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" It is impossible to describe the feelings of surprise and regret which this decision has occasioned in all the New England States . , The friends of humanity and freedom are palsied with the shock . Not only will this be the
means of continuing and extending the most unchristian and disgraceful practice of keeping slaves , but of opening a new mart for the sale , and thus furnish slave-traders and kidnappers with inducements to procure ' per fas , aut nefas / new supplies by importation /'
My friend adds , " In connexion with this lamentable result is another occurrence ppjpful in the extreme . You have doubtless heard that the most distressing fire ever known in this country , extended its ravages in
Savannah , the capital of Georgia . A tender feeling for the sufferers called out very liberal contributions for their relief , particularly in the Northern States . In the city of New York , the gum of twelve thousand dollars was
promptly subscribed , and forwarded with a request , that such people of colour as were sufferers , might participate in the distribution . This gave umbrage to the city council of Savannah , who sent back the money to the donation committee of New York ,
because they considered it as encumbered with a condition with which they were unwilling to comply . How strange , and passing strange , that the pride of domination , over a humbled race of wretched people , should so
. operate and prevail as to produce the rejection of a charity , in which benevolence had hoped , that however cruelly and unjustly degraded , they might , in this instance at least , have equitably shared 1 How apparent , that the possession of slaves renders the heart of
the master not merely insensible to the obligations of humanity , but even to the claims of compassion and mercy \" Though I am not at liberty , Mr . Editor , without the consent of my excellent correspondent , to give his name , I shall , in proof of my full conviction > of the correctness of his account , add jny own , CATH . CAPPK
Clapton , Sir , August 1 , 1820 . OBSERVED , a few days since , in I a newspaper , the death of Dr . Bennet , Bishop of Cloyac , in his 75 th
year . It immediately occurred to me that he was one of my friend , Wiikefieldfs associates at Cambridge , and that a letter of his was in the . correspondence , annexed to the first volume of the Memoirs 3 from which his name was withdrawn , with obvious propriety , on the publication in 1804 , but which '
in conformity with the just maxim de mortuis nil nisi verum , it was no longer necessary to leave anonymous . As that letter , ( No . IV . p . 376 , ) the original of which is in my possession , may , probably , be still unknown to many of your readers , I shall take the liberty of largely quoting it , in con . nexion with the following
circumstances : Mr . Wakefield , who , of course , subscribed the Articles on taking his Bachelor ' s degree in 1776 , repeated the
subscription at his ordination in March , 1778 , at the age of 22 . In 1792 , when he wrote his Life , he thus ingenuously reproves himself for that transaction : " Even then , I was so little satisfied
with the requisition of subscription , and the subjects of that subscription themselves , that I have since regarded this as the most disingenuous action of my whole life ; utterly incapable of palliation or apology ; and I hold it out , accordingly , to the severest reprobation of every honest reader . " ( Mem . I . 121 . )
In August , 1778 , with a very fair prospect of success , Mr . Wakefield became a candidate for the Mastership of Brewood School , understanding that no subscription would be required . On finding himself misinformed upon this
point he appears to have written to his friend , who had very kindly promoted that object . In his letter , dated September 10 , 1778 , Dr . Bennet , who was ten years older than his correspondent , thus writes :
" You have doubts on the subject of our articles , and where is the man who has not ? At least I should have a very bad opinion both of the sense and the heart of such a man . But the only difference between us is , that you suppose no man in such circumstances
can conscientiously subscribe to articles which he does not believe . You have certainly seen PowelPs Sermon upon that subject , and let us abuse him as much as we will , it is the case , that they axe , and must be , subscribed in different senses by different men .
612 The late Bishop Bennet and Mr * Wakefield .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1820, page 512, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2492/page/12/