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express themselves anxious on the subject on which you write ; but hard times is the excuse for not contributing more liberally. If every village in the United States will go and do likewise, however, I think you would succeed in raising the $7,000 needed for the object you mention.
“I enclose you $35, all I could raise on short notice, and hope our friends throughout the country will come up to your help against the grasping British.”
Extract of a letter from Ohio, dated March, enclosing $10:
“ I regret that instead of ten dollars I could not send you ten thousand. I often lament that I have not the property which Girard possessed at his death. It seems to me that it might all most happily be invested in the Colonization enterprise.”
A devoted friend of Colonization in the State of New York, who has contributed hundreds of dollars towards its support, writes, March 23 :
“I am quite alive to the great importance of effecting the objects you have just now in view, and I lament that I have not an ample fortune to enable me at once to furnish you with what you want. But the fact is, I am at present, as I have been for some time, very destitute of money means."
“I have given to the Colonization cause, and shall continue to give, more than to any other institution of the day, because I think there is none better, and because I conceive their wants to be greater.”
We commend the following article to the attention of our patrons. It is written by one of the most distinguished friends of Colonization, whose philanthropy, however, is not confined to this scheme of benevolence.
The importance of immediately securing to the Colony the territory lying between the American settlements in Liberia, cannot be too' strenưously urged. We hope that notwithstanding the pecuniary embarrassments of our country, the friends of Colonization will not fail to furnish the requisite funds for securing this object, which a little more delay may forfeit forever.
AFRICAN COLONIZATION. As the public attention appeared to be entirely absorbed in politics, the essays on African Colonization, consisting chiefly of historical facts, were suspended in the midst; and as the writer had much of other matters to occupy his attention, he had little thought of resuming the subject; but learning that a critical period in the history of the Colony has arrived, he
a feels impelled to make another effort in behalf of this great cause, and to endeavor to call up the attention of the friends of African Colonization to the urgent necessity there is, at this juncture, for liberal contributions to the funds of the Society.
That condition of Liberia which now calls for the attention of the friends of the African race, and especially for enlarged liberality, is connected with two facts, which, taken in connexion, show that something must be Iow,
done, and that promptly, or the the prospects of the future prosperity of
There is a tide in the affairs of colonies, as well as individuals, which, if suffered to pass, never returns. In every other respect, the Colony was never more prosperous than at present. And now we have a gentleman in the Colony who possesses the wisdom and energy to secure the advantage which we wish, if we only furnish him with the means of negotiating with the native princes. In fact, as far as appears, nothing but money is necessary to acquire such a right to the whole of that coast, that no other power would think of interfering. What sum would be requisite cannot possibly be ascertained at present; but there is no danger of collecting too much. The sincerity and zeal of the friends of this cause, will now be put fairly to the test. But I calculate more on simultaneous and combined
exertions, which will bring together a multitude of small rivulets, than upon a few great donations. Let every one do something. Let the rich be liberal according to their income ; and let the poor in the exercise of a virtuous self-denial, save a dollar to help on this noble cause ; on the ultimate success of which the happiness of millions may depend.
I know, Mr. Editor, that you have near you, men as zealous in this cause, as any in the country ; and I doubt not that they are engaged in laudable exertions to promote the cause for which I plead ; but I wish through your columns, to reach others, who are not so much in the way of being accurately informed respecting the condition and wants of the Colony. Wherever there are two or three men in a village, or settlement, let them come together, and consult, and mutually stir each other up to renewed, and more vigorous exertion.
Hereafter, I will endeavor to give some more particular information respecting the extent of coast possessed by the American Colonization Society ; and also the extent of coast not in their possession.
Ii is an interesting consideration, that the country proposed to be occupied by our missionaries who recently took their lives in their hands, and sailed for the western coast of Africa, is the very territory of which I have been writing. And as the Kroos are the most industrious, intelligent, and honest of all the tribes which border on the Colony, it is exceedingly desirable that we should spread over them our protection, and by our just and kind treatment secure their friendship and their services, as also the opportunity of introducing the Gospel among them. Permit me also to request, that the pious, of all christian denominations among us, would remember this cause at the Throne of Grace in the present exigency.
The importance and necessity of keeping a squadron on the Western coast of Africa, to proteet American com'? erce, is every day becoming more apparent; and we trust that a few small, armed vessels, will be permanently stationed on that coast, to rendezvous at Monrovia, where stores may be deposited, and abundance of fresh provisions procured.
When our Government becomes acquainted with the advantage of procuring native sailors (Kroomen) to do all the labor on board ships, the danger to be apprehended from the climate can be obviated. These Kroomen are active and bold, capable and willing to perform any sevice required. By employing these men, half the usual number of white seamen may be dispensed with.
• Several letters have reached the United States describing the horrible ravages of the African or yellow fever on board the United States station vessels Dolphin and Grampus. We have, however, seen but one letter or extract of a letter, written by Maxwell WOODHULL, Acting Master of the Dolphin, speaking of the success of the expedition against the native kings and pirates, on the coast of Africa. From this extract, it appears the Dolphin and Grampus worked their way amidst very many obstacles, up the narrow river Nunez, to the town of Wilkedi, the principal place or capital of the king of Scharah, a potentate, who some time since conceived that he might plunder American vessels, and abuse and ill-treat their crews with impunity:
"To punish this worthy was the object of the expedition. Wilkedi is situated about eighty miles up the river Nunez. Here the Dolphin and Grampus took a position in which they could soon have reduced the place to ashes. Satisfaction was demanded, and after some boasting and bragging on the part of his sable majesty, it appears he complied with all the demands made on the part of our Government, and the two vesse's safely descended the Nunez, and arrived all well, at Sierra Leone. The river Nunez is so little known, that on the best maps we do not find the name of a single town laid down.
