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house, to the custos of St. Ann's, for the the sectarians, he (Mr. Brown) knew not purpose of intimidating them, be read. This what would. was carried by acclamation, and the hon. Mr. Hilton suggested that the committees gentleman proceeded to read the letter, which of the different parishes should take upon was as follows:

themselves to send copies of the resolutions to “ King's-house, July 12. different persons in their respective parishes, “ Sir, I am directed by his Honour, the for the purpose of obtaining signatures. This President, administering the government, to suggestion was acted upon. acquaint you, that having observed in the The Hon. W. Miller was added to the public prints certain resolutions entered into standing committee of the Trelawny Union. on the 16th of June, at a meeting of the Thanks were then voted to the chairman, Colonial Church Union at St. Ann's-bay, the and the meeting separated. second of which particularly attracted his Honour's notice, he felt it his duty to call the attention of the Attorney-General to the subject generally

(From the Times.) “ The opinion of the Attorney-General Public attention was drawn, in the heing, that in the original object of this course of yesterday, to intelligence from Union he sees nothing illegal, but that the se- Jamaica, respecting certain resolutions cond of the resolutions above alluded to is ille which a body of planters in the northern gal, his Honour submitted this report to his division of that important island had Council; and I am commanded by his Honour to call upon you to admonish the parties passed ; and which, we are bound to say, who have entered into the resolution stated to for daring illegality and monstrous inbe illegal, and his Honour expects you will justice, have never been exceeded by any take proper steps to prevent any breach of

act, however offensive or unreasonable, the peace ensuing on such resolution.

on the records of colonial violence.
“I have the honour to be, Sir,
6. Your obedient servant,

It is well known that the sectarian mis.

“ W. G. Nunes. sionaries, who have gone forth from this “ Custos or Senior Magistrate,

country to preach Christianity to the “ St. Ann's.”

West India negroes, have been for many Mr. Brown continued. --So then we are what is termed, “ the West India in

years objects of extreme jealousy to to be admonished forsooth! The paper pre- terest ;” and that no instance of insubortends to have been written to prevent any breach of the peace; but it was solely meant dination or outrage has ever occurred to intimidate them, and prevent them from throughout those colonies since the aboentering into resolutions; but the President lition of the slave trade, whence prompt would find himself very much mistaken, for occasion was not taken to charge the guilt they would not be intimidated by such non

of it upon the unfortunate missionaries. sense. (Cheers.)

Mr. Watt.—Í hope no one in this house In Demerara, not many years since, a cares one straw for that letter. (Cheers.)

preacher was tried by court-martial for The sub-committee was then appointed, an alleged participation in, or promotion and retired for the purpose of framing reso- of, the rebellion of the blacks; and, if we lutions. After an absence of an hour and a remember right, the poor man's life fell half, they returned, and the solemn declar- a sacrifice to the severity with which he ation they drew up was, after some verbal

was treated in prison. In the late insur. amendments, unanimously agreed to.

Mr. H. Brown said, that a circumstance rection of Jamaica, some missionaries came to his knowledge a few days ago, which were subjected to trial under similar he considered was deserving of the utmost charges; but, notwithstanding the cla. publicity. In Clarendon no sectarian of any mour raised against them, and the excitedescription had ever once got a footing; ment then prevailing in the island, no they often tried to get in, but never could misconduct was substantiated against any accomplish it; in consequence, not a single

one of them,-not one conviction could negro in that parish was implicated in the late rebellion-not one shewed any symptoms

be obtained, however ardently it was of insubordination. He had learned this fact wished for, and diligently sought. The from the junior member for Clarendon, Mr. bitterness, however, which has been cheTuriter, and if this did not show the guilt of rished against these sectarians, has been

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apparently strengthened by the bad suc- a long course of degrading treatment has cess of its undertakings; and the planters reduced them. If men be once educated, composing “the colonial union of the or even shewn the road to education, north-side parishes” of Jamaica, have however imperfect, they will no longer signalized the impotency of their pre- endure the condition of quadrupeds. The ceding attempts against the missionaries, Jamaica planters are well aware of this. by the resolutions to which we have Their resolutions are worthy of their sysalready alluded, and which will be found tem, but the Attorney-General has comin this day's paper. It is possible that menced the lesson of law, which remains some of the Baptist missionaries may be to be completed by the Government and men indifferently educated, -soine, pos

