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LIBERATION OF REV. SELLA MARTIN'S SISTER AND CHILDREN. A letter appears in a morning contemporary from the Rev. John Curwen, of Plaistow, on the above subject, from which we extract the following:- Sir, —Nine months ago your columns diffused far and wide the interest which was felt in this eloquent young- minister, himself only six years escaped from slavery, and helped to awaken that. "British sym- pathy which," as he says, I- ervstallised into gold for his slave sister and her children." You will see by the inclosed list of subscriptions that Mr. Martin accounts for every one of the crystals without any deduction for the expenses of his visit to England, or of his living while here. After long,anxiety,throngh not obtaining answers to his letters, Mr. Martin received the following note from two Kentucky slave-dealers, who rtjoice in the euphonious names of Gault and Ketchem:— While in ubus, Georgia, the Rev John Dorson informed us that you had made him an offer for certain slaves in his pos- session, namely, Caroline and her children-a girl and a boy. He farther stated that you had the gold to pay his price of redemption. Upon the strength ot his recommendation we bought the slaves. We could easily realise for the girl, who is about sixteen, almost as much as we shall ask you for all; but as we promised Mr. Dorson to let you know that we have them, we write to YHU to redeem oar promise With fresh anxiety but with awakened hope, Mr. Martin arranged for his journey to Cincinnati; and as he was as much afraid of going into a slave state as Gault and Ketchum were afraid to bring their slaves into a free state, he had recourse to an old friend and the ambrotypes. Meantime his sister was taking a journey of n 450 miles, with slave- dealers and through military posts, but to a faithful .brother and freedom. His letter explains the rest. Haston. U.S., Sept. 6. 1862. My very dear Friend,—I got back last Friday from Cincinnati, after a most successful trip of about eight days. I had written to T. J. Martin, Esq., who was one of my earliest and most faithful friends, asking him to act as my agent in buying my sister and her children, as he had promised to take them into his employ, and he very kindly consented to do s.). I wrote to him also, should he get to Cin -innati before me, to go over to Coving- ton, a place opposite to Cincinnati on the Kentucky side (of the river, to where the traders brought my relatives, and get their ambrotypes, so that I should not be cheated in buying others than my sister and the children. He did so, and when I got them, finding by the likenesses that those were the ones I wan- ted, there was nothing left me to do but to count him- out 2,000 dollars in gold, and he went over to Covington and made the pur- chase. The day before, when he was over, he had tried to get them for less, but he found that it was impossible to do so, and so he was compelled to pay about X412 for them. He was gone about four Ijours. When the boat was about three rods from the ferry landing on this side, Caroline recognised me in the crowd, and came forward on the boat and waved her handkerchief. I soon recognised her, and, I suppose, behaved myself rather childishly, judging from the descriptionwhirh my friends give me of my actions anduttprallces. In a few moments more my sister was in my arms 0, it was a glorious meeting! She was looking but little older than when I saw her. thougll somewhat careworn. I send you her photograph with those of the children, which I had copied here ip Boston from the ambrotypes which were taken out there I spent about six hours with her and the children, who had not yet realised what they had gained Inclosed I send you a copy of the bill of sale and the letter of Caroline's former master, Mr. Dorson, as well as those ofthe negro traders. The rest of the money I will, at their request, retain till they want it. In the meantime it is in the bank.—God bless you again.—Your friend for ever, SELLA MARTIN. P:S.—I "rranged the prices in making up the full amount of purchase, so that no money should be used in the purchase Of Charles, but the Weighhouse contributions. Tell them he is theirs.—J. S. M. The photographs show that the mother's face is thoughtful and resigned. The daughter's personal appearance makes you thankful that she has escaped the slave dealer's implied threat. The bill of sale transfers one mulatto woman slave, named Caro- line, with dark straight hair, dark eyes, five feet five inches hi^h, weighs 134 pounds, and is 34 years old; also one slave girl, named Ada, quadroon, dark curly hair, hazel eyes, four feet eight inches high, weighs 109 pounds, and is 16 years old also one slave boy named Charles, quadroon, four feet two inches high, weighs 82 pounds, is nine years old, dark straight hair, and dark eyes," to J. Sella Martin, for his only proper use, benefit, and behoof for ever." Of course Mr. Martin thinks that it is altogether more just and right to escape from slavery than to pay for their manumission. The latter plan was, in this case, a degrading necessity. The letter of their master-the man who took gold for these, his dead son's only, though unmarried, wife, and that only son's only children, this Rev. John Dorson, "an old man, rich and greatly respected in his neighbour- hood "-is such a specimen of distorted religious- ness or hypocrisy that you cannot withhold it from your readers. It is darted Columbus, Georgia, June 5, and is addressed toTJr. Martin I received your letter bearing date Boston, April 9, but did not reply because I saw no way of responding to your proposal without bringing them o St. Louis, or intrusting the business to an agent. I could not do the first because such madmen as you and Wendell Phillips had plunged the country into civîl. war, and I had no disposition to do the last. I do not know whether you will receive this letter or not, but should you, you will permit me to remind you that there is another debt that you owe in this direction, which I think would be more in ac- cordance with justice for you to pay, than the one that you are to pay to get Caroline, and that is what you owe your master from whom you ran away. I learn from the papers that you are a preacher I hope you will take as the very first rule of your conduct, .the apostle's injunction, "Otve no man any- thing." From the beginning, I have felt much reluctance in parting with Caroline, not only because she has been a faithful servant, but because I feared to place her or allow her to be placed where her soul would be in danger. The city from which you write, and I suppose where you live, has alwavs been known as the den of social monsters and abolition infidels, and as I know Caroline to be a Christian, I have fearedthat God would hold me responsible for assisting to plunge her into moral and social ruin. May God save her! He alone can make her freedom a blessing to her. If such men are Christians, who can wonder at there being infidels among the abolitionists ? If the South is full of such men, what has England to do with the South ? JOHN CURWEN. Secretary to the Caroline Martin Fund." Plaistow, E., Sept. 24.



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