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its ruler (Kosoto) compelled to abolish the slave trade and human s&erifices. The place now contains some six thousand inhabitants, with facilities for an extensive legitimate commerce. The kingdom of Dahomey, lying immediately back of Lagos, may expect an early visit, unless its too famous chief takes to mending his ways. The peaceable possession of this place has been hastened doubtless with an eye to the cotton culture, for which that region is well adapted.

The " Evangelical Alliance," composed of delegates from various Protestant denominations in different parts of Europe, which met at Geneva in the early part of last month, unanimously adopted the following declaration of sentiment relative to the present civil war in this country:

• The Conference of Christians of all countries, assembled at Geneva, testifies to its brethren of the United States the lively sympathy which it feels for them in the terrible crisis which desolates their country. The members of this assembly desire to pray fervently that these deplorable events may be turned to the advancement of the interests of Humanity, of Liberty, and of the Kingdom of God. Convinced that the existence of Slavery is the cause of the war, the Conforence prays to the Lord to incline the hearts of his children in America to bring about, by wise and Christian measures, the suppression of this institution, which is as contrary to the spirit of the Gospel as it is to the peace, progress and prosperity of that great nation. And, since our brethren of the United States have sei apart the 26th inst. as a day of solemn humiliation and prayer, the Conference invites Christians of different countries to unite on that day before the Throne of Grace, to pray with their brethren in regard to their present trial, remembering that if one member suffer all the others suffer with

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Rev. C. H. Spurgeon on M. Du Chaillu and the Gorilla. Mr. Spurgeon lately delivered a lecture in London, (Mr. Layard in the chair,) in which he expresses full confidence in Mr. DuChaillu's book:

“ He would only say of the book, that if it were not true, it was the most wonderful fiction that had ever been written-far more wonderful than Robinson Crusoe, and would have taken ten DeFoes to write it. The thirty-two gorillas and the numerous birds, hitherto unknown, which he had shot and brought home, were facts, and could not be denied. He could not have purchased them, and if he could they must have existed, and still have proved his case. (Cheers.) With regard to the gorilla, there had been rumors from the earliest ages of the existence of such an animal, and skins and skulls of the animal had at various times been brought to Europe and exhibited. He denied altogether the presumed relationship of the gorilla to man. No doubt there was a wonderful likeness, and that likeness ought to do us good by teaching us humility; but there were many and important structural differences; and, if there were not, the absence of the living soul created a gulf between the two that was impassable."

The chairman, in moving a vote of thanks to the lecturer, said that in judging of our American brethren it must never be forgotten that we had left the institution of slavery to them as an inheritance. He also paid a tribute to Lord Palmerston, as having followed in the footsteps of Wilberforce and Clarkson. He thought the cession to England of Lagos would contribute to the removal of the slave trade and slavery.

M. DuChaillu, who occupied a place on the platform, having been called upon, seconded the motion in a few appropriate words, and expressed his thanks for the very warm and cordial reception he had received.

FROM LIBERIA.

We have received a letter dated August 20th, at Careysburg, Liberia, while advices have reached New York from that Republic up to September 14th. Health had prevailed at Careysburg among the last emigrants. One Kentucky emigrant had died of chronic dysentery and a misuse of medicine. The Receptacle at Millsburg has been partially occupied by recaptured Africans by the “Nightingale.” Many from the “Cora” have been apprenticed to different families. The Liberian Government intends building a Receptacle on the road to Careysburg. The September mail from Africa had arrived at Liverpool.

A destructive fire at Bonny had destroyed half of the houses in the town.

Palm oil was rather plentiful on the rivers and on the coast, but the prices continued very high.

The West African Herald says very little was being done towards the production of cotton, in spite of some encouragement and earnest recommendations, and it does not think much will be done till capital comes forward.

In Liberia vigorous efforts are being made to secure more honesty among the palm oil dealers. It has long been to the great discredit of Liberia, that the palm oil from her merchants was very impure; but the reaction from such gross frauds has begun, and we trust an effectual reform has been exacted from the native traders, and such Liberians as co-operated with them.

STILL LATER. By the bark Edward, of New York, despatches have been received from Monrovia to the 27th of September. The arrival of the Teresa Bandall, on the 18th of that month, with abundant stores sent out by the Society, at the request of the Liberian Government, and especially for the support of the Recaptured Africans, was a great relief, as provisions had become scarce. The Ocean Eagle had previously brought but a small amount of provisions, very inadequate to the demand. The civil war in the United States made a sad impression upon the people, as it had disturbed and depressed their commercial interests. Mr. Seys was in good health, but much affected by the state of things in this country. He had also been disappointed by the failure to receive expected letters. September 20th, he writes:

“We are not without our full share, even here, of warlike preparation and excitement. A Spanish armed steamer came into our port and fired twice into the Government Schooner Quail, out of revenge for the capture of a slaver under their colors, taken by the Quail at Gallinas but captured by an English man-of-war and burnt.

