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chaste and eloquent Oration was pronounced, in the Presbyterian Church, by FRANKLIN WHARTON, Esq. explanatory of the origin and views of the Parent Institution. The delivery of the Oration was preceded by the reading of the Declaration of Independence, by Judge CARR. As connected with the benevolent object of the Society, it may be proper to say, that, in accordance with a resolution of the Presbyterian Church, a Discourse was delivered on Sunday last, by the Rev. S. GIDDINGS. The Rev. Mr. Dew, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, likewise delivered a Discourse on this subject. Contributions were afterwards made by the congregations, to aid the Society in its philanthropic undertaking. --Republican.
Port Gibson, Miss. JUNE 20.-Some time ago, a communication was published in the Correspondent, detailing the particulars of a philanthropic act of our fellow citizens, Col. John W. Hamilton, and John Henderson, Esq. in rescuing from the hands of a black-hearted monster, and from unjust bondage, several negro boys who had been kidnapped in Philadelphia and Maryland, and brought to this country to be sold as slaves, by one Ebenezer F. Johnson.
The benevolent interference of these gentlemen, at the risk of pecuniary sacrifice, in behalf of suffering humanity, has called forth, in every part of the United States, expressions of esteem and commendation, and their neighbours and friends have not been uninterested observers. These expressions have not been wrongly elicited. The philanthropic of Philadelphia have, however, prepared for presentation to these gentlemen more lasting mementos of the estimation in which they hold that high exaltation of character which prompts to such disinterested and praiseworthy deeds. Two silver cups, which cost $150 each, with the following inscription handsomely engraved on them, are ready to be presented:
“In commemoration of the disinterested, spirited, and benevolent exertions of (John Henderson on one, and J. W. Hamilton on the other), of Mississippi, in rescuing from unlawful bondage, certain persons of colour, who had by force or fraud been taken from their homes in the States of Pennsylvania and Maryland, this piece of plate is respectfully presented by a number of citizens of Philadelphia. March, 1827.”
A part of Southern Africa, hitherto but little-known, and recently visited by Mr. Miles, Superintendent of the South African Mission, is said to “present a wide field for missionary efforts; the country is fertile, capable of sustaining a large population; the people are numerous, and ready to receive the gospel; and the facilities of communication with the colony are easy and numerous." The ignorance of the people, of the arts of civilized life, is displayed in the fact incidentally mentioned—that “when they saw our waggons descending the banks of Bashoe, they at first sight took them to be living creatures, and the wheels to be their legs, with oxen walking before them.
In Berbice, (s. America) slave labour on the Sabbath day, and Sunday markets have been abolished by an “Ordinance of the Lieut. Governor and Council;” and the result has been the crowding of the Missionary chapel with slaves, the filling up of the schools, and a great anxiety to learn, both among adults and children. All meetings for religious instruction are well attended. The institution of marriage is beginning to be honoured.
Mission to Abyssinia.-Messrs. Gobat and Kugler, German Missionaries under the patronage of the Church Missionary Society, who have been spending several months at Cairo, in Egypt, in preparation for their des. tined labours in Abyssinia, were, about the beginning of the year, expecting to proceed to that country immediately, in company with an ambassador of the king of Habesh, who had been sent to Egypt to fetch a Coptic Bishop.
A brig from the coast of Africa, with 350 negroes on board, came to anchor off Trinidad, 29th June. She landed the negroes at night, and entered on the 31st, under Dutch colours. This was her third trip within a short time. 130 negroes died on the passage.
Very interesting Donations.
LIBERALITY OF A MECHANIC. A highly respected correspondent informs us, that a "Mechanic of Springfield,” Mass. has prepared a chest of Tools, of various kinds, (value, sixty dollars) as a donation to the Colony of Liberia. This must prove a most acceptable and useful present, and the unostentatious spirit in which it is made, will secure, we doubt not, to the donor a far higher reward than human praise. Let others learn charity from so fair an example.
RESOLUTIONS ON BOARD THE SHIP RUSSEL.
At Sea, on board the Ship Russell, on a voyage from?
New Orleans to New York, July 4th, 1827. On this day Captain Parkind met with the Passengers on the quarter deck of the Ship, when the following resolutions were passed.
Resolved, That this meeting do approve of the object of the American Colonization Society.
Resolved, That a subscription be opened for the benefit of the Society
Resolved, That C. Whittelsey, Esq. be requested to receive the amount subscribed, and to transmit the same to the said Society, with a copy of these resolutions.
The amount subscribed in consequence of these resolutions, and since femitted to the Society, was forty-three dollars.
The following letter from a distinguished Lady, cannot fail to be perused with the highest pleasure.
Hartford, July 29th, 1827. MY DEAR Sır: It is with sincere pleasure, that I perceive the interests of the Colonization Society, gaining ground in the hearts of the Christians of New England. God has not permitted your labours among us to be in vain, and "Ethiopia in stretching out her hands” unto Him, hath awakened the pity of her more distant brethren.
