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ON TIE ABOLITION
LINES, OF THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE, Spoken by some of the Children eduTEY TILE BRITISH PARLIAMENT,
cated in the 1sylum for Deaf and which took Effret the rst of May, 1807.
Dumb, at the , Anniversary Meet
ins of the Patrons of that InstituTHE swelling breeze shall urge yo nore
tion, April 30, 1807. Our vessels to the sable shore, . To hurry thence despairing slaves THE gratituile we owe to you, O'er mountains of resenting waves! Our tongues cannot express; For lo! Britannia, hath d in tears, Our words are few, our hearts are full, Trembles to count her guilty years ; Yet we'll the debt confess! Implores Compassion's boundless sea To wash th' inreterate stain away; You found us helpless, dumb, and poor, mund quits the trade in human blood, Unable to complain : Repentant at ibè feet of God!
Unask’l, you tenderid that relief
Which mitigates our pain !
Yes; we are taught to comprehend, To terrify the negro-world!
To use and value speech :
" Hard is the case" of Deaf and Dumb, For shall Homanity desist From her appeal while slaves exist!
Who no such boon can reach ! *! fethinks, I hear the felters fall,
Doom'd yet to live, and not to know And Freerlom offer bliss to all;
The end why life was given, White, pointing to the Christian plan, They breathe unconscious of their state, She shews the love of God to Man.
Nor hupe, - nor think of Heav'n! Cur hope grows brighter from this | happy day!
O pardon then, if we should aim Who does trot hail the glorious First .' To plead their cause to-day, of May !
And seebly raise an uncouth voice Baltersea.
PHILCLEUTHERUS. . For their relief to pray ! * Referring to the numerous unfortunates for whom application fias been made to this Society; but who, for want of adequate accommodation in the Isy. Junt, have been hiiherto unsuccessful candidates. At the last clection, the GoFerrors had the painful task of selecting six, out of sixty-four cases ; of whom, wiat more affecting can be said, than that they were all indigent Deaf and Dumh, whese friends are unable to procure the blessings of education for them, otherwise than through the assistance of this Charity! .
WHERE the majestic Ganges swiftly pours
Ye champions of the mighty God, arise,
I'rinted ligj G. Aulu, Grevific Strect, London.
Mr. Tennent was remarkably distinguished for a pointed ats tention to the particular circumstances and situation of the afflicted, either in body or mind; and would visit them with as much care and attention as a physician ; and frequently indeed proyed an able one to both soul and body. But his greatest talent was that of a peacemaker, which he possessed in so eminent a degree, that probably none have exceeded, and very few have cqualled him in it. He was sent for, far and near, to settle disputes, and heal difficulties which arose in congregations; and, happily for those concerned, he was generally successful. Indeed, he seldom would relinquish his object till he had accomplished it. . ..
Mr. Tennent was a man of the most scrupulous integrity; and though of a very grave deportment, had a remarkably cheerful disposition, and generally communicated his instructions with so much pleasantry, as greatly to gain the affection of all with whom he conversed, especially of children and young people. In all his intercourse with strangers and men of the world, he ,so managed his conversation, that, while he seldom neglected a proper opportunity to impress the mind with serious things, he always made them covet his company rather than avoid it; well-knowing that there is a time for all things, and that even instruction and reproof, to be useful, must be prudently and seasonably given.
An instance of this disposition occurred in Virginia. The late Rev. S. Blair and Mr. 'I'. were sent by the synod on a mission into that province. They stopped one evening at a tavern for the night, where they found a number of guests, with whom they supped in a common room. After supper cards were introduced, when one of the gentlemen politely asked them if they would not take a cut with them, not knowing that they were clergymen. Mr. T. pleasantly answered, “ With all my heart, gentlemen,
you can conyince us that thereby we can serye our Master's cause, or contribute any thing towards the success of our mis. sion.” This drew some smart reply from the gentleman; when Mr. T. with solemnity added, “ We are ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ : We profess ourselves his servants; we are sent on his business, which is to persuade mankind to repent of their sins, to turn from them, and to accept of that happiness and sal. vation which is offered in the gospel.” This very unexpected reply, delivered in a very tender, though solemn manner, and with great apparent sincerity, so engaged the gentlemens' attention, that the cards were laid aside, and an opportunity was afforded for explaining, in a sociable conversation during the rest of the evening, some of the leading doctrines of the gospel, to the satisfaction and apparent edification of the hearers.
Resignation to the will of God, was among the excellent graces that adorned the character of this man of God. He had been tried in various ways; but domestic afflictions, as yet, had not been laid upon him. The time, however, was now come, when his character was to be brightened by a severe test of his resignation and obedience. His youngest son, who was one of the handsomest of men, had just commenced the practice of physic; was married, and had one child. To the great distress of the parents, he discovered no regard to the things that belonged to his eternal peace. Wholly negligent of religion, he indulged, withiont restraint, in the gaiety and follies of the world. The pious fatber was incessant at the throne of grace in behalf of his dissipated son; and was continually entertaining hopes that God would arrest him in his career, and bring him into the church of Christ, that he might die in peace, under the consol. ing hope of meeting this dear child in a better world. God, however, had determined otherwise ; and the son, while engaged in inoculating a number of persons in his father's neighbourhood, was seized, in an unusually violent manner, with a raging fever. With the disorder he was brought to a sudden and alarming view of his lost condition. His sins were all set in dread array against him. A hcrrible darkness fell on him, so as to make him the dreadful example of a convinced sinner, trembling under the confounding presence of an angry God. The pions father was con-, stantly in praver and supplication, that God would have mercy, upon him. He seldom left the side of his bed. For many days the fiver raged with unabatod fury; but the immediate distresses which it occasioned, were lost in the severer pains of an awaken, ed conscience. Such was thic licight to which his anguish arose, that his bed was shaken by the violent and united convulsions of mind and boxly. The parents were touched to the quick; and their unqualified submission to a sovereign God was put to the most rigorous proof'; but God, in his infinite mercy, was.at last pleased to hear the many prayers put up for the relief of the poor suutiscr. His views of the lost state of man, --- or the only means of salvation through the death of a Saviour; of the necessity of the