Parliament of Great Britain. sibly, not of the highest prudence, -- and that on one or two occasions the language (From the Morning Herald.) employed by them for religious instruc. The sentence of banishment passed against tion or exhortation may, as is not infre- all sectarians by the Colonial Union of the quent bere in England (ay, and in the Northside parishes in Jamaica is a tolerable Established Church, moreover), have been stretch of power on the part of those who ignorantly perverted by their half-taught Their answer to the President's remonstrance

are constantly complaining of oppression. hearers to temporal and mischierous against such sentence, from such a body, as meanings. But that does not make men irreconcilable with the laws and constitution incendiaries or rebels. Rebels and incen- of England, is an instance of the deferential diaries may be punished by law. Why respect which they entertain towards Gobave not the missionaries been so pu: with their own.

vernment when its opinions happen to clash nished ? It is plain that if they could themselves, at the hazard of their lives, "not

Not content with pledging have been fairly exposed to any legal to suffer any Baptist or other sectarian to penalty, the planters would never, in teach or preaclı within their district,” they their desperation, have adopted as one of proceed to justify the engagement by declartheir resolutions, a pledge “ to expel the ing the remonstrance to be nonsense. Whether sectarians and other incendiaries from the it was the law and constitution of the country,

or the opinions of the President and the Atisland.” Why, the men are raving mad!

torney-General, or the whole taken together, What power in the United Kingdom, or in that they meant to characterize by this courany colony under the crown of Britain, teous expression, does not distinctly appear ; can lawfully expel the meanest human but that neither law nor justice, nor any being from its territory, when he has com- functionaries who endeavour to uphold them, mitted no crime acknowledged by the law can command much respect from the Unionof England ? But what despot, known to

ists in their present temper, may be inferred

without much precipitancy from the proceedEurope or Asia, has, in modern times, so

ings of the meeting. And these are the men sinned against the human race, as to who, through their agents in this country, banish a man because of the peculiar sect are perpetually preaching up calmness and of Christianity of which he was a mem- deliberation as the dispositions in which the ber? The Grand Turk,-nay, old Ali great question ought to be met! What a pity Pacha himself, the monster of Joannina, that their example does not inculcate the --would have spat upon the Janissary

same doctrine! They had already tried their who proposed it. Expel all sectarians of guilt or innocence as to the charge of

strength with the sectarians on the question from Jamaica ! Try it, gentlemen ; but exciting the black population, and they had prepare for a trial of strength, the next failed — signally and ignominiously failed. moment, with the people and reformed They had attacked the characters, attempted parliament of England, and see who will the lives, and destroyed the property of inno

cent men - for innocent they were of every first be “ expelled”-the missionaries or their hateful persécutors.

thing, except the crime of religious instruc

tion. Sill there was not a tribunal to be The truth must be told. These planters found, even in Jamaica, base enough to conwill not suffer their slaves to emerge, by vict persons, in the teeth of evidence, who the avenue of knowledge of any descrip- had done nothing contrary to laws divine or tion, from the level of beasts, to which human. But, though acquitted by the tri. bunals, there was, it seems, a power beyond the Bishop's office, but they totally disregardthe law, in the judgment of which an ac. ed both the certificate and my explanation, quittal was no discharge, and accordingly the and at length sent the constable to wait in Union of Slave-owners took upon itself the the house, ordering him to apprehend me if I responsibility of exercising that power with commenced service. I consulted with some appropriate violence of language. Whether of my friends and with John Manderson, they will attempt to follow up their decisiou by Esq. who is a magistrate and member of any act, it is impossible to say at present; but assembly for this parish, who advised me to they have already done enough to shew that disperse the people, and not preach on that the sectarians require protection, and that day. I followed that advice, but fearing it the slaves, for whose sake the sectarians are would be a bad precedent, and that we might persecuted, cannot be very safe from ill usage lose ground in consequence, I requested the without the constant vigilance of the ruling constable to inform the magistrates that I had power, backed by the authorities at home. dispersed the meeting, not because I considered The slave-owners cannot now retort the it an illegal oce, but as they had sent to me charge of intemperance upon the Govern- professedly in a legal manner, although I conment at home, as they attempted to do before. sidered their interference uncalled for and The provocative in this case was the acquittal illegal, I would shew my peaceable disposition of innocent men, whom they had marked out by not opposing them until the matter has for vengeance. If they seriously believe the been investigated, and that I was willing to doctrine which they have avowed to be tena- meet them at any time they might appoint ble, and the attempt to prevent its application for the purpose of coming to an explanation. nonsense, we can only say that there are They appointed the following morning for others in the colonies besides the slaves who that purpose. I met thein on the Monday, remain in a state of deplorable ignorance; produced my certificate, and offered to prove and that if the latter are, by that circum- it was the kind of certificate required by the stance, unfitted for freedom, the former are toleration act, which is in force in this island, unfitted for command.

