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Townsmen, and held in the Court-House, on Thursday:LECT COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF COM.

T'Auged. Stereotype Edition, 4s. 6il. visions requisite to the establishment of the magisterial Retail Chemist and Driggist, established 15 years.

IMMEDIATE ABOLITION OF SLATERY.

SLAVERY.

BRITISH COLLEGE OF HEALTH, KING'S

CROSS, NEW ROAD, LONDON. Just Published, in One Volume 8vo., pp. 584, closely Borongh of Leeds, convened, in the unavoidable ab

printed, price 8s., sence of the Mayor, by the requisition of their Fellow.

HE REPORT IN FULL FROM THE SE

MORISON'S UNIVERSAL VEGETABLE
January 24th, 1833.
GEORGE WAILES, Esq. in the Chair.

MEDICINE.
MONS, ON THE EXTINCTION OF SLAVERY
IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED,

THROUGHOUT THE BRITISH DOMINIONS; with
1. That the inhabitants of this borongh have repeatedly
a Copious INDEX. Witnesses examined :-W. Taylor,

CURE OF NERVOCS FEVER. expressed their sentiments upon the impolicy, injustice, Esq., Rev.John Barry, Rev. Peter Duncan, Rev. Thomas To Mr. Edwards, and wickedness of Slavery ; that those sentiments are con

Cooper, Rev. John Thorp, Rev. W. Knibb, Hon. C. firmed and strengthened by an increasing acqnaintance Fleming, Captain C. H. Williams, W. Alers Hawkey,

Sir,--Having been for the last six months in possession with the evils and miseries inevitable to such a state, and Esq., J. D. P. Ogden, Esq., R. Scott, Esq., J. Simpson,

of good health, and, indeed, better health than ever I reexisting in all our colonial possessions, and which, having Esq., W. Shand, Esq.,

Rev. J. Shipman, Rev. R. Young,

member to have enjoyed previous to a dreadral attack baffled every effort, however well meant and merciful, to Rev. J. T. Barrett, W. Burge, Esq., M.P., J. B. Wild

which I experienced last November, of low nervous ferer, extirpate or ameliorate them, decisively prove that Slavery man, Esq., and others.

I feel it my bounden duty, after returning thanks to Alnever will be abolished by ine Colonial Legislatures, and

mighty God for my happy recovery, in gratitude for your that it is the duty of the British Parliament and people to

Also, Second Edition, price 8d.,

kind attention, to make this acknowledgment of the very bring the system itself to an immediate termination.

A FULL
REPORT of the DISCUSSION in the AS. Liquid Vegetable Universal Medicine. My sister tells me

great benefit I received from the use of Mr. Morison's That whilst we deplore that violation of the spirit and letter of our Constitution, of the law of nations, and the law of God, by which nearly 800,000 of the human family, and 1832, between the Rev. W.'KNIBB and Mr. BORTH: I took the liquid, being so ill and weak at the time she

sent for you as to be unable to take the pills, and you WICK. of our fellow-subjects, are to the present moinent detained

were sent for, in consequence of the medicine I lrad prein thraldom, and that, too, in regions subject to the British

Published at the Office of the Tourist, 27, Ivy-lane, viously taken not giving me any relief. Indeed, I was so Crowa, and fostered by the protection and bounties of a Paternoster Row; sold also by Sherwood, Gilbert, and

ill that I don't recollect what passed; but my sister tells people jealous and boasting of their freedom, we thus Piper, and all other Booksellers.

me that I had nearly lost my hearing, and could only solemnly and publicly declare that we will connive at this

speak with great difficulty, and that, by your advice, the system of tyranny and outrage no longer; that we demand

medicines were administered to me in very strong doses; its entire and immediate extinction; that we claim for

and, in four days, snch was the effect the medicine had on every slave within the sway of the British sceptre, and the

PSALMS, Metrically and Historically me, that my sister, and every one that saw me, became oversight of the British Parliament, who is not disqualificd

Edited by

convinced of my speedy recovery, which very soon, by by actual crimes against the well-being of society, his the late WILLIAM GREENFIELD, Superintendant of the the aid of Morison's Medicines, was accomplished. It is, instant emancipation-protesting, as we do, that the liberty Editorial department of the British and Foreign Bible therefore, my wish that this may be made public, that the of the subject is unrighteously invaded so long as one slave Society. The only book in the English language of its afflicted, in the worst of cases, inay not despair. I beg to is found within those limits.

size, in large type, that contains a book of the Bible. offer my best thanks to Mr. Morison for the invention of That we therefore call upon the Legislature of onr

Sold by Samuel Bagster, Paternoster Row ; Arch, Corn.

the Medicine, and am, Sir, country to take this subject, before all others, into their hill ; Darton and Co., Gracechurch Street; Darton, 58,

Your very obliged humble servant, serions consideration ; that one of the first acts of a new Parliament may be the extinction of that worst and foulest Holborn ; and Edmund Fry, Houndsdiich.

