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              [newspaper clipping]
From Our Own Correspondent.
		    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25, 1859.
  No one here, or in this latitude, exults in the
events at Harper�s Ferry, except the demagogue
who seek to use them for the manufacture of polit-
ical capital.  This community does not sympathize
in the method adopted by Brown to abolish Slavery.
On the contrary, the sentiment is universal that the
man had become a monomaniac on the subject, and
while thus evidently crazy, took up arms for an
attempt which a sane man would be sure of having
instantly crushed out.  Now, this city gave birth
to the earliest Anti-Slavery Societies formed in
this country, and the feeling for emancipation has
consequently pervaded the entire population.  But
on no occasion has it ever assumed the shape given 
to it by Brown�s insane attempt.  We deeply de-
plore the misguided frenzy of the man, as, if Slav-
ery in the South is to cease, we hold that the
conscience should be enlightened or the pocket
convinced, and that it should not be done in this
way, by pike or rifle.  All our newspapers
deplore the outbreak of Brown, the demagogues
only distorting it to the prejudice of those who
oppose the Democracy.  They cannot magnify it
as they are endeavoring to do.  The good sense of
the people will not only detect the imposture, but
it will discover that the North had no hand in
fomenting the disaster before it occurred, or in
justifying it afterward.  The effort to make the 
Republican party responsible for it, is of a piece
with other attempts to fasten on it great disturb-
ances with which it had neither connection nor
sympathy.  The presses which witnessed without
rebuke the outrages and murders committed by
Buford�s Carolina outlaws, the sacking of Lawrence,
and all the long catalogue of horros inflicted on