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5 > Page 5 of American churches the bulwarks of American slavery / by James G. Birney.

5 the church officials actually sanctify by their presence and approval, the shameful outrages. A well filled pamphlet now before me, printed at the time and on the spot, fully war- rants all these statements. The following is a specimen of the handbills that placard- cd the bulletin boards and walls: "A Fugitiveefro in _7ustice." 100 Dollars Reward! The above sum will be paid for the delivery of one James G. i3irney, a fugitive from justice, now abidingo in the city of Cincinnati. Said Birney, ill ail his associations and feel- ings, is black, although his external appearance is -white. Tile above reward will be paid, and no questions asked, by Old Kentucky. This was posted on a Sunday mnorning. The next day the Cincinnati Whzig said, editorially,- "Public Sentiment. We are informed on indisputable authority that a large number of boarders have left the Franklin House in this city; have left it on account of the re- ception of Mr. Birney, Editor of the Philanthropist as a boarder. There is no doubt an overwhelming majority in the city are opposed to the wild schemes of the abolitionists." The proceedings of some of the "anti-abolition meetings as they were named, showed that they were disgraceful as well as unlawful assemblies, though called and conducted by the authorities and best citizens. One committee, appointed to draft resolutions, contained thirteen men who were memi- bers of Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal.Wesleyan Methodist, Swedenborgian, and Unitarian churches. So was Mr. Birney reTarded and rewarded by his fellow-citizens and fellow- Christians, only for liberating and providing for his slaves, and then becoming a faithfuil abolitionist! Only that and nothing more ! He had experience enough with the churches and clergy to fully warrant the title of his little book, as all who read it will believe without more argtlument. Whoever would see more on the subject, on the whole matter of Slavery and Anti-Slavery as existingc in the coun- try forty years ago, are respectfully referred to Acts of the A n/i-Slavery Apostles, by Parker Pillsbury, to be had of him at Concord, N. H., price one dollar and fifty cents,