ANN CLERKE. of all wrongs upon human nature itself-the bondage of

Hertford, September 3rd, 1832. our fellow men in the British Slave Colonies; and this we urge with a full conviction that the transition to freedom TO CHEMISTS, DRUGGISTS, AND

CAUTION TO THE PUBLIC. will be attended with jutinitely less danger to life and

APOTHECARIES.

MORISON'S UNIVERSAL MEDICINES property than the continuance of Slavery, that the pro

BE DISPOSED OF, the Business of a

having superseded the use of almost all the Patent Me

dicines which the wholesale venders have foisted a pou control, and of social order and subordination, will be rea. dily supplied by the wisdom of Parliament, and will be

the credulity of the searchers after health, for so many Average returns from £850 to £900 per annum. The profound far less namerous and difficult than the timid or the

years, the town druggists and chemists, not able to establish fession of an Apothecary cond with much advantage be interested may forebode.

a fair fame on the invention of any plausible means of added. Apply (if by letter, post paid) to A. E., 29, Hay. competition, have plunged into the mean expedient of paffMoved by the Rev. Thos, SCALES; seconded by Mr.T.

market, London. B. PEASE.

ing up a “Dr. Morrison" (observe the subterfage of the II. That an Address from this Meeting be presented to

double r), a being who never existed, as prescribing a the Throne, most respectfully, but earnestly; soliciting his

“Vegetable Universal Pill, No. 1 and 2," for the express Majesty, by and with the advice of his Privy Counci, in For FENDERS, FIRE-IRONS, KNIVES,&c. purpose (by mcans of this forged imposition upon the pab. the exercise of his royal prerogative towards the Crown

lic), of deteriorating the estimation of the “UNIVERSAL Colonies and by his Royal Sanction to such a Bill as may

MEDICINES” of the “ BRITISH COLLEGE OF be passed by the two Houses of Parliament for the inme immense SAVING, by making their purchases, for

HEALTH." diatc Emancipation of the Slave Population in the Char-ready money, at

KNOW ALL MEN, then, that this attempted delasion tered Colonies, to restore to his humble but devoted and

inust fall under the fact, that (however specious the preRIPPON'S OLD ESTABLISHED CHEAP PURloyal subjects, who are now in bondage, the liberty of

tence), none can be held genuine by the College but those which they ought never to have been deprived.

NISHING IRONMONGERY WAREHOUSE, which have " Morison's Universal Medicines" impressed Moved by Mr. ROBERT JOWITT; seconded by Mr.

63, Castle-street East, Oxford Market,

upon the Government Stamp attached to each box and WY. WAILES,

packet, to counterfeit which is felony by the laws of the

(At the corner of Castle-sireet and Wells-street,) land. III. That Petitions praying for the immediate Abolition of Slavery in all Crown and Chartered Colonies be ad

where every article sold is warranted good, and exchanged dressed to both Honses of Parliament; and that, after they if not approved of.

The “ Vegetable Universal Medicines” are to be bad at have received the signatures of the Inbabitants of the

Tea Urn, 30s.; Plated Candlesticks, with Silver Monnt the College, New Road, King's Cross, London; at the Borough, they be forwarded fer presentation as early as

ing?, 12s. per pair ; Ivory-handled oval-rimmed Table Surrey Branch, 96, Great Snrrey-street; Mr. Field's, 16, Airpossible after the opening of Parliament—that the following

Knives and Forks, 403. the set of 50 pieces; Fashionable street, Quadrant; Mr. Chappell's, Royal Exchange; Mr. be the form of such petition, &c. :

Iron Fenders-Black, 18s. Bronzed, 21s.; Brass Fenders, Walker's, Lamb's-conduit-passage, Red-lion-square; Mr. Moved by Mr. Wu. WEST; seconded by the Rev.

10s.; Green Fenders, with brass tops, 25.; Fire Irons, 2s, J. Loft's, Mile-end-road ; Mr. Benbett's, Covent-gardenJAMES ACWORTH.

per set; Polished Steel Fire Irons, 4s. 6d. per set; Brass market; Mr. Haydon's, Fleur-de-lis-const, Norton-falgute; [The Petitions were an ecio of the first three Resolu Fire Furniture, 5s.6d. per set; Block-tin Dish Covers, Mr. Haslet's; 147, Ratclifte-luighway; Messrs. Norony's, tions.]

85. 6d. per set; Copper Tea Kettles, to hold one gallon, Brentford; Mrs. Stepping, Clare-market; Messrs. Salmon, IV. That the Address to the King be signed by the

78.; Bottle Jacks, 8s. Od. ; Copper Warming Pans, 6s. ; Little Bell-alley; Miss Varai's, 24, Lncas-street, CommerChairman, on behalf of the Meeting, and transmitted to

Brass Candlesticks, 15. 4d. per pair; Britannia-metal Tea cial-road; Mrs. Beech's, 7, Sloane-square, Chelsea; Mrs. the Right Hon. the Lord High Chancellor, with a request

Pots, 1s. 4d. each; Japanned Tea Trays, 1s.; Waiters, Chapple's, Royal Library, Pall-inall; Mrs. Pippen's, 18, that he will lay the Address before his Majesty.

