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James G. Birney

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We find the following article in the Detroit Advertiser: " f Hiere Ihe Money Goes.-The New York HernJtl says that our Abolition neigbbor up in Saginaw, James G. JSirney, Esq., the nnti-frlavery candidato for Presidency, receives frotn the American Abolition Society a salary of $2,L00, besides hie travelling expenses. VVho would'nt be a candidato for President and sympathise with poor darlcey for iwenty-(wo hundred dollars per annum? - Benevoleiice, novv a days, is a good trade - n orrat mnny persona have found it out. - 7. Bamier." Onr cotcmporarie8 both in the slave and free States, ore mora liberal in attribming plenty of fuflds toabolitionists tfcttri the truth will warrant. Mr Birney receivs no salary from any Abolition socieiy.. Neither has he a plantation frorn which he can derive wealth by the robbery of his feJlovv men, lileérilis Presidential competitors, Messrs. Ola}', Calhun,& Johnson. He preferred emoncipaling some thirty or more slaves choosing rather that 'ihey should Ibir for themselvee, than serve him without wages. Mr. Stevvart in n note puhlished in the Advertiser respecting this article, justly remarks: (tIl is not true that James G. Birney receives from the American Abolition Society, or from any other qnarter, any salary, imicli loss the sum stated, (#2,200. lio muy occasionally roceive contributions lowards tra.veling expenses when called from home to lectiiTc at a distance, and for this reason, that Mr. Bimey's anti-slavery clforts havo reduced him from comparative wealth to the necessity of working, as at present, on a farm in a remote locfilily of this Western State, for support of himself and fomily, and because prin:iple, not hope of office prompte his lectures. I had supposed that the acts of Mr. Birney in emancipniïng eome twenty or thirty thousand lollars of slave properly" and in devotmg lis time, talents, and means to vvipe out the stain of slaverv, until he beenme reduced to lis present straitened circnmstnncea, were too nolorious to require meniion. It seems, however, tho-t I urn mistaken, nnd truptinEr, that vou will not hesitate to remove any ftlse imjression, oiir pnper mny, however, nninten ionally on your part,1 a; e given respecting an ndividnnl, 1 eolicit this insertton of the real act, ''fVliere the mont-y goea?"


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