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   The New York Times (Newspaper) - May 12, 1858, New York, New York                        THE ANNIVEBSAEIES. Private Meeting of the Friends of Ine American Tract Seeiety, IHTI-SLAFERYDISCDSSION, The Abolition Element Uoanlmaai Action IB Firvor of Afrit-mint; tho (Ion Providing far ibo Circulation of ibe Tract on The of Yesterday morning, at 0 A. tho privnte meet- In g of members of the American Tract Society, call- ed by circular, and adjourned over from the previous evening, wns resumed in room No. 6, Clinton Hall Mrl JOHH TippAJf, of n the chair. Tno at tendince, at first, was not very large, bin Increased bv L'tKrtes imlll hardly less than 200 members ami friends were present. The apartment, In fact, be- came Inconveniently crowded. Prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr. HAWKS. The minutes of tbo previous session were rend, and, alter aome alight amendments, were unanimous- ly approved. Judge HojLHBtowim, on behalf of the CommUtce of. Conference appointed at the meeting un Mondiy night, reported, that owing to the l.ilc hour at whlcn the adjournment took place, and the lirovlty nf InteiriU between that and tho liuur designatm! for the opening of the adjourned meeting, tho Committee bad not had time for any deliberation, and, therefore, were not prepared to submit any report. The Dr. A. D. Sunn read a letter from Dr. Trna, who waa obliged to be atnent from Illness. The Reverend Doctor, la the courte of his communi- cation, mged on the nvntlug the Importance of keep- ing In Tlew the two following points, vie. 1. Ailtio- lence to tie action of the Society last year. 2 The leUiniiig In office of the present executive board. Tbo Rev. Dr. THOMPSON read a communication from the Rev.CsAXixs Wjuxxa, D.D., PlttsburR, Vu, In which It waa asserted as the writer's belief, the Secretaries of the Tract Society and their friends were wrong la their Interpretation of its Constitution. Another letter was also read from the Kev. GOOD- EICH "Surra, -of Washington City, who said that In more prosperous times he had pi iced tin- Society in fils will, but the course It had roeenlly taken liad made him feel that he could not conscientiously be- alow any trust on those who had already iolatol that reposed In them. Dr. A. D. Sun ii nominated as an additional mem- ber of the Conference Cdmmlttee. the Rev. Wu. R. OLime MEEDAYSLATIBFltOlEUBOPK. AHHTVAL OF THE PERSIA. VOL. VII.......NO. 2073. NEW-YORK, WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1858. but a. dough face, clerical or lay, they despised from Ihc bottom of their heart. Mr. TAI-PAS concluded by offerli g the following the Ara-ricnn Tract Societv be em- powered auil required to prim and circulate, without nn- rjecenary delay, n trac: tne Blafulaeis of Amtri- "''Tho't o'niiniitee here entered, and Dr. THOMPSON, on thi ir behalf, salil The Committee beg leave to pre- as their report to this meeting the following scries of rciotutljns. Other taken by the Com- mittee will in due time be submitted by the Rev. Dr. A. D. MIITII. KtiolxJ, That in the judgment of this meeting, the lutlon of the Mrleti adopted by tha Society nut year should be emphatically affirmed and that the decUrt tlun that the American Tract Society can and ought to publish in a fraternal and Christian a tract, n those murnl tftitlea wbjch grow out of the existence of Slavery. those moral evils and vices which It It known to pro- mote, should be carried into effect during the present Rf solved. That it li expected that all who may be elected to office at the present meeting of the Society wilt faitn- fully fulfill the above resolution. Rrjolvcd, a Committee of Nine be appointed, with dlscmlomiry power, to make irraDgemonu for 'he of action at the bnsmepg meeting of the to- morrow morning, In view of whatever exigencies may tneie arise. Tne reading of the fourth resolution, as passed at the meeting last year, was called for. It was read by Dr. THOMPSON, as follows i. That In the Judgment of jonr Committee the Dr. TBOKMOH