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at 124 cents per month to the American Society. Found the worthy pastor of the church in which I lectured, the Rev. Abner Goodell, a warm friend.
Sunday, 8th. In the morning, delivered an Anti-Slavery discourse in the pulpit of the Rev. Mr. Williams, Dover. Sunday ‘afternoon, delivered a second Anti-Slavery discourse in the pulpit of the Rev. David Root. Audience very large and highly respectable. Sunday evening, delivered a third Anti-Slavery discourse in Mr. Root's Church, which was crowded. The audience composed of persons from all the churches in the town. O, it was indeed refreshing to witness harmony, good will, fellowship, and co-operation in our cause, existing and prevailing amongst ministers and churches throughout a neighborhood ! At the close of my discourse, a collection was taken up, and $44 627 was obtained.
Monday, 9th. In the afternoon, at half past two, held a public meeting in Mr. Root's Church, and formed male and female Anti-Slavery Associations for Dover. One hundred and twelve names were subscribed to the Constitution, and about fifty-six monthly subscribers of 121 cents, each subscriber receiving a copy of the AntiSlavery Record.
Monday Evening, 8 o'clock. Held a second public meeting in Mr. William's Church, and obtained nearly three hundred additional names, to the Constitution, and fifty additional monthly subscribers, making a total of four hundred members of the Society, and one hundred subscribers for the Record. Thus, about two hundred dollars have been raised in Dover for the cause of Abolition.
To what is this success to be attributed ? 1st, To the essential goodness of our cause, and the blessing of God upon our labors; and 2ndly, Instrumentally, principally to the co-operation of the Ministers of Religion. Our experience at Dover has afforded another demonstration to the truth of what I have so often assumed, that the fate of Slavery in this country depends upon the will and conduct of the ministers of the Gospel. Why did the people in Dover assemble in such numbers? Why did they join so heartily in the cause? Why did they so liberally subscribe ? Because they saw their beloved pastors going
forward in the work, and felt, therefore, confidence and courage.
Brother Phelps, myself, and Mr. Benson, reached this place about four, to-day. The Cumberland County Convention meets to-morrow, at 10 o'clock. You shall learn the result on Saturday.
We are all under the roof of the Winslows, who are as kind and generous as ever. Yours most affectionately,
MR. THOMPSON'S REPLY TO PROFESSOR
23 BrightON STREET, FEB. 18, 1835. To the Editor of Zion's Herald :
SIR-I have just read in your paper of to-day a letter signed D.D. Whedon,' and headed Foreign Interference.' I am ignorant of the profession or station of the writer. If he be a Christian man, and continue one a few years longer, he will, I believe, deeply lament the publication of the sentiments which that letter contains. Under what extraordinary circumstances of excitement it was written I cannot say. I hope it was not a cool closet composition ; for with the belief that it had been written deliberately, I should be compelled to draw conclusions very unfavorable to the character of the writer's heart.
He declares it right to denounce the measures of the Papists in this country as
infamous and impertinent foreign interference ;' and then asks, in reference to myself, but with what severer epithet (severer than infamous and impertinent !] shall we characterize the man who comes to lecture the citizens of these United States upon the most delicate and most vital of all the POLITICAL questions which agitate this distracted nation?' In other words, who comes to open his mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.'
Your correspondent proceeds-Did that gentleman come, commissioned from some foreign clubs, to collect meetings and nominate an American President, it might be borne with comparative patience ;' but to come to apply the principles of the gospel to a system which reduces to the most brutal
subjection one-sixth portion of our home-born population of these United States ;-which puts out the eyes of the soul, defaces the image of the Maker, and leaves the wretched victim to grope sightless and hopeless to the judgment of an equal God ;-which tears the infant from its mother's bosom, and brands it as a beast for the shambles ;—which converts into solemn mockery the charter of man's rights, and all the forms of justice ;-which renders null and void the holy bond of matrimony ;-which denies the Book of Life to two millions, who without it are destitute of that knowledge which begets a hope beyond the grave ;-which punishes with DEATH the second offence of teaching an immortal being the way to heaven: to apply the principles of eternal righteousness to such a system is a work which requires better credentials than a diploma from any foreign Society, of whatever character or of whichever sex.' Your correspondent is right, and I am thankful that such credentials are at hand. Whenever your correspondent is disposed, I will, in his presence, spread these credentials before any impartial American audience he can collect, and allow him all the space he wishes to question their sufficiency, or invalidate their authority.
There is every evidence that your correspondent deems himself a staunch patriot,-so staunch that he dare not trust himself to comment upon the extensive patronage which the Anti-Slavery Association of this country have extended towards me, lest he should be betrayed into language half as strong' as the perpetration of such an act deserves.'
From the 57th page of the life of Richard Watson, I make the following extract. It is the language of that distinguished ornament of the Methodist body, and will perhaps show that the work in which I am engaged is as patriotic as writing unkind and violent articles against the friends of the enslaved :
• To what, then,ought patriotism to be directed? It has secured our civil rights; it has organized our armies; it has rendered our navy invincible ; it has extended our commerce, and enlarged our dominions : but there is yet one object to be accomplished, without which well appointed armies, an invincible navy, extended commerce and
enlarged dominion, will add little to our dignity, our happiness, or our real strength ;-I mean, the correction of
Immorality and irreligion as certainly dry up the resources of a nation, and hasten its downfall, as a worm at the root of the finest plant will cause it to fade, to wither, and to die. Wickedness arms God against us ; and if he ‘speak concerning a nation, to pluck it up and to destroy,' no counsels, however wise, no plans, however judicious, no exertions however vigorous, can avert the sentence— Righteousness exalteth a nation ;' and every endeavor to promote it is PATRIOTIC.'
Adopting Mr. Watson's views of patriotism,' I plead for the liberation from hateful and unjust bonds of 2,250,000 human, immortal, blood-ransomed beings. Am I worse than · infamous' and 'impertinent' for this ?
I plead that the hindrances to moral and religious improvement may be removed, and the colored population, instead of perishing for lack of knowledge,' enjoy the blessings of education, grow up in the murture and ad. monition of the Lord, and in his fear discharge all the duties of civil, social, and domestic life. Am I worse than • infamous' and 'impertinent' for doing this?
I plead that the Bible may be given to millions of accountable beings who are prohibited from looking into its pages. Am I worse than infamous' and ' impertinent' for doing this?
I plead for the abolition of temptations and opportunities to licentiousness, profligacy, and impurity, and the presentation of motives to chastity, honor and fidelity. Am I worse than 'infamous' and 'impertinent' for doing this?
I plead for the recognition, protection, sanctification and security of the marriage tie. Am I worse than infamous' and 'impertinent' for doing this ?
I plead for the abolition of a practice that robs the fathers and mothers of this land of two hundred new born infants a day, and introduces that number of hapless innocents into all the pollution and degradation of hopeless thraldom. Am I worse than 'infamous' and 'impertinent' for doing this?
But enough. Let the Christian world judge between me and my accuser.
I fear not the verdict. I desire to register my unfeigned gratitude to God for