclipses only this year, and both of the Sun. I. On the 25th of April the Sun will be Eclipsed on the southern limb. Principal Cities Beginning. Greatest Eclipse. End. Duration. Magnitude. H. M. ... • 10 41 mora. 10 12 morn. 11 15 mom. 9 50 morn. 10 51 mom. 10 22 morn. 10 46 mom. 9 51 morn. 10 37 morn. 9 56 morn. 10 35 mom. 9 30 mom. 10 29 morn. 10 17 mora. 10 3 mom. 9 4 morn. H. M. 11 57 mom. 11 28 morn. 36 ev. 10 58 morn. 17 ev. 11 4i mom. 8 ev. 11 4 morn. 11 -59 mora. 11 13 mora. 11 58 morn. 10 42 morn. 11 53 mom. 11 43 mom. 11 32 mom. 10 27 mora. H. M. 1 12 ev. 40 ev. 1 54 ev. 10 ev. 1 38 ev. 1 ev. 1 30 ev. 22 ev. 1 22 ev. 33 ev. 1 21 ev. noon. 1 19 ev. 1 11 ev. 1 5 ev. 11 57 morn. H. M. 2 31 2 28 2 39 2 20 2 44 2 38 2 44 2 31 2 45 2 37 2 46 2 30 2 50 2 54 3 2 2 53 Digits. 5.72 Detroit, 5.38 6 60 5.00 6.83 6.27 6.96 5 76 7.00 6.00 Washington, St. Louis, 712 5.68 7.50 7.92 Charleston, New Orleans, 8.68 8.10 This Eclipse will be visible throughout the United States, excepting the North-western corner of the Oregon Territory ; also throughout Mexico, Texas, West Indies, Great Britain, Ireland and Iceland ; together with the southern part of Greenland, the northern part of South Ameriea, and the Western parts of Europe and Africa. It will be central and annu- lar on the meridian in latitude 25° 21' North, and longitude 74° 31' West from Greenwich, or 30' West from the meridian of New York. Magnitude at London, 3.32 digits. II. There will be an Eclipse of the Sun on the 20th of October, at the time of New Moon in the morning, invisible in America. The Eclipse will be visible through the greater part of Africa and of Australia. The central Eclipse (which will be annular) will commence in Africa in latitude 6° 44' North, and longitude 0° 32' West from Greenwich, and terminate bi Australia in lat. 23° 51' South, and long. 126° 5' East. In its progress it will cross the north- ern part of Madagascar, and be central and annular on the meridian in lat. 19° 22' South, and long. 58° 41' East from Greenwich. Magnitude of the Eclipse at the Cape of Good Hope, 1.69 digit on the Sun's northern limb. POSTAGE. 1. Letters are hereafter to be charged by weight instead of by the number of pieces of pa- per, as follows : Letters not exceeding half an ounce in weight to be deemed single letters, and to be charged 5 cents for any distance not exceeding 300 miles, and 10 cents for any dis- tance over 300 miles. Each additional half ounce, or fraction of a half ounce, to be charged 5 or 10 cents, according to the distance sent. A 6heet of letter paper containing five bank bills will weigh less than half an ounee. t 2. Newspapers <Jf a size not exceeding 1900 square inches, may be sent by mail 30 miles from the town where they are published, free of postage. For all distances over 30 miles, the old rates of postage are charged, viz : 1 cent per copy for 100 miles, or any distance with- in the State where published, and 1 1-2 cents over 100 miles and out of the State where published. 3. Postmasters throughout the United States are not allowed to frank letters unless the tame are endorsed "Post Office business," and their names signed to such endorsement.
  4. 4. JANUARY, 1846—31 Pays* 1 Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. SunonMer. First Quar. 4 Full Moon, 12 Third Quar. 20 New Moon, 27 H. M. 9 29mor. 9 6 mor. 10 56 mor, 4 27 mor d. h. m. s. 1 ev. 3 56 9 7 30 17 10 27 25 12 40 FEBRUARY, 1846—28 Pays. MTWsPhases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer. d. Fh*t Quar. 3 Full Moon, 11 Thigd Quar. 18 H. M. 15 mor. 4 16 mor. 11 48 ev. New Moon, 251 2 36 ev. D. H. M. S. 1 13 55 9 14 31 17 14 17 25 13 18 Calendar for NEW-YORK City, Conn., N. Jersey Fenn., t)hio, Indiana, and Illinois. Sun's decS. Pi- Sun rises Sun sets. H.M. 4 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 59 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 10 5 11 5 12 5 13 5 15 Moon sets. H. M. 9 37 10 46 11 52 morn. 57 1 59 2 59 3 56 4 49 5 38 6 22 rises. 6 21 7 18 8 15 9 13 10 11 11 11 morn. 1 2 3 4 5 6 sets 7 12 8 25 9 36 10 43 H.W. N. Y. H. M. 11 38 morn. 26 13 56 4 15 32 30 8 17 8 58 9 34 10 9 10 40 11 12 11 44 ev.17 50 1 30 2 17 3 17 4 36 5*56 7 10 8 7 8 58 9 48 10 35 11 19 morn. J) D suns M W dec S D M Tu W Th Fr' Sa D M Tu W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Fr Sa ]) Sun Sun pi. rises sets. Moon H. W. sets. N. Y. H. M. 11 48 morn. 50 6 11 rises. 7 7 8 t 9 A 10 t ii e morn 9 sets, 7 10 8 21 9 30 FARM WORK FOR JANUARY. I Summer is the season for prepar- ing food, winter for disposing of it. "Whatever grain or other produce of the farm is now on hand, beyond what is wanted for home consumption, should be carried to market. Dont let frost, rot, mildew, vermin, waste or too much care swallow up the profits. Perishable articles should at once be sold for whatever they will bring. All others may be sold when they will command the best price, but in wait- ing for a higher, see that the waste in- terest, and risk of holding, will not ex- ceed the additional price expected. FARM WORK FOR FEBRUARY. Keep the stables clean ; the yards i jy and well littered; the barns and shelters tight and warm; curry the cattle and horses; and always pro- vide salt and pure water where they can get them. Nearly all animals like clay, tar, and sulphur occasionally; provide these within their reach, and their health and appetite will be im- proved by them. If labor is cheaper than fodder," cut i the hay, straw and cornstalks, and cat- tle will eat them clean; they will thank and pay you for it too, if a little meal be added. z. sr<y ***** *5*/wm"y' t*+**^~
  5. 5. .t Jl MARCH, 1846—31 Days. APRIL, 1846—30 Days. Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer. Moon - Phases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer. D. H. M. D. H. M. s. D. H. M. ». H. M. s. First Quar. 4 5 36 ev. 1 12 35 First QiL. f. 3 16 ev. 1 3 56 Full Moon, 12 9 53 ev. 9 10 44 Full Moon, 11 59 ev. 9 1 36 Third Quar. 20 9 2mor. 17 8 30 Third Quar. 18 3 28 ev. 17 morn. New Moon, 28 55mor. 25 6 5 New Moon, 25 11 52mor. 25 11 57 51 Calendar for NEW-YORK City, Conn., N. Jersey, Penn., Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. D D Sun's D Sun Sun Moon H.W. M W dec S. pi. rises sets. sets. N. Y. 46 23 37 13 50 27 3 3 40 3 16 2 52 2 29 2 5 1 41 1 18 54 30 S. 7 N. 17 41 M. 6 36 6 35 6 33 6 32 6 30 6 29 6 27 6 25 6 24 6 22 6 20 6 19 6 17 6 16 6 14 6 12 6 11,6 96 76 5 58 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 6!6 10 4|6 11 2|6 12 16 14 59 6 15 57,6 16 56 6 17 54 6 18 52,6 19 51 6 20 49,6 21 47[6 22 H. M. 10 35 11 37 morn 4 43 5 13 rises. 6 57 7 58 9 10 2 11 4 morn 5 1 1 56 2 44 3 27 4 6 4 43 5 18 sets. 8 14 9 20 10 21 11 17 H. M. 11 38 morn. 16 55 40 31 44 9 28 30 8 10 8 49 9 20 9 51 10 20 10 53 11 26 ev. 2 41 1 27 2 26 3 45 5 17 6 37 7 38 8 26 9 9 9 51 10 32 11 12 11 50 W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Sun's decN. D Sunj Sun Moon H.W. pi. rises sets. sets. N. Y. 466 446 436 41 J6 39 5 2 H. M. morn. 8 rises. 7 53 8 56 9 59 10 58 11 53 morn. 42 sets 8 5 9 4 9 58 10 11 30 morn. 27 4711 6 45 7 35 8 10 8 45 9 18 9 54 10 28 11 5 11 42 ev. 26 1 17 2 20 3 37 4 59 6 14 7 13 8 4 8 48 9 30 10 9 10 48 26 morn. FARM WORK FOR MARCH. Tap the maple trees if the weather has not before required it ; clean the troughs, and see that the sap is entirely- pure till congealed into prime sugar. Look well after the cattle ; feed the cows and ewes with young, a few roots daily, and see they have a quiet, dry, warm place, where they will not be knocked about by the other animals. Shade and fruit trees may be set out wherever the ground is dry; grafts should be selected and cut, and remem- ber, the best kind of fruit may give you ten times the profit, and cost you no more than the worst. FARM WORK FOR APRIL. Bestir yourselves about the gardep, and sow early peas, cabbage, radishes, lettuce, parsnips, carrots, beets and tomatoes ; plant a few early potatoes, cucumbers and melons ; by planting the last on a well prepared bed of ma- nure and loam and sand, protected by glass, you will get them very early. .A little time and money spent in this way, is much better than laid out in fine clothes and expensive groceries. They are the best luxuries, and pro- mote health and comfort. Tag the j sheep, and dont turn out cattle too ear- ly, let the grass first get a good start.
