By Ebenezer Davies
First released in 1849, American Scenes and Christian Slavery is an outline, in epistolary layout, of yank lifestyles, nature, tradition, and its slave alternate through the 19th century, as saw by way of a British abolitionist, Ebenezer Davies, in the course of his travels during the usa. Davies were the minister of undertaking Chapel, New Amsterdam, and during this choice of letters, he deals precious modern views at the humans and the manners of the USA as they seemed to him in the course of a trip of over 4 thousand miles. A beneficial reception of some related letters that have been released within the Patriot journal prepared the ground for the education of this publication. The book's 37 chapters checklist the author's impressions of Ohio, the river Mississippi and the towns of latest Orleans, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Philadelphia, ny, and Boston. Davies' travelogue is a witty account of an English traveller's studies of nineteenth-century the USA.
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The testimonies of Drs. Spurzheim and Rush were cited in confirmation; also that of a respectable merchant in New York, well known to the preacher, who, after the observation and experience of twenty-five years in that city, declared that of those who kept their counting-houses open on the Sabbath not one had escaped insolvency. A poor boy was apprenticed to an apothecary in a large city. To increase his wages and encourage his efforts, his master gave him a recipe and materials for making blacking on his own account.
It was painful to think that such a ministry could co-exist with slavery. The creed it is evident may be evangelical, while there is a woful neglect of the duties of practical piety. 35 LETTER V. First Religious Service in America (continued)—A Collection "taken up" —Rush out—Evening Service—Sketch of the Sermon—Profanation of the Sabbath—The Monthly Concert for Prayer. sermon Dr. S. gave out a hymn, and told the congregation that the" collection for the support of the "beneficiaries" of that church would be "taken up" that morning; adding that, in consequence of this collection not having been made at the usual time (in May last), some of the young men who were preparing for the ministry, and dependent on that congregation for food and clothing, were now in great want.
27 the most filthy people in that respect I ever met with. They are a great " spitting" community. To make it still more revolting to luckless travellers, this nasty habit is generally attended with noises in the throat resembling the united growling of a dozen mastiffs. While the congregation was assembling, a greyheaded, aristocratic-looking old negro came up into the gallery, walked along " as one having authority/' and placed himself in a front pew on the right-hand side of the pulpit. Two black women shortly followed, taking their seats in the same region.
American Scenes and Christian Slavery: A Recent Tour of Four Thousand Miles in the United States by Ebenezer Davies