28.: Bread Trays, 3d. Japanned Chamber Candlesticks, Wingrove-place, Clerkenwell; Miss C. Atkinson, 19, New Moved by the Rev. R. W. HAMILTON ; seconded by

with Snuffers and Extinguisher, 6d.; Snuffers and Tray, Trinity-grounds, Deptford ; Mr. Taylor, Hanwell; Mr. T. B. CHARLESWORTH.

8d.; Black-handled Steel Table Knives and Forks, 28. 98. Kirtlam, 4, Bolingbroke-row, Walworth ; Mr. Payike, 64, V. That the Petitions be placed for signature in such

the half-dozen; Copper Coal-scoops, 105.; a newly in Jermyn-street; Mr. Howard, at Mr. Wood's, hairdresser,

vented Utensil for cooking Potatoes, superior to those parts of the town as the Committee may deem necessary.

Richmond; Mr. Meyar, 3, May's-buildings, Black leath; That the Right Hon. Earl Grey be requested to present

boiled, steamed, or roasted, price 55., 6., and 78.; Copper, Mr. Griffiths, Wood-wharf, Greenwich ; Mr. Pitt, 1, Cork the Petition to the House of Lords; and John Marshall,

Iron, and Tin Saucepans and Stewpans, together with wall-road, Lambeth; Mr. J. Dobson, 35, Craven-street, Jun. Esq. M.P. that to the Commons; and that T. B.

every article in the above line, cheaper than any other Strand; Mr. Oliver, Bridge-street,' Vanshall; Mr. J.

House in London. Macauley, Esq. onr other representative, and the Members

Monck, Bexley Heath; Mr. T. Stokes, 12, St. Ronan's, for the West Riding, be requested to give it their most

Deptford ; Mr. Cowell, 22, Terrace, Pimlico; Ms. Parfitt, strenuous support.

For Ready Money only, and no abatement made. 96, Edgware-road; Mr. Hart, Portsinouth-place, Kenning Moved by Mr. Edw. BAINES, Jun. ; seconded by the

ton-lane; Mr. Charlesworth, grocer, 124, Shoreditch; Mr. Rev. F. A. WEST.

R. G. Bower, grocer, 22, Brick-lane, St. Luke's; Nr. S. VI. That the following Gentlemen be a Committee of

NOUGHS of the most obstinate kind, whether 1. S. Briggs, 1, Brunswick-place, Stoke Newington; Mr.

J. Avila, pawnbroker, opposite the church, Hackney; Mr. Management:

arising from Cold, Asthma, or Constitutional Disease, T. Gardner, 95, Wood-street, Cheapside, and 9, Norton Mr. Robert Jowitt,

Mr. G. K. Hirst, are effectually cured by TOZER'S EXPECTORANT falgate ; Mr. J. Williamson, 15, Seabright-place, HackBey; Mr. Newman Cash,

Rev. Thomas Scales, COUGH PILLS. These Pills will be found to give speedy road; Mr. J. Osborn, Wells-street, Hackney road, and Mr. Willian Wailes, Rev. James Acworth, and permanent relief, by allaying the irritation of the Mr. John P. Clapham, Mr. William West, throat ; and, by promoting easy expectoration, will remove

Homerton; Mr. H. Cox, grocer, 10, Union-street, Bishops Mr. Anthony Titley, accumulated phlegm, wheezing, and obstruction of the Town; and at one agent's in every principal town in Great

gate-street; Mr. T. Walter, cheesemonger, 67, Hoxton Ox Moved by Mr. Jour J. Nevins ; seconded by Mr. glands. The numerons testimonials which the proprietor Britain, the Islands of Guernsey and Malta; and tiroughROBERT PERRING.

has received of the benefit derived by their nse, since he VII. That the Petitions be placed for Signature at such first offered them to the notice of the public, are sufficient

out the whole of the United States of America. Places as the Committee may appoint; and that the Reso.

N. B. The College will not be answerable for the corproofs of their efficacy. lations, &c. be printed under their direction.

sequences of any medicines sold by any chymist or druggist, Moved by the Rev.JOHN ANDERSON ; seconded by Mr.

One large box always palliates and generally renoves as none such are allowed to sell the “'Universal MediJ. P. CLAPHAM.

the most obstinate cough. Without containing a particle cines."

of opium, they possess sedative properties, which will GEORGE WAILES, Chairman. VIII. That the very cordial thanks of the Meeting be

ensure rest to the patient, however previously distorbed.

Prepared aud sold by W. Tozer, Chemist and Druggist, give to George Wailes, Esq. for his ablo and impartial Greenwich. Sold retail by Edwards, St. Paul's Church Printed by J. Hadpox and Co.; and Published conduct in the chair. Moved by Mr, M.T. SADLER ; seconded by the Rev.