  6. 6. MAY, 1846—31 Days. Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. Sun. on Mer First Quar. 3 Full Moon, 11 Third Quar. 17 New Moon, 24 a. m. 6 56mor. 1 lOmor. 8 31 ev. 11 48 ev. D. H. M. S. 1 11 56 57 911 56 14 1711 56 7 2511 56 37 JUNE, 1846—30 Pays. Moon's Phases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer. D. First Quar. 2 Full Moon, 9 Third Quar. 16 New Moon, 23 H. M. 34mor. 10 40mor, 1 42mor. 52 ev. D. H. M. 1 11 57 29 9 11 58 51 17 ev. 30 25 2 14 Calendar for NEW-YORK City, Conn., N. Jersey, Penn., Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois D D Sun's D Sun Sun Moon H.W. D D Sun's D Sun Sun Moon H. W. M W decN. pi rises sets. sets. N. Y. M W decN. pi rises H.M. sets. H.M. sets. N. Y. D. M. H. M. H.M. H. M. H. M. D. M. H. M H. M. 1 Fr 15 6 25 5 1 6 54 morn. 4 1 M 22 4 w 4 33 7 22 morn 1 1 2 Sa 15 24 9s 4 59 6 55 8 43 2 Tu 22 12 W 4 33 7 23 12 1 47 3 D 15 42 £1 4 58 6 56 42 1 29 3 W 22 20 m 4 32 7 24 41 2 38 4 M 16 si 4 57 6 57 1 13 2 20 4 Th 22 27 :22b 4 32 7 24 1 10 3 42 5 Tu 16 17 % 4 56 6 58 1 43 3 29 5 Fr 22 34 ^= 4 31 7 25 1 41 4 46 6 W 16 34 m 4 55 6 59 2 12 4 41 6 Sa 22 40 3 4 31 7 26 2 15 5 46 7 Th 16 50 -*- 4 53 7 2 40 5 48 7 D 22 46 4 4 31 7 26 2 54 6 46 8 Fr 17 7 -r*. 4 52 7 1 3 11 6 45 8 M 22 52 t 4 31 7 27 3 40 7 35 9 Sa 17 23 -rv_ 4 51 7 2 3 44 7 30 9 Tu 22 57 t 4 30 7 27 rises. 8 21 10 D 17 39 «£ 4 50 7 3 4 21 8 9 10 W 23 2 Y? 4 30 7 28 8 31 9 7 11 M 17 54 hT 4 49 7 4 rises. 8 50 11 Th 23 6 V5 5 4 30 7 28 9 22 9 53 12 Tu 18 10 r 4 48 7 5 8 50 9 29 12 Fr 23 10 4 30 7 29 10 5 10 36 13 W 18 24 t 4 47 7 6 9 47 10 6 13 Sa 23 14 'OX 4 30 7 29 10 45 11 22 14 Th 18 39 V5> 4 46 7 7 10 39 10 48 14 D 23 17 X 4 30 7 30 11 21 ev. 12 15 Fr 18 53 Y3 4 45 7 8 11 25 11 30 15 M 23 20 X 4 30 7 30 11 55 1 3 16 Sa 19 7 4 44 7 9 morn. ev. 19 16 Tu 23 22 r 4 30 7 31 morn. 1 59 17 D 19 21 jjjj 4 43 7 10 6 1 13 17 W 23 24 T 4 30 7 31 28 3 1 18 M 19 34 X 4^2 7 11 43 2 15 IS Th 23 25 T 4 30 7 31 1 2 4 9 19 Tu 19 47 X 4 41 7 11 1 18 3 25 19 Fr 23 26 a 4 30 7 32 1 38 5 14 20 W 20 cp 4 41 7 12 1 51 4 37 20 Sa 23 27 a 4 30 7 32 2 17 .6 22 21 Th 20 12 cp 4 40 7 13 2 25 5 45 21 D 23 27 n 4 31 7 32 3 7 21 22 Fr 20 24 a 4 39 7 14 3 6 46 22 M 23 27 n 4 31 7 32 3 46 8 10 23 Sa 20 36 a 4 38 7 15 3 38 7 40 23 Tu 23 27 25 4 31 7 32 sets. 8 54 24 D 20 47 y 4 38 7 16 sets. 8 29 24 W 23 26 23 4 31 7 33 8 3 9 37 25 M 20 58 n 4 37 7 17 7 48 9 12 25 Th 23 24 25 4 32 7 33 8 41 10 13 26 Tu 21 9 n 4 36 7 18 8 39 9 52 20 Fr 23 23 a 4 32 7 33 9 15 10 49 27 W 21 19 25 4 36 7 18 9 25 10 29 27 Sa 23 20 4 32 7 33 9 46 11 23 28 Th 21 29 25 4 35 7 19 10 5 11 5 28 D 23 18 w 4 33 7 33 10 15 11 57 29 Fr 21 38 25 4 34 7 20 10 41 11 43 29|M 23 15 n 4 33 7 33 10 43 morn. 30 Sa 21-47 a 4 34 7 21 11 14 morn. 301 Tu 23 11 w 4 34. 7 33 11 11 34 31 D|21 56 a 4 33 7 21 11 44 J 19 FARM WORK FOR MAY. Finish all the plowing, planting, and sowing. Early crops are more sure than late. Brine your wheat and soak your corn in saltpetre ; the crows and worms will let it alone then, and you will have larger crops. Cart out every ounce of manure. It will waste as much in the heap in one season as in the ground ; and for the first you get nothing, for the other, a great deal. Dock and geld the lambs, look after the sheep in storms, see that they are well salted, and never allow them to remain on wet land. Geld the colts, calves, and pigs. FARM WORK FOR JUNE. Put the light plows and cultivators agoing among your corn and roots, and kill the weeds before they kill the crops. Nowhere does " a step in time save nine" more certainly, than in ex- terminating weeds. Finish planting potatoes, and sow ruta-baga. Dont be afraid of getting an over stock. What you cant sell at a round profit, you can feed to advantage. Look after the red root, cockle, and wild mustard in the grain fields, and pull them all up be- fore they get to seed. Prune your fruit trees, spade up the turf about the trunk, place manure, &c, around them. ? ;%0~
  7. 7. JUI5Y, 1846—31 Pays. * Moon's Phasesj New-Yr rk. Sun on ]V First Qwar. Full Moon, Third Quar. 15 New Moon, 23 First Quar. 31 4 28 ev. 6 15 ev. # 8 28mor. 3 7 mor. 6 7 mor. D. H. 1* 9 17 25, M. S. 3 28 4 50 5 47 6 12 Moon'sPhases. AUGUST, 1846- Days. Full Moon, 7 Third Quar. 13 New Moon, 21 First Quar, 29 New-Y'rk. C. M. 1 4mor 5 55 ev. 6 29 ev. 5 23 ev. Sun on Mer, 6 2 5 15 3 51 1 55 Calendar for NEW-YORK City, Conn., N. Jersey, Penn., Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Sun's decN. B. M. 23 7 23 3 22 59 22 53 22 48 22 42 22 36 22 29 22 22 22 15 22 7 21 59 21 50 21 42 21 32 21 23 21 13 21 2 20 51 20 40 20 29 20 17 20 5 19 53 19 40 19 27 19 13 18 59 18 45 18 31 18 16 Sun rises Sun Moon sets. ' sets. H. 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 56;7 16 M.;H. M. 33;il 40 32 morn. 32j 12 32 48 32 1 29 32 2 18 31 3 14 31 rises. 31 7 59 30 8 42 30 9 20 29j 9 56 29J10 30 2811 5 28ill 41 27 morn. 47 7 25 4817*24 49 7 49 7 sets. 7 49 8 18 8 46 9 14 9 43 10 13 10 47 4 57|7 15ill 24 54 7 18 557 17 H.W. N. Y. M. 11 55 45 49 54 3 57 8 47 9 38 10 28 11 13 ev. 1 50 37 32 32 45 55 4 56 8 40 9 19 9 55 10 29 10 59 11 31 morn. 4 37 1 16 SunT s decN. D. M. 18 1 17 46 17 31 17 15 16 59 16 42 16 25 16 9 15 51 15 34 15 16 14 58 14 40 14 22 14" 3 13 44 13 25 13 6 12 46 12 26 12 7 11 46 11 26 11 6 10 45 10 24 10 3 9 42 9 21 8 59 8 3S H.M. 4 58 59 Sun rises Sun sets. H. 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 59 6 58 6 57 55 54 52 51 50 48 47 45 44 6 42 6 41 6 39 6 6 36 6 34 6 33 Moon 'sets. H. M. morn. 8 59 1 57 3 3 4 14 rises 7 52 8 29 9 5 9 41 10 19 11 11 44 morn. 31 1 22 2 15 3 4 jr sets 6 51 7 19 7 47 8 17 8 49 9 24 10 4 10 51 11 44 morn. H. M. 2 1 2 57 4 10 5 26 6 41 7 41 8 34 9 23 10 10 10 54 11 40 ev. 23 H.W. N. Y. 10 58 56 10 28 43 38 8 22 8 59 9 33 10 3 10 33 11 3 11 35 morn. 7 43 1 26 2 21 FARM WORK FOR JULY. Buy your scythes, rakes, cradles, &c, before the good ones are all gone. A good tool is cheap at the highest price, and a poor one dear at the low- est. Get a good horse-rake if you have not made one while idle in the winter. Fit up the hay carts and grease the wheels, fill up the old whis- ky jugs and canteens with pure wa- ter and a little ginger, molasses and vinegar, mixed with it, or milk and water, oatmeal and water, or water alone, and with a light 'lunch in abas- ket, the men are ready for their wort FARM WORK FOR AUGUST. Complete the haying and get the fodder well under cover. Cut the wheat, oats and barley, when the berry is in the dough state, and before it is fully ripe, and you will get more grain and infinitely better straw. What is intended for seed may stand till dead ripe, and see that it be gathered free from all weeds. If the land intended , for the next wheat crop be weedy, plow early and plow late, and leave not a stalk for future growth. Take early pears, plums and apples to mar^ , ket. Look to your, lightning rods. v Ois'"* St^?C£j£y<p?£/± fc~~f
  8. 8. SEPTEMBER, 18 46—30 Days. Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer Full Moon, 5 Third Quar. 12 New Moon, 20 First Quar. 28 H. M. 8 20mor. 6 46mor. 10 38mor. 2 31 mor. 1 morning. 911 57 14 17 11 54 26 2511 51 40 OCTOBER, 1846—31 Rays. Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. Full Moon, 4 New Moon, 20 First Quar. 27 D.H. M. 5 10 ev. 11 12 ev. 2 48 mor. 10 14 mor. Sun on Mer. r>. h. m. s, 1 11 49 41 9 11 47 19 17 11 45 26 25 11 44 12 Calendar for NEW-YORK City, Conn., N. Jersey, Penn., Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. D D Sun's D Sun Sun Moon H.W. D D Sun'sl D Sun Sun Moon H.W. M W decN. PL rises sets. sets. N. Y. M W dec S. pi. rises sets. sets. N. Y. D. M. H. M. H. M. H. M. H. M. D. M. H. M. H. M. H. M. H. M. 1 Tu 8 16 V? 5 28 6 31 44 3 33 1 Th 3 13 "XZ 5 58 5 41 1 54 4 42 2 W "7 54 V? 5 29 6 30 1 51 5 2 Fr 3 37 X 5 59 5 40 3 6 6 4 3 Th 7 32 5 30 6 28 3 2 6 22 3 Sa 4 X 6 5 38 4 18 7 5 ^4 Fr 7 10 /w 5 31 6 26 4 16 7 24 4 D 4 23 cp 6 1 5 36 rises. 7 56 5 Sa 6 48 X 5 32 6 25 rises. 8 18 5 M 4 46 op 6 2 5 35 6 7 8 42 6 D 6 26 x 5 33 6 23 6 59 9 4 6 Tu 5 9 2 6 3 5 33 6 48 9 26 7 M 6 3 5 34 6 21 7 36 9 48 n W 5 32 b 6 4 5 31 7 31 10 10 8 Tu 5 41 5 35 6 20 8 15 10 34 s Th 5 55 rr 6 5 5 30 8 19 10 51 9 W 5 18 8 5 36 6 18 8 56 11 15 9 Fr 6 18 n 6 6 5 28 9 9 11 31 10 Th 4 55 a 5 37 6 17 9 40 11 57 10 Sa 6 41 25 6 7 5 27 10 2 ev. 12 11 Fr 4 32 n 5 38 6 15 10 27 ev. 39 11 D 7 4 25 6 8 5 25 10 56 57 12 Sa 4 9 n 5 39 6 13 11 17 1 25 12 M 7 26 25 6 9 5 23 11 52 1 49 13 D 3 46 25 5 39 6 12 morn. 2 20 13 Tu 7 49 a 6 10 5 22 morn. 2 51 14 M 3 23 25 5 40 6 10 10 3 31 14 W 8 11 ?L 6 11 5 20 47 4 12 IS Tu 3 25 5 41 6 8 1 4 4 54 IS Th S 33 nj? 6 12 5 19 1 43 5 30 16 W 2 37 $ 5 42 7 1 59 6 10 16 Fr •8 56 W 6 13 5 17 2 40, 6 35 17 Th 2 14 5 43 6 5 2 55 7 13 17 Sa 9 18 n* 6 15 5 16 3 36 7 21 18 Fr 1 51 m 5 44 6 3 3 51 7 55 IS D 9 40 ^ 6 16 5 14 4 34 7 57 19 Sa 1 27 w 5 45 6 1 4 48 8 32 19 M 10 1 -J-V. 6 17 5 13 5 32 8 31 20 D 1 4 w 5 46 6 sets. 9 4 20 Tu 10 23 nt 6 18 5 11 sets. 9 2 21 M 41 ,/v 5 47 5 58 6 20 9 35 21 W 10 44 "I 6 19 5 10 6 5 9 38 22 Tu N 17 _/v_ 5 48 5 56 6 52 10 4 22 Th 11 6 «i 6 20 5 8 6 47 10 12 23 W S. 6 V5 5 49 5 55 7 26 10 35 23 Fr 11 27 I 6 21 5 7 7 36 10 44 24 Th 30 5 50 5 53 8 5 11 7 24 Sa 11 48 t 6 22 5 6 8 30 11 21 25 Fr 53 5 51 5 51 8 49 11 41 25 D 12 9 V? 6 24 5 4 9 30 morn. 26 Sa 1 16 5 52 5 50 9 38 morn. 26 M 12 29 v? 6 25 5 3 10 34 2 27 D 1 40 5 53 5 48 10 34 19 27 Tu 12 50 6 26 5 1 11 41 47 28 M 2 3 5 54 5 46 11.37 1 3 28 W 13 10 '-' 6 27 5 morn. 1 45 29 Tu 2 27 5 55 5 45 morn. 1 59 29 Th 13 30 X 6 28 4 59 50 2 59 30 W 2 50 AW 5 56 5 43 44 3 14 30 Fr 13 50 X 6 29 4 58 2 4 24- 31jSa 14 9 T 6 31 4 56 3 10 5 42 FARM WORK FOR SEPTEMBER. Complete harvesting the grain, and if there be much of it, thrash it out with a machine in the field. This saves carting and waste, and wheat generally bears as good price now as at any time hereafter. A bushel in ten is thus saved which would other- wise be lost in six months, besides 3 per cent in interest. This is worth any man's attention, who thinks " ma- ny a little will soon make a mickle." If not wanted in the yard, the straw may be spread on the ground, though it's better to feed cattle before it is fed to the soil. FARM WORK FOR OCTOBER. Dig all the roots and store them se- curely against frost and rot. Keep them from the sun and wet, and allow them to dry before housing. If stored in the field, see that no water is al- lowed to settle around the bottom, and a small hole left in the top of the pit to let ofF the gas and moisture. They should be lightly covered at first to prevent growth, and'before cold weath- er sets in, give them ample protection from frost, and put in a wisp of straw to shut out the cold nor yet prevent escape of gas. Gather all the fruit before the heavy frosts. -)» l~£t* K***ic4— K.
