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tion in obtaining a total repeal of the Tariff of 1828, which were laid on the table and or lered to be printed.
Where will the blindness, folly and wickedness of these aristocrats stop? Here is a resolution of at least a majority of the Legislature of that State, modestly asking Congress. to break up, make bankrupt and annihilate all the manufact iring esta: listinents of sixteen or. seventeen sister States, at the whim and caprice of a few wrong headed politicians! for no benefit whatever to themselves, and to make the United States worse than tributary to England, even without the consolation of feedi g'er starving milliois, but to pamper her proul and wici ed aristocracy, and enable them to do more mischief in the world :-and not only to impoverish but to ruin our own, beloved country.
Arother item may be seen in the follo:ving, in the march of intellect.—The graad jury of Richmond County, Georgia, Charles Lapuz in, foremın, have made presentment of a most heirious crime which they understand prevails too generally;that is to say, the practice of printers and publishers of news papers throughout the State, but particularly in the city of Augusta, of employing negroes in the different departments of their establishments; thereby affording them the means of learning to read writing, and affording a source of information to that class of our population, which sound policy forbids!! O God! in Thine infinite pity, for the sake of Thy dear Son, deliver my country from every thing that must be supported by such measures as this! Says Jefferson, in his notes on Virginia, when speaking of slavery, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just!"
And arother item in the list of the ridiculous folly of aris-, tocracy is seen in the legislature of South Carolina. The following r solutions were adopted in the house of Representatives on the 21 of December, 1829; the first, by yeas 99, nays 20, and the second without a division.
Resolved, --That our Senators and Representatives in the
Congress of the United States, be requested to oppose with all their zeal and ability, any appropriations on the part of the General Government, for the purpose of internal improvement, and particularly all such appropriations for the benefit of the State of South Carolina, or any of her citizens.
Resolved ;- That a copy of the said resolution be forwarded by the Governor of the State to each of the Senators and Representatives in Congress."
Here is perfect Vandalism! Are these men fit to represent the free and enlightened citizens of South Carolina, in this enlightened age? They might possibly do to legislate for the Black Foot Indians, on the extreme heads of the Missouri or Kooskooskie river, where civilization can hardly reach for century to come. During the same session of Congress, the Rail-road Company at Charleston, having petitioned the General Government to take shares in the stock, the petition had to be presented by Mr. Webster of Massachusetts.
The time is come to speak truth on these momentous subjects, and to speak plainly and fearlessly, even if it give of fence. It is surely the part of wisdom to listen to the truth, from a sincere friend, rather than to be made to hear it, in a voice of thunder by and by, from a cruel and relentless ene ny. The injustice the oppression, and cruelty-not to say the bad policy an:i demoralizing consequences of slavery are acknow. ledged by all: to give a true history of which, no man of delicacy could perform the task; nor would it bear a reading. A few plain matters of fact which came under my own obser: vation, is all I shall say on that subject.
I knw a wealthy man who was the owner of a great miny slaves, who hired out twenty of his young female slaves, at a certain public work, from year to year, fort he purpose of increasing his stock of yellow slaves. This man made his boast in my presence that their wages were little, compared to the value of his yellow children. Another instance of no uncomi. WOD occurrence, but which is still more abborent: I knew a man in high starding in the world, a judge of a court, who gave two of his own yellow children which he had by colored mothers, to every white child he had, as slaves for life. Another instance:-I knew a certain Colonel, who was high sheriff of the county, that had two mulatto men, slaves for life, given to him by his father, his own half brothers by a colored mother. Another instance, equally shocking:-An abandoned wretch took up with a free yellow woman who had three children. He lived with her some years, had two children by her; and finally persuaded her to move with him down the Mississippi, where he intended to sell the mother and children. But he was detected, and had to escape out of the country. But another instance, which was really heart rending:-) was present at the transaction. A bachelor who was reduced to straitened circumstances had a number of slaves, none of which were so saleable as a handsome yellow woman, by whom he had three children. He was obliged to raise a sum of money; none of his slaves would please the slave dealer but this particular one; she would not go without her children; she' was the man's own balf sister, his father's daughter; but he actually sold them with a promise to redrem them.
Such a scene I hope never to witness again: the parting was more like a funeral than a sale.
If the Almighty Ruler of the Universe would, in infinite pity and compassion raise up and qualify a number of my countrymen with the spirit and talents of William Wilberforce, to set this all-important subject clearly, with all its enormities, before the American slave holder. We might anticipate with beartfelt pleasure the time when that dismal, dark cloud would be dispelled from our political atmosphere; when our country shall be the land of equal rights, in principle and practice; and when men will cease to palliate their faults by false excuses and humbly acknowledge their sins, and forsake them, with brokennes of heart and contrition of spirit, in the sight of God
This traffic is stated, by Mr. Fisher, surgeon of the British ship Athol on the African station, to be carried on more briskly than usual. Not one of the shipsin ten concerned, are taken. The writer states that 0000 slaves are liberated annually by the British vessels. The whole number taken and carried off annu. ally is estimated by him at 50,000. The African chiefs and priests cause all persons among the common people, who learn to read and to write to be put to death.
Now here is priestcraft and aristocracy among the heathen. Observe its uniformity all over the world.
O for a lodge in some vast wilderness,
Then what is man? And what man, seeing this,
CowPER'S TASK. The following is an extract from the Rev. Mr. Newton's Thoughts on the African Slave Trade, who in the early part of his liie was a captain of a vessel in that trade.
“With tłe English ships on the coast of Guinea the great object is, to be full. When the ship is there, it is thought desirable it should take as many as possible. The cargo of a vessel of a hundred tons, or a little more, is calculateu to purchase from two hundred & twenty to three hundred and listy slaves. Their lodging rooms below the deck, which are three, (for the men, the boys, and the womeny) besides a place for the sick, are sometimes more than five feet high, and sometimes less; and this height, is divided towards the middle; for the slaves lie in