Yarel ; Barclays, Farringdon-street i Grounds, Thread-
JOSEPH HOLMES.
needle-street; Sanger, Oxford-street; and all Chemists and

by J. Crisp, at No. 27, Ivy Lane, Paternoster
ROBERT JOWITT.
Druggists in the United Kingdom ; in boxes, at Is. Ifd.

Row, where all Advertisements and Communi. and 28. 9d. cach,

cations for the Editor are to be addressed.

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The Llama, as well as the camel, is and the motions more spirited and lively, | degree, similarly constructed; a part in distinguished from all other ruminant in the Llama than the camel. They ex- the Llama resembles the reservoirs for animals by the absence of horns, by the hibit no protuberances like the camel's, water in the camel, but they have no musstructure of their feet, and by the two or the dromedary's hump, though they cular apparatus to close their mouths, and incisive teeth in the upper jaw. In all have traces of an excess of nutritive mat- allow the solid food to pass into the dithese respects these two closely-allied ter under the skin, which, on occasions, gesting stomach without going into the groups very nearly correspond. The pro- is absorbed as a compensation for want cells. portions of the form, however, are lighter, of food. Their stomachs are, in some These similarities warrant naturalists

nance,

in classing the camel and the Llama in their wool being extraordinarily fine, and wild part of America, we appear to be the same genus, though they differ in much valued. These animals are often carried back to the first ages, when the size and form. They are both fitted by hunted after the following manner : earth was peopled step by step-we seem nature for the endurance of fatigue, hard- Many Indians gather together, and drive to assist at the birth of human societies. ships, and privations—the one amid sandy them into some narrow pass, across which in the old world, we behold the pastoral deserts, under a burning sun, and the they have previously extended cords about life prepare a people of huntsmen for the other on the wastes of lofty mountains, four feet from the ground, having bits of agricultural life. In the new world, we with a region of perpetual snow above wool or cloth hanging to them at small look in vain for these progressive devethem. There are variations in the foot, distances. This so frightens them that lopments of civilization, these moments but these are modifications of nature, they dare not pass, and they gather toge- of repose, these resting-places in the life which fit them for their respective locali- ther in a string, when the Indians kill of a people. The luxury of vegetation ties. Both are without any real hoof; them with stones tied to the ends of lea- embarrasses the Indian in the chase. As but the short, thick, and crooked toes of ther thongs. Should any guanacos hap- the rivers are like arms of the sea, the the Llama, without the horny process pen to be among the flock, these leap depth of the water for many months prewhich unites them in the camel, would over the cords, and are followed by all vents their fishing. Those species of runot suit them for the burning plains; the vicunnas. These guanacos are larger minating animals which constitute the and a habitation amid the rocks would and more corpulent, and are also called | riches of the people of the old world are be unfitted for the feet of the camel. Yet viscaches.

wanting in the new. The bison, and the each is adapted to exist in a very arid “ There is yet another animal of this musk-ox, have not yet been reduced to and sterile region.

kind called alpagnes (alpacas), having the domestic state; the enormous mulThere is but little doubt that the do- wool of extraordinary fineness; but their tiplication of the Llama and the guanaco mestication of the Llama has produced legs are shorter, and their snouts con- have not produced in the natives the all the differences of colour and form for tracted in such a manner as to give them habits of the pastoral life.” which the species are remarkable, and some resemblance to the human countethat the varieties known under the names

ANECDOTE OF WYCLIFFE. of pacos, vicunnas, and guanacos, consti “ The Indians make several uses of

At one period of his life, Wycliffe's health tute butone original class. Captain George these creatures, some of which carry bur

was considerably impaired by the labour of Sheloocke, an Englishman, who sailed dens of about an hundred-weight. Their producing his numerous compositions, and the round the world in 1719_22, thus de- wool serves to make stuffs, cords, and excitements inseparable from the restless hosscribes the Llamas, &c., which he saw at sacks; their bones are used for the con- tilities of his enemies. Being supposed to be Arica in Peru :

struction of weaver's utensils; and their in dangerous circumstances, his old antago“. At Arica they generally use that sort dung is employed as fuel for dressing nists, the mendicants, conceived it next to imof little camels which the Indians of Peru meat and warming their huts.”

possible that so notorious an heresiarch should

find himself near a future world without the call Llamus; the Chilese, chilineque ;

