« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »
Professor Silliman's Letter. We hope Professor Silliman will excuse our disposition to secure the inAuence of the opinions expressed by him in the following extract from his very interesting letter. Sentiments so just, patriotic, aud christian, proceeding from such a source, cannot be lost upon the American public.
“I am much gratified in observing the progress of the very interesting Colony on the coast of Africa, and cannot but hope that the time is near, when our National Legislature will espouse this truly national interest, and cherish it by national resources.
“In looking forward to the prospects of our great and glorious country, nothing fills me with such deep anxiety as our coloured population, already increased to an alarming amount, and increasing, year by year, in a ratio, which no reflecting man can contemplate, without dismay.
“Whatever may be the designs of Providence with respect to our slaves, there is no question in my mind, that the Colony at Monrovia and the dependant Colonies, are worthy of national patronage. To establish an asylum in his native land, where the African can be a man again—to place him under christian instructions, with a mild, equitable, and energetic governmentto open to him agriculture, arts, and commerce-and to furnish an asylum for the free blacks that are willing to emigrate, and for such as may be emancipated by their proprietors:—these are in my view, objects of the greatest importance, and which should be fostered by the citizens of the non-slave-holding states without recrimination, and by the citizens of the slave states without jealousy of interference.”
Message of Governor Morrow. We have perused with unmingled satisfaction the extract from the communication of the Governor of Ohio, to the Legislature of that State, in which he invites the most serious consideration of that body, to the objects of our Institution. He thus expresses his opinions:
“Allow me, gentlemen, to invite your attention to another subject, believed to be of much importance to our country. The Society for colonizing the free people of colour of the United States have demonstrated the practicability of their scheme, and succeeded in awakening the public mind to a just estimate of the objects they have in view.
“It would be difficult to determine whether the appeal which has been made by the Society to the nation, addresses itself more powerfully to the slave, or non-slave-holding States; to the benevolence, the interest, or the fears of the people. If the measure is (as we believe it to be) essentially national, then are we all interested, and should be deeply concerned for its success. There is nothing more evident, than the inability of the Society, aided only by private charity, to carry their whole scheme into effect. If the object shall ever be fully accomplished, it must be by the aid of the strong arm of the Government, which is now invoked in its behalf. I suggest to your wisdom whether the State should not extend a helping hand. The expression even of a favourable opinion, will not be without its effect.
“Should this Society not succeed in removing the free people of colour to the land of their Fathers, it will be a question of grave and solemn inquiry, how long Ohio will continue to tolerate the emigration to her territory, of this unfortunate and degraded race. Their rapid increase has already given serious alarm to many of our citizens, and it may even now be necessary for us (in self-defence,) to adopt some measures to counteract the policy of the slave States, which tends to throw from themselves upon us the whole mass of their free coloured population.”
At a meeting held in Hagerstown on the 17th of October, 1827, a Society was organized Auxiliary to the American Colonization Society, a Resolution and Constitution unanimously adopted, and the following persons appointed Officers for the ensuing year:
William Price, President.
Samuel Steele, Treasurer.
Resolved, That we will individually exert ourselves to obtain subscriptions and donations to the Society, among the Citizens of Washington county, who not being present, have not had an opportunity to subscribe.
A Society has also been formed in Buckingham county, Vir. ginia; and another in Amherst county, of the same state. The list of Officers from Buckingham has not been received. Those in Amherst county, are the following:
Rev. Charles H. Page, President.
A very promising Auxiliary Colonization Society has been recently established in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in consequence of an application from Rev. Robert Henry, an Agent of the Society; and an able address to the public, by its Board of Managers, has appeared in the Village Record. By a resolution of the Society, the Managers were instructed to appoint COMMITTEES in the several townships of the county, to solicit the co-operation of the citizens, in advancing the objects of the Society, by becoming members thereof, or otherwise. Committees were consequently appointed in more than thirty towns.The following are the Officers of the Chester County Auxiliary Colonization Society.
