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90   NOVA SCOTIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

day of her funeral looked with wonder at the unusual sight of the young men of the household following the body of a colored woman to her grave in the old cemetery.'

The causes of the rapid decline and early extinction of slavery in the British North American Provinces are worthy of study.

Public opinion had not at any time been unanimous in favor of the system. Though the traffic in captive Africans for the Rest Indies and the Southern States had been to some extent in the hands of traders belonging to the New England and Middle States, the general con-science of those sections of the country had never approved of the traffic, and from those sections the earlier slave-holders of Nova Scotia had come. It was owing in part

This glimpse of a life reminds the writer that he learned during a residence of four years in Bermuda, where in 1834 the sun on July 31st set upon four ;leousands of shweas and on the following morning rose upon them all as freemen, that the more newly the distinction of race is obliterated in the slave, the more keenly the iron of bondage enters his soul. There passed away in tSr: from the Weal Indies a minister whose life was said by his brother ministers, both white and cotorad, to have been " fully in accordance with the New Testament Pattern-. When, in 18:5. Bishop Inglis. of Nova Scotia, in which diocese Bermuda was then included, first visited that colony, he had heard of this young man, and had piled upon him to ascertain his willingness to accompany him to Nova Scotia, to be trained for the ministry of the Episcopal Church. Having learned that representations concerning himself had already been made to the managers of the English Wesleyan 3lissiotar. Society by their missionary on the islands, whom he described as having been an "angel of light" to him, the young man respectfully declined any further overtures from the bishop in a note about which that gentleman was heard to say that no student at King's Co!lge. Windsor, could have presented a better piece of composition. Upon the grant, by the British government, after the ahaslCon of slavery in ,S32, of five thou-sand pounds to the Wesleyan Missionary Society for the erection of school buildings for the colored population of the West Indies, on condition that the Society should expend half that sum (ran its own funds for the same purpose, the committee of the Society. having resolved to raise the necessary sum as a special fund, sent for this young minister to cross the ocean. and during eighteen or twenty months spent by him in Britain received from him most effective aid. Charles DeiSol:e. of Horton. N. S., at one time a fellow-student with the late Governor Archibald in the law office of William Sutherland of Halifax, and afterwards one of Nova Scotia's most eloquent preachers, heard him in England and classed him with James Parsons. the leading Nonconformist preacher of that day in Britain. Some years later the minister in question re-visited Britain as a delegate from


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