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The Palmyra Prisoners

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- Our readers wil)remember the cse of these thrce young men. vvho vvere condemned to linger out twelve of' tlie best years of' their life in the Peniten'iary, for an act which was rrj crime ngainst the laws of God or man. An attempt was mnde to secure the liberation of one of them appealing to tlie clemency of the Governor of Missouri. The Church in Connecticut, of which he was formeily a tnembef, sent a petition for a pardon, stating his good Christian characier, when among them, and the happy seasons they liad enjoyed wilh him, but tacitly conceding throughout that he ?ws realhj a criminal and calling for vicrey in his bchalf. The Governor enswered. that he had no doubt they were grievously disappointed to find that the man whom they loved so much as a Christian brother, had beconie a thief and a felón. - But he díd not know that this vos any reason wliy thieves and crimináis should be pardoned. - If they had been vvell instructcd in the principies of Christianity, and had enjoyed Christian Socie ty, their gnilt was so much the grenter, r.nd he accordingly refüsed to inlerpose the Executive clemenCy. It is a consolation to Abolitionists to reIect that the prisoners are guiltless of crime, and an:, doubtless, sincere Christions. The Philanrlnopisl well remarks concerning their case: "For a little while, let us recognize ihe fact that slaves are men, most wickedly clepiived ol liberty; and elévate ournelves above the mists with whicli sla very hassurrounded us. The tw young men who risked their lives in an atternpi to libérate the noble Lafnyette frotn a despot's dungeon, won for themse-ves, imperishabie tlury The object oi their syinpathy, was an illustrious one. II thpy failcd and wcre arrestcd, no dis- grace would attach to their names. bui the pray ers of the world would go up in their behalf. h they succeeded, c-veiy heart would thrill at the tncntion of the names of Bollnian and Huger. - The objects of the benevolenceof the young men of Quincy, were but slae?, dcspisxl. doicn-trod den slavcs. Success would iiisure them no reward on carth; deiection would consign them. to a dungeon. and their names. to inlamy. And yet, wiih high resolve, they ventured on their work of mercy. Is thnre a man with a soul so debased, as not to recoguize in their act. a sublimer daring, than in that of the héroes of Olmutz? May God be with them .in their prison! Let them be %ï good cheer - twelve yea.s henee there will not he left one stone upon another of the great Bastile of slavery."EPAt ihe Coiirt of Genera! Sessions. held in New York, May 3. Judge Noah charged the Grand Jury, that it is their dutv "to present anj indict every person who shall suggest jr discuss a project for the dissolution of our happy form of government, and the Court declares, that they wil! convince any body of men, making this city the thentre of their deliberations, thnt their objects and intentionsmust be etrictly legal, rational, and justifiable." KFThe l'xecutive Committee of the American A. S. Society have disavowed the dissolution project of Garrisun.


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