The Llamas congregate together in most serious apprehensions of approaching and the Spaniards, carneros de la tierra, considerable herds, on the side of the vengeance. But while thus conscious of their or native sheep. The heads of these ani- Andes, and generally in the colder and own rectitude, and certain that the dogmas of mals are small in proportion to their bo- more elevated regions. When the Spa- the reformer had arisen from the suggestions dies, and are somewhat in shape between niards first arrived in Peru, they were of the great enemy, some advantages to their the head of a horse and that of a sheep, the only beasts of burden employed by prit be induced to make any recantation of his

cause were anticipated could the dying culthe upper lip being cleft, like that of a the natives; and even at the present day, I published opinions. Wycliffe was in Oxford hare, through which they can spit to the when horses have become so excessively when this sickness arrested his activity, and distance of ten paces, against any one common, they are usually preferred for confined him to his chamber. From the four who offends them. Their necks are long, passing the mountains, on which their orders of friars, four doctors, who were also and concavely bent downwards, like that sureness of foot, exceeding that of the callerl regents, were gravely deputed to wait of a camel. Their ordinary height is from mule, gives them a manifest superiority. on their expiring enemy; and to these the four feet to four and a half, and their or- Generally speaking they are quiet, docile; 1 of the city, and aldermen of the wards, were dinary burden

does not exceed an hun- and timid; but they occasionally exhibit added. When this embassy entered the apartdred-weight. They walk, holding up their much spitefulness, especially when teased ment of the Rector of Lutterworth, he was heads, with wonderful gravity, and at so or ill treated. Their mode of evincing seen stretched on his bed. Some kind wishes regular a pace that no beating can quicken this has been already mentioned, as con were first expressed as to his better health, and it. At night it is impossible to make them sisting in squirting their saliva through the blessing of a speedy recovery. It was premove with their loads, for they lie down their cleft lip with considerable force. sently suggested, that he must be aware of the till these are taken off, and then go to Like all the other ruminants, they sub- many wrongs which the whole mendicant

brotherhood had sustained from his attacks, graze. Their ordinary food is a sort of sist entirely on vegetables. In the megrass, called yeho, somewhat like a small nageries they have a particular fondness writings; and, as death was now apparently

especially in his sermons, and in certain of his rush, but finer, and has a sharp point, for carrots; and if one of these is ab- | about to remove him, it was sincerely hoped with which all the mountains are covered stracted while they are eating, their anger that he would not conceal his penitence, but exclusively. They eat little, and never is immediately roused, and they spit with distinctly revoke whatever he had preferred drink, so that they are easily maintained. the greatest vehemence, covering with against them to their injury. The sick man They are used at the mines to carry ore their saliva a surface of three or four remained silent and motionless until this ad

dress was concluded. He then beckoned bis to the mills; and, so soon as loaded, they yards in extent.

servants to raise him in his bed; and, fixing set off without any guide to the place Humboldt, beautifully describing the his eyes on the persons assembled, summoned where they are usually unloaded. primitive rudeness in which most of the all his remaining strength, as he exclaimed

“ Their hair, or wool rather, is long, tribes of South America remain, partly aloud," I shall not die but live, and shall white, grey, and russet, in spots, and from geographical position, and partly again declare the evil deeds of the friars.” The fine, but much inferior to that of the from the spontaneous bounty of their cli-l doctors and their attendants now hurried from vicunna (vigonia), and has a strong and mate, notices, in his description, the his prediction; nor will it be easy to imagine disagreeable scent.

effect produced by the existence of the another scene more characteristic of the parties “ The vicunna is shaped much like the Llama and guanaco flocks.

composing it, or of the times with which it is Llama, but much smaller and lighter, “When we attentively examine this connected.-Vaughan's Life of Wycliffe.

A SHARK-HUNT.

rate expressions of anger and impatience. Onscious of the abuse which is flung down upon

the other hand, I suppose the first symptom of him; for, as he turns, and twists, and flings The lunarian, busy taking distances, crams an enemy's flag coming down in the fight was himself about, his eye glares upwards with a his sextant hastily into the case; its computer, never hailed with greater joy than is felt hy a ferocity of purpose which makes the blood working out his longitude, shoves his books on ship's crew on the shark turning round to tingle in a swimmer's veins, as he thinks of one side; the marine officer abandons his ex- seize the bait. A greedy whisper of delight the hour when it may be his turn to writhe terual flute; the doctor starts from his nap; the passes from mouth to mouth ; every eye is under the tender mercies of his sworn foe! purser resigns the complete book; and every lighted up, and, such as have not bronzed No sailor, therefore, ought ever to think of man and boy, however engaged, rushes on their cheeks by too long exposure to sun and hauling a shark on board merely by the rope deck to see the villain die. Even the monkey, wind, may be seen to alter their hue from fastened to the hook; for, however impotent if there be one on board, takes a vehement in- pale to red, and back to pale again, like the his struggles may generally be in the water, terest in the whole progress of this wild scene. tints of the dying dolphin.

