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The Creole Case

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The case of ihe Creule, fdlovit)& su soon afterthe Amiátaa case, and eonearly resembling it, has excited general allention, and has called outexpressions of opin ion from a great number of papers, Nurilt and South. Whilc tho Süuiherners rave and ihreaten as usual, the Northern papers as far ás we have seeo are uuanimuus in upproving the conduct of liie uegroes, and their acts are 8pplauded as worthy uf noble men and héroes. The New York E vanelist has an article, eniitled, "Th Hkuo MuriNKfiXJs'in which ihe Edüurssa y : 'There are cnly uro grand reojsdas which ténder it (he duty of men in auy circumstanccs, to subroit to tlie enforceinentof suchan ignotninious cíaiin on them selves and their cffspring. One is ihe hope of obtaining deli veranee by p&ttoni waiting, and the olher is ihe impossibiüly of obtaining it by insurrection. Theseticp reasons rest over the condition of our Soulhern slaves at large, and austnii the true abolUion doctrine of doing nothing lo encourage, but every tking to discourage insurrection. Uut tbese reasons in the case of ihe Cre ole slaves had vunished. Before them there was no prospect in patiënt valling, but that of worse bondage, iiefore ihem there was a spïendid prospect by valorous reáistance, of itnmediaie and perpofia! iib erty ! Again we repeat it, the restrainisg reösons had vanished, and both law and gospel justified thcir rimig." These sentimenls will doubtless meet the views of uil friends of liberty, exeept those whoconsider thatchristiaüity iorbids man to kiil his fellow min iti order to defend his own rights. Fw ihe principies laid down by the Evangelist, if carried oui to their full extent, would justify the laves of ihe South iu destroying the'lives of all their njsters, provided it wera possible, "by valorous resistance," to secure "immedíate and perpetqui liler!y."Thea! of these senilmente, by prominent Northern papers, shows that the public feeling is fast approaching that State fn vvhich we of the Norlh shall believe as our futhers of the Revoluiion did, when ihey set forth in the Declarution uf Inde- pendence, thai"when a long train of abuses and usurpationSj, pursuing invariablj ihe same object, evinces a disposition to reduce tbem tin der absolute despoiism, it is their right, it is theiu duty, to throw off such Government, nnd to próvido nevv guimis for their future eecurity." If oui (otpfatiyera vvere at all jusiifiable in resiíting Briiish aggressions by violence and blood, the same principies which may be ctted to justil'y them, when applied lo the Southern sinves, will have ten fuld force Notwilhstanding, we still hold, that the happineseof the whole Soutborn community will be much better promoted by pa tient enduranco of wrong for a season,than by insurrection and bloodshed. It does not appeur thut there is an treiity by which ihe 19 inutincers will be dttlivered up to ihis Government s mur derers, That ihey will not bp deliverptu) as éluvcs, is certuirJ. Sücfi a precedent has uever been established. There is no more rcason why slaves epenping to the; West lntlies, should be surrendered, timn there is why they shouid be delivurcd up, vvlien ihyy escape into Canada. BcsidftS, according to the decisión oí üie U. S. Supreme Couri last winter, slayery U'Á Statela w, and tiopersoncuti be held as a slave,; except in the Territory of á slaveholdingj State, and ponsequcótly vhcn the slaves were .taken ori to iho high Sea?, xyith the consciit oHbeir mitste rs,they beca roe tree the mi;nu:ut they left the borders ot' Virginia. The persons who ho'd (hem a? slaves on the high Seas, i;ui be viewed in no jighj, than ns kidnappers or iira!f;s, and il would be absurd in the Dritish Government t. deliver up frecnien as slaven, or pny the valué of ihë.in ie tiicir preiended owners.