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nature asunder. The husband was taken away from the wife, children separated from their parents, the companion was taken away from his friend, and the brother was not suffered to accompany the sister. In one part of the building was seen a wife clinging to her husband, and beseeching, in the strongest eloquence of nature, not to be left behind him! Here was a sister, hanging upon the neck of a brother, and with tears entreating to be led to the same home of captivity! There stood two brothers enfolded in each other's arms, mutually bewailing their threatened separation. In other parts were friends, relatives and companions praying to be sold to the same master; using signs to signify that they would be content with slavery, might they both toil together! Silent tears, deep sighs, and heavy lamentations, bespoke the universal suffering of these poor blacks, and proved that nature was ever true to their feelings. Never was scene more distressful. Among these unhappy degraded Africans, scarcely was there an unclouded countenance! Every feature was veiled in the silent gloom of woe, and sorrowing nature poured forth in all the bitterness of affliction. A whole host of painful ideas rushed into my mind at the moment. In sad contemplation, all the distorted images of this abhorrent traffic presented themselves to my recollection. The many horrors and cruelties I had so often heard of, appeared in their worst shape before me, and my imagination was acutely alive to the unmerited punishment someumes inflicted, the incessant labour exacted, the want of freedom, and all the catalogue of hardships endured by the slaves. Jendeavoured to combat the effect of these impressions by attaching my mind to opposite images. The kind treatment of negroes, under humave masters, occurred to me; I recollected the comfort and harmony of the slaves I had lately seen at profit; I contemplated their frecdom from care and the many anxieties of the world, and I remembered the happiness and contentment expressed in their songs and merry dances : but, all in vain! The repugnant influence would not be thus cheated. With such distress before my eyes, all palliatives were unavailing. The whole was wrong, and not to be justified. I felt that I execrated every principle of the traffic : nature revolted at it; and I condemned the whole system of slavery under all its forms and regulations.When purchased, the slaves were marked, by placing a bit of red or white tape round their arms or necks. One gentleman, who bought a considerable number of them, was proceeding to distinguish those he had selected, by tying a bit of red tape round the neck, when I observed two negroes, who were standing together entwined in each other's arms, watch him with great anxiety. Presently he approached them, and after making
bis examination, affixed the mark only to one of them. The other, with a look of unerring expression, and with an impulse of marked disappointment, cast his eyes up to the purchaser, seeming to say, “And will you not have me too ?” then jumped, and danced, and stamped with his feet, and made other signs to signify that he also was sound and strong, and worthy his choice. He was nevertheless passed by unregarded ; upon which he turned again to his companion, his friend, brother, whichever he was, took him to his bosom, hung upon him, and with a sorrowful countenance expressed the strongest marks of disappointment and affliction. The feeling was mutual—it arose from reciprocal affection. His friend participated in his grief, and they both wept bitterly. Soon afterwards, on looking round to complete his purchase, the planter, again passed that way, and not finding any one that better suited his purpose, he now hung the token of choice round the neck of the negro whom he had before disregarded. All the powers of art could not have effected the change which followed: more genuine joy was never expressed! His countenance became enlivened, grief and sadness vanished, and flying into the arms of his friend, he caressed him with warm embraces, then skipped, and jumped, and danced about, exhibiting all the purest signs of mirth and gratification. His companion, not less delighted, received him with reciprocal affection; and a more pure and native sympathy was never exhibited! Happy in being again associated they now retired a part from the croud, and sat down in quiet contentment, hugging and kissing the red signal of bondage, like two attached and affectionate brothers, satisfied to toil out their days for an unknown master, so they might but travel their journey of slavery together. In the afternoon of the same day, cbæiced to be present when another gentleman came to purchase some of the slaves who were not sold in the inorning. After looking through the lot, he remarked, that he did not see any who were of pleasant countenance; and going on to make further observations respecting their appearance, he was interrupted by the vender, who remarked, that at that moment they were seen to great disadvantage, as they looked worse, from having lost their friends and associates in the morning. Aye! truly, I could bave replied, a very powerful reason why they are unfit for sale ibis afternoon. If to be of smiling countenance were necessary to their being sold, it were politic not to expose them for long to come. Still some were selected, and the mark of purchase being made, the distressful scene of the morning was in a degree, repeated. A few of the most ill-looking only now remained. These remained to a future day, and would probably be sold, not to the planters, but to the boat-women, tailors, bucksters, or some of the inserior mechanics or shop-keepers of the town, at a price somewhat lower than that demanded for the more robust and well-looking: and, alas! though least able to bear fatigue, these feeble beings would most likely be subjected to a far more heavy slavery than those of stronger frame,
A remarkable interposition of a divine providence. (Ertracted
from Pool's Travels in France and Ilolland.
