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christianization of Africa. Our ef-s ty of giving life, motion, steadiness forts are exclusively devoted to this and permanency to the vast machineimmensely important work. Our ry of their social, political and relipages are ever to be filled with mat- gious organization, under whose beter in someway bearing upon it. nign and elevating influence they Our aims, and our thoughts, and our must necessarily rise in the scale of desires, are all concentrated here. humanity. Nature must change her
Is it too much to hope that the laws—the soul of man must lose its number of our subscribers will be susceptibility to impressions from greatly increased during the present the objects of the moral and physiyear ?
It would seem to be matter cal world around and above it, before of justice that those, who at present they can long remain in circumperuse our pages, should make some stances calculated to produce a physilittle extra exertion as a fair set 01" cal regeneration, where the highest
of to the extra expense we have incur- influences operate to list them upred to make the Repository more at ward, and the most powerful motives tractive in its form, as well as more appeal to every feeling and emotion interesting in its matter!
of their souls, without exerting upon But aside from this consideration, them a beneficial tendency, and imlook but for a moment at the great parting to them expansion of mind, principles we advocate. See how energy of character, pride of race, they stand forth in bold magnificence and all the elements of moral elevaamong the principles which regulate tion necessary to an even stunding all well ordered society-how they i with other races of men. stretch across the destinies of mil- Here is a great work. It has all lions! We aim to rescue the free the requisites of the moral sublime. colored people of America from an It combines all those nice and deliinferior condition; from civil disa- cate shades of thought on which pabilities, and social disadvantages. triotism, philanthrophy, benevolence To remove them from circumstances and christianity delight to dwell! where no light dawns upon them;
It is magnificent in its concepno prospect opens of their elevation; tion: arduous in its achievement: and and to place them in a new set of tremendously important and gloricircumstances; in a country made ous in its results. It therefore may for their race, and honored in its be considered an honor to be in any early history; where they may enjoy way connected with it, to exert any all the blessings of free government, influence in its advancement, or to wisely administered by themselves diffuse the smallest ray of light upon in all its legislative, judicial, and fis- its pathway, by which new friends cal departments, and where they will may be brought to its aid. bear and feel the whole responsibili- But this is but one aspect of the
great work in which we are engaged. || and the deepest sympathies which There are on the vast continent of stir in the heart of benevolence, and Africa millions of human beings on which cluster around the great and whose dark and forlorn condition philanthropic institutions of our age! not one heam of hope shines from If the various elements which conany other quarter of the universe. stitute the moral sublime; if boldIf we cannot by the process proposed ness and grandeur of conception, and reach and bless them, they must sit magnificence of achievement; if enstill, and forever, in the shadow of larged plans and comprehensive ardeath, with nought but despair and rangements; if assistance rendered gloom as their curse-bound inherit-! to the most needy; if help afforded
We aim therefore to spread to the most helpless; if the concenthe fruits and the flowers, and the tration of an immense nun:ber of beharvest of civilization over the blood I nevolent emotions and their applicastained soil of Africa: to renovate tion to the relies of wretchedness and her wasted and decayed greatness: ruin upon the broadest scale; if the to list up her ignorant and barbar- combination of all the powers of civious population from the low depths lization, education, virtue, piety and of sin and consequent degradation, religion, and their application to the and bring to bear upon them all the regeneration of a continent whose moral power of education and all the immense borders can only be encomregenerating influences of christianity. passed by this accumulation and exWe aim to arrest and destroy that tension of all that is morally good, most accursed traslic, the slave trade, and whose deep recesses of crime and thus save to Africa the hundreds have resisted the attacks of all other of thousands of her inhabitants who assailants, and whose dark dungeons would otherwise annually be torn of pollution have proved utterly imfrom her: and thus wash out the penetrable to every and all other infoulest stain upon her character; shut fluences: if the fair hope of seeing up the food gates of the broadest, the sky of Africa lit up with a blaze deepest stream of pollution that floats of glory, and the mountains and plains down the dark surface of earth; and of Africa beaming with unparalleled cause the fertilizing waters of salva- splendors, and her millions shouting tion to roll over the soil so long be- hosannah in the highest, should atreft of every vestige of moral good-tract attention, interest the heart, ness!
nerve the arm, and call forth the best What work could be more sub- efforts of heaven-born charity, then lime? How does it appeal to every may we presume upon a mighty inlover of his race, and every friend of crease in the number of the friends the needy! And why should it not of this enterprise, and a vast enlargegather around it the best affections ment of their liberality.
