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THE ABOLITIONIST.

VOL. I.]

JANUARY,

1833.

[NO. I.

THE ABOLITIONIST.

no admission in the Abolitionist, and will re

ceive from it nothing but reprobation. The object of the Abolitionist, as its name indicates, is to promote the abolition of sla We shall address ourselves to the reason very, and also to improve the condition of the and humanity of our countrymen. We see free people of color in the United States. among us a large proportion of our population The work will be under the editorial super- distinguished from the rest only in color and vision of a Committee of the New-England features, who are yet, on account of this disAnti-Slavery Society.

tinction, made the victims of an inveterate We believe that very unsound opinions and and unchristian prejudice. Knowing that our unchristian feelings, in regard to slavery, pre-countrymen are men, and that the great mavail throughout our country. Even in the jority of them are Christians, we shall endeastates in which slavery is not tolerated, the vor to show that this prejudice is not sanctiongreat majority of the people are its apologists ed either by reason, religion, or humanity. and supporters. Many, while they acknowl- We shall, therefore, call on every individual, edge that slavery is an evil, seem quite un- who feels convinced of this truth, to exert conscious that to keep men in bondage is a himself to impress it upon his neighbors. sin. They pity the unfortunate slaveholder, Believing in a superintending Providence, we but have no sympathy for the wretched slave. cannot doubt that truth and justice will finally While they lament that a large portion of our prevail. country should have its morals corrupted, its

We shall advocate IMMEDIATE ABOLITION, wealth and strength impaired, and its future Let not our readers startle at the words. We prospects shrouded in gloom, by the institu- shall show by abundant facts before the year tion of slavery, they with the greatest incon-is out, that wherever the experiment of immesistency brand every one as an unprincipled diate abolition has been tried, it has been sucincendiary, who attempts to point out any cessful. Even the history of Hayti, which has remedy for these present and future evils.

been so much misunderstood and misrepreWe contend that slavery is as proper a sub- sented, affords unanswerable evidence of this ject of discussion, as any other topic in which truth. large numbers of men are concerned; and

We shall recommend the moral and intelno good reason can be shown for restraining lectual education of the people of color in the liberty of the press on this subject, which will not apply to many others. Bonaparte,

our country, both bond and free. Even corand other despotic rulers, have thought that poreal liberty is of little comparative value to no measures of government ought to be freely

its possessors, while their minds remain encanvassed in the public prints. If it be once

enslaved to ignorance, sloth and sensualadmitted that there is any one topic in which ity. the public is concerned, on which the press We cannot, in the course of these brief inmay not speak freely, there is no principle on troductory remarks, present our readers with which the freedom of the press can be de- all our opinions on the momentous subjects fended.

which will be discussed in our publication. While, however, we advocate the unre- All that we can promise is, hearts devoted to strained right of expressing opinion, we are the great cause in which we are engaged. If far from recommending the publication of any our publication shall in some degree, however thing designed to excite the slaves to insur- small, promote it, our labors will not be in rection. Pieces with such an object will find I vain. VOL. I.

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New-England Anti-Slavery Society.

NEW-ENGLAND ANTI-SLAVERY SO-has been shed where all was obscure, though CIETY.

in some instances the darkness .comprehendThe First Annual Meeting of this Society ed it not.' takes place on the second Wednesday of Jan The Society commences its operations for uary, instant, on which occasion a general in- another year, with a rich accumulation of exvitation is given by its Managers to all the perience, hope and zeal. Cheered by the friends of the colored race in New-England to promises of Him who cannot lie, relying upon be present. A particular account of the pro- His gracious assistance, and warmed by a love ceedings (which are expected to be of an in- toward all classes of men which many waters teresting character) will be given in the Abo- cannot quench, it resolves to persevere in its litionist for February.

benevolent enterprise, through evil as well as This Society was formed on the first of good report, whether men will hear, or whethJanuary, 1832. The second article of its er they will forbear. May all its measures Constitution explains the purposes of its or- be such as to commend themselves to all who ganization:

sincerely desire the welfare of their fellow · Article 2. The objects of the Society shall be to en- men, and be acceptable in the sight of the deavor, by all means sanctioned by law, humanity and Most High God, who has made of one blood religion, to effect the abolition of slavery in the United States, to improve the character and condition of the all nations of men to dwell upon all the face free people of color, to inform and correct public opin- of the earth’---who regards the cries of the ion in relation to their situation and rights, and obtain for them equal civil and political rights and privileges prisoner, and has given us his word that he with the whites.'

will maintain the cause of the afflicted and We think it may be truly said, that no so- the right of the poor'! ciety, commencing under such adverse cir Whatever differences of opinion may precumstances and possessing such limited vail, respecting the best mode of attacking the means, has ever risen so rapidly in import- slave-system, there is one object cherished by ance, or so widely operated upon public sen- the Anti-Slavery Society, for the promotion timent, or at the expiration of its first year of which all parties and denominations should given so much promise of usefulness, as the coalesce---namely, “to improve the character Anti-Slavery Society. It is true, extraordi- and condition of the free people of color.' nary efforts have been made to crush it, by How many more of this unfortunate class are the enemies of full and immediate restitution we determined to scorn, and proscribe, and to the slaves; hideous caricatures of its fea- ruin? Do we not owe them an immense debt, tures have been held up to the public view; for years of suffering, infamy and oppression? its claims for the victims of southern oppres--Public odium, like the atmosphere, sursion, although graduated by the lowest scale rounds them. A sense of inferiority is made of justice, have created in various quarters to press upon them with a mighty weight. alarming apprehensions, simply because they with what face can we, who are persecuting have been misinterpreted by ignorance, or ex- our colored brethren here, assail southern opaggerated by prejudice :---but, in despite of pressors ? If we are unwilling to do justly by the opposition of a rival, well-disciplined and them, how shall we plead for justice toward powerful association, and of these various the slaves? If we refuse to educate their hindrances, the Anti-Slavery Society has ac- children, and leave them in their degradation, complished much for the cause of liberty and how shall we dare arraign the people of the justice, by a wide dissemination of its princi- south for keeping their slaves in a similarly ples, and the employment of a zealous and ignorant condition ? Before New-England can intelligent Agent. Probably, through its in- go forward boldly and efficiently in the cause strumentality, more public addresses on the of emancipation, she must elevate her colored subject of slavery, and appeals in behalf of population, and rank them with the rest of her the contemned free people of color, have been children. Reform, not partial but entire--made in New-England, during the past year, not in the letter but the spirit----must first than were elicited for forty years prior to its commence at home. Philanthropists and Chrisorganization. These efforts have excited a tians! come forth, then, to sustain by your conspirit of inquiry, and a vigorous discussion in tributions the Anti-Slavery Society in this bethe community ; the hearts of multitudes have nevolent work, and the blessings of many shall been tou ed wi a flame of sympathy; light/rest upon your heads.

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