  9. 9. « .«<S*S%S*J*i%fc NOVEMBER, 1846 --30 ©ays. DECEMBER, 1846- 31 Days. Moon'sPHases. j New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer. Moon'sPhases. New-Y'rk. Sun on Mer. D. H. JVC. D. B. M. S, it. H. M. * r>. H. M. s. Full Moon, 3 4 15mor. • 1 11 43 44 Full Moon, 2 5 50 ev. 1 11 49 18 Third Quar. 10 6 48 ev. 9 11 44 Third Quar. 10 4 20 ev. 9 11 52 37 New Moon, 18 6 4ev. 17 11 45 10 New Moon, 18 7 46mor. 17 11 56 25 First Quar. 25 5 35 ev. 25 11 47 14 First Quar. 25 1 40 mo?. 25 ev. 24 Calendar for NEW-YORK City, Conn., N.Jersey, Penn., Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. 1 2 3 4 5 6 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun's deeS M 29 48 7 25 8 Sun rises H.M. 6 32 33 6 34 6 35 6 37 6 3SJ4 6 39 6 40 41 43 44 45 46 47 49 50 6 51 6 52 6 53 6 55 6 56 6 57 6 58 6 59 7 Sun set& Moon sets, H. M 4 20 5 30 rises 6- 7 6 57 7 49 8 44 9 40 10 37 11 33 morn. 29 1 26 2 23 3 21 4 20 5 21 sets. 5 30 6 23 7 22 8 26 9 33 10 41 11 50 morn. 58 2 7 3 15 4 22 H.W. N. Y. H. - M. 6 44 7 36 8 21 9 7 9 48 10 29 11 9 11 47 ev.29 1 15 2 7 3 15 4 29 5 36 6 35 7 20 7 58 8 38 9 13 9 50 10 28 11 9 11 52 morn. 41 1 38 2 43 3 59 5 8 6 19 Tu W Th Fr Sa r> M Tu W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Fr Sa D M Tu W Th Sun's dec S. Pi- Sun Sun rises sets. 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 16 17 18 19 19 20 21 21 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 25J4 Moon sets. 5 27, rises. 5 36 6 31 7 27 8 24 9 21 10 18 11 14 morn. 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 sets, 6 12 7 21 8 31 9 41 10 50 11 59 morn.. 1 6 2 12 3 17 4 19 5 18 6 12 H.W. N.'Y. H. M. 7 15 8 7 8 52 9 34- 10 15 10 53 11 29 6 33 7 24 8 6 8 51 9 34 10 18 11 2 11 47 morn. 34 25 21 24 37 51 6 56 7 50 FARM WORK FOR NOVEMBER. Prepare for winter quarters now with all your might. Put the children to their winter's school, and see that you have a good master, good disci- pline, good books, and attractive rooms, well warmed and well aired. If you expect good cattle, you first look for good calves ; and if you wish good men and women, you, must first secure good children. Repair all the barns and sheds so as to exclude wind, rain and snow. Take off the cattle from the meadows in time to prevent injury to the tuff. Soon as the grass is much injured by frost, take off all the stock, FARM WORK FOR DECEMBER. All cattle now require increased at- tention. Tis a practice with some, to j ust keep their stock through the win- ter and let them do their thriving in summer. This is bad policy, or rather no policy at all. Half the age of stock is thus thrown away. They may be gaining as rapidly in winter as in sum- mer, if provided with shelter and ap- propriate food. Ashes, chareoal and lime, should be placed around the trunks of fruit trees. The first will kill the worms and insects harboring ' about the roots, and prevent the mice burrowing around the bark. 4&*>fct «k«* % *i »
  10. 10. STRAINING AT GNATS AND SWALLOWING CAMELS. It will take the light of eternity to reveal all the influences that have wrought the above degeneracy in the Presbyterian church. In the provi- dence of God, however, some of her sins in this thing are " open beforehand going to judgment." One of them is at hand. It will be interesting and instructive, probably, to all religious brokers and stock-jobbers in the man- trade. It is as follows: At the meeting of the General Assembly, at Pitts- burg, in 1836, the Trustees of the funds of the church reported respecting the successful operation they had lately made, to increase the revenues of the church, by a sale of certain northern securities, and the investment of the proceeds in bank stock at Vicksburgh and Grand Gulf. One transaction was dwelt upon with great interest : among the stocks so transferred, were a number of shares in the Hackensack Bridge Company, N. J., concerning which the consciences of the pious had long been troubled, from the circum- stance that the bridge was a thorough-fare for travelling on the Sabbath, and a portion of the profits of this Sabbath profanation went into the treasury of the Lord. So the trustees relieved the tender consciences, and removed the scandal, by investing the funds in southern banks, to be used in buying the new cotton.- fields of the south-west and stocking them with negroes : from all which they anticipated a much larger income than a mere 6 per cent. interest! Tne same year, these trustees and their southern friends made stubborn and stout resistance to any action of the Assembly condemna- tory of slavery. Time rolled on. Four years after, in 1840, the Proceedings of the General Assembly (Old School) contain a report of a committee on the funds of the Church, the Hon. John Fine, chairman, which, though cautiously deficient in specific data, contains the following significant paragraph : " The committee regret that any previous Assembly should have approved of the funds of the Church being invested in the stocks of distant banks, with the expectation of receiving a larger income than 6 per cent, interest." The report states that "for one or more years this expectation was realized. But the Committee fear that some portion of these investments is now in extreme hazard. It is plain that the Assembly would not, at the present time, recom- mend a further investment of the Church funds in south-western backs. Is it not worthy of the consideration of the trustees, whether it be not the part of wisdom to sell the stocks of the unproductive banks as soon as it may be judiciously done, and invest the proceeds in securities which are less fluc- tuating and less hazardous." May 27th, 1842, brought out a statement from the " Standing committee on Finance," showing " the cost and estimated value of sundry stocks, and loss thereon." The whole cost of the stocks named, was $136,339. For some of these stocks a handsome premium was paid at the time of purchase, amounting in all to $11,331. The whole loss, as estimated in 1842, was $89,634. The following table shows for what the premiums were mostly paid, and where most of the losses were. No. of Shares. 100, 200, 10, 200, 150, 100, 100, Planters' Bank of Mississippi, Agricultural Bank of do., Grand Gulf Bank of do., Planters' Bank of Tennessee, Union Bank of do., Bank of Mobile, Bank of Louisville, Estimated Cost. Premium. Loss. $11,077,62 $1,077,62 $10,827,62 23,700,76 3,701,76 21,701,76 992,00 942,00 22,106,25 2,106,25 16,106,25 15,262,50 262.50 11,062,50 11,027,50 1,027,50 3,527,50 10,526,25 526,25 4,726,25 $94,692,88 $8,701,88 $68,893,88 From this it appears that the Church paid nearly the whole of her premi- ums for, and realized nearly the whole of her losses from, the stocks of those south-western banks, that were to pay such a handsome income over 6 per cent, interest, and were to earn it almost wholly in the cotton and negro
  11. 11. speculation of the time. What a delightful piece of pious financiering it was, to take the funds from the Hackensack Bridge Company, and the like, for conscience sake, and invest them where, besides yielding more than lawful interest, they would go to stimulate the trade in souls and blood ! Thank Heaven, " the biters were bitten." We fear they will meet an account at the day of judgment, not so easily settled as this. As God is true, if they repent not, chained, tortured, sold, and murdered men and women will meet them there, and ask redress. Brokers of men, how will you meet them ? HOW THE MAN-TRADE WAS DRIVEN AT THE TIME THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FUNDS WERE LOST, In January, 1840, a correspondent of the United States Gazette, who signed himself Spectator, and whose accuracy the editor vouched for, gave an im- pressive account of the course of events in Mississippi, in those palmy days of negro speculation, that were to bring such revenues to the Presbyterian Church. He said : u In the fall of 1835, shfc'es, in great multitudes, were driven to the State, quadrupling any previous year. The demand abroad advanced the price. The competition forced the traders to give from twelve to fifteen months' time, adding ten per cent, interest. So soon as the planter learned he could purchase on time, by bills on New Orleans, he bought liberally. The traders soon sold all they had, returned home with the accepted bills, cashed them in Banks, and not only embarked in it again more largely themselves, but induced their friends and acquaintances also to embark in it. Every corner of the Slave- holding States was now ransacked, and every dwelling visited by the trader. Prices advanced higher and higher. The fall of 1836 is a time long to be remem- bered. All the public highways to Mississippi became lined—yea, literally crowded—with slaves. When they arrived, the immense number (swelling to rise of 40,000) made the callous hearts of all the traders ache. They pitched their tents upon the brow of every hill surrounding each town and village in the State, awaiting the call of purchasers. None came. The winter of 1837 approached, and but few, very few sales were yet effected. At last they advertised they would give one and two years' time, by bills on New Orleans, adding ten percent, interest discount. " The terms were accepted by the planters, and many were induced to purchase a second, and even a third supply at from $1200 to $1800 each. All the slaves were soon sold. But by this time the merchants began to give way. Nearly all the bills made by the planters in the fall of 1835 and spring of 1836, at from twelve to fifteen months' time, were protested for non-pay- ment. The bills for the whole of the purchases in the winter and spring of 1837 were protested for non-acceptance. The negro speculators became alarmed. They went to work in February and March, and in three months' time had secured their debts by deeds in trust and mortgages upon nearly the whole property of the State, in three years, the slave population of Missis- sippi increased from 70.000 to 160,000 slaves ! at an average cost of at least $1000 each! making the debt for slaves alone, in three years, swell to $90,000,000 ! ! From 1833 to 1837, cotton bore an exorbitantly high price. This, together with the increased force, induced the planter to direct all his energy to its cultivation, relying upon purchasing every article of consump- tion. He neglected to raise his corn and pork 5 he had to purchase more mules, horses and ploughs, open more lands, and increased his bills with the merchants, whom he totally neglected to pay. When the crash came, in May, 1838, all the paper held against the planters by the merchants, or nearly all, was transferred to the banks, or sued upon by the merchants. The crowd of busi- ness in the different Courts delayed j udgment, and when judgment was at last obtained, the sheriffs and marshals could find nothing, scarcely, to levy upon. Bankruptcy and ruin among some of the merchants were inevitable ; and in their fall they crushed the banks. The negro-traders stood by with cold indiffer- ence, and beheld towns depopulated and large plantation after large plantation laid waste, growing up with thorns and briars, without feeling one pang of