In this view of the subject, we, be done demands it. The good to cannot think it unwarranted in us to be accomplished demands it. The lay our plans for the operations of avertion of great and impending the present year upon a greatly en- evils, if we do not adopt it, demands larged scale, and to calculate upon it. being sustained by greatly increased Reader, will you do all in your
The cause demands this power to sustain and carry course at our hands. The work to l through?
Des patches from fiberia.
We have the pleasure of laying || but we learn from another source that before our readers, extracts from he arrived about the first of Novemseveral letters received from the ber, in good health. colony since our last number went
GOVERNMENT OFFICE, to press. The information they
Monrovia, Sept. 10, 1844. contain, though not of a very recent dale, will be found very acceptable, June, per ship Virginia, which arriv
DEAR SIR :-Yours, dated 13th being much later than anything ed here safely on the 3d August, with before received. It will be matter fifty-eight emigrants, all of which of gratification to the friends of the were safely landed, and comfortable emigrants sent out during the past although in the midst of our rainy
lodgings provided for them; and year, to know that but very few of season, yet providentially about the them have died, (as few or fewer time of their arrival, we had a spell than would probably have died, had of fine weather for about five or six they remained in this country,) and weeks, which enabled us with a little
effort, to discharge the ship in about they with other diseases than the ten days, so that she sailed for CalAfrican acclimating fever, and that cutta in less than two weeks from the the remainder are all doing well.
date of her arrival. The friends of Dr. Lugenbeeling gone to Sinou, attending the
Dr. Lugenbeel being absent, havwill rejoice to know that he con- emigrants by the Lime Rock, when tinues in good health, and is deeply the Virginia arrived, I had them impressed with the prospect of great safely and comfortably housed here, usefulness opened before him in the until he could be informed of their
arrival. Lieut. commander Craven, colony.
of the United States Brig Porpoise, Our patrons we hope will not fail kindly took my letter to him, and to notice what is said in regard to gave him a passage to this place. the purchase of territory.
On his arrival, I consulted him on
the propriety of removing them to Governor Roberts had not reached one of the upper settlements, exhibthe colony when these letters left; iting your letter, and mentioning
that you requested that they should. The health of the squadron since not be acclimated in Monrovia; but out here, I think, speaks volumes the Doctor thought as I did ; he well in favor of the coast, and with pruknowing the situation of the dif- dent management, I see nothing to ferent settlements for commodious prevent a continuance. I assure you, house room, &c., thought that it sir, that I will do all in my power would be far better, not to remove to facilitate their views, and to gain them from where they are so com- their respect, &c. fortably situated, during the rainy I hope Governor Roberts’ visit to season, fearing that the least exposure the United States, may be productive would subject them to much danger. of the best of consequences, both to We therefore concluded to continue himself and to our infant republic. them here until the first of the dries, when their lands can be surveyed I hope ere this, the correspondence and apportioned them, at or near between the United States officers Millsburg, where there is much good and those of Great Britain, have land. I truly regret not being able come to a happy conclusion in favor to comply with your orders in this of poor Liberia, as it is of vital iminstance, but believe me, sir, that it portance to us to know our position was altogether from the purest and to the world, also our territorial best intentions.
limits, &c., &c. We have peace with the native I have the honor to be, tribes around us, and a measure of Respectfully, your ob't prosperity and contentment with our
Humble servant, selves; together with a small but
J. BENEDICT, happy revival of religion in some
Lt. Gov., C. L., acting Gov. of our churches, which will, from
Rev. Wm. McLain, all appearances, extend unto all.
