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to Liberia.* By this, R. Smith, Esq. is to be informed that he is at liberty to draw on me for five hundred dollars, current notes of N. Carolina. I have it with me, and expect to stay in this and the adjoining counties until I hear from thee, the nearest probable time that a vessel will sail for Liberia. I hope to be in Norfolk, and witness the embarkation of the people of colour.
Since writing the above, my friends have agreed, after perusing the 7th number of the Repository, to authorize R. Smith, Esq. to draw on me at the time he does for the above, for the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars, to be applied to the purchase of a ship.
From a Gentleman in South Carolina. A gentleman in this vicinity, desirous of placing under the care of the American Colonization Society, his twenty-five in number, requests me to obtain from you, information relative to the course to be pursued by him. He can convey them to Georgetown, in this state, free of charge to the Society, if you could receive them there. But as this movement will deprive him of the future benefit of their labour, and leave him a bare competency for the residue of his life, he feels unable to make any money advances. They consist of native Africans and their children-are all willing, and the most of them anxious to go.
From a Gentleman in Virginia. Herewith
receive a draft of 815 50 for the Colonization Society. The .... have again raised ten dollars and a half, to which I have added five dollars. You will, however, credit all to
I request this with a view to encourage them and to provoke others by their example. I wish to see the offerings even of babes, consecrated to so holy a purpose, and much might be raised in this way, if the teachers would interest themselves. May the Lord bless your Society to the good of Africa and America.
(To be continued.)
By the last accounts, the number was eighty. They will embark in the Nautilus, now at Norfolk, immediately.
† The money mentioned in this letter has been received
Departure of the Doris. “The Doris sailed,” says a correspondent, in fine style, and under the most favourable circumstances, on Saturday morning, the 10th of November. After the deck had been cleared of all but the Emigrants, the Rev. Mr. Henshaw made an eloquent and affecting address to them, and those whom curiosity and interest had attracted. When he had concluded, a gun was fired as the signal of departure, and the Brig set sail; while all the vessels around had their flags hoisted in honour of the occasion.”
This vessel was fitted out in Baltimore, and received on board at that place eighty-two passengers.--Of these, twenty-nine were from Baltimore, fifteen from the western part of the State of New York, two from Delaware, three from Hagerstown, Md. and thirty-three from Ann Arundel county, Maryland.
Twenty-three others embarked from Norfolk, making in all one hundred and five. Of this whole number, sixty-two were slaves, liberated by their proprietors for the express purpose of being transferred, for a settlement, to the Colony of Liberia.Thus is seen fulfilled, at this early period, the predictions of the founders of our Society, that the success of their enterprise would offer inducements not to be resisted, to many humane and lofty minded individuals for the emancipation of their slaves, by exhibiting unquestionable evidence, that upon such, freedom might be conferred without detriment to the public welfare, and with inestimable advantage to them. The thirty-three from Ann Arundel county, Maryland, were all, the property of Daniel Murray, Esq. who in contemplation of this generous action, sent out to the Colony some years ago, a favourite servant to make report concerning the country, and prepare the way for those who were to succeed him. Twenty-three were manumitted with similar views by Col. David Bullock of Virginia; three byJ. I. Merrick, Esq. of Hagerstown, one by Capt. J. D. Henley of the United States Navy; and two others by a person whose name is unknown to us, in Baltimoré. Most, if not all these benevolent individuals aided liberally, by donations in money or other articles, the outfit of the objects of their kindness for the voyage, and the situations to which they are destined. Such deeds are recorded on a fairer leaf than ours, and there is one,
who approves them, whose approbation is an ample reward. May his blessing attend this beneficence, and may those who have enjoyed it, bear the remembrance of it forever in their hearts, and by exemplifying the spirit which gave it origin, in their own lives, perpetuate its effects, and confer upon the enslaved by superstition and sin, the liberty which is in Christ!
Expeditions soon to sail for the Colony. The Brig Nautilus of Norfolk, has been engaged by the Society to convey emigrants to Liberia, and will sail before the close of the month. More than eighty applicants for a passage in this vessel, are from the State of North Carolina, and are of the number of those under the special protection of the Society of Friends. We have had frequent occasion to notice the earnestness, perseverance, and eminent liberality of this excellent society, in the African cause; and in our present number we record their donation of seven hundred and fifty dollars to our Institution. We are informed that they are disposed to do still more rather than experience any disappointment in reference to the departure of the proposed expedition.