they are rarely unattended with risk when the I remember once observing Jacko running When a bait is towed astern of a ship that rogue is drawn half way up. To prevent the backwards and forwards along the after-part of has any motion through the water at all, it is line breaking, or the hook snapping, or the the poop hammock-netting, grinning, scream- necessarily brought to the surface, or nearly jaw being torn away, the device of a running ing, and chattering at such a rate, that, as it so. This, of course, obliges the shark to bite bow-line knot is always adopted. This noose, was nearly calm, he was leard all over the at it from below; and as his mouth is placed being slipped down the rope, and passed over decks. “What's the matter with you, Master under his chin, not over it, like that of a the monster's head, is made to jam at the Mona ?" said the quarter-master, for the ani- Christian, he must turn nearly on his back point of junction of the tail with the body. mal came from Teneriffe, and preserved his before he can seize the floating piece of meat When this is once fixed, the first act of thie Spanish cognomen. Jacko replied not, but in which the houk is concealed. Even if he piece is held to be complete, and the vanmerely stretching his head over the railing, does not turn completely round, he is forced quished enemy is afterwards easily drawn over stared with his eyes almost bursting from his to slue himself, as it is called, so far as to the tafPrail and flung on the deck, to the unhead, and, by the intensity of his grin, bared show some portion of his white belly: The speakable delight of all hands. But although his teeth and gums nearly from ear to ear. instant the white skin flashes on the sight of the shark is out of his element, he has by no “ Messenger! run to the cook for a piece of the expectant crew, a sudden cry or murmur means lost his power of doing mischief; and pork,” cries the captain, taking command with of satisfaction is heard amongst the crowd; I would advise no one to come within range as much glee as if it had been an enemy's but no one speaks, for fear of alarming the of his tail, or trust his toes too near the anicruiser lie was about to engage. " Where's shark.

inal's mouth. The blow of a tolerably largeyour hook, quarter-master ?” “ Here, Sir, Sometimes, at the very instant the bait is sized shark's tail might break a man's leg; here!" cries the fellow, feeling the point, and cast over the stern, the shark flies at it with and I have seen a three inch hide tiller-rope declaring it as sharp as any lady's neeille, and such eagerness that he actually springs par- bitten more than half through, full ten miin the next instant piercing with it a huge tially out of the water. This, however, is rare. nutes after the wretch had been dragged about junk of rusty pork, weighing four or five on these occasions he gorges the bait, the the quarter-dieck, and had made all his victors pounds ; for nothing, scarcely, is too large or hook, and a foot or two of the chain, without keep at the most respectful distance. I retoo high in flavour for the stomach of a shark. any mastication or delay, and darts off with member hearing the late Dr. Wollaston, with The hook, which is as thick as one's little his treacherous prize with such prodigious ve- his wonted ingenuity, suggest a method for finger, has a curvature about as large as that locity and force that'it makes the rope crack measuring the strength of a shark's bite. If of a man's hand when half closed, and is from again as soon as the whole coil is drawn out. a smooth plate of lead, he thought, were thrust six to eight inches in length, with a formidable In general, however, he goes more leisurely to into the fish's mouth, the depth which his barb. This fierce-looking grappling iron is fur- work, and seems rather to suck in the bait teeth should pierce the lead would furnish a nished with three or four feet of chain, a pre- than to bite at it. Much dexterity is required sort of scale of the for exerted. caution which is absolutely necessary; for a

in the hand which holds the line at this mo I need scarcely mention, that when a shark voracious shark will sometimes gobble the bait ment, for a bungler is apt to be too precipi- is floundering about the quarter-deck becomes so deep into his stomach that, but for the tate, and to jerk away the hook before it has a scene of pretty considerable confusion; and chain, he would snap through the rope by got far enough down the shark's maw. Our if there be blood on the occasion, as there which the hook is held as easily as if he were greedy friend, indeed, is never disposed to re- generally is, from all this rough usage, the nipping the head off an asparagus.

linquish what may once have passed his for- stains are not to be got rid of without a week's A shark, like a midshipman, is generally midable batteries of teeth ; but the hook, by a scrubbing, and many a growl from the captain very hungry; but in the rare cases, when he premature tug of the line, may fix itself in a of the afterguard. For the time, however, all is not in good appetite, he sails slowly up to part of the jaw so weak that it gives way in such considerations are superseded that is to the bait, smells it, and gives it a poke with his the violent struggle which always follows. say, if the commander himself takes an intershovel-nose, turning it over and over. He The secret of the sport is to let the voracious est in the sport, and he must be rather a then edges off to the right or left, as if he ap- monster gulp down the huge mass of pork, spoony skipper that does not. If he be indifprehended mischief, but soon returns again, to and then to give the rope a violent pull, by ferent about the fate of the shark, it is speedily enjoy the delicious haut yout, as the sailors which the barbed point, quitting the edge of dragged forward to the forecastle, amidst the term the flavour of the damaged pork, of the bait, buries itself in the coats of the vic- kicks, thumps, and execrations of the conwhich a piece is always selected, if it can be tim's throat or stomach. As the shark is not a querors, who very soon terminate his miserable found. While this coquetry, or shyness, is personage to submit patiently to such treat career, by stabbing him with their knives, exhibited by John Shark, the whole afterpartment, it will not be well for any one whose boarding-pikes

, and tomahawks, like so many of the ship is so clustered with heads that not foot happens to be accidentally on the coil of wild Indians. an inch of spare room is to be had for love or the rope, for, when the hook is first fixed, it The first operation is always to deprive him money. The rigging, the mizen-top, and even spins out like the log line of a ship going of his tail, which is seldom an easy matter, it the gaff, out to the very peak--the hammock-twelve knots.

