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The Philanthropist adduces the following facts to show that the people of Kentucky, though silent, are not asleep on the subject of slavery, and that nothing but the want of a common understanding prevents open and decidei antislavery action. "A gentleman in one of its populous counties, well known, and at this time in a public station, writes to us in a letter dated OctoberUlst, as follows: t;I am decidedly anti-slavery. Your paper converted me sorae yearssince." And again - "The Liberty party movement is dreaded here more than any thing else you have done; and is destined to be the most powerfuï auxiliary in tbe hands of Providence for the overthrow of American slavery." There is no reason for dreading it. - It seeks a noble end, by constitutional means. We hope'yet to the day. when a Liberty party shall unfurl its banner in Kentucky. Another gentleman, a native of one of the South Western slave states, travelling through Kentucky, in a letter written in one of the central counties, and dated Oetober 23rd, speaking oT the appearance of some of the houses he visited. savs - - "In two of these houses did we see the paper printed by our mutual friend, Mr.Bailey. At - ■ Creek, I founda man who had been made one of us, by the Doctor's "Facts for the People," and he was chock-full of Judge Jay's address to the non-slaveholders, and William Birney's statistics of the distribution of the offices of the Federal Government. He complained bitterly that the non-slaveholders were ruled politically,by the slaveholders - spoke of Cassius M. Clay as the greatest man in Kentucky, and inquired particularly for news from the free states. He said that many of his neighbors thouglit as he did about slavery," fee. Not long since, a gentleman in Kentucky made application to us by letter, for a large number of tracts for gratuitous distribution in his section, as the people there were anxious to have all the Iight possible on the subject. Another from that state called at our house the other day. and supplied himself with a considerable number of copies of our paper. And still anothev, of the same state, of most substantial character, requested us to republish in tract form for circulation, the address of President Young of Danville College, Kentucky. These are all discreet, sober-minded, responsible citizens of Kentucky, deeply interested in its welfare, and fully impressed with the necessity of acting with wisdom and patience. We wish them abundant success in their efíbrts to diffuse light." The following item from thegreen, Ky. Gazette, exhibits the lamentable state of ignorance that must prevail in a slave-holding community: "A Fact to be Noted. - The Superintendent of public schools, in a speech made at this place last week, stated that in two countics not far distant from this, and where great opposition is made to the establishment of common schools, it was ascertained by an examination in the clerk's office, that more than one half of the males who had married in those counties, within the past year, and had executed theirmarriage bonds, had made their mark. instead ofsigning their ñames, and that also one half of their securitics in those bonds were unable to wrüe. In a county like ours, where learning and intelligence should be as pervading and inspiring as the air or light of heaven, such facts reñect upon the chëractor of our population. In several counties of Europe no one is permitted to marry who cannot read and write, and penalties are imposed upon fathers who neglect the education of their children. Shame, shameto Kentuckians. that so little interest has been shown to the great cause of education, that so many of their sons and daughters are permitted to grow up in ignorance."


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