  12. 12. results. Is the Bible in favor of such things—of ignorance, vice, and wretch- edness—of falsehood, and debauchery, and murder—in favor of wielding the powers of civil government to encourage and protect the wrong-doer— and to drive the poor, the helpless, the friendless to desperation ? Such is the ques- tion which is often gravely, and sometimes triumphantly, urged on our atten- tion by advocates of slavery, and even by some of the professed interpreters of the Scriptures ! To insinuate that the Bible is in favor of such things as are essential to slavery—that it gives them the least countenance or quarter—or, that its max- ims, and doctrines, and examples are at all consistent with them, is to utter absurdities and blasphemies, from which infidelity itself, unless steeped to the core in hypocrisy, must recoil. Why, what more could the most impu- dent and malignant Atheism attempt for the subversion of Christianity ? If the Bible is in favor of such things as slavery consists in, no man can believe that it is the work of Wisdom and Goodness—that it is the record of Truth and Love. He may pretend and profess what he will, and support himself with all the sophistry which cunning itself can furnish. It is not in human nature, however bribed, or however tortured, to swallow such contradictions. What ! truth in Heaven authorize falsehood upon the earth ! —Love in Heaven authorize hatred upon the earth!—Equity and holiness in Heaven authorize stealing, adultery, and murder upon the earth. Hume, and Voltaire, and Paine, must, as the advocates of infidelity, yield the palm at once to such as make the Bible the bulwark of slavery, or derive a single weapon for its de- fence from the armory of Heaven, The Bible in favor of slavery! Do but study a little its leading maxims — its comprehensive precepts—its characteristic doctrines. It requires you to recognize in every human creature, though a- stranger or an enemy, a neigh- bor, a brother, another self, whom you are to love and honor accordingly. It requires you to work with your own hands in making provision for your ne- cessities, and assisting the destitute and helpless. Tasks commonly described as I menial and repulsive, it requires you to honor as the means of usefulness and blessedness —it requires you to enter deeply into the sufferings of the outraged ; and the forlorn—of the persecuted and the friendless—putting yourself in their ! place—reckoning the results and injuries to which they are exposed to your own account, and exerting yourself accordingly. It assures you, that in the j day of final retribution, you shall rise to Heaven or sink to Hell, as you have been true or false to the claims of a world-embracing philanthropy — especially as you have consented or refused to exert yourself for the relief of the victims of want, disease, and oppression. The Bible the bulwark of slavery ! —The armory whence it may derive its w-eapons of annoyance or defence ! —Why, in those very passages to which cunning and cruel men refer in defence of slavery, the master, the employer, is required to maintain his relations to the servants he employs, justly and equitably—to act on the j-rinciples of the Divine Government. The Apostle Paul in the very letter in which many thoughtless creatures assert that he lent his countenance and support to slavery, gives us all distinctly to understand, that instead of entreating, he might justly have required Philemon to treat Gnesimus every way as his equal. In the Corinthian Church, he-forbids the most menial of its mem- bers to be " the servants of men" whoever might attempt to reduce them to folly —might urge upon them such demands as were inconsistent with the Chris- tian profession. The Bible is everywhere in this matter at one with itself. To every seeing eye and true heart—to every manly spirit, this is evident enough. The Bible in favor of slavery ! Why, with minute particularity and fright- ful emphasis, it condemns, and denounces, and execrates every element and feature of slavery.—Can it justify as a whole what it condemns in detail ? That is not the way of the Bible So indeed they acknowledge who affirm that it will ultimately effect the abolition of slavery. It does not support to-day what it will overthrow to-morrow! If the Bible is, as most men profess to believe, hereafter to root up every form of slavery, it must do so by virtue of its char- acteristic principles—it must do so by virtue of its inherent and determined
  13. 13. opposition to slavery. Can it be expected to extirpate what it regards, with indulgence or complacency. To expect, then, the abolition of slavery from its influence, must be to admit what this paper asserts, that it is now totally and irreconcilably inconsistent with slavery 5—its maxims, and doctrines, and examples are in deadly confliet with if. Am I my Brother's Keeper? But however bad and hurtful—however wicked and destructive slavery may be, it is-, we are often told, none of their business who are beyond its influ- ence—who live where it does not exist. Beyond its influence! —where is that 1 Are not all human hearts united in indissoluble fellowship ? Is not every man a member of the- family to which I belong?. Are- we not mutually affected by the characters we maintain—by the1 condition in which We maybe placed ? Can he suffer wrong and I escape with impunity 1 If slavery exists anywhere in the human family, we cannot be beyond its influence. If it is the business of one man, it must be the business- of all men. Whatever touches humanity, touches every partaker of humanity. What ! bound "to- preach the- Gospel to- every creature/5 ' and is slavery none of our business % The slave- is entitled to receive what we are bound to impart. The law oflove was designed for his benefit as well as for ours; and we are bound to exert ourselves to bring- hinrunder its protection — to secure for him all the heavenly influence it is adapted to exest. This clear- ly is the voice of nature and the demand of the Gospel. How can we yield to such wants and listen to this voice, while we treat his wants and woes as none of our business? We sustain to him specific antf significant relations. In the ecclesiastical, political, and economical spheres, we are bound to him by special ties. We are in various ways able to exert a controllings influence over the absurd and destructive arrangements by which he is crushed. We may plead his cause, not only impressively, but authoritatively. We may exert ourselves effect- ively for his deliverance. Can such a matter benone of ovjc business? Slavery in various ways is a manifest and deadly injury to us. It wastes our substance, assails our reputation, reduces our strength, involves us in danger, neutralizes- our influence, counteracts every way the great design of our existence. It threatens us with utter and irremediable ruin; If it is none of our business,, what business have we1 in this world ? M<)R>Ali SUA-SIOKv Is not this the Alpliw ami Ornegw of the dnti- Slavery enterprise? Moral suasion is undoubtedly good ; —but for what ? It is hardly " worth while" to persuade, merely to produce persuasion. Persuasion is a means to an end. Of course it derives, in every case-,. its significance from, the objects to which it looks. An. earnest soulwill care very little for any form of moral suasion, which has nothing to do with the Active Faculty. If you try to 1 convince and pursuadehira, he will demand as a condition of listening to you, that as the result of your argument, you- propose something to be done, and something worthy of his high destiny and solemn responsibilities. It is, doubt- less, important to convince people that slavery is wrong and ruinous. But why 1 Surely not that they may rest in any such convietion. What good sould that do ? They- must be persuaded of the evil of slavery, that they may exert themselves for its abolition. But where ? Wherever they can reach it through the relations they sustain. In every sphere where they have any re- sponsibilities- to- honor, they must,, if slavery there produces its snaky tongue, assail the monster. It may seek a refuge in the sanctuary, the ballot-box, or the exchange. If they do not try to bruise its head wherever it emits its poi- sonous breath, moral suasion has done them, little good. It needs itself to be persuaded. But all this some professed abolitionists seem to deprecate. Such a course, they affirm, would remove us from the " Anti-Slavery Platform."—But, what was the stuff the said platform was made of? Were we not drawn to- gether by the attractive power of certain principles ? Did we not swear alle-
  14. 14. giance one and all to these as a manifestation of the Godhead ? Were we not thus brought to clasp hands and unite hearts in the Anti-Slavery enterprise ? Could we pledge ourselves to confine the application of these principle within any specified limits—4© any specified objects or modes of execution ? Any such engagement must have been totally and glaringly inconsistent with the regard we professed for the organic principles which bound us together. We might as well have pledged ourselves to each other, that as abolitionists, we would not obey the law of progress. We must in that case have formed an absurd and wicked conspiracy against all that is true, and sacred, and venerable. The principles of our organization are, of course, the basis of our enterprise — they furnish the only platform on which we could ever stand for a single mo- ment. To refuse to give these principles any natural application in whatever direction, must be to depart from the Anti- Slavery platform. It must be to renounce the objects which the Anti-Slavery enterprise was designed to pro- mote, Political Action. We are in politics, as everywhere else, to act in character. Here, as every- where else, our activity is to be a fair expression of our principles. We can- not otherwise maintain our integrity and power—cannot otherwise exert upon mankind a healthful influence. Through our political responsibilities, we are to confer upon the world substantial benefits, or to inflict upon it heavy inju- ries. The cause of freedom, especially, cannot but be affected well or ill by our aims and activity nere. In our political sphere, slavery claims to be at home. Here, it publishes its maxinas, and sets up its pretensions, and defines it position, and shapes its arrangements, and enacts its laws—labors by night and by day, cunningly and unweariedly, to fortify itself. Here, it multiplies its victims, and tries hard to legalize absurdities which shock credulity itself, and outrages which no form ofpatience, however trained and tried, can endure. If even three true men meet each other in the political sphere, alive, as they must be, to the claims of freedom, and hostile as they must be to every form of slavery, how can they help forming a Liberty Party ? Are they not such in principles, aim, and. spirit % Are they not such in the convictions, affections, and pur- poses they cherish ? Such are they not in everything distinctive in their characters ? How can they be anything else, then, in their plans, methods, and exertions ? If they are united in aim, principles, and spirit, can they as sincere men, be other than one Mi expresshig themselves, in their activity ? As they are a Liberty Party at hearty must they not in head and hand also be a Liberty Party ? Can such men, whether few or many, be expected to choose parties pledged to the support of slavery as their coadjutors ? To act with them ? Such in- quiries imply a contradiction flat and strong enough to suffocate anybody who may attempt to swallow it. What sort of an opposition to slavery should we be likely to make in alliance with its cunning and determined sup- porters •? In alliance with those who require us to go with them in raising to the high places of the Republic, candidates who defend and practise slavery —who go the length ef maintaining, that long persistence in it" sanctions and sanctifies it?" THE LIBERTY PARTY.] Why is SE needed ? What are its objects ? What are its principles ? WJiat are its measures ? What are its prospects S Answer. 1 It rs needeb, because there are three millions of Slaves in our boasted Republic, held in the most abject and degrading bondage by the combined strength of the entire nation ; involving our whole country in the guilt and disgrace of a system that outrages humanity, insults God, corrupts morality, destroys industry, and reduces the first principles of human liberty and free government to idle abstractions.
