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Yearly Meeting Of Friends

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Frtexd Nichols : - The New England Society of" Friends" held their animal gathering at Nevvpoit, R. I., last week, continuing from ;he lOth to the 16th inst. The attendance was very large, their deliberaiions, and testimonies against war and slavery higlily nteresting to those who are enlisted in the cause ofoppresed humanity. Their early testimonies against war and slavery are a matter of history. In the early antislavery movetnent, they were active, and, in raany places, the prime inovers. Thpy were the chief movers in the cause of " British Emancipation." - And the chief excuse for their inactivity, latterly, is based on the injudicious management oi some leading abolitionisls. That excuse, howüver, cannot salisfy the true philanthropist long. Like many of the Conscience VVhigs and Conscience Democrats, they have been watching the moving of the waters, vvhen kindred elements might form s. more perfect unioti. Anti-slavery cause has much lo hope from this body of Christians hereafter. Their political sentimenla are generally vvhig. Yet many have not used their eleclive franchise, from anti-slavery - Those who have voted, have reasoned themselves into C. M. Clay's motto - "This once for a slaveholder, to defeat a war candidate, and then for freedom." But novv they see, u'hat many of us liqve seen for years - ihat that endui'iirjce ceases to be a vlrtue. That game will work with thern no longer. Their peace and anti-slavery principies have cut off all claims of the vvhig party, and their victorious Gen. Taylor, while John P. Hale, in bis noble stand against war and oppression, has become well-known among them ; and, you may be assured, hè is drawing largely upon their sympathies. They will go as one man for freedom. During their session, they had a large and highly interesting meeling, to consider and IÜ3CU88 the propriety of discontinuing, eutierely, the use of slave produce. They have , Iready established trading-houses in Pliiladelphia and New York, ofiliat character. - Wliile this interest must be acknowledged as highely commendatory, we still believe a 'iiore. direct, and a more powerful Ímpetus will be given to the cause, by condensing their mond and political force, upon the silent and pcicefttl ballot of liberty to the slave. We expect this rcsult hereafter. [Emancipator.]