nominated the Rev. S. W. of Providence. Dr. BATCH asked to be excused from serving, and to have tome brother from mure remote part of the country, appointed In his place. He suggested the name of Dr. KTKBXLL, of Detroit. The.gentlemen nominated as additional members were all appointed on the Committee. As BACOB did not urge his resignation, he was retained. The Committee then withdrew tn prepare their report. The Chairman said that when they had adjourned list evening the speaker then on the floor was neces- sarily Interrupted, which he regretted. That speak- er, however, now had the floor. Mr. Liwis TAPPAH then rose and resumed his speech. He should not have risen last night, he said, at the late hour at which he commenced his rcmtiks, had not been fully persuaded that many of the persons then present would not be here to day. In mat autl- he had not been mistaken. A considerable number ol the persons present last night were absent this moFOing.'pdJtlcUlarly among-whom was the Rev. Dr. Tina. All he had to say, however, should be spoken in the spirit becoming a Christian, for hu had no hope for the delivery of the si .vc In this land unless It was efiecteU un ChilMlun principles. Hu stood for- waru as a Christian Abolitionist, and he bad no alli- ance with men wno were nut Christians, although, he was willing to accept the aid of anybody, Infiilrl or Cbriixian, who would enter Into the work of Slavery abrogation. In the couisc of the remarks made night, teveral speakers had alluded to what wa> called the rejected tract, which was spoken of in terms of.high approbation, the desire had been openly expres'ed here lhat the American Tract So- ciety should be held to the publication of that essay, or of one of similar Import. Tney had just nearil read the note of Dr. TT.IO, which recummendeii to Ibefli as the first course to adopt to hold the can Tract Society to tho duty of issuing a tract dis- cussing the obligations of makers to their Slav es. Here a member rose and he believed [lie gen- tleman was mistaken, as no Mich sentiment   be Jistutticis of liiu peace. Now, wttri reganl to the tract of he would Mate in as h  treat [t as a Mu against God and u crime against man, argued that the Injunctions of Scripture on tne subject of correcting and reprimanding others ore me w ronos perpetrated bv them, were true phlloso- and sound jxillcy. The Tract aocietv would by carrying ou> In a Cnristlan- >plrll> lhr InjiincuoSs of their Lord and umier. He thai relmketh a man in a proj.or spirit waiilii nnd with him ttian he i his tonuue." For twenty years ho with some oftlie most of the United States. He Hiiiai! with Governor HAU- had written to him i other gentlemen, who thouBhhe e friendly spirit, and ho n conle personal coutint with Sem that S" ier dlfflculty Norln. at iho hinds of people had out of theeMMerce of Slavety, a< well as niornl eylls and vices which it la known to promote, and whica are c  did not Junk 111 at the force of tm> re-olullon wnuld .he helped, but rather that its eilect would bf Imp tired h> any such addition as that Mr. TAI'PAH winted to know of wti it liu would i (instruct to convinc" tlie Vncri- in Trai-l bociet) tha' it was tlmr dntv lo a tract prp-.cnblnp the rlntu v ol politic il men. HAI us U th it it was tlie i in> lent fiiciiANA.N, as a political m in. ol whom he 'poke wnh .ill the n sped one IK I 10 lie. not to steal, nit to break the S u> bath. TliC'e were tlie duties of Hie IIIFH the man. And it his duty to to cundiict himself In h's office is not to M- I at command of'the ilrra'fHMic. The Traci bo clety might, al-o, publish thf dutv of the citizen lo Kive his vote in such a way as his conscience in- formed Mm would be for the common welfare and the glory of Gud, and Hie Tract Society tniglst say Ile believed ttie brother was answered. Mr. TAPPAS belie veil not. [Laughter.] The llev. Mr. TIIUPBTON, of Maine, if the gen- tlcmin of ihls meetnig wished the Tract Society to publish tracts which Implied the lawfulness and the righteousness of bUvcry, and was It an objection to a Secretary