  15. 15. au^-'aaa It is needed, because the National Government, under all its successive administrations, has been unrighteously wielded for the support of this inhu- man and anti-republican system. It is needed, because the Executive, Judiciary, Legislative, Diplomatic, Military ard Naval powers of the Union are become the mere drudges and tools of the slaveholders, who are less than 250.000 in number, yet control our seventeen millions of inhabitants, and in such a manner as, from time to time, may best cripple the energies of! the free States, and strengthen the slave system. It is needed, because there ! is no other political party in the United States that does not calculate upon j the support of slaveholders, and, for that cause, refuse to take direct action j against slavery, and in fact, do its bidding, by supporting slaveholders for the i highest offices in the nation. It is needed, because no moral suasion can' retain moral power that is wielded by those whose political power is wielded j in an opposite direction. It is needed, because slavebolding exists in this j country as a political institution, and must be overthrown by political action ; and because the abolition of slavery, whenever and wherever it takes place, is simply the repeal of the slave laws. It is needed, because Liberty and Slavery- are opposites, and cannot live together in the same country for any great length of time ; and passing events show that the liberties of the whole coun- try will speedily be lost, unless the slave system is abolished. m 2. The objects of the Liberty Party, are " the abolition of slavery by moral and political action, as prescribed in the Constitution of the United States,"—and the administration of the Government in accordance with the spirit of the Constitution, as set forth in its Preamble, and in the Declaration of American Independence, applying the doctrine of equal and inalienable human rights to the solution of" all questions naturally arising in the direction of public affairs, and within the constitutional limits of legislative, executive, and judicial action. 3. The Principles of the Liberty Party, (as already implied) are those of our great National Charter—" that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,"—" That for the security of these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers," (under God) " from the consent of the governed," irrespective of color or caste : — " That it is always safe and wise to do right—and always unwise and unsafe to do wrong." 4. The Measures of the Liberty Party, corresponding with its objects and its principles, will bear directly upon the removal of the abuses on account of which it is needed All the Constitutional powers of the Government it will wield for the abolition of slavery, instead of wielding them for its support. The power of the national government over slavery in the District of Colum- bia, Territories, and inter- State slavetrade admits of no National question. Here then, undoubtedly, and at once, the Liberty Party, in power,, would decisively act. In many other ways, and particularly by withholding all offices within the gift of the national government from slaveholders, it could act in opposition to slavery in a way against which no Constitutional objec- tions could be made. Add to this, the fact that many reflecting and inquiring minds, (in and out of the Liberty Party) are beginning to call in question, if not wholly to deny, the legality and constitutionality of slavery in any part of the United States, and it is evident that the Liberty Party, when in power, will not be at a loss for Constitutional measures for affecting its chief and paramount object. And in all minor objects, the same principles will furnish it with a sure guide. 5. The Prospects of the Liberty Party are identified, therefore, with the prospects of the abolition of slavery, the preservation of civil liberty, and the use of civil government in this country, for the objects for which it was instituted among men. What prospects are there then, do you think, dear reader, that the enterprise will succeed 1 What prospect is there, that you and your neighbors will lend, your aid and co-operation ?
  16. 16. IS SLAVERY CONSTITUTIONAL ? This question is comparatively a new one, with the greater part of abolitionists themselves. And therefore it will be interesting to know the argument of those who contend that slavery is unconstitutional. There is no harm in free discussion, but ^nuch good. The reader of the anti-slavery Almanac may be pleased to read some hints which will be useful to all who would impartially examine the question. We have all been educated in the belief that slavery in the States is not incompatible with the national Constitution. But it should be remembered that all our constitutional expositions have been given us by those who have only re-echoed the sentiments of the slaveholders themselves. Another remarkable fact is, that the argument in favor of constitutional slavery is never framed in accordance, either with the Spirit of the Constitu- tion, nor yet with the principle of Strict Construction, making out the whole argument by either one of these standards. Instead of this, the argument runs backwards and forwards, first insisting on strict construction and then, for want of the words and phrases needed, running back upon supposed intentions, but leaving wholly out of sight the declared intentions of the document itself in its Preamble. So, that the result is reached, neither by following the strict letter nor yet the living spirit of the Constitution—but by a sort of dodging, hide-aRd-seek evolution between the two. And still another circumstance should modify, somewhat, an over confident assumption that the ordinary construction is the correct one. While most persons readily reject the doctrine that slavery in the States is unconstitu- tional, they almost as readily affirm that which is difficult to be distinguished (when carefully considered) from a denial of its constitutionality. For example, all men will say that the spirit of the Constitution is to be known by its Preamble, and that this spirit is the same as that which pervades the Declaration of Independence, by which our government came into being. All reasonable men will say, likewise, that there can be nothing more directly and manifestly repugnant to the Declaration of Independence, and to the Pre- amble of the Constitution, than is the slave system. Now it deserves inquiry, how far this almost universal concession falls short of -amounting to a conces- sion that slavery is unconstitutional, when tested by the spirit of that instru- ment? Can that be constitutional which is hostile to the Constitution'? And if slavery be hostile to the Constitution, hew can it appear that the Constitution is not hostile to slavery? As they are both "political institu- tions,"" how can they both stand together if they be opposites ? ' And if a resort be had to the strict dead letter construction (instead of the spirit), how stands the case then? Why, not a word or syllable concerning slaves or slavery, or correctly describing them, appears in the document! No exception, therefore, is made to the declared intent in the Preamble to " establish justice" and " secure the blessings of liberty,"—the meaning of which (either by the " spirit" or by the " strict letter") can admit of no ques- j tion. The " supposed intentions" of the framers, to provide for returning fugitive slaves, &c, &c, is, however, urged in this place. But can their supposed intentions which they did not express, (and of which the people adopting the Constitution knew nothing), do away and nullify the intentions expressed in the Preamble? Shall the minor object, supposed to be held by the framers, set aside the gi-and declared object of the instrument itself? And besides, the Madison papers tell us expressly, that the clause concerning " persons held to service and labor," was first written " servitude" But " on -motion of Mr. Randolph, the word servitude was struck out, and the word service unani- mously inserted, the former being thought to express the condition of slaves, and the latter the obligation offree persons."—Vol. iii., p. 1569 By the strict letter and living spirit of the Constitution, " the United States shall guaranty to every State in this Union, a republican form of government," "no State shall pass any bill of attainder" or "laws impairing the obligation of contracts," and " no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property," (says an amendment), " without due process of law."—And " Congress shall have
  17. 17. power'''—"to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution all the foregoing powers." According to the definitions of republican government by Jefferson and Madison, no slaveholding State can he a republic. Slavery is extinct when- ever the State " bills of attainder" and " laws impairing the obligation of con- tracts" are set aside as unconstitutional. And where are the slaves in the natron who were deprived of liberty by "due process of law?'r This latter provision being an amendment, like the codicil to a Will, repeals and annuls whatever in the original instrument, might have conflicted with it. And more than all this. The original thirteen States abolished slavery by their Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, and the declaration, never repudiated or repealed, is still binding, and constitutes the basis of our con- stitutional law. The Courts in Massachusetts, declared slavery illegal in that State, on account of the declaration that all men are born equal.* And slavery in all the States rests upon the same legal grounds. The lack of judicial decisions to that effeet in those States, does not make slavery legal there, any more than the lack of such a decision in England, prior to the decision of Lord Mansfield in the case of John Somerset, in' 1772, made slavery constitutional in England up to that time, which the decision affirmed it had not been. If the government, established by the Federal Constitution cannot abolish slavery, then it can neither " establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, nor secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." It can accomplish no one of the declared objects of its organization. More than ail this. If the Constitution be not against slavery, then it is in its favorr and consequently in favor of subverting the liberties of the people, by subjecting them to the slave power. It cannot be neutral, and the national government cannot help sustaining slavery or else acting against it. Such are some of the views and sentiments that a portion of the people are beginning to entertain. Do they not deserve the careful attention of all who take an interest in the national welfare 1 Should not the members of the Liberty Partv, in particular, examine the subject attentively ? W. G. DISSOLUTION OF THE UNION, Among the earnest friends of civil liberty, there are a few who seem to despair of ever succeeding in the enterprise of bringing the National Govern- ment under the influence of the principles of the Declaration of Independence, and so they are in favor of the dissolution of the Union. They either think that the Constitution is a compromise in favor of slavery, or else (nearly or quite the same thing), that it does not clothe Congress with any efficient powers for the overthrow of the slave system. They say—and truly enough —that the liberties of the North will be sacrificed, if we continue to remain subservient as we have been, to the slave power. And they urge (what no intelligent friend of human liberty will deny), that the end ought not to be sacrificed, for the preservation of the means—and that the Constitution and the Union ought not to be preserved at the expense of the liberties of the people, which they were designed to secure. Theannexation of Texasr which they think to be inevitable, they consider such a violation of the Constitution as releases us from its obligations, and they look forward with dismay, to the time when the new States formed out of Texas, will so completely throw the national government into the hands of the slaveholders, that the North, though united, will find itself in the minority, and unable to move. Though this view is not held, to any great extent, in the Liberty Party, yet it is urged on their attention by strong-minded men., and the tendency is to discourage anyfurtheiattempts to preserve the Constitution and the Union, * Such is the phraseology of the Massachusetts Bill of Eights, hut the word " created" is more properly used in the Declaration of Jnclependence.