The “African Repository” has been a powerful engine in preserving alive the sympathy thus enkindled, and I wish sincerely to thank you for its recent, regular transmission to me. As a slight proof of the assertion in my first sentence, I would mention that a charitable Society composed of young ladies formerly under my care as scholars, have devoted the avails of their contributions for two years, to the benefit of the Colonization Society. The amount is not indeed great, but the spirit which it betokens is precious, and I need not say to you, how it rejoices my heart, to see those, who for years were to me as daughters and as sisters, preserving not only the same spirit of pity to the poor which actuated their childhood, but ready to act as pioneers in the march of benevolence.
They decided to invest their bounty in a Library, as the least perishable form in which they could present it, and also as that one which they supposed would exercise the most direct moral and religious influence upon the Colony. The selection of the books has been entrusted to me, and I have endeavoured to procure those which should convey useful knowledge and religious instruction, rather than those which feed the imagination, and though often made the vehicle of moral truth, applicable to the state of our own children, might awaken in African bosoms a sigh of discontent, for luxuries in which they might not participate, or descriptions they could never hope to realize. Many of these volumes are rendered interesting by plates, as I thought their preservation might occasionally be influenced by their apparent value, and though both the subjects and style of a part of them are more elevated than the present state of Liberian Schools would justify, yet it cannot be deemed unwise to contemplate the benefit of their future literature. In selecting the Library I have observed a rule contained in a letter from the Rev. Mr. Bacon of New Haven, “to adapt it to the benefit of those whom we hope will hereafter be the teachers and mothers of regenerated Africa.” By the advice of the same gentleman, whose benevolent and ardent heart seeks the prosperity of a long oppressed people, we have preferred the “Girl's School at Monrovia" as the recipient of our present offering.
It is a favourite wish with the donors of this Library, that it should be preserved as long as possible, and continue its silent and holy ministry to the children of Liberia, when they shall be slumbering in the dust. To facilitate this end, I have written a set of rules, prescribing the times of drawing out and returning the volumes; and have also covered them neatly, numbered and adapted them to a Catalogue, which has been directed to the Teacher, with a letter, requesting her to act as a Librarian. I have also addressed a letter to the Colonial Agent, and one to the children of the School at Monrovia, which I hope they will answer, as a stronger interest might arise out of this new species of intercourse. Will you be kind enough to inform me, or S. Terry, Esq. the Agent of the Auxiliary Society in this place, of the earliest mode of conveyance for the box which will contain our Library? With sincere wishes for the success of that important Society whose interests you so faithfully serve, and for your own temporal and spiritual felicity,
Believe me yours,
L. H. SIGOURNEY. P. S. Should you desire to state this Library among the donations in the African Repository,-it will amount when completed to more than 100 volumes, valued at fifty dollars.
The booksellers have been exceedingly liberal in their discount, after being informed that the volumes were designed for the use of an African school.
Contributions To the American Colonization Society, from 25th July, to 15th
August, 1827-inclusive. Collections as follows, viz. In the Reformed Dutch Church, Market street, New York,-Rev. Doctor McMurray-per P. Neefus, Esq...
.$ 53 In do. at Tarrytown, West Chester co.—Rev. T. G. Smith—per do. 8 In Church at corner of Green and Houston streets, New York, per Rev. Eli Baldwin,
8 By passengers on board the ship Russell, on her way from New Or
leans to New York, per Chauncey Whittelsey, Esq....... 43 At Erie, per Geo. 'Selden, Esq.......
5 By Rev. Ben. F. Clark's Society, Buckland, Franklin county, Mass. per G. Hubbard, Esq.....
8 By the Congregation of Rev. G. Blackburn, at Louisville, Ky...... 16 75 In Rev. Alf. Ely's Society, Moristown, Mass. per Rufus Flynt, Esq. 13 In Rev. R. Steels Church, Abington, near Philadelphia,...
8 In Christ Church, Georgetown-Rev. Mr. Gray,.....
23 83 In Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth, Va.......
10 In Congregational Church, Hudson, Portage county, Ohio, per David Hudson, Esq.....
17 In Presbyterian Church, Mercersburg, per Rev. David Ellicott, 8 Repository,....
30 Auxiliary Society, Berkely county, Va., per John K. Wilson, Esq. 75 R. V. De Witt, Esq., Albany,.....
5 Samuel N. Hopkins, Esq. do....
13 Pipe Creek Branch of the Anti-Slavery Society of Maryland, Auxiliary to the American Colonization Society,......
10 Auxiliary Society of Meadville, per John P. Davis, Esq..
25 do. Bainbridge, Ohio, per Wm. Hulan, Esq., Tr'r. 10 do. Springfield, Mass. per George Colton, Esq. Tr. 93 do.
Talbot county, Md. per W. Harrison, Jr. Tr. 82 50 Collection Cross Roads Congregation, Washington county, Pennsylvania, per Rev. Elisha Macurdy,..
10 In Central Baptist Church, Washington city, per Rev. Mr. Adams, 2 50 In Chambersburg, Congregation of Rev. D. Denney.
15 In Presbyterian Church, Paris, Kentucky, per B. Miles, Esq. thro' the Hon. Henry Clay,......
30 1st Presbyterian Churcb, Alexandria, D. C. per C. Page, Esq...
8 44 2d do. do.
6 47 Baptist Churcb,
4 Christ do.
$ 600 80