not being at all safe to come too near; but nettings and the quarters, almost down to the The suddenness of the jerk with which the some dexterous hand, familiar with the use of counter, are stuck over with breathless spec- poor wretch is brought up, when he has reached the broad axe, watches for a quiet moment, tators, speaking in whispers, if they venture to the length of his tether, often turns him quite and at a single blow severs it from the body. speak at all, or can find leisure for any thing over on the surface of the water. Then com He is then closed with by another, who leaps but fixing their gaze on the monster, who as mence the loud cheers, taunts, and other across the prostrate foe, and with an adroit yet is free to roam the ocean, but who, they sounds of rage and triumph, so long sup-cut rips him open from snout to tail, and the trust, will soon be in their power. I have seen pressed. A steady pull is insufficient to carry tragedy is over, so far as the struggles and this go on an hour together; after which the away the line, but it sometimes happens that sufferings of the principal actor are concerned. shark has made up his mind to have nothing the violent struggle of the shark, when too There always follows, however, the most lively to say to us, and either swerved away to wind-speedily drawn up, snaps either the rope or curiosity in his inside ; but they are often disward, if there be any breeze at all, or dived the hook, and so he gets off, to digest the appointed, for the stomach is generally empty. so deep that his place could be detected only remainder as he best can. It is, accordingly, I remember one famous exception, indeed, by a faint touch or flash of white many fa- held the best practice to play him a little, with when a very large fellow was caught on board thoms down. The loss of a Spanish galleon, his mouth at the surface, till he becomes some- the Alceste, in Anjeer Roads at Java, when in chase, I am persuaded, could hardly cause what exhausted. During this operation one we were proceeding to China with the emmore bitter regret, or call forth more intempe- could almost fancy the enraged animal is con- bassy under Lord Amherst. A number of

ducks and hens, which had died in the way, It requires but a very slight acquaintance truth, that the retributive justice of the Most were, as usual, thrown overboard in the morn with the laws of Christ to convince us that High does fall on individuals and on nations, ing, besides several baskets, and many other nothing is more repugnant than slavery to when they wilfully continue in their guilt,

and minor things, such as bundles of shavings and the spirit and precepts of his holy religion : take not heed to the solemn warnings conveyed bits of cordage, all which things were found " All things whatsoever ye would that men in the exercise of his overruling providence. in this huge sea-monster's inside. But what should do to you, do ye even so to them,” was Now is our time; protraction accumulates excited most surprise and admiration was the the command of our blessed Saviour; and the guilt. It is fearful to look at the present hide of a buffalo, killed on board that day for again, “ Thou shalt love thy neighbour as state of society in the colonies; it is still more the ship's company's dinner. The old sailor thyself,” under which term, we believe, are fearful to look forward. As we believe that who had cut open the shark stood with a foot comprehended our fellow-creatures of every the continuance of slavery is an offence in the on each side, and drew out the articles one by nation, tongue, and colour. These divine laws sight of God, so we also believe, that, if from one from the huge cavern into which they had are of perpetual obligation. Our Lord further a conviction of its sinfulness, in repentance been indiscriminately drawn. When the ope- declares: “ If thou wilt enter into life, keep towards God, we put away this evil from berator came at last to the buffalo's skin, he held the commandments ;" “ If ye love me, keep fore him, he will graciously turn unto us and it up before him like a curtain, and exclaimed, my commandments.” If, then, we wilfully bless us—that if laws for its immediate and “ There, my lads ; d'ye see that! He has violate his commandments, are we not in dan entire extinction, accompanied by judicious swallowed a buffalo, but he could not digest ger of losing an inheritance in eternal life?- and equitable provisions, are forth with made, the hide !”Captain Hall's Autobiography. are we not giving practical proof that we do our Heavenly Father will prosper this work of not love Jesus Christ?--can there be a greater mercy.

And we further believe that, by the violation of his righteous law than to buy and substitution of the paternal care of the govern

sell our fellow-men ?-to claim a right of pro- ment, in the place of the arbitrary power and SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE SUB perty in them and their offspring ?-to hold in authority of the master, the peace of society JECT OF SLAVERY,

perpetual bondage those for whom, as well as will be secured, and the comfort, the happiRespectfully submitted on behalf of the religi- for 1:5, Christ died? Is not this practically ness, and the prosperity of all, be greatly pra

ous Society of Friends, to the Christian pub- not these considerations to bring with them We offer these reflections with no feelings lic in the British dominions.

solemin reflections on looking forward to that of hostility to any class; we sincerely pity The Society of Friends, having long believed day when we must all appear before the judg- those who are involved in a system from it to be their duty to advocate the inalienable ment seat of Christ ?

