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Page 8 of Abolitionism unveiled, or, Its origin, progress and pernicious tendency fully developed / Henry Field James.

ABOLITIONISM UNVEILED. reared its lofty and craggy peaks, often covered with snow. Braced by the mountain breeze, our little Harry grew up with a vigorous and healthy constitution. His parents were not only attentive to the true development of his physical powers, but bestowed their pious care upon his moral training, and the proper cultivation of his mind. At an early age he was sent to school; but tuition was at a very low ebb at that day-hence but little knowledge could be acquired. Those, then, who undertook to " teach the young idea how to shoot" were miserably deficient in all the qualities essential in a teacher. Their qualifications never ascended higher than common Arithmetic, and as to aptitude in imparting knowledge, that was a gift which had never been bestowed upon them. There need not be much surprise, therefore. if our Henry verged toward manhood without mental improvement. Though he had been to many dif- ferent teachers, yet when about seventeen years of age he could barely read and cipher. The fault was all theirs: they knew not how to smooth the path of knowledge to make learning attractive, by removing those obstructions that impede and sometimes overwhelm the infantile mind, in its efforts to comprehend the intricate principles of the arts and sciences. He was suffered to grope his way, as best he could; and it is not astonishing that his progress was slow and discouraging. However, the scene now undergoes a change; better teachers came into the vicinity, and his pathway became illuminated. He imbibed a taste for learning-lie devoted his whole mind to his studies. le resolved to be a thor- ough scholar in all the branches of a good English educa- tion, and in this he eminently succeeded. None could speak or write his native tongue more correctly than he. Having arrived at man's estate, he selects for his help- mate one of the fair daughters of the land. In the choice of a wife he was greatly blessed. Now the thoughts of our Henry Gray were turned to the West. The fertility of the Ohio valley was diffused throughout all that region of country. He decided, therefore, with his numerous slaves to emigrate to the West. Not so with his brother John, two years older in age, 8