It happened sometime since, that a person was accused of a capital crime, which being sworn to by two witnesses, he was condemned and ordered for execution. After this, one of the Judges found an unusual uneasiness in bis mind; which was perceived by his wife when he came to dinner: 'upon which she asked him what troubled him; he, at first, endeavoured to pass it off, and wave the answer, especially as they had company with them at table. But his uneasiness, still increasing, more visibly appeared in his countenance, notwithstanding his endeayours to conceal it. Upon which, bis wisc, put the same question to him again, and earnestly desired lim io signify what was the cause of his concern. He then told her that though his miud was troubled, yet he could not account for it; but that they had ordered a man for execution in the afternoon, which gave him much uneasiness, and yet he could not tell why.-Upon which he was asked what evidence they had agaiust the man whereby to condemn him. He answered that there were two witnesses that swore to the fact against him, that they saw lim coinmit it'at such an hour in the vight by moon-liglit. His wife, after a little reflection, replied that she apprehended he was not troubled without some reason, for if she was not much inistaken, there was no moon-light that night; and if so, said she, then you have condemned a man to death without cause. They immediately had recourse to the Almanack, when it was accordingly found, that there was no moon-light that night. The gentleman bastened with all speed to stop the execution, by calling together the Bench of Judges, and informing theni that they had condemned an innocent man to death by false witnesses. The Judges being satisfied of this, discharged the poor man, and apprehending his two accusers, ordered them for execution in his stead. Thus was the innocent saved by the interposition of Divine Providence, whilst bis enemies were brought to suffer the punishment designed for him.
The following accounts intimate at least, that were our vision im
proved by heavenly skill, we should at all times, see spiritual be-
And the Lord opened the
young man, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses, and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
eyes of the
On the 23d day of June, 1744, his father's servant, Daniel Stricket, about half past seven in the evening, was walking a little above the house; looking round him, he saw a troop of men on horseback, riding on Southerfell side, (a place so steep that a horse can scarcely travel at all] in pretty close ranks, and at a brisk walk. Stricket observed these ærial troops some time before he ventured to mention what he saw : At length, fully satisfied that what he saw was real, he went into the house, and told Mr. Lancaster he had something curious to shew him.Mr. Lancaster asked him what it was; adding, I suppose some bonfire, (for it was then, and still is a custom, for the shepherds on the evening before St. John's day, to light bonfires, and vie with each other in having the largest.) Stricket told him, if he would walk with him to the end of the house, he wonld shew him what it was. They then went together, and before Stricket spoke, or pointed to the place, Mr. Lancaster bimself discovered the Phenomenon, and said to Stricket, “Is that what thou hast to shew me!" "Yes, Master.” replied Stricket, “ do you think you see as I do?” They found they did see alike; so they went and alarmed the family, who all come, and all saw this strange appearance.
These visionary horsemen seemed to come from the lower part of Southerfell, and became visible first at a place called Knott: they then moved in regular troops along the side of the Fell, till they came opposite Blake Hills, when they went over the Mountain; thus they described a kind of curviline al path upon the side of the Fell, till both their first and last appearance were bounded by the top of the Mountain.
Frequently the last, or last but one in a troop (always either one or the other) would leave his place, gallop to the front, and then take the same pace with the rest, a regular sw't walk : These changes would happen to every troop, (for many troops appeared) and oftener chan once or twice, yet not at all times alike. The spectators saw all alike, the saine changes, and at the same time as they discovered them, by asking each other questions as any change took place. Nor was this wonderful phenomenon seen at Blake Hills only, it was seen by every persor at every village within the distance of a mile : Neither was it contined to a momentary view, for from the time that Stricket first observed it, the appearance must have lasted at least two hours and a half, viz: from half past seven, till the night coming on prevented the further view; nor yet was the distance such as could impose rude resemblances upon the eyes of credulity. Blake Hills lay not half a mile from the place, where this astonishing appearance seemed to be, and many other places where it was likewise seen, still nearer.
Desirous of giving my readers every possible satisfaction, I procured the following attestation, signed by Mr. Lancaster, and Daniel Stricket :
“ We whose names are hereunto subscribed, declare the above 6 account to be true, and that we saw the Phenomenon as above “ related ; as witness our hands, this 21st day of July, 1785.
" WILLIAM LANCASTER,
" DANIEL STRICKET." Thus I have given the best account I could procure of this wonderful appearance ; let others determine whai it was. Speed tells us of something similar to this as preceding a dreadful intestine war. Can something of this nature have given rise to Ossian's grand and awful Mythology? Or, finally, is there any impiety in supposing, as this happened immediately before the Rebellion which was intended to subvert the liberty, the law, and the religion of England, that though immediate Prophecies have ceased, these visionary Beings might be directed to warn mankind of approaching tumults ?"
The following account of an extraordinary phenomenon, that appeared to a number of people in the county of Rutherford, state of North Carolina, was made the 7th of August, 1806, in presence of David Dickie, Esq. of the county and state aforesaid, Jesse Anderson, and the Rev. George Newtown, of the county of Buncomb, and Miss Betsy Newtown of the state of Georgia, who unanimously agreed, with the consent of the relators, that Mr. Newtown should communicate it to Mr. Gales, editor of the Raleigh Register and State Gazette.
Patsy Reaves, a widow woman, wbo lives near the Apalachian Mountain declared, that on the 31st of July last, about 6 o'clock, P. M. her daughter Elizabeth, about eight years old was in the cotton field, about ten poles from the dwelling-house, which stands by computation six furlongs from the Chimney Mountain; and that Elizabeth told her brother Morgan, aged eleven years, that there was a man on the mountain: Morgan was in-.