which the conduct of our predecessors in reright of the injured sons of Africa and their We earnestly beseech our fellow-country- ligious profession has warned and guarded us. descendants to the enjoyment of civil and reli- men, our Christian brethren of every denomi- We cannot doubt but that many of the cologious liberty, feel themselves constrained, in nation, to lay these things to heart. As sub- nial proprietors would gladly disencumber Christian love, at this important period, not jects of the same government, as fellow-be-themselves from the burthen of any longer only to maintain the cause of the oppressed, lievers in the truths of the pure and holy reli- upholding slavery, and that they would unite but to plead with those who are upholding the gion of our blessed Redeemer, we are called in such measures for its abolition as they system of British colonial slavery.

upon to cherish feelings of kindness and love might deem safe and equitable. We feel for One quarter of a century has now elapsed one towards another. We, therefore, affec- them as possessors of estates which may have since the British government abolished the tionately desire that we may all be wholly descended to them by inheritance, with the slave-trade on the coast of Africa ; but to this clear of any longer supporting this unrighte- clog of slavery attached to them. At the same very hour, within our colonial territories, the ous system, and contributing to frustrate the time, being fully persuaded that men are subjects of this empire are legally sanctioned gracious and beneficent designs of our Al- most likely to prosper in the world, when, in in buying and selling their fellow-men as the mighty Parent respecting his rational creation. the conducting of their temporal affairs, they beasts that perish. Year after year has passed | We believe that amongst the proprietors of act according to the eternal principles of juson; the cry of justice and mercy has been slaves there are those who are amiable in the tice, we are strongly impressed with the belief raised; the cause of these oppressed and de- various relations of private life, and who are that the immediate provision for the terminagraded children of our Heavenly Father has seeking to live as becometh the gospel. To tion of slavery at the earliest possible period, been advocated; the practice of slavery has these we would especially appeal. Permit us, will, in this respect, greatly benefit the colo been clearly proved to be utterly unchristian, in sincere good will, to ask you—Can you, as nial proprietor. 60 that though sophistry has been employed in believers in Christ, and desirous to be num May our legislators, and all in authority attempts at refutation, it has been employed bered with his disciples both here and here- both at home and abroad-may every one in in vain; and reason and religion have gained after, continue to be connected with a system his individual allotment, who can sympathize greater triumphs by the contest: it neverthe so entirely opposed as slavery is to the scope with the sufferings of the oppressed, and to less is still suffered to disgrace our country.

and design of his gospel ? When you con whom it is given to feel for the present and The character of slavery has been faithfully template the moral state of the countries where future well-being of his fellow-men—be so indepicted within the last ten years, by means of it prevails, when you consider their blighted fluenced by the power of Christian love and official documents laid before parliament, as prospects, notwithstanding all the unhallowed of Christian truth as that we may all cordially well as by the testimony of men of unques gains which it has yielded, can you doubt but co-operate in endeavouring to effect this righte tioned veracity, eye-witnesses of the enormities that this system is signally marked by the ous object, and not relax in our efforts until its of the system. It has been proved to be the righteous displeasure of the Supreme Governor final accomplishment! invariable tendency of this condition of society of the world ?

In conclusion, it is our earnest prayer that to weaken moral principle, and to benumb and The present circumstances of the slaves and it may please Almighty God to continue to destroy the best sympathies of the human of the free people of colour in the British co- regard this kingdom for good, and to direct its heart. Its atrocities and its horrors

, as now lonies, the troubles in the Mauritius, the in- councils in this, and other acts of justice and exposed to public view, are not beheld as its surrections in Jamaica, and the religious per- mercy, so as to promote his glory in the haroccasional fruits, but as its natural and uni- secutions which have followed, are momentous mony of his rational creation. form results. What, indeed, but the unre- signs of the times as regards the continuance Signed, in and on behalf of a meeting restrained and licentious indulgence of the of slavery. Contemplating these events, and presenting the religious Society of Friends in basest passions can be expected from the pre- the increased interest for the oppressed, which the intervals of its yearly meeting, by valence of the most abject servility on the so manifestly pervades every class of society

GEORGE STACEY, Clerk. part of one portion of the human family, and in this land, the time is surely arrived when London, the 4th of the 1st Month, 1833. uncontrolled power on the part of another ? | all should co-operate in Christian endeavours Whoever allows himself to examine more in wholly and speedily to remove this national detail the barbarity often exercised upon the sin. When a people have become enlightened COMPOSURE IN DEATH.-When Sir Humphrey victims of slavery, and the degradation into on the enormity of a crime, the guilt of con Gilbert, who, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, which they are plunged — a degradation tinuing that crime is aggravated. Ignorance took possession of Newfoundland in her Majesty's marked by the prostration of every feeling of the real character and tendency of slavery name, and who was finally drowned, was once that ennobles man- must as truly can no longer be pleaded. Warning has, of overtaken with a storm at sea, he was observed awful, the situation of those who, from mis later times, succeeded warning with porten- sitting unmoved with a Bible in his hand, and taken policy, are concerned in directly uphold- tous rapidity. Divine revelation teaches us,

was observed to say, “Courage, my lads! we are ing this system.

as near heaven at sea as at land." Hinton's and the history of mankind exemplifies the

America.

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