  18. 18. by placing the administration of the general government in right hands. Let us look, then, for a moment, at the brighter side of the picture. Texas is not yet, quite annexed. And the good Providence of God, smiling on human vigilance, may yet defeat that wicked measure. But if it takes place, some time at least, must elapse, before the increased population of Texas will materially strengthen the slave power in the national government. " Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof." While the free States have the power, it is their duty to wield it, and they should be urged to the performance of that duty, and not to a premature retreat from it. " While there is life, there is hope." When the free States shall have become abolitionized enough to " dissolve the Union" on account of slavery, they will have become abolition- ized enough to wield the government for the overthrow of slavery, unless (which is not probable) they should be out-voted by the slave States, and then it would be in time to withdraw. Until then, it is our business to seek the overthrow of slavery, " by moral and political action as prescribed by the Constitu- tion of the United States." This was the work the Abolitionists originally undertook, and they ought not to be disheartened in their work. Perhaps it will be found, on examination, that the Constitution contains no compromises with slavery, but arms the national government against it. A dissolution of the Union, now, would not be a division of liberty from freedom. The strong- holds of pro-slavery sentiment and feeling are here, in the free States. As the annexation of Texas is unconstitutional, the same disposition and power in the free States to repel that wicked measure, which would be necessary to " dissolve the Union," would be equally available to vote Texas out of the Union, so long as the majority of votes is cast by the free States. A dissolution of the Union, as a substitute for the abolition of slavery, would be treachery to the anti-«lavery cause ; and a dissolution of the Union as a means of abolishing slavery, is too sanguinary and bloody a method for men of peace, while any other measure can be used. The slaves might indeed, free themselves by an insurrection, in that case, but it would be at the expense of oceans of blood. A political dissolution of the Union (while the free States hold the power) should no more be regarded as an anti-slavery measure, than is an ecclesiastical division, on Mason & Dixon's line, in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Ifeither ecclesiastics or politicians, to get^id of the agitating subject, see fit to divide, rather than abolish slavery, let the responsibility rest upon themselves. Our obligations to remain in a Union with the South, should be estimated in the light of our connection with our crushed brethren in bonds, together with the non-slaveholding whites—the majority of our " Southern brethren" in distinction from the petty oligarchy that unlawfully crushes them. Their case we are bound to make our own. We have no moral right (were it possible) to slip our own necks out of the yoke, and leave them in their chains ; especially since we are guilty of having so long assisted in their enslavement. The non-slaveholding States can no more rid themselves of the guilt of: American slavery, by " dissolving the Union" than the controlling partner in j the ownership Qf a slave ship, or of a slave plantation, can wash his hands in j innocency, by selling out his stock, or by making it a present to his partner ! For the North, while holding a controlling power over slavery, to dissolve the Union without abolishing slavery, would only be the sealing of her own con- demnation in the sight of God, of posterity, and of the whole civilized world. To preserve the Union by the abolition of slavery, to administer the Govern- ment righteously, and not to abdicate or disband it, should be the work of a free people- This work, the Liberty Party has undertaken. Her flag is at the mast head, with the motto—*• DorCt give up the Ship!" Here let us rally, and "work while the day lasts." "And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." BANKS, TARIFFS, etc. The Liberty party contends and goes for the manhood of every human being in this Republic of whatever color or condition, ivhenever, wherever, and however assailed, whether in the crushed slave of South Carolina—the man .
  19. 19. ( ' "T "n' l -- I - mi i i i fr r rw.m . r i -»- .i I 1 i«nrmr,.„i jM - - -- -- _— held as property till twenty-five, as the son of a slave, in New Jersey—the non* voting colored man of Pennsylvania and New York—in the negro-pew—in the school, or the college—in the rail-road car, or in the steamboat— in the withholding labor in a store, or mechanic's shop from colored men—in all these we go for that centre right, that equal right, that the black man's dollar shall go just as far as the white man's. We go for the ruined three millions of white men of the Slave States undone for the want of the wages of respected labor, annihilated, covered with rags, no schools, ignorance so thick that, like Egypt's darkness, it may be felt, abject', labor despised as a slave's matter. Six millions, three white and three colored of human beings, one third of the men of the Republic, victims of this dreadful desolation of a nation's best hopes—three millions of slaves at labor, make three millions of slaves without labor—three millions destroyed by working for nothing, causes three millions more to pine in poverty and ignorance, their souls crushed by believing that white men who have nothing can be respectably miserable, only by doing nothing, for which they are paid nothing ! - . Yet, with all these facts and ten thousand more staring us in the face, we mean as a Liberty Party not to divert or distract our attention with Tariffs or Free Trade, Banks or Sub-Treasuries, with Corporations sole or aggregate, with Peace or War. Whether it is best to have a navy for war, or sink it as a means of peace, whether the recruiting sergeant's or schoolmaster's wages be increased, whether we should refuse to open our ports to the slave products of Brazil and Spain, or shut them Out, whether we should sell or give away our public lands, whether we should use the funds of the nation, or leave it to the States to improve river navigation and make harbors on the great lakes, whether we should compel parents to send their children to school or leave them to do as they please, whether we should abolish the Cadet School, at West Point, or not, or make a rail-road to the mouth of Columbia or not, whether we should abolish imposts for revenue, and raise the expenses of the General Government by direct taxation or not, whether we should prohibit, by act of Congress, the importation from abroad, of all alcoholic liquors, and i prevent their manufacture at home, or leave it as before, and hundreds of other j questions may arise, which the Liberty Party will not undertake before they j have power to make their position respected, to settle one way or the other, ! as a party, but will leave each person to judge for himself as he thinks right. But if the Liberty Party acquire power, in Congress or a State Legislature, j so as to be responsible for the action of the Government, either state or j national, the first business will be to overthrow slavery, in every form, in j which it may be reached, and restore all men to their rights as far as our jurisdiction extends, then if any of the foregoing questions, or others come up ; for consideration and decision, the Liberty-Party Congress or State Legisla- | ture will decide upon rendered reasons, what they believe to be just and right ! and that integrity and nobility of soul, which would cut up slavery, root and i branch : would do right or endeavor so to do, on these other questions, and if i they saw, in the progress of time they were in an error, they would have the i moral courage to retreat and do right. Therefore it would be a silly waste of time, to take up any of these questions now, and throw them into our Con- ventions to distract us ; for when slavery is abolished, we shall find- the great disturbing cause of our differences is gone, and we shall have but little to contend about. Most of the controversies in this country of a political character — our Embargo, Non-intercourse Acts, Declaration of War against England and the manner in which it was conducted, our Foreign Relations, Domestic Expenditures, the controversies between Tariff for Protection, and Tariff for Revenue—have grown out of this great cause of eternal envy and disturbance, Free and Slave Labor. A. S. " ONE IDEA PARTY." Behold this picture ! Both Whig and Democrat believe the great object of ! government and its main design is to make dollars by Tariffs, Banks, Sub- I Treasuries, Free Trade, Corporations, Monopolies. Canals, Rail-roads, and by | obtaining the money paid for governmental jobs in the shape of salaried offi-
  20. 20. ces, and in expending thirteen millions annually on the sea and land, by the army and navy, to keep three millions of slaves from insurrection at home, and other nations from invading the assailable land of unpaid and whip- extorted labor in the South. The Liberty Party, the great One Idea Party, believe that a Republican Government is made to protect and defend every human being in the enjoy- ment of his natural rights, Of life, liberty, safety and happiness, and give wages to all, education to all, toleration to all, protection to all—the man first, his clothing afterwards ; the man first, his mode of transportation afterwards; the man first, and currency afterwards ; the man first, and all human contingencies afterwards. The party who loves and respects the man, white, black, brown, or red, will see that he is fed, clothed, and furnished, and justice done his natural wants, because he is a man, and a man needs them. But the Whig and Democratic i Parties act as strangely as if they saw a man fall into the River—his hat falls one way, his great coat another, his pack another; these old parties cry out Save that hat ! Oh, save that great coat or it will be lost ! Oh, save that pack, or it will sink for ever. The Whigs and Democrats put out their skiffs I and scull for the coat, the hat and the pack; the Liberty Party cry, Oh save the sinking man ! and put out with their skiffs, and, by his locks, they save the drowning man; and will then look for the hat, coat and pack, because, as a man, he needs them. What is the gbeat hindrance in the mission fields to the esta- blishment OF A PRACTICAL, PERMANENT GOSPEL 1 Anstver. Oppression. Oppression is modified slavery. In some of its modifications, slavery exists in almost every heathen nation on earth. But how does that state of society operate prejudicially to the establish- ment of truth ? Anstver. Everyway. It requires the gospel to "bow down and worship it." That is, oppressors say emphatically to missionaries, if not in so many words, at least by plain implication, Oppose our daily practices whence we derive our revenues, and we will oppose you. But lend your countenance and toleration to this practice, and you shall share our smiles and our patronage. Examples in ancient times. The variety of religions introduced into Rome, before the days of the Apostles, all bowed down to the civil authority, and were all tolerated. When the Apostles preached Christ, a Prince and a Saviour, and proclaimed their determination to obey God rather than men, both j they and their religion were at once outlawed. " The kings of the earth did set themselves, and the rulers took counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed," and under their authority, and supported by their power, persecutions raged for centuries to such an extent, that the blood of j the Christians fattened the fields of their early labors. But after a time, the doctrine of obeying God rather than men, was entirely given up ; indeed, was reversed, and forthwith the civil authorities in the persons of Constantine and his successors became the friends and patrons of this religion. Modern examples. At the Sandwich Islands grievous oppression has long been exercised by the Chiefs over the people. The missionaries say, " If we had preached against oppression, and made the practice of it a bar to Church membership, we should have been driven away." They did not preach against it: they received the Chiefs to the bosom of the Church, and secured their patronage. But an intelligent observer, friendly to the mission, says that religion among the Islanders, is " without purity or virtue." Among the Indians upon our borders slavery exists. The language of the missionaries there, is, that " If we interfere with their slavery, they would drive us from the country." They do not interfere with it, and slaveholders among them are said to be their " most pious and devoted Church-members." In our Southern slave States, no minister is tolerated who does not so con- strue the gospel as to make it sustain slavery. It is so construed. The re- sult is an immense mass of heathenism, worse in some respects, (according to the showing of their own religious bodies,]^ than exists anywhere else
  21. 21. on earth; and every return of the census shows that this heathenism is increasing more rapidly than in any other land under the whole heavens. There are no half-truths in God's word. There are none but practical truths there. The difficulty, then, in establishing a practical gospel, is simply the difficulty in preaching the whole truth. Oppression everywhere demands that the whole truth shall not be spoken. As far as that demand is complied with, the practical nature of the gospel is impaired, its fine gold is dimmed-— its purity and power diminished, and its permanency shaken. OLD TINKEM OF TRENTON. An extract from Alvan Stewart's argument before the Supreme Court of New Jersey : " Slavery is a matter in invitum, and the party most interested can have no voice in making a contract. To illustrate one of the abhorrent features ofthe institution in the slave States, Mr. Stewart, adverting to one of the positions of the opposite counsel, supposed the following case. An old man, said he, whom we will call Tinkem, lived in Trenton, once upon a time, and not being long for this world, called his ten sons around him and told them, ' My sons, I have but little to give you of worldly property, and therefore, in order to start the five oldest of you comfortably in this life, I give each of them one of their five younger brothers, to be his property,—in other words, his slave, for life, and his posterity after him. And you, the five youngest of my sons, must be the slaves of your elder brothers. I do this in conformity with the usage of the citizens of a large number of the States of this Union !' But the eldest son says, ' Father, what are the rights and prerogatives which we shalj, in that case, possess over our slave brothers V ' Oh,' says the old man, ' you will re- duce them to chattels, or cattle,—living, breathing property,—that is all. It is perfectly legal, and you will be protected in the enjoyment of your property ; you are no longer to regard them as sentient beings ; you are to deprive them of all education, except the cart-whip instruction; you are to make them know and feel that their every moment is to be regulated by your wish and will, and that they are subject to be sold, and worked, husband apart from wife, and wife from husband ; and their children from both* So, now, my son, take your slaves and begone!' Now (continued Mr. Stewart), the story of this horrible deed reaches the ears of the citizens of Trenton, and the sanc- tums of its editors. A burst of indignation is the consequence. Everybody and every press exclaims " Monster ! monster! monster !" with one voice. It is taken up by the people, and the press of Philadelphia and New York, and language grows weak, and imagination weary,in searching for fitting epithets, in which to.condemn the foul and damning act of this heartless old villain, Tink- em of Trenton ! Men come from a prodigious distance to get a sight of so much moral deformity, existing in a single man. The phrenologists come to exa- mine his craniologica! developments, wondering what manner of man-monstei he can be ; and the whole nation rings with the story, and but one opinion is expressed, everywhere, in public and in private,—and that of horror and aston- ishment. But, your honors, pause in your honest outburst of indignation. Old Tinkem stands excused, in view of the fact that not a week comes and goes in the regions of the sunny south, that does not furnish a parallel to his conduct. A slaveholding father there gives the children of his own body, by his bond woman, to be slaves for life, to his children by his free-woman,— I mean his wife ! It is done in twelve states out of the six-and-twenty of which this Union is composed, whenever the father wishes to endow his heir out of his possessions. And this I hold to be slavery in the length and breadth of its fiagitiousness ; it is yet but one phase of its abounding villainy. The pic- turcis startling, frightful, revolting ; but it is neither overdrawn, nor too high- ly colored.
