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limited to any particular race of men, shining forth among their fellows, and in their lives and conduct often affording an example even to their more favoured brethren of a lighter hue.

That so many amongst this despised people should have obtained wealth and education, is matter of astonishment, when we consider the numerous obstacles they have to contend against, and the discouragements with which they have ever been doomed to struggle. Their coming in contact with a race on whom have dawned loftier ideas, and who boast a constitutional superiority, has been as victims and not as pupils. Rum, gunpowder, the horrors of Slavery, the unblushing knavery of trade, these have been their teachers! And because these have failed to produce a high degree of moral and intellectual cultivation, it is coolly declared that the Negroes are made for Slaves-that they cannot be civilized; and that when they come in contact with White men, they must either consent to be their beasts of burden, or be driven to the wall, and perish.

Even where they are permitted, in some degree, to enjoy the rights of freedom, they are regarded as an inferior order of beings, and the full benefits of citizenship are withheld from them. The path of political distinction is barred against them by an arbitrary denial of the right of suffrage, and consequent eligibility to office. Thus, a large and powerful class of incitements to mental effort, which have been operating continually upon the Whites, have never once stirred the sensibilities nor waked the ambition of the Coloured community. The depressing influence of prejudice, too, has always weighed upon them. Parents, however wealthy, have had little or no inducement to educate their sons for the learned professions, since no force of talent nor extent of acquirement could hope to break down the granite walls and iron bars which prejudice has erected around the pulpit, the bar, and the bench. From the same cause there has been very little encouragement to acquire

property, to seek education, to labour for the graces of elevated manners, or even to aspire to ordinary respectability, since not even the poor favour of social intercourse with the Whites, of participating in the civilities and courtesies of every day life, has been granted them.

But in the onward progress of events which indicate the approach of better times, it is obvious that the deep-rooted and unchristian prejudice against the Coloured race is gradually passing away. Genius, talent, and virtue, will be honoured, whether clad in rags or in broad-cloth, and the nobility of a manly nature will not always continue to be estimated according to the colour of the skin.

It is consoling to believe, that the blessed time is not far distant, when men of every clime and of every colour shall be united by common feelings and kindred affections, and when they shall fully rejoice together in the blessings of a common salvation. Should the present effort be effectual in hastening this glorious era, in eradicating that gigantic and accursed tree which for ages has nourished beneath its shade, lamentations, mourning, and woe, the labour bestowed will be abundantly repaid. Under the Divine blessing, may it be instrumental, in some degree, in rescuing Africa from the abyss of misery and wretchedness into which she has so long been plunged.

When we contemplate the depth of this abyss, well, indeed, may we exclaim,-"O! Africa, how vast, how overwhelming thy burthen! How numberless thy wrongs, -the prey of fiendish men,-the world's great mart of rapine, bondage, blood, and murder! On no part of the earth's surface, in no state or condition of mankind, can we find a parallel to thy woes! Thy skies have been obscured with the smoke of towns in flames!-thy lovely landscapes and sunny groves transformed into lions' dens! -thy burning deserts bedewed with the agonizing tears of bereaved mothers!-and thy winds have re-echoed back to thy blood-stained soil the orphan's cry-the widow's wail!

What an accumulated amount of misery and of wrong have been inflicted upon thee by the nations of Christendom, who still annually rob thee of 400,000 of thy children.

How long will the professors of a religion of love and good-will continue to be the undisguised supporters and perpetrators of such atrocities? Let past deeds of darkness suffice, and let us endeavour to compensate the enormous debt we owe to the race of Africa, for having robbed her of her children under every aggravated form of cruelty, to increase our comforts, to augment our private wealth, and add to our public revenues, by toils, imposing a daily stretch upon their sinews;-tasks, having no termination but in death. Let us imitate the example of Zaccheus, who, if he had done any man wrong, restored unto him four-fold. Let us bring into operation all the machinery we possess to ameliorate her wretched condition. Let us apply a remedy to heal her bleeding wounds. We on whom the lamp of life has shone forth resplendently-let us disperse the darkness of her almost unbounded plains. Let us freely disseminate amongst her people those rich and abundant blessings which have been entrusted to us. Let missionaries and schoolmasters-the spade and the plough-go together. Agriculture will then flourish, the avenues of legitimate commerce will be opened, confidence between man and man will be inspired, and civilization will advance, as the natural effect;-Christianity operating as the proximate cause of the happy change.

Then, melancholy as the past history of Africa has been, we are fully warranted in anticipating that the innumerable tribes of that immense continent will, ere long, present a scene, in the intelligence, holiness, and happiness of its regenerated millions, which will far exceed the most sanguine expectations of those who have laboured, and are still labouring, on behalf of her afflicted children.

But it is to the everlasting Gospel that we must look, as the chief instrument to chase away the mass of darkness

brooding on her bosom. Her unknown regions must be explored by the messengers of the churches, and her vast moral wastes must be watered by the streams of life. The truth of God is the grand engine by which the demon of Slavery must be repelled from her shores, and her Sable sons and daughters made to sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree. Then shall her ransomed millions reiterate, from shore to shore, her jubilee!

"Yes, even now thy beams
Suffuse the twilight of the nations. Light
Wakes in regions where gross darkness veiled
The people. They who in death's shadow sat,
Shall hail that glorious rising; for the shade
Prophetic, shrinks before the dawning ray,
That cast it forms of earth, that interposed,
Shall vanish, scattered like the dusky clouds
Before the exultant morn; and central day,
All shadowless, even to the poles shall reign.
Volume of God! thou art that eastern star
Which leads to Christ; soon shall thy circuit reach
Round earth's circumference,-in every tongue

Revealing to all nations-what the heavens

But shadow forth—the glory of the Lord.”

Josiah Conder.

WM. IRWIN, PRINTER, 39, OLDHAM STREET, MANCHESTER.

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