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storing to their native land, those children of wretched Africa, who are bound in affliction and iron, so fast and so far as it can be done consistently with the laws and the rights of men.With them will go the knowledge of God, the Bible, the Gospel, and the prayers of all good people, that the Holy Ghost may second and prosper these, so that Africa may again be hon oured among the nations and blessed with civil and religious liberty. But it is a work which requires attention, labour and perseverance in all its Friends.

I think your arrangement to furnish Clergymen, who may take up an annual collection for the Society a good one, as it helps abundantly to spread knowledge and to keep alive the interests and claims of the Society in the mind. I devoutly hope, that the day is near, when there shall be a ship or ships, constantly going to Africa, freighted with our Coloured People, until none shall be left upon our shores.

From a Gentleman in Pennsylvania.

On the 54th Anniversary of our Country's Independence allow me to throw a mite into your Treasury and to hope that whilst I am writing, thousands (would that I could say millions,) of Freemen are doing likewise. Scarcely one in ten who bow down to the shrine of pleasure, customarily on this day expend in their offerings, less than a dollar; and Oh! who can calculate the mighty results which would flow from every freeman in this highly favored land, contributing to the cause of your society, this day, what in other years was bestowed upon self-gratification! Still more incalculable the good which would be done, if annually on this day every freeman would pay but 50 cts. towards giving to the degraded Africans, amongst us the enjoyment of that liberty which we so highly and justly appreciate!

Frederick, July 4th, 1830.

Three little Girls, a few weeks since expressed the wish to form a society for the benefit of the Greek children, but since they have learned, that they are no longer in need of their mite, they have interested their youthful zeal and tender feelings in behalf of the unfortunate people of colour-For this purpose

every Saturday afternoon they must so employ two or three hours of their time to invent and make for sale, such articles as suits the taste and talents of their young minds. They also take Handkerchiefs or plain work, from any person who kindly encourages their benevolent design-so that in fact, whilst they are thus employed, they are not only growing up in habits of usefulness, but are cherishing christian virtues, which I hope will strengthen with their strength. The present sum $3, that I now enclose, has been made within the space of six or seven weeks, with the exception of a small sum received as a donation. When they first began, their number consisted only of Miss Nelson, Miss Stateby and my daughter: it has increased to the following number.

Miss Mary Simme Nelson,
Miss Ann Elizabeth Stateby,

Miss Catharine Davis McPherson

Miss Mary Charlton Tyler,
Miss Matilda Johnson Ross,
Miss Melancthon Balch.

Virginia, July 5th, 1830.

Last Sabbath being the 4th of July, a contribution was taken up in the Congregational Society of this town for the Colonization Society.

The friends of humanity here feel it is a cause which ought to engage the attention of all.

Massachusetts, July 6th, 1830.

I have the pleasure of enclosing for the use of the American Colonization Society, twenty dollars, it being a sum collected in the meeting house of the Rev. G. W. Blagden, at a public meeting of the Brighton Temperance and Colonization Society on the evening of the 4th of July. The Society was first organized as a Temperance Society, Auxiliary to the American Temperance Society; but since that time a proposition was made and readily adopted to make the Society also Auxiliary to the American Colonization Society, that a portion of what is saved by abstinence, to avoid becoming enslaved by strong drink, may be appropriated to the purpose of improving the condition of the coloured people of our country. Though the money is sent to aid the business of Colonization, it may be proper to state that it was given in the hope, that it would be employed for colonizing such as are now in bondage, and in the belief that

many slave holders stand ready to liberate their slaves as soon as others shall furnish the means for removing them to Liberia.

Should all the Temperance Societies thus devote a part of the pecuniary savings which result from abstinence, much may be done to better the condition of our colored brethren.

Erie Co. Penn. July 7th, 1830.

We took up a collection last Sabbath in my congregation for the Colonization Society. I regret that it is so small, but the majestic river is composed of small rivulets; we hope that one from every congregation will be emptied into your treasury the present month.

New Jersey, July 8th, 1830.

While it is encouraging to see, public sentiment gradually approaching toward a just estimate of the claims of the Society, I cannot view without astonishment the apathy still so general. An Institution appealing to all that is noble in human nature, and to all that is elevated in christian character, ought to find an advocate in every bosom in this land. But in this case it is to be feared that even now, after all that has been so happily accomplished, and when the brightening prospects of the colony so eloquently plead for further aid, there is hardly a majority of our christians, our philanthropists or our patriots, willing to invest a dollar a year or half the sum, in this most unexceptionable of enterprises! But sir, the work will go on, and with accelerated speed. The Providence of God points with clear and increasing manifestation to that result.