  22. 22. THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES. Of the fourteen presidential terms, now expired since the formation of the government, eleven have been filled by slaveholders, one by a " northern man with southern principles," and only two by northern men. The present in- cumbent is a slaveholder, sworn fully to do his utmost to uphold, and even extend the abomination. During the twenty years, ending in 1832,. there were six presidential elec- tions. In these, the south cast 608 electoral votes, but only 41 of them for northern candidates. During the twenty years, ending in 1835, there were five presidential elections, in which the south cast 515 electoral votes, only 11 of which were for northern candidates. By holding the Presidency, slavery controls the cabinet, the diplomacy, the army, and the navy of the country. The power that controls the Presidency controls the nation. THE VICE^PRESIDENCY AND SENATE. The President exercises much of his power by and with the Senate. The Senate is equally divided between the free and slave states. The Vice-Presi- dent of the United States is ex-officio President of the Senate. As such, he has the casting vote in all questions before that body. For the last twenty years, with one exception, he has been a Slaveholder. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, The speaker of the House has the appointment of all committees, and of course exerts an immense influence in this, as well as other ways, in the legislation of the country. Since 1809, with two short exceptions, the speak- ers have always been slaveholders'. THE ARMY AND NAVY. The free states generally have furnished the seamen and the soldiers; the men to do the fighting and endure the hard knocks : but slavery has taken rare to furnish southern men for officers. Northern men could not be trusted to look after southern interests (which has of late been the principal employment of the army and navyj so well as southern men can be. So the slave states sup- ply all the generals and commodores, the colonels and captains, the lieu- tenants and midshipmen. So the south, without commerce to protect, are always anxious to increase the navy, as - it furnishes comfortable berths for so many of her idle and helpless sons. For this reason, also, it is sometimes found almost impossible to man our ships of war, because free sailors cannot endure the treatment they receive from officers who have been accustomed to command slaves-. .•*. Of 1054 naval officers, New England has only 172. Of the 68 commanders, New England has only 11 Of the 328 lieutenants, New England has only 59. Of the 562 midshipmen, New England has only S2. And New England owns nearly half the tonnage of the country ! DOTH NOT NATURE TEACH? The Rev. C. C. Jones, who has made some noise within the last few years in respect to the religious instruction of the slaves at the South, has a section in his Catechism prepared for the " oral instruction," on the " duties of ser- vants," in which is the following passage : " Q. Is it right for the servant to rwn away, or is it right to harbor a runa- way % "A. No. " Q. What did the apostle Paul to Onesimus, who was a runaway ? Did he harbor him, or send him back to his master ? "A. He sent him back to his master with a letter. — Philemon, vs. 1-25." In his last (the 10th) annual report, respecting the efforts of himself and ' otheis in this work, Mr. Jones informs us how the negroes appreciate this j part of his instructions. He says :
  23. 23. "Allow me to relate a fact, which occurred the spring of this year, illus- trative of the character and knowledge of the negroes at this time. I was preaching to a large congregation on the Epistle to Philemon >• and when I insisted upon fidelity and obedience as Christian virtues in servants, and upon the authority of Paul, condemned the practice of running aioay, one half of my audience deliberately rose up and walked off with themselves, and those that remained looked anything but satisfied, either with the preacher or his doctrine. After dismission, there was no small stir among them : some sol- emnly declared ' that there was no such an epistle in the Bible ;' others 'that it was not the gospel ;' others, ' that I preached to please the masters | others, ' that they did not care if they ever heard me preach again.' V The negroes were evidently the better informed of the two. Nature is a better expounder of the Bible, as well as of common honesty, than a slave- holder. This is not the first time that Satan has found it convenient to quote scripture to serve his purpose. And as Christ said, when the thing was tried upon him, " Get behind me, Satan," so we do not wonder that na- ture Itself should, in the present case, cry out upon such religion as a lie, and turn from it with instinctive and indignant loathing. THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. This body, in 1787, recommended it to all their people to use the most pru- dent measures, consistent with the interests of the state of civil society in the countries where they live, to procure eventually the final abolition of slavery in America. They re-afiirmed the same judgment in 1703. „ In 1794, the General Assembly adopted certain "scripture proofs and notes" to the Confession of Faith. Note b. appended to a question of the larger Catechism upon the eighth commandment, was as follows : " I, Tim. i., 10. The law is made for man-stealers. This crime, among the Jews, exposed the perpetrators of it to capital punishment ; Ex. xxi., 16; and ! the apostle here classes them with sinners of the first rank. The word he I uses, in its original import, comprehends all who are concerned in bringing j any of the human race into slavery, or in retaining them in it. Hominwn fures, qui servos vel liberos abdtbcunt, retinent, vendimt, vel emimt. Stealers of men are all those who bring off slaves or freemen, and keep, sell, or buy them. 'To steal a freeman,' says Grotius, 'is the highest kind of theft. In other instan- ces, we only steal human property; but when we steal, or retain men in slavery, we seize those who, in common with ourselves, are constituted, by the original grant, lords of the earth.' Gen. i. } 28. Vide Poll synopsin in loc. " This remained as the judgment of the Church for some twenty years. About the end of that period, a worthy abolitionist, who still lives, was preaching in Virginia. In good set terms, and true Christian fidelity, he as- sailed slaveholding, and insisted that slaveholders were men-stealers. Some of his Presbyterian and ministerial brethren were greatly annoyed, and sought to discipline him as a disorganizer. But to their surprise, he quoted not the Bible only, but their own Confession against them, and they were, for the time, obliged to stay proceedings. At once, however, they and their slaveholding accomplices set themselves to getting the obnoxious note out of the Confes- sion. They effected this, by characteristic maneuvering, in 1816. A minority resisted and protested, and brought the subject up again the following year. It was evident something must be done to cover the servile iniquity; and the next year, the famous Declaration of 1818 was made. It served its purpose admirably. Since that, slavery has nestled quietly and increased nicely in the bosom of the Church, until, in 1845, the Old School Presbyterian church, the lineal descendant in this thing of the Presbyterian church that was, has even gone back from the ground of 1818, and now allows and justifies slavery on principle and as a Bible institution.
  24. 24. OCCASIONS FOR ANTI-SLAVERY ACTIVITY. Millions -of the human family may, in this republic be reckoned up, men, wo-: men, and children, who are described in the solemn language of law, as goods and chattels—who are bought and sold as articles of merchandise—who are subject to all the incidents of property, and exposed to all the insults and in- juries of which human nature is capable. The prerogatives they are inaliena- bly entitled to wield, and the privileges they are entitled to enjoy, they are forced every day, and everywhere, to be trodden down by violence guided by fraud arid by fraud armed with violence. In this condition they have been held age after age, the tillers of an unblest soil, which refuses to be fertilized by their unrequited sweat and their unavenged blood. Whatever may be the measure of their wrongs and wretchedness, the privilege ef seeking redress by urging their complaints and their petitions on the law-making power, is most jealously and obstinately withheld. They are expected to hold their tongues under the heaviest inflictions. The laws they are under, while they threaten them with multiplied and frightful penalties, afford them no protection. They may be scourged, ravished, murdered, with impunity. And the professed ministers ef mercy, among whom his lot is cast, task their ingenuity and their strength to prove that the condition of the slave is natural and healthful, accordant with the laws of nature and the will of Heaven, or preserve silence amidst the outrages perpetrated upon their fellow-men, and fellow- Christians. The most distinguished statesmen declare, that however wicked, when first introduced, slavery has been practised in this country till it has become " sanctioned and sanctified." They exert themselves, therefore, to render it as permanent as any other human relation or institution. To all the suffer- ings of the slave, they are for adding the sting of despair. American Slavery Founded in a Lie. Such is American slavery, not accidentally, as a matter of course, but of necessity from its natural and inherent tendencies. The wickedness and misery it involves, must be great beyond description or conception. It is founded on a lie, gross, impudent, and malignant in the highest degree. The slave is not, as it affirms, a chattel. He is essentially and constitutionally something else infinitely superior. He is a man. He bears even in his chains, he evidently bears the Divine Image ; and cannot, therefore, by any process be reduced to "an article of merchandise." To describe him as " an article of merchandise," especially in the language of the law, is to utter the most atro- cious falsehood. In this lie slavery has its basis. American slavery is, in its very nature, a complicated and comprehensive system ofstealing, breaking up wherever it prevails the very foundation on which rests the right of property. Armed with the active faculty and endowed with the light of reason, every man is entitled, is'bound, to promote his own im- provement and welfare. He is authorized—he is required to assert his own personality. He is an I myself. In this myself] the institution of property has its foundation. The natural results of an activity, springing from Imy- •self, must of course belong to Imyself. But all this slavery denies. It seizes on I myself and reduces personality to property. Thus the I mysdf vanishes, and leaves behind nothing but a chattel. If this transaction be at all valid, there can be no essential difference between a man and a thing, between the I myself in any case and a chattel; and the right of property has perished. No- thing remains to which this right can be attached—by which it can be asserted. Thus, in stealing a man—and every slave is a stolen man—slavery swallows up everything to which property in any case and under any form can belong. And nothing but fraud and violence can anywhere or any how keep up even the show of the relation of owner and property. No one, whether slave or slaveholder, can justify himself in claiming, as his own, anything whatever. Such is the bankruptcy to which slavery reduces every one within the sphere ofits influence. That must be stealing with a witness which breaks up and bears away the only basis on which property can be held.