the Society that ho believed Slavery to be a creat sin Dr. Sir. v I presume that question is ;id- dipfted to me. Mr. is addressed to the Chair. If you vvisli to answer It vou may. Dr. say it is the business of that Tub- helling Committee, when Bishop MXADE'H tract co.ncs before them, to expunge every word in it which Im- plies the liiwfulne-B or righteousness of SUvcry. Mr. Dr. I am willing that the ptatfon.i ol the Society shall he, that though we publish nothing on Slavery but what is written at tne South by South- erji men, jet when It comes to our men for publica- tion they shall expunge everything that they find im- plying Inat is right. Mr, TIIIKBTOR liked that view of the matter very much, but he thought, as Mr. TAPPAN had said, that Ihe tract of bishop MEADX did, every now and then, Imply tho lawfulness and righteousness of Slavery, mid ne hoped this meeting would not Liidorsi: senti- ments having that Implication In them. The llev. Dr. CIIEETER said the only ground on which the Tract hoelcty had any right to meddle with (he subject of Slavery in their publications was the fact that It was a sin against God. [Applause.] Now, the resolution which it had been proposed to re- form, hecnn with the assertion of tlie duty of tlih Society to publish on those moral duties which grow out of the existence of Slavery. The fir-.t moral duty that grew out of the existence of Slav- ery was the declaration thut it was a sin That was the Instruction of the Word of Cod. Slavery was man-stealing. There was not a man who could deny the Irrefutable logic that proves It. If u horse vvus Molen, Ihc individual who bought that horse, know- inK thut he vvns stolen In tho first place, was himself a thief in common law. There was no man could deny thut the whole essence and origin of Slavery in this country wan man stealing. It begun with that, it was perpetuated only by that, and in every generation millions, ulmost, were added to It, who not only never were Sold, but no creature ever could show the least shadow I or claim In the way of any equivalent given, any right w iiatever tn those Immortal beings. Those mil- lions of innocent babes were stolen from God, und from Ihcir and from thoinselves in this coun- Thai was Slavcrv. It was man-stealing. It w.is inan-MealuiR with evcrv individual who had anvthlng t-> do It In the way of sanctioning It. It was man-stmllng now on tin: part of ttie nation. Thin wufi pronounced a fin in the Word of tind. It waf u .MII woithy of death. "He that stenleth n man, und flayeth htm, or if he be found In his hand, bu 'tiicly put to ilcrtth." This was Iho Jin of this coun- try, fnts was the sin of American hlavcry. Could Ihe Tract Society draw back from the one duty thut was now pressing upon it lo make this Ui- beloru tne ivorld? It had been s nd that two years :igo these resolutions were drawn out, anil It would be Injudicious to go mthtr. Ihe bugbear and the terror under which some peuniu labored was, that this Trftc' clet> should become an Abolition Society, li must be an Abolition bM-lrty. If It did Its dnly n Coi3. It vvus nothing more. It could be nothing less. They h.id nothing lo do with the regulation of a sin. The proposition brought belore tnls meeting on the pre- vious night Turned at that. The general Idea of those resolutions was that, after all. Slavery was not a sin or If it was, that il was such a one that it could be modified, neutralized, munaged, and so vnrled and applied by those who to own their chattels, tnat It would be turned into the performance of a sacred duty before Cod. They proposed really and in fact to publish instructions to slaveholders how to manage this sin In a manner that should bo most HKreeable In the face of God. Two had elapsed since those resolutions had passed. Look at the pro- creesof the Iniquity in this country In those two Sears There would not have been one of those In- famnus misdeeds committed It the Tract Society had duty at the ouUeL If the Tract Society, had thought of the Word of God upon Slavery a sin they would not see the shame and Ihe mv of .Slavery set up in the highest tribunals In our Mid as rlKhleousness, as justice, and as law, by the "faitausdMlwatlon that black men have no rights hat whiteTmen are bound to respect. Was It not Ime now for tho Word of God, and the Tract Socie- w y'wl'lhVat word fn their hand, to take a forward navVnTent in reference to thew> outracesT Were thev fining to throw thembelves hick on their acUon two year, ago; before those putragei hod been committed t He hoped cot be U.