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to Georgia, that from the foregoing extracts and others in my possession, it appears that slavery was EXTORTED from the parent country against its serious, solemn and often repeated remonstrances.
I am, dear Sir, your friend and laborer,
PROF. WRIGHT, New-York.
"POEMS, written during the progress of the ABOLITION QUESTION in the United States, between the years 1830 and 1838. By JOHN G. WHITTIER. Boston, Isaac Knapp, 1837."
A warrior is nothing without a bard. Great deeds are made chiefly in the singing. And it is the singing of some great deeds which, more than any thing else, excites to others. The obligations of the Anti-Slavery cause in America to the pioneer spirit of Garrison are most gratefully acknowledged by all true and intelligent abolitionists. But what the same cause and Garrison himself owe to Whittier is not perhaps so generally recognized. John G. Whittier was among the first men to hail the noble undertaking of Garrison and Knapp, and he did it to good purpose. While other more prudent men were standing agape at the presumption of a mere printer rebuking a whole nation, composing-stick in hand, and without the fear of jails and gibbets before his eyes, Whittier grasped him by the hand and cheered him with the ardor of a brother. With as good a hold on the bubble reputation as almost any American poet, he was not ashamed, or afraid to address the reviled William Lloyd Garrison in such strains as these:
Whe can estimate the impulsive force of such words upon a susceptible heart, girding itself to a great and difficult enterprise? And who can over
rate the power of the following lines, as a shield to quench the fiery darts of calumny?
"Have I not known thee well, and read
And watched the trials which have made
And shall the slanderer's demon breath
To dim the sunshine of my faith,
This noble stand of the "Quaker poet" we have good reason to affirm, did wonders in breaking the brazen and serried ranks of prejudice which opposed the good cause at its outset. And this little volume shows that he has not been idle since, but has seized the most importaut occasions of dealing deathblows to the champions of brutal bondage. Such poetry it is that the true patriot and Christian delights to honor. It is not the idle pillar, festooned for the show of an occasion, but the substantial, solid, well proportioned actual supporter of the imperishable temple of human rights.
"SOCIETY IN AMERICA, by HARRIET MARTINEAU, author of Illus. trations of Political Economy. 2 vol. 12mo. New-York, Saunders & Otley, 1837."
Miss Martineau is a wise woman, both positively and comparatively. Nor would her comparative wisdom be diminished by a change of sex. It is fortunate for the present work, that her character was fully established, before she set about it. Patient and thorough in thought, close jointed in logic, energetic in style, radical in her political opinions, and fearless in the expression of them, she had long furnished to the conservative reviewers of her own country one of their most unsatisfactory subjects. With us, like liberty in the abstract, she was unreservedly popular, from Maine to Florida. Her advent to our shores was hailed with universal delight, as that of the most truly American of all the English, and the wounded sensibilities of our great vulgar looked to her unprejudiced lips for a salve that should cicatrize the graceless excoriations of Mrs. Trollope. But she had no such object. She came to use the probe and the knife, and she has done it like a skillful and humane surgeon. What she has found among us reasonably sound and healthful, she has not failed to commend, and her censure will be received by the thinking and truly patriotic of our countrymen, not only as giving additional value to her commendation, but as more valuable in itself from the justness of its application and the mercifulness of its temper. We refer especially to her remarks on American Slavery. With the best opportunity in the world to see the best side of slavery, and every motive to make the best of that, she has exposed the sin with a power of rebuke that will mightily advance the cause of freedom. Well may we forgive all the wrongs we have suffered from the pens of foreign quack-travellers, in consideration of the benefits of Harriet Martineau's faithful and honorable plain-dealing.
ABDY's travels, 374.
Abolition, a religious enterprise, 133.
64 British, 341.
"6 of French Creek, 357.
Calhoun, Hon. J. C., 71, 210, 434.
"L Synod of, 356.
Associations of Connecticut and Mas- Clinton Resolutions, 387.
sachusetts, 49, 388.
of Holland Purchase, 357.
of western N.Y., 357.
Brig, Rising States, 427.
Burning men in Arkansas, 408.
Balbi's School Geography, 351.
"C of England, 91, 354.
Bible Argument, 115, 219, 238.
Colored people in Ohio, 349.
in Philadelphia, 20.
of the U. S., 11.
in Upper Canada, 350.
Commercial crisis, 366.
Consequences, calculation of, 46.
Constitution, in relation to slavery, 73,
Cotton trade, 369.
Cowles, Rev. Henry, 133.
Dawes, Mr., 83.
Dean, Trial of Albe, 110.
Maine Gen. Conference, 356.
Market House Committee, 401.
May, Rev. S. J., 73, 226.
Med, Case of slave girl, 362.
Methodist Gen. Conference, 378.
Montrose, Presbytery of, 356.
Murder by a slave, 408.
Mursell, Rev. Mr., 354.
Nelson, Rev. Dr., persecution of, 395.
Observer, N.Y., 397.
O'Connell, Mr., 343.
Outlawry of slaves, 407.