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INTRODUCTION.

On his arrival in this country, the writer was crushed to the earth by long continued persecution in the cause of freedom. Whilst here he has met with little practical sympathy in quarters where he expected to find it; first, because he has a white face, many having reminded him that if he had come with a black one, he would have found his way to the depths of the popular heart; secondly, he required friendly aid and succour, and this was quite sufficient in the present artificial state of society to subject him to renewed exercises of trial and difficulty; but in his deep emergency God in his kind and indulgent providence enabled him to engineer his way to success in the publication of his book, "American States and Churches ;"-thirdly, the writer's criticisms of Dr. Cheever's sarcastic fling at this country in the "Trent affair," and also his enquiry as to whether Frederick Douglas was reconverted to the faith which he once professed, and to which he has been so great an opponent in America -an enquiry prompted by Douglas taking the Lord's

Supper at Halifax, Yorkshire; although no animosity or unkind feeling was shewn or indulged in by the writer, their friends on both sides of the Atlantic made haste, not to explain their conduct, or to justify it, but to cover up their guilt by heaping on the writer calumny and abuse; and fourthly, the writer's opposition to the war party has been the signal for the most savage and vehement attacks on himself by ProFederals in this country, which has rendered it necessary that he should take his sling from his side and try to make his mark on the foreheads of some of the Goliaths, who have threatened to give his flesh unto the fowls of the air and the beasts of the field; consequently, the writer has had to fight his way through the ranks of opposing foes, and to fall back on the special providences of Jehovah, outside the "organized bands" of freedom in this country; and he can. assure the reader that his confidence in the arm of God's strength has not failed-that his little of the sparkling essence of life has not entirely evaporated, as will be seen in the following pages-that his opponents have not succeeded in closing every avenue of sympathy or door of usefulness against him, not even with their resort to a boundless assumption of falsehood, and wilful misrepresentation and abuse,and also, that they can no more expedite the cause of truth and righteousness by such means than they can by availing themselves of the "shifting policy" of unprincipled demagogues and rulers, by giving to them their active countenance and support. Recently

two visitors extraordinary from this city have made their appearance in the New World. One of these, Mr. Patterson, assures his cousins in America, "that the people of this country are in favour of the war for the Union;" and the other, Mr. W. H. Newett, has been lifting up his flag of union and peace on behalf of the "two great Protestant nations, England and America, in the midst of that fearfully corrupt and demoralized national convention, called the 'Young Men's Christian Association of America and the British Provinces,'-an association which has never disfellowshipped the negro-hater or negrotrader, or protested against their abominable frauds and crimes, or detestable wickedness; and yet, forsooth, churches and evangelical bodies of Christians, who receive black spirits and white spirits, red spirits and grey, and cry, mingle, mingle, mingle you that may, except what they call 'strackle-brained abolitionists."" Oh! yes, churches and bodies, such as the above, are to go hand in hand to evangelize the world! What a coalition! Should such be realized in the present condition of our churches and conventional organizations in America, to use the softest sentiments of charity, they cannot be "clear as the sun, fair as the moon, or terrible like an army with banners," against the "modern infidelity" of the age, or the outside heathenism or barbarism of the world. If such a union is designed to be emblematic of the Christian principles which control and beautify every thought and action of the Christian's life, there must

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