-ne, Jt woultl be that would relngradg movement. Cunrtder what would be the effect of their refunnjj to make the declaration that American Slaveiy is a tin before God He did not tnlnk he hini.-cl' would havo proposed that amendment  cstlgatlon the unanimous declaration of the Society that it could and ought to print a tract on the moral dulles which grew out of the fact that slavery existed and the n.nral evils ,ind vices It wa> known to promote. Had changed Had what they ought to do ceuecd to be an obligation t Where their moral power 1 The Executive Com- mittee had the laboring-van, and a hard tug they would have ot it. They should not throw .iwuy their opportunity by bringing in new state- ments. He cnuld not do this ronscien'lonslj. Last >ear. by request of others. Dr. THOMPSON moved the adoption of that report. lie declared hlrnselfs.it- Itficd with It. bothln Its negative anil positive side against political action, In favor of mor.il action. A sirong persistent effort was made to charge those who first moved In the matter wllh secretly alrnln; at something more tn subvert the Trnct Soelcty and to change It into an Abolition Society. He denied this he denied U today. He would not di-ticnor nnr belittle himself by throw ing away the mordl power g.ilned Nsl je.ir. The of Slawr) underlay Uio whole ac- tion ol Ufit year. TliHbmiih knew this. Let them ilifeiiss the moral duties of masters as taught In the NLW Testament, and Slavery would fall in the Unl'crl Mates, ,13it fe.ll before the same preacning out tho wh'c Rom m Empire. At the clo'-e of Dr. THOMPSON'S remarks the pre- vinut, question was called for, and the motion carried. boiiie discussion followed us to .L point of parlia- mentary piactice, but, eventually, 'he reMiliiti HIP, at reported, neic adopted by un overwhelming m.ijor- ity, Mr. TAPI amendment receiving but four totes In oil. Dr. Asi D. SMITH reported a ofsupplemcnt.il resolutions, to whl< h the rninnuUee hid unanimous- ly ngrfcd, nnd wh'i'h -set lorlli UiLir views more at length. In ndilltIon to these, Mr. Jnnx JAV proiKiEcd the following, which was acccnled. ,ind adopted Mmiiltam ously with the rest That la view of the fact tha' In .iidllion to other IniiKS nn the of the Society are mm circulating a Ujuolilncr theiluty of sUvcs. it is eci.'ilty tilling that .1 tract ahuuld alao be pub hahcd fn Ihe diiiitR ot s. 1 he mcLliLK then adjourned, h iv Ing been live hours in cation, If not of Us essential character, yet In pes- tiferous operation. The effort to exclude the Bible from Common schools was premature In another Slate tne attempt had caufert a storm of Prolestrint feeling to sweep sucLessfully over the country. The Reverend gentleman argued the propriety of the use of the Dlblc In common schools at some length. Those schools would ele- vate the character ol the Catholic population. Used rightly, the Bible would fever the houtts that The Cunard steamship Pertia, Capt. JODKUTB from Liverpool about IOH o'clock on the morning o Hay 1, arrived at this poit yesterday morning. The steamship North Star was due at Southampton (In her fourteenth but she had not .been tele- graphed when our dispatches were closed. The t-crew-iitcHmer dlaagaie arrived at the 2Hth. On the 28th ultimo tlie Houic of Lords was not in session, and In the Hoime of Commons attention confined to the bill compelling farmers to ratke re- turns of their products, for aiatUtlcal purpoiei. The measure was rejected by 135 to 241. On the 29th, In the House of Lords, the Earl of At- DIUIRLE presented a numerouMy signed petition la favor of the restoration of the King of Oude, aad gave notice of his InlenUoii to move a resoludon setting forth the Injustice of the annexation policy in India und pledRLnK the House henceforward tu abandon it A debate took place uponj the CagUaii afltlr, and the position of the question between Sardinia and Nuples, in the courre of which Lord MAMJIZSIDIT uld there was no intention on the part of the Government to abandon Sardinia, but he had advised SarJJnla. lo case of her demands for the restoration of the Cog- lion not being complied with, to leave her case to the mediation of some friendly power. Lord DEUT added that the French Government had concurred in thin recommendation. In the House of on the same evening, Mr. SrooKrR made bis annual motion to slop the en- dowment of the Roman Catholic College of May- nooth, but It was summarily disposed of by a majority of iS against any Interference In the matter. The other proceedings were of merely local Impor- tance. On Frlduv, the 30th, nothing of Importance trans- pired in the Lords. In the House of Commons Mr. DIORULI'S resolu- tion In regard to the Government of India canie up, when Lord HARKT VASE moved That ttie cbaaftjof circumstances since the first proposal by Her ty's late advisers to transfer the Government of India lie' in the MavUh Company to the Crown, render. form of superstition. When a man reads Ihe lilblc for himself, he is no longer a Cattuilic. He is a i'roi- cstnnt. The pjlest una.hemiitlzes him, tells him tic Is deserving of eternal damnation because that lie )ms read the Bible to hU children. But when Ireland fhould cease to send us speaking of course the language familiar to the people, such a slate of things would cease and the use of the lllulc in Com- mon School1: would be left to work out Hi natural reMills. The Rev. Dr. VAN rnncatrd tlie oft-quoted declaration of on his to this country. Indorsing the necessary connection between polilUdl .ind religion? liberty. embodying  csliblWi c.incnriluls wllh various, nations, and Ihe joy thu is felt at the m.nle in KnsUnd, Seotnnd, uil- emburg. Kn-sla, Mexico and some other It also nollceo 11-. declining power In Sardinia, Bcli-liim, Bohemia and some of the Rt pnMie-> of Viii'-ri- n and its loud and bitter complaints. It slims that the concordats with Austria and urlcinhurg dj not work well, and that the new doctrine- of the "Im- maculate Conception" has grehtly diminished Ihe at- tachmcnt of many of the prlcsls and people tn v.i nous countries nf Europe, and that In France, trla Naples and even the Moles of the Church, vast multitudes are held In connection with the Pope-dom ouly through fear, that In Ruisln a counter movement Is on font, by w hirh Rome is likely lo lose a million, of her subjects at once, if they nav e not seceded alrc idy. Trie Repoil shows that, notwithstanding all the show of activity and growth in some places, o-i Ihe wholo, Hie power of the Paoal See is decidedly declining, though it jet has terrible strength. The Rev. Mr. GASSE, of the Reformed Du'ch Church, New-Yoik, then addressed the audience. He alluded to Ihe spiritual predicament of the Southern division of the American Continent, and especially of Mexico. In this connection he spoKe of Miss H Mwjr, of Brownsville, Texas, whose efforts as an educitor of twenty poor Mexican girls, and as a distributor of the Scriptnren, have been been well appreciated and The Islajii of H fjtl was u 2. I did not" 'ay that the publications of the pre- vious year should have bsen charged to the account of of the subsequent year. What I said, in reply to the imposition In figures, by which it was designed to show that the Tract Society received more than cost for Its publications In IS58-7.1 "the amount of publications manufartured during the prciioui year, the proceeds of entered into the accounts of was wholly and thai, therefore, the data for determining the qucslion of profit and loss were Inadequately and de- ceptively etateil. In so large a business there may be-, In any given year, an apparent Increase ordlinlnu- tlonof sales as compared with expenses of manufac- ture, of lens of of dollars, the stock In dc- being greater or less proportionately, with- our deierinmlnc at nil uliclher the Society I-a dollar rli-her or poon i by the operations of the year. 3. Ciindor" has a'j.inilniicd his Rround as to the ecist of a and falls back on Ihe sinti ment thai the me expense Is nbuiit t n (re tbecii.M of a missionary upon the treasury nf berirvolcnce." If It wen so i' would be no argu- ment against an Itinerant sv.-tcm of h )ok distribution, whollv distinct from ihe wnik of the settled mis-Ion- Hut the Flaicm- nt is deceotlve. Inasmuch as it nt is deceptive, Inasmuch leaves nut of view llio Important fiict thit Hie aid of Berlin on the 29th of April oy proxy, it Inexpedient to proceed further wl'h lenlnlallon on the subject during the present session." Tne propo sltion was lost by a vote of 447 to 57. Mr. DISRAELI then moved hit first resolution affirm- ing the expediency nf transferring trie Government of India to the Crown, and after some debate the res- olution was carried without a division, amidst much cheering. Tlie Chairman reported progress and the debate war ndjourned till the 3d of Mav. A meeting of Lord DIRDT'I supporters WAS at the Premier's oflV'l.il residence on the April, due hundred and eighty-nine members of Parliament attended, (many others being necessarily a-J the mtctlns was of a most enthuslaiU'; The was inferred from Lord marks That he would not resign, even If defeated on the pending Indian resolutions In the House of C om- inous. The fire In St. Katharine'i dock warehouses, Lon- don, advised by last steamer, entailed a loss of at least U U the first fire of any magnitude that ever occurred In one of the London docks. machine for paying-out the Atlantic Telegraph Cable had been completed, and experiments upsn It wire Jenii'nstr.itlng perfect success of the Inven- tion. The final were to be mide In the c< ur.-c of ubout three weeks, during the preliminary j trip'if the Agamemnin to the deep'ra'ere i of the intlc. Up lo Ihc 30th of April l.lifiO miles of cibie was colled on the Afamtmnun, and 000 miles un the JYujy- ara. The Directors had decided to order 100 miles more1 caMc, BO that there should be on board each flup a MirjiliiE of more than 300 miles, miking alto- gether oier one thon-iind miles above the- actual dis- tance. The Paris correspondent of the London Ttmtt writtf it is tt.ilLd by p  'he support given bv Ihe churches themselves, while the stlnry, exnenres .ind prantgnf .1 colpor'eur are urt directly from the treasuiy of benevolence. Uut I will not fnlloA- Cai.dor" -inv further Enough has betn said to prove to bn.slnos men Ihe insldloiis and sophistical character of Hie Inle- lietnlint'3 article. Half truths are not what business u.en want. "Candor" Implies something more, let 1> Is by a sistemitlc utterance of half truths and sometimes not quite 10 the- mind hab been as to the affairs of tho iraci Sodely. A enmpelent, Indefatigable sub commit- tee of tho Comittee of Fifteen spent days Ing these very matters of finance, and reported at ino anniversary a year ago the of the Tract Society from all Hie charges and lailnuitloni of the Independent. It Is to be honed tha' the ae'llon at tho annlvemarv relieve flic rnmmifw n lo proce ed Portugal b> way of England, In a Port- war steamer. Tbo PH jlnc-out illachlnery of tho Atlu- llc Frem the London Times. Our renders will recollect that a lew weeks since we mentioned that Ihe plan of the new pajtnjr-out machine lo be used In the next attempt to submerge this gigantic cable was In course bf construction a: the works of Messrs. Eiirnn AMOS, Boultiwark, and likely loon to he brought to a succetifal comple- tion. Wo are glad to that it has been per- fectly asd during Iho last day or two has been in full operation, ana fitted with a abort length of the coll lo illustrate practically Ua mode of TOIK- Ing. the facilities which U affords for paying out the ji-i.fLuJ Ut siwplctui fliii_c: m rshlclx   

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