“ The pirates on the river had, however, made themselves so notorious and offensive, that our Government deemed it of importance to put an end to their depredations, and we are happy to hear that Captain Bell has so successfully and meritoriously effected the objects of the expedition," New York American.
ELEPHANTS IN LIBERIA. Within the last few years, many elephants have been seen in the vicinity of the Colony, and some killed by the Colonists. The country where they abound is east of the mountain range. Should their visits become so frequent to the Colony as to be annoying, we doubt not that the Liberians will soon find means to destroy them, and hunt them as a source of profit. Extract of a letter from Dr. Taylor, dated
White Plains, Oct. 9TH, 1840. “The Elephant.-A very large elephant has been within the precincts of the town of Millsburg, for four or five days. He came into the town and strutted about as it suited him, destroying great quantities of cassada and plantains. He went up on the top of Mr. KENNEDY's hill, and there raised his ears, and waved his proboscis, as though he bid defiance to the whole town. He exhibited himself as long as he supposed they would be pleased to look at him, and then turned off like a small house and went into the swamp. Several men then followed him ; but the sagacity, as well as the terrific appearance of the animal, prevented their approaching him sufficiently close in safety to shoot him. The bushes and weeds were so very thick that it was impossible to retreat, if the elephant pursued. At one time, they came so close to him, as that when he pulled up a sapling and threw it aside to clear away a place around him, the boughs fell about their heads; and they had to drop their guns and creep into a thick bunch of thorns, &c., to avoid his quick, and fierce penetrating gaze,
Brother Harris told me that he was at one time so near him as to see distinctly his small eye, and to judge of the size of his tusks. He says, he expected every moment when the elephant would discover him, and reach out his snout and pull him out from his hiding place, or sweep around the bush and cover him up and walk over him and mash him to death. But his majesty was pleased to turn in another direction, and he was thus providentially saved from a horrible death. After being thus interrupted and fired upon in the course of the day, he concluded to retire ; and taking the road that leads to GATOOMBA's, he made his exit under cover of the night. I have heard some strange conjectures and superstitions relative to this creature's appearance in the place; the most ridiculous of all is, that it is Gay himself, turned into an elephant, and come to the place to avenge his enemies."-African paper.
THE PATH TO THE BUS H.
Mr. Read, the missionary of the Kat River settlement, in South Africa, related, while in England, the following fact:
It is the practice of some of the Christianized Hottentots at one of the stations, in order to enjoy the privilege of private prayer with greater pri
, vacy and freedom than they could do in their own confined dwellings, to retire among the trees and bushes in the vicinity; and, that they might carry on their devotions without being intruded on by others, and at the same time derive all that tranquilizing influence which would be produced by a spot with which no other thoughts were associated but such as are holy, each person selects for his own use, a particular bush, behind which he might pour out to God the pious breathings of his soul. The rest considered this bush as an oratory, sacred to the brother or sister who had appropriated it, and which, therefore, was never to be violated by the foot or gaze of a stranger, during the season of occupancy by its proprietor. The constant tread of the worshippers in their diurnal visits to this hallowed spot, would of necessity wear a path in the thin grass which lay between their huts and the scene of their communion with God. On one occasion, a Christian Hottentot woman said to a female member of the Church, “ Sister, I am afraid you are somewhat declining in religion." The fear was expressed with a look of affection, and with a tone which savored nothing of railing accusation, nor of reproachful severity, but altogether of tender fidelity. The individual thus addressed, was too conscious of its truth to deny the fact, and too much melted by the meekness of wisdom with which the solicitude was expressed, to be offended, and meekly asked what led her friend to the opinion she had expressed. “Because, said the other, “ the grass has grown over your path to the bush.” The backslider fell under the rebuke, confessed that secret prayer had been neglected, and that her heart had been turned away from the Lord. The admonition thus had its desired effect, and the faithful Hottentot had the satisfaction of restoring the wanderer, not only to the path to the bush, but to that God with whom she there communed in secret.
Each party is deserving of our admiration and imitation ; the reprover for her fidelity, and for the gentleness of love with which she exercised her sisterly vigilance; and the object of her solicitude, for the meekness and practical improvement with which she bowed to the voice of affectionate reproof.
And these were Hottentots? Beings who, but a little while before the event oecurred, were searcely admitted by some calumniators of God's varied offspring to the fellowship of rational creatures, and declared worthy only to be the companions of baboons, or at best only fit to be the slaves of those who bear a whiter skin. Where, in all the annals of the Chris. tian church, as that Church has existed in America, in England, or in other civilized countries, shall be found a more beautiful exemplification of the vigilance and humility of brotherly love, than in these two African females, reclaimed by the grace of God, from barbarism and oppression ? Where shall we find among their more polished and cultivated sisters on either side of the Atlantic, more tenderness, delicacy, or refinement, than in these two daughters of Ham. Here indeed is the image of God, and exhibited in Africa. Episcopal Recorder,