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"September 23d. I know not where to obtain any information of the last hours of Rev. Mr. Seymour. I will make an effort, however, for that purpose. You will regret to hear that another of Liberia's valuable sons and a faithful Agent of your Society, has also been taken away. Mr. Stryker died here, away from his family, a few days ago, and is universally lamented.”

The Rev. Wm. C. Burke, under date of Clay-Ashland, September 23d, 1861, writes of the Recaptured Africans:

“The number of recaptives that have been lately brought into this Republic by the American cruisers, are now scattered in almost every family. I have twelve in my family—men, women, and boys—and I have the most lively hope and prospects in regard to most of them. They seem to be very fond of civilization. I cannot but regard the whole matter in relation to these natives being brought among us, as a wise and gracious act of Providence, designing them to be a blessing to us and we a blessing to them. Our churches and Sabbath schools are every Sabbath crowded with these people, and in a few years many of them will doubtless come to know and worship the true and living God. Many of thosc that were brought here a few years ago by the ship Pons, are now respectable citizens and members of the church. I could write much on this subject, but I must forbear for the present.”

Mr. John R. Freeman, who emigrated from Washington City, writes from Careysbury, September 9th, that earnest efforts were making in that town to be represented in the approaching international Fair in London. He also alludes to an attempt of some of the Liberians to remove their capitol to the interior.

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VERMONT STATE COLONIZATION SOCIETY.

The forty-second anniversary of this Society was held last month at Montpelier-Hon. Samuel Kellogg presided. The Treasurer reported that more than one thousand dollars had been paid into the Treasury during the year. The annual Report was read by the Secretary, the Rev. J. K. Converse. The Rev. Dr. Pinney, of New York, held the undivided attention of the audience in an address of over an hour.

The following named gentlemen were elected officers for the coming year:-President, Rev. Benjamin Labaree, D. D.; Vice Presidents, Hon. Carlos Coolidge, Hon. Samuel Kellogg. Secretary, Rev. J. K. Converse. Treasurer, George W. Scott, Esq. Auditor, Hon. Joseph Howes. Managers, Henry Stevens, Esq., Norman Williams, Esq., Freeman Keyes, Esq., Rev. C. C. Parker, Rev. W. H. Lord, Hon. John G. Smith, Hon. Zimri Howe, Hon. Wm. Nash, Hon Daniel Baldwin, L. H. Delano, Esq , Hon. Erastus Fairbanks, Rev. F. W. Shelton.

NOVEMBER EXPEDITION FOR LIBERIA.

The fine fast-sailing brig John H. JONES has just taken her departure from New York for Africa, with ample supplies for fortytwo emigrants, and provisions and other stores to the value of nearly forty thousand dollars, sent to the Liberian Government for the support of Recaptured Africans.

The M. C. Stevens has not yet returned from her charter in Europe.

There has been a temporary excitement among our free people of color in favor of Haytian emigration, but the dangers of a change of climate to this Island have not been found less than to Africa, while the advantages of a home in the latter are much greater. This will sooner or later be discovered by those most interested. The New York Colonization Herald justly observes:

“The extirpation of the cruel trans-Atlantic slave trade can only thus be effectually secured. The contribution to the world's wealth and peace, by setting at work the enormous idle population of that luxuriant region of the earth, and the untold benefits which will be conferred upon the millions there by the introduction of the language and institutions of republican America, should weigh much in the decision of the question.

"In Africa, especially, we may feel assured the problem of their true exaltation can proceed without collision with the population of Europe or America; while in Central America, chiefly mountainous, and on the highway of the rushing tide of white population, it is very doubtful whether they will not be exposed to the same collisions and rivalries which here operate so disasterously against their aspirations."

SPANISH ATTACK ON LIBERIA.

The Hon. Gerard Ralston, Consul General in London for Liberia, has obtained the promise of Lord John Russell to aid in settling the difficulty between Spain and that Republic, arising from the slave trade The kindly feelings ever cherished towards Liberia by our own Government will doubtless incline her also to interpose her good offices in the case.