  25. 25. American Slavery is a System of Murder, American slavery is a system of murder. Everything distinctively human in its victims, it destroys the moment it seizes on them. It denies that they are men—pronounces them chattels. This it does in the strongest terms, in the most solemn manner, and for the gravest purposes. The laws which are forced upon them, enact that their humanity — the man in them—is extinct. Whatever in the form they bear, may remain — the man, according to slavery, has perished. Accordingly, if a slave is killed, however wantonly and delibe- rately, his death is regarded as the death of a chattel. Damages be de- manded; but, why should the destruction of an article of merchandize be treated as murder ? This was committed, once for all, when he was reduced to slavery. And any one who studies the code of slavery, and the history of the judicial processes which it may have occasioned, must see that so the matter is there disposed of;^-and yet, when the atrocities' which so often result in the destruction of slaves are described, one and another among us, affecting surprise, pronounce such stories incredible. Incredible ! What, that when reduced to a chattel, man should be treated accordingly. Why, all the particular atrocities which are described in the history of slavery, are no- thing more or less than the natural and necessary fruits of the chattel princi- ple, wherever and however applied to the human family. Their theology, and ethics, and political; economy—their existence in all its forms and phases,, many of our countrymen have been trying to adjust to the monstrous falsehood, that no essential" difference separates personality from property. Why make large eyes and loud exclamations, when the natural re- sults are forced upon us f— when we find ourselves in the spheres of theology, and ethics, and political economy, hemmed in on every hand by grisly spec- tres, squeaking and gibbering all sorts of absurdities in our ears?—when we hear that slavery is the corner-stone of freedom, 1 —that sin persisted in grows into holiness ? —and that in God's world, we are driven for counsel and pro- tection to the bosom of the devil ? Such nonsense and blasphemy are the natural product of the all-comprehensive lie, which as a peopler w-e have made and cherished. When the right of property is assailed and subverted, as it must be where- ver slavery prevails, what within the sphere of commercial activity can be expected? Confusion and misery, of course. Will contracts be fulfilled and debts paid ?—will mutual confidence be cherished and honored ? If so, it must be in despite of the doctrines and arrangements which are designed to keep slavery in countenance. What occasion for surprise, then, that slavery from time to time swallows up uncounted millions, which an ill advised credit system recklessly throws into its wide-open insatiable jaws ? And when slavery has filled its multiplied brothels and slaughter-houses with human victims, what stupidity, to wonder that debauchery and cruelty of all sorts, and in every degree, should be practised there! It is most obvious and certain,- that unless slavery be exposed and abolished, the nation is undone. The very foundations of society under any healthful form must be broken up. Bankrupt in character, the nation must be bank- rupt in everything. Hence the occasion for Anti- Slavery Activity.. The Bible Argument, But is not the Bible in favor of slavery ? —Slavery is founded in a- monstrous falsehood —breaks up the distinction between personality and property—aims a deadly blow at the heart of human nature, murdering the man in the man, destroying everything distinctively human in humanity—throws loose reins on the neck of passion—encourages and justifies all kinds of wrong and out- rage—withholds the restraints of law from those who are eager to inflict, and the protection of law from those who are liable to< suffer the deepest injuries — and dooms millions of the children of our common Father—of the redeemed of our common Saviour, to gross ignorance, revolting vices, and heart-rend- ing wretchedness. These things are essentially characteristic of Ameriean slavery—they enter into its very being—they are its natural and necessary
  26. 26. remorse for the ruin and wretchedness they had brought upon the country; laughing at their own safety and security." And when the banks went, the General Assembly's funds and all its golden dreams of more than 6 per cent, interest went with them. These funds, be it remembered, constituted a large portion of the funds of the Church. Is it any wonder that the trustees and leaders of such a Church bave ever been ready to step forward as the apologists, patrons and defenders ©f slavery ?. One would think such losses might cure them of this subserviency ; but the doings of the last (Old School) Assembly show them to be thorough spaniels. HOW SLAVERY MURDERS ON°SYSTEM AND BY WHOLESALE. Slaveholders and their friends maintain that the slave is vastly better off than the free man of color. Of course the proportion of slaves who die should be less. But by an examination of the census for 1830, comparing the ages of slaves with the free people of color and supposing the ratio of deaths in each to be the same, it appears that between the ages of ten and twenty-four there should be 665,875 slaves ; whereas there are but 620,827, showing a deficiency of 45,048; between twenty-four and thirty-six, the working age, there should be 439,389 slaves—there are but 370,330, making a deficiency of 69,058; between thirty-six and fifty-five, when decay begins to affect the slave, there should be 340,161—there are only 229,782, making a waste of 110,379; over fifty-five years of age, there ought to be 186,797—there are but 83,736, raising the loss to 103,061. The total deficiency, therefore, arising from this waste of life is 327,547 human beings prematurely worn out and killed on the cotton and sugar plantations of the South in the ten years pre- ceding 1830 ! By a similar estimate we have the following result from the census of 1840/ Between the ages of ten and twenty-four, there ought to be 829,698 slaves ; there are but 781,206—deficiency 47,492, Between twenty-four and thirty-six, there should be 568,107; there are but 475,160 —deficiency 92,947. From thirty-six to fifty-five, the proper number is 444,376, actual number 284,465 — deficiency 159,911. The total deficiency is 444,357. It also appears from the census of 1840, that the increase of the slave population in the previous ten years was less than 25 per cent.—a large portion of which diminished increase must be set down to a greater loss of life. Altogether, by preventing the proper increase and by hastening to a premature death, slavery undoubtedly murdered from one-fourth to half a million of human beings in the ten years ending in 1840 ! HOW SLAVERY HEATHENIZES WHAT IT DOES NOT KILL. " Who would credit it, that in these years of revival and benevolent effort, in this Christian Republic, there are over two millions of human beings, in the condition of heathen, and in some respects, in a worse condition? * * From long continued and close observation, we believe that their (the colored population's) moral and religious condition is such, as that they may justly be considered the heathen of this Christian country, and will bear comparison with heathen in any country in the world." — Synod of S. C. and Ga. in 1834. In the New Orleans Protestant of May 3d, 1845, there is a " report on the religious instruction of colored persons, published by order of the N. O. Pres- bytery." The report states that there are within the bounds of that presbytery, at least 100,000 persons of color, nearly all of whom are slaves. The report also says that " it is a lamentable fact, too evident to be denied, that by far the greater part of them are famishing and perishing for want of the bread of life. Of the 100,000 of this class of people, within our bounds, it may be safely asserted that 75,000 never hear the doctrine of salvation through a crucified Redeemer preached, and have none to tell them ' what they must do to be saved.' And of the remaining 25,000, who occasionally hear the preaching of the gospel, not more than 5,000 enjoy its regular and constant ministrations." What a picture ! Ninety-five thousand out of a hundred thousand, within the bounds of a single presbytery, as benighted, with few exceptions, as any heathen on the face of the earth.
  27. 27. HOW ALL THIS STRIKES DISINTERESTED AND INTELLIGENT CHRISTIANS ABROAD. At the General Anti-Slavery Conference held in London, in 1843, the Rev. Dr. Ritchie of Edinburgh, in discussing the resolutions recommending no church-fellowship with slaveholders, said : " O that the Church would be faithful to her Head ! that her ministers would remember, that He complains especially of the wounds wherewith he is wounded in the house of his friends. If I do not misread my Bible, the Church is the commissioned regenerator of the world. If then, the Church be corrupt, whence are to issue the healing waters ? If the salt of the earth have lost its savor, how is the putrid world to be recovered from its taint ? If justice and mercy are exiled from the Church, what can I expect but that they are ' Sprung on the viewless winds to heaven again 3" Alas! what reports must he bear back of Christianity, who has been sent to learn her genius and influence from a slave-holding Church? My fancy hears him, on his return, questioned by his brother idolator : ' What are Christians V ' Monsters ! They hold that their creed came from heaven, and is the word of salvation; and they hold it a capital crime to teach this creed to man, woman, or child, who has a dark face. They buy and sell men, women and children, and offer the profits on the altar of their God ! They sell their own wives, sons, and daughters, and to those who they know will work and flog them to death ; and this they do without the temptation of hunger or poverty. THE JUDGMENT OF THE WHOLE CONFERENCE. The Rev. John Angell James introduced to the Conference a series of resolutions on the subject of church-feilowship with slaveholders. These, after being fully discussed and warmly supported by himself, Drs. Ritchie, Morrison and others, were unanimously adopted, as follows : 1. That this Convention hereby declares to the world its deliberate and solemn conviction that slavery, in whatever form or country it exists, is in- trinsically opposed to all natural justice and genuine Christianity ; that in proportion as these exert their legitimate vigor and influence in society, it must be destroyed ; and that while the Convention deeply deplores the sanc- tion or support still given to it, either overtly or tacitly, by so many churches and religious bodies, especially in the United States, it rejoice in the assurance that so many others are bearing their public and decided testimony against it, refusing to retain in their communion those who, after one admonition, per- sist in the justification and practice of it. 2. That, encouraged by the progress of earnest sentiment and action on this subject in the churches and religious bodies of America and other coun- tries, this Convention repeats the testimony of the Convention of 1840—that while it disclaims^he intention or desire of dictating to Christian Communi- ties the terms of their fellowship, respectfully submits that it is their incum- bent duty to separate from their communion all those persons who, after they have been faithfully warned, in the spirit of the gospel, continue in the sin of enslaving their fellow-creatures or holding them in slavery—a sin, by the commission of which, with whatever mitigating circumstances it may be attended in their own particular instance, they give the support of their example to the whole system of compulsory servitude, and the unutterable horrors of the slave trade. 3. That this Convention, while it passes no judgment on the particular forms of action which different friends of the slave in different circumstances may adopt, hereby expresses its cordial sympathy and high admiration of all those who, in a Christian spirit and by Christian methods, are sincerely and earnestly laboring to purify their respective religious connections from all fellowship with and support of this heinous sin. Such is the verdict of anti-slavery Christendom touching the criminality of slavery and its utter inconsistency with a regular and approved standing in the Christian Church.