Sec. Am. Col. Society, We are glad that the United States has commenced the experiment of
Washington, D. C. making this a depot for their squad
MONROVIA, LIBERIA, ron on the coast. I certainly think the benefit will be material, for expe
August 26th, 1844. rience has fully proven that flour, REV. AND DEAR SIR :-You have, butter, &c., keeps better here than no doubt, received my last letter, sent in the more Southern States in from Greenville, by the “Lime America. Besides this, the officers Rock,” per New Orleans, in which and crews of the squadron would I think I acknowledged the receipt prefer doing business with a people of yours of Ist March. Your favor that they understand, more than with of the 8th March, came to hand on a strange and filthy population, such the 27th July, whilst I was in attendas they will have to do with at the ance on the company of emigrants, Portuguese Islands. The United with whom I went down to the setStates squadron have been of much tlement of Greenville, in the early benefit to us; the officers generally, part of May. Your letter of the 5th seem to manisest the most friendly March, enclosing a draft on Gov. J. feelings and social disposition to- J. Roberts, for one thousand dollars, wards us. Commodore Perry, to- for a specified object; together with gether with Captains Mayo, Tatnall
, your letter of the 13th June, informAbbot, and Craven, will ever being me of the embarkation of another gratefully remembered in Liberia. company of immigrants, was kindly
brought to me by Captain Craven, ' whom I alluded in my last despatch, of the United States brig“ Porpoise,” came down to Greenville about three on the 12th inst. I accepted the weeks before I left that place. On kind invitation of Captain Craven-my arrival at Monrovia, I found the went on board the Porpoise, and, company of immigrants, who arrived in a few days after having touched on the 3d inst.-fifty-eight in numat Settra Kroo and Cape Palmas, |, ber-comfortably housed, and most we arrived at this place. I spent of them in good health and spirits. three months at Greenville ; during ! A few of them are now on the sick
!! which time, all the immigrants who , list. The remaining part of those were landed at that place—sixty-' whom I left in Dr. Brown's care, are eight in number-experienced one , doing well. I find that it will be alattack, or more, of acclimating sever; together injudicious and even impracbut, with the exception of two small ticable, to locate the late immigrants in children, whose death was caused the country immediately. We have
li by the effect of worms in the ali- more or less rain nearly every day ; mentary canal, they all recovered; and we probably shall have, for two and I left them, in nearly or quite as months to come. We shall probably good health, as when they first ar- locate them on the St. Paul's river, rived. After the first attack of fever, between Caldwell and White Plains, which in nearly every case, occurred as soon as circumstances will admit. between the fourteenth day and the 'At present, comfortable houses canend of the fourth week after their ar- not be procured for them, except at rival, I suffered the men to go up the Monrovia. As soon as their state of Sinou river, to the settlement com- health and the weather will permit, menced by the first company of Mrs. we shall make arrangements for their Read's people, to attend to the clear. accommodation, in going up the river, ing of their lands, and the erection to clear their lands and erect their of their houses. Several of them houses. And, I am satisfied, that if had their lands cleared, and their | they are industrious, before the end houses nearly finished before I left. ' of six months they will be able to One of my students, Mr. James S. live comfortably and independently, Smith, was with me; and I left him under their own vine and fig-tree. at Greenville, to remair with the You need not be apprehensive that people until the colonial sloop be- " a thirst for trade" will induce any longing to Mr. Young, of that place, of them to take up their rexiilence in should make another trip to Monro- i the Metropolis ; for I am happy in via. Mr. Smith is a young man of being able to assure you, that the very good literary acquirements; i trading mania is vastly on the decline. and he has made very considerable. Some who are now engaged in tradprogress in acquiring a practical, as ing, have already found out that forwell as theoretical knowledge of the tunes are not now so easily acquired, healing art. My other two students as formerly, in that way. I rejoice were not with me, consequently they that the citizens of Liberia generally, have not enjoyed as good opportuni- are convinced that the true source ties as Mr. S. has. I subjoin a copy of wealth is in the soil—that, in order of the report of Dr. James Brown, in to the maintenance of themselves and relation to the nineteen immigrants families, and the preservation of their whom I left in his charge when I standing as a free and independent left with the other part of the com-'conmunity of people, endowed with pany. Mr. Gibson and family, to the unalienable rights of life, liberty