Dr. William Darlington, President.
1 Rev. Robert Graham.
Dr. Samuel M'Lean,
George Hartman, Jr.
David Townsend, Treasurer. An important Society was organized in April last at Chillicothe, Ohio, which has already, according to a rule prescribed in its Constitution, presented its first Annual Report. We publish the list of Officers.
The Hon. Edward Tiffin, President.
John Bailhache, 2d Vice-President.
Rev. William Graham,
John P. Bausman,
George R. Fitzgerald,
James B. Finley.
Colonization Cause.—The following proceedings of several Ecclesiastical bodies in Ohio, furnish the strongest evidence, that this great scheme of benevolence is already beginning to command a mighty moral influence, which must secure to the cause ultimate success. Extract from the minutes of the Baptist General Convention of the State of
Ohio, held May 28, 1827. “The Corresponding Secretary read a letter from the Rev. Moses M. Henkle, Agent of the American Colonization Society-Whereupon the following resolution was adopted:
“Resolved, That this Convention highly approve of the objects of said Society, and that we recommend to our Ministers and brethren generally, to use their influence to advance its interests." Extract from the minutes of the Ohio District Conference of the Methodist E.
Church, held in Columbiana county, Ohio, June 18, 1827. “At a special meeting of the Conference held for the purpose of taking into consideration the Colonization cause, there were present about
forty Ministers, and a large number of spectators: after an address on that subject, by the Rev. M. M. Henkle, Agent of the American Colonization Society, the following resolution was offered, and, after discussion, was adopted by a unanimous vote of the Conference, and approved unanimously by a vote of all the spectators present:
Resolved, That this Conference cordially approve the benevolent objects of the American Colonization Society, and that all the ministers within its jurisdiction be, and they are hereby earnestly requested to deliver public addresses, and to take up public collections on the FOURTH DAY OF JULY, annually, (or on the Sabbath preceding or succeeding that day), wherever it may be found practicable.
S. BOSTWICK, Sec. The following is a copy of a communication made to the Board of Managers
of the Ohio State Colonization Society, by the Lutheran Synod of Ohio:
“Agreeably to the propositions made by a committee of the Board of Managers of the Ohio State Colonization Society, to the Lutheran Synod of Ohio, convened at Columbus, June 10th, 1827, a committee was appointed, consisting of the Rev. Messrs. A. Henkle, James B. Manning, and C. Henkle, to report on the above subject. The committee appointed for that purpose, reported the following resolutions, which were adopted by the Synod:
Resolved, that this Synod not only highly approve the objects of "the American Colonization Society for Colonizing the free people of colour of the United States, on the coast of Africa," but cordially recommend to all the members of this Synod, to patronize said Society, and to render all possible aid and support thereto.
Resolved, that the Synod return the most sincere thanks to the Board of Managers, for the “Exposition of the views of the Colonization Society," by them communicated to the Synod.
Resolved, That Rev. C. Henkle be appointed to transmit a copy to the Board of Managers of the aforesaid Society.”—[ Ohio Paper.
Vermont Legislature. -MONDAY, Nov. 12, 1827.-On the petition of the Vermont Colonization Society, the committee reported a resolution instructing our Senators and Members in Congress to use their exertions in procuring the passage of a law in aid of the objects of the Society, which was read and adopted. The committee also reported a bill authorizing the Treasurer to pay the sum of $ , in aid of the Vermont Colonization Society, when
Mr. Noble moved to fill the blank with 500.
Mr. Ransom opposed the motion on the ground that the Legislature had not the power or right to make such an appropriation of the people's money.
Mr. Upham, in a speech of considerable length, made an eloquent appeal to the House in behalf of the Society.
Mr. Noble supported Mr. Upham, and Messrs. Ransom, Sargeant, and Hazletine, opposed the motion, when the motion was put and lost, and the bill was rejected.-[Vermont Chronicle: