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48 > Page 48 of American churches the bulwarks of American slavery / by James G. Birney.

48 The reader will not have failed to notice with wLi. care every allusion to the cause of refusing Mr. Crumn; admission is excluded from the minutes, and to feel thL the very fact that the cause does not appear in th- minutes-leaving it to be inferred, that it was for somc- thing too base to be recorded there-is an act of injustice to hin that admits of no excuse. "An Episcopalian " of New York, jealous for the honor of his church, published in one of the journals of that city, a full account of these proceedings. The Bishop of New York made a short reply to but one of his state- mernts (an immaterial one), and concluded by saying, that in the discharge of his duties and responsibilities, he should not certainly be swayed by any appeal that might be made to popular feelina. POSTSCRIPT. We would have the reader bear in mind, that the fore- going presents but one side of the anti-slavery cause in the several churches whose proceedings have been consid- ered ; and that in them all, there are abolitionists earn- estly laboring to purify them from the defilements of slavery; and that they have strong encouragement to proceed, not only in view of what they had already effected toward that end, but in the steady increase of their numbers, and in other omens of success. We wish him also to bear in mind, that the churcnes which have been brought before him are not the only American churches which are guilty in giving their coun- tenance and support to slavery. Of others we have said nothing, simply because, to examine their cases, would be to make this work too long for the object we have in view-and because enough has been said to show substan- tially the state of the slavery question in America, so far as the CHURCH in that country is connected with it. Lastly.-XXTe take pleasure in assuring him that there are considerable portions of the Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian churches, as well as the entire of some of the smaller religious bodies in America, that maintain a com- mendable testimony against slavery and its abominations. Mr. Crunminel became a member of the Theological department of Yale College, a Congregational institution, where we wish we could say he was there treated in a manner that would have been the most agreeable to him, as well as most honorable to the distinguished professor whose lectures he attended; but we cannot.