P. S. A few hours after the above was written, I received from a member of the church who attends my ministry regularly from a village 12 miles off, a note enclosing a one dollar bill as his part of the collection. His note closes thus: "May that God who has the hearts and property of all men in his hands, and can turn them as the rivers of waters are turned, put it into the hearts of men to give a portion of their money and to assist by their asking in prayer to God, that the so-much-desired emancipation of the African Race may soon be accomplished." I only add that if all the members of this congregation had assessed themselves on this occasion with the christian Brother

as their model, in proportion to his and their means, I should have had $500 at least instead of $16 to transmit! So immense is the disproportion of magnitudes between hearts and purses.

Virginia, July 8th, 1830.

Dear Sir-On Sunday the 4th of July, after an interesting and appropriate sermon from the Rev. N. W. Calhoun, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of this place, a collection was taken up, for the benefit of the Colonization Society. Having been re-. quested to take charge of the same and remit it to the Treasurer of that Institution, we with great pleasure enclose you the sum of thirty-five dollars, the amount received on that occasion. Patriotism and Philanthropy cannot fail to be gratified in witnessing the extended influence of your Society. Hitherto proscribed as the offspring of visionary benevolence and totally inadequate to secure the purposes of its formation, it is now begining to be looked upon as the immense engine, destined to remove a curse from one quarter of the globe and to effect the moral and political regeneration of another. Intelligent men, in every portion of our republic, who have heretofore had no faith in your scheme, and no hopes in your exertions, are now looking to the Colony of Liberia as the nucleus of a mighty nation. In this part of Virginia, the objects of the Institution are becoming much better understood: an ardent desire to see the means of its usefulness enlarged, and strong hopes of its entire success, very generally prevail among us. Amid all the charities of this charity-loving age, we feel ourselves most deeply interested in this, both as individuals and as a people. We owe it to ourselves to our posterity and to Africa, to aid in the restoration of an injured people, to the home of their Fathers and to the rights and Liberties belonging to them, but unjustly wrested from them, by the mistaken policy of our ancestors. The recent anniversary of our Independence having occurred upon the Sabbath, we have no doubt, but that the funds of the Society will be greatly increased by the generous efforts of that day; the small sum, which we enclose, is not to be taken as a criterion of our feeling and wishes upon the subject; but it will help to swell the stream made up of the thousand rivulets opened on last Sunday.

Virginia, July 9th, 1830.

The anniversary of the Auxiliary Society of this County, (Frederick) was celebrated in this place on Saturday last; and I believe that collections were taken up, on the Sabbath in all our churches, I have no doubt whatever, that the great and good cause in which you are engaged is gaining ground in this section of country. It numbers at present amongst its friends, men of the first intelligence and respectability-men whose influence must be felt. From my heart I wish you "God speed."

Salem, N. C. July 10th, 1830.

Dear Sir: Your call upon the clergy and congregations in behalf of your venerated institution, has forcibly struck the young Ladies of the Female Academy in this place, and called forth their tenderest sensibilities, so as to induce them to forego the celebration of the 4th of July, except in a religious view and with their donation-the amount of their customary expendi ture on the Anniversary of our National Independence,—say ten dollars, to which I add my own contribution of five dollars, making fifteen dollars which you have herewith enclosed, together with my best wishes and those of the young ladies of my charge, for the success and prosperity of the colony at Liberia, and that the patriotic spirit of '76 revivified in 1830 may aid the wafting zephyrs in expediting across the Atlantic main, hundreds, yea thousands of the colored free, to the coasts of their ancestors, there to subserve the cause of rational liberty and the just rights of man, and above all, the spread of the cheering rays of the glorious light of gospel truth.

Pennsylvania, July 13th, 1830.

I send a draft on the Bank of Pennsylvania, for $27 collected last Sabbath in the Presbyterian Church of this place. I pray for the blessing of the Almighty to rest upon you and the glorious cause in which you are engaged. The idea that the benighted continent of Africa will one day be illuminated and evangelized through the instrumentality of our American Colony, is sublime beyond all conception.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 16th, 1830.

Dear Sir-In forwarding to you the enclosed check for $33 66, the amount of the collection made by me on the 4th of

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