The French Government has abandoned the policy of obtaining Africans from her shores to introduce them as apprentices into her West Indian Islands. From henceforth this slave trade in disguise is to cease, so far as it is the product of violence to the Africans.

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RECEIPTS OF AMERICAN COLONIZATION SOCIETY, From the 20th of September to the 20th of October, 1861. MAINE.

NEW JERSEY. Freeport -Mrs. S. H. Hobert, through

By Rev. John Orcutt-(For the perF. Clarke, Treasurer of Maine

sonal benefit of emigrants from Colonization Society,

10 00 New Jersey :) Portland-Mrs. Elizabeth L. Greely, 20 00 Burlington--Mrs. E. P. Gurney, $20,

Richard F Mott, Dr. J. W. Tay-
30 00 lor, each $5, R. Jones, R.Thomas,

Miss Mclsvaine, each $1, Others,
NEW HAMPSHIRE.

$1.75, Collection in Baptist Ch.,
Mt. Holly, $3.38,

38 13 Chester-Cong. Church and Society,

Princeton-Miss S. Stevens,

5 00 remitted by J. C. A. Wingate, Treasurer N. H. Col. Society,

43 13 July 8, 1861,

7 00

PENNSYLVANIA.
VERMONT.

By Rev. B. 0. Plimpton-
By Rev. F. Butler-$61.50—

Girard-Philip Osborn,

5 00 Bradford-J. A.Hardy, G. W. Prichard,

Espeyville—J. B. Harriott, $1, Sundry each $5, Rev. S. M. Keen, D.D.,

persons, $1.18, P. Simmons, 38 Hon. Ärad Stebbins, Mrs. Betsy

cts., A friend, 27 cts., L. Arnott, S. Ayer, Mrs. G. W. Prichard,

$1,

3 83 H. Strickland, Geo. Prichard, $1

Fairview-Thomas Sturgeon,

5 00 each, B. C. Currier, 50 cents, 16 50 Wesleyville-Dr. M. M. Moore, and Hardwick-Cong. Church and Society,

Henry Wadsworth, each $1,

2 00 by Rev. Joseph Torrey, jr.,

12 00 Moreheadville-James 'R. Morehead, 10 00 Montpelier-Hon. E. P. Walton, $5,

Harbor Creek-George Morehead, 5 00 Rev.W. H. Lord, $1, J. T. Thurs

North East-John Silliman,

5 00 ton, $1, Hon. Dan'l Baldwin, $5, 12 00 Weathersfield-Charles Jarvis, : 10 00

35 83 West Hartford-Dea. Abner Fuller, 1 00 Vermont-A friend,

10 00

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
Froin Vermont Col. Society, per Rev.
J. K. Converse: Burlington-From

Washington City-Miscellaneous, 225 00 members of the Unitarian Church and Society, to constitute Rev.

OHIO.
Joshua Young a life member of
Am. Col. Society, :

30 00 Tallmadge-Received through the Rev. From individuals in Ist Calvinistic

Wm. Wbittlesey, in part of the Cong. Society, to constitute Mrs.

contribution of the Tallmadge BeRebecca W. Francis a life mem

nevolent Association, from the ber of Am. Col. Society,

30 00

following :-David Preston, $5, From individuals in the Episcopal and

Daniel Hine, $5, Rebecca Whitthe 3d Cong'l Church and Society, 13 00

tlesey, $1,

11 00 By Rev. B. o. Plimpton134 50 Chardon-Mr. Wilkins,

1 00 Hampden-Daniel Warner, :

5 00 CONNECTICUT.

Mentor-Mr. Nowland and Martin
Sawyer, $1 each,

2 00 By Rev. John Orcutt

West Clevcland-Sundry persons, .

2 40 Walerbury-Aaron Benedict, $10, Mrs.

Mesopotamia–J. Norris,

10 00 Sarah A. Scovill, $5, W. Spencer,

Gustavus--Mr. Lindsley, $1, Collec $2, Rev. Dr. Clark, $1,

18 00
tion, $5.50,

6 50 Plymouth Hollow –Mrs. Seih Thomas,

Richinond

1 00 $5, Dr. Wm. Woodruff, G W.

Wayne-J. T. Miner,

3 00 Gilbert, each $3, Mrs. Samuel

Williamsfield—:

2 00 Sanford, $1, 12 00 Madison - Dea. Brooks,

5 00

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Error corrected.-We find ourselves in error in stating General Jones to have been the last of the founders of the Am. Col. Society.

The venerable Bishop !1EADE, of Virginia, and Col. Thomas CARBERY, of this city, survive him. long may ihey live!

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