but the majority of the magistrates seemed

determined to prevent the preaching of the We briefly mentioned in our last gospel either with the law or without it; nor that Mr. Abbott had been forcibly is this to be wondered at, when I assure you,

without any fear of being contradicted, that a prevented from resuming his ministerial labours at Montego Bay. We great proportion of the St. James's magis

tracy are members of an anti-christian, sedie now publish that portion of his let- tious, and illegal society, known by the name ter which narrates this new act of of “ Colonial Church Union"—the grand violence and oppression, under the object of which society, is, as stated in their garb of law :

resolutions, to expell ALL sectarians from the

country. Such being the case I was not Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 5, 1832. allowed to explain, nor would they refer to MY DEAR SIR,

the laws themselves. Violent and abusive Since I last addressed you, I have had to language was used. Mr. Robert Watt (a contend with difficulties of the most painful magistrate) said I should be indicted as a kind, to which I shall now direct your atten- vagrant! Dr. Lawson, sen. who is an astion as briefly as possible. Mrs. Abbott and sistant judge of the Assize Court, and colonel myself landed here on the 16th June, (brother of the St. James's militia, said that “they Nichols having been detained in Kingston for ought one and all to sacrifice their lives and a few weeks), and found our friends desirous property to prevent our reintroduction.” I of having service on the following day, which told them (when they became quiet), that I was the sabbath. I accordingly made arrange- did not come to the town for any political ments for holding a prayer-meeting at half past purpose, nor did I attend that meeting to 10, A.M., and for preaching at 3, P.M. About enter into any political discussion,—that I 10, A.M. the head constable came to the came there simply to state and prove that I house belonging to Mrs. Renwick, in which had not collected an illegal meeting, and called we reside, and stated that the magistrates had upon them to shew, if they could, some legal sent him to say, the meeting I had collected reason why I should not follow my duties as was an illegal one, and unless I dispersed it, a minister of the gospel. I then left the they would issue a warrant for my apprehen- meeting, after which it was resolved, that sion. Several messages passed between the Mrs. Renwick and myself should be indicted magistrates and myself, in the course of which for the next Court of Quarter Sessions. Mr. I gave

them to understand that the meeting Manderson and one or two other gentlemen was not an illegal one. I sent them a certi- opposed the majority in their illegal and unficate of the house having been registered in | just proceedings, but it appears they were determined not only to prevent my preaching, I might; that his house was open to myself but that I should be driven out of the parish, and Mrs. A., and if we would accept his and this they would have done had not the offer he would defend us with his life. I loyal and humane coloured inhabitants (as in would mention this gentleman's name, but Brother Burchell's case) been equally deter- were it known here that such an offer had mined to protect me.

From the 18th to the been made by him, it would only expose him 25th of June, every means which their de- to the wrath of the would be great men, and praved hearts could suggest was employed to probably end in the loss of his practice. expel me from the parish. Placards were Such is the state of society here at the posted about the town, several of which are present day. Our indefatigable friend, Mr. in my possession, but for want of room I can Lewin, and others, have already suffered in only send you the following copy of one of this way for defending us.

It is necessary them. To Mr. Abbot, Baptist Missionary, for me to observe, in reference to this station, quit this parish by any possible means ere and the same may be said of Falmouth and Monday, as the parishioners have resolved that Lucea, that your missionaries' lives will be you must then do.