The Schooner Randolph, destined to the Colony, has also been employed by the Society, to proceed to Georgetown, South Carolina, for the purpose of conveying thence to Liberia, twenty-five persons, liberated by a single individual near Cheraw, for the purpose of being restored to Africa; of which, most, if not all, are natives. Many of them have expressed anxiety, all of them a willingness to settle in the Colony.
The fairest prospect seems now to be opening before our Institution. The unexampled success which has recently marked the progress of our infant Colony, has produced appropriate effects upon the public: interest and charity are extensively excited, and multitudes until lately undecided, have declared themselves for us, and given liberally to aid our cause. We cannot be adequately thankful, for the recent indications of favour in the opinions of our countrymen, and the Providence of God.They have surpassed our highest expectations. Who would have predicted, that an association so feebly supported at its
commencement, so strongly opposed in its progress, proposing & work so difficult, and with resources so scanty for its execution, should, at the conclusion of ten years, be able to exhibit as the result of its efforts, a Colony of one thousand persons: moral and even religious in its character, well ordered in its government, growing in intelligence, industry, and enterprise: some members of which, who left this country with nothing, have acquired property to the amount of from four to ten thousand dollars each a Colony well defended--which has erected two churches and many other public buildings; in the several schools of which, every child is acquiring the rudiments of knowledge;-a Colony, in fine, as regular in its concerns, and as happy in its population perhaps, as any settlement in our own land. Nor should it be forgotten, that not six years since, the earliest emigrants erected their dwellings upon Cape Montserado; and that subsequently, for two years, they were, in a war with the natives, exposed to imminent danger; endured severe and complicated sufferings; and, indeed, were compelled, like the restored Israelites, while they built their walls with one hand, to grasp a weapon with the other.
But what Christian can contemplate without joyous emotions, the influence which this Colony already exerts upon the neighbouring African Tribes? And what hopes may we not indulge for the future? The poor pagans must perceive the superiority of civilized and christian people, and desire to avail themselves of the benefits of their society, example and instructions. Many of their children are now in the schools of the Colony, and will go forth among their countrymen, to communicate a know
, ledge of the most useful arts, and to teach the precepts of a pure Religion. One hundred and fifty miles of coast are now under the Colonial jurisdiction, and along this whole line the benign effects of the laws and administration of the Colony are felt and acknowledged.
Every benevolent and christian heart, will find in facts like these, sufficient motives for exertion. Nor are such hearts few in our favoured country. The donations to our charitable Institutions, prove that they are not. We trust that the time is not remote when the friends of the African cause throughout the country, will unite their strength; when associations will be formed, to aid it in every town and village of the land; and when the State Legislatures and the National Government, will be induced to prosecute the work so auspiciously commenced, with all that energy, and to all that extent required by patriotism, and the principles of our faith.
We believe the time has arrived, when the possession of a ship, to be constantly employed in conveying emigrants to Liberia, would prove of incalculable advantage to the Society. In our number for September, we ventured to solicit the means of purchasing a vessel; and upon perusing our remarks at that time, the Society of Friends in North Carolina advanced two hundred and fifty dollars towards the object. We are now convinced that a larger vessel than the one then described, (say, instead of 150, of 250 tons) would be desirable; and that for the purchase and outfit of such a vessel, a fund of ten thousand dollars may be required. We pray the several Agents of the Society, Auxiliary Institutions, and our friends generally, to make special exertions to raise this fund; which, appropriated to the object just mentioned, cannot fail to facilitate all the operations of the Society, and greatly promote the interests of the Colony. We feel that we should be inexcusable, with the evidences of public liberality now before us, were we to make this appeal without confidence that it will be favourably answered.
Resolution of the Board. Resolved, that the Annual Meeting of the Society, be held in the Capítol on the third Saturday of January next, and that the Secretary be directed to invite the several Auxiliary Societies, to send Delegates to this meeting
Contributions To the American Colonization Society, from 25th October, to
21st November, 1827, inclusive. From Samuel Steele, Esq. Treasurer of the Auxiliary Society, Washington county, Maryland, as follows, viz: Subscriptions and donations, ..
2 Franklin Anderson, Esq.-one do.
2 Carried forward,