Should you foolhardily constantly in danger, unless more protection disregard this notice, beware of the conse- is afforded us by the British government. quences.—Montego Bay, St. James's, 22nd It is no longer questionable, whether or not of June, 1832." Of course I disregarded magistrates were engaged in the demolition these notices, for as a British subject I had a of our chapels ; they do not deny it, but right to remain. Several of our coloured rather glory in it; and those magistrates, friends slept in the house every night, indeed who were most actively engaged in that they still continue to do so, to act on the work, say they are determined to risk their defensive in the event of an attack by the lives and property to prevent our preaching. white rebels. On Monday the 25th it was Were I to attempt to preach vow, I fear it stated that they intended to put their threats would involve the inhabitants in a civil war; into execution, and it being muster day they and there will be equal danger of this whenseemed to make sure of succeeding in their ever the attempt be made, unless the perpeattempt, but our trust was in God, our souls trators of villany, who now think they may were stayed on him, and he did not deliver us persevere in infringing on the rights of Briinto the hands of our enemies. After the tish subjects with impunity, are made to muster, a meeting of the “ Colonial Union" suffer that punishment they so richly merit. was held at the court house at which Mr. It is of no use for Jamaica to boast of having Coates (a magistrate) presided; when it uncorrupted juries, as the following fact, as was seriously proposed by the worthy chair- well as others, will prove. Bills were sent man, a conservator of the peace, “that I in to the grand jury by the Wesleyans against should be driven out of the parish.” This the persons who destroyed the chapels and proposition was warmly supported by the assaulted their ministers, and though the faction, but opposed by Samuel Manderson, evidence was unquestionable, all the bills Esq. (a coloured gentleman) who said that were IGNORED !

We have not sent in any, I was a British subject, and might live where nor do we think it would be of any serI chose, and that they could not and should vice to do so. Mrs. Renwick is bound not eject me out of the parish. They soon over to take her trial, for allowing me to found that those were the sentiments of a have a meeting in her house, at the next great mass of the coloured population, with court of quarter sessions. They are keeping whom they were ill-prepared to come into me in ignorance of their intentions respecting contact, and no attack was made on my per- myself. Brother Kingdon was interrupted son, nor on the dwelling house which, it was while holding a prayer meeting at Savannasaid, they intended to raze to the ground. la-Mar, brought before the magistrates, and The designs of God are indeed inscrutable bound over to take his trial at the assizes

now particularly so—yet we cannot held in this town, but the court was closed but adore and praise him for his goodness this day without his being called upon; and and care. When all appeared dark and whether they intend to do any thing with his mysterious, and when our infuriated enemies case at a future period we do not know. were thirsting for our blood, God appeared Such, my dear sir, is our situation at the for us, and raised up friends to protect us present moment. We propose obtaining the from the grasp of lawless power. On the opinion of the new Attorney-General on our evening of the ever-to-be-remembered June case; and, being satisfied as to the law on 25, about the time the attack was to have the subject, to proceed with our work as soon been made on me, a medical gentleman, to as it may be safe and prudent to do so; but me a perfect stranger, called on me and said, we are anxiously expecting redress and prohe understood my life was in danger, and tection from the British government. that a party intended to mob my house that

THOMAS F. ABBOTT.

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whole gang.

Under date of July 4, Mr. Tin- and may be chained (should the driver think son mentions the following case of proper) to one of the vilest characters in the individual persecution. It is pain

As to the man's being a ful to think how many of the ne- not even a leader--but he is anxious to read;

preacher, nothing can be more false—he is groes are at this moment exposed to and one day his master found him, after he similar treatment:

had left work, with a book, a New TestaSome time ago, I mentioned to you the ment, I believe, trying to decipher some of case of a young man who had been put into its contents. This, with his going to chapel the workhouse, flogged, and worked in chains, on the sabhath, was the head and front of for being at chapel on the sabbath. A few his offending. The circumstance I have redays ago, the same young man was taken lated took place in the court-house, and was before the magistrates by his master, who told me by a respectable person who was said, as he entered the court-house, he present and witnessed the whole. wished he could have him transporteda villain-a rascal--and this before he had stated the offence which had put him into

NOTICE. such a towering passion. The magistrates, seeing him in such a rage, asked what was Auxiliary Baptist Missionary Society will

The Annual Meeting of the Bristol the matter? What had he done? Has he

be held, Providence permitting, in the last been stealing ? No. Is he a runaway? No. week in October; the services commenco He has too much religion in him. “ Buting on Monday evening, the 29th. The we cannot send him into the workhouse for Rev. William Jay of Bath, and Rev. his religion.” “ Well, I'll find some way to Samuel Nicholson of Plymouth, have take the Methodism out of him : he is always kindly engaged to attend. The Secretary preaching out of a big Bible, instead of of the Parent Society, together with minding his work—he is idle.” The poor Messrs. Burchell and Flood, missionaries fellow was ordered to the workhouse, and is from Jamaica, are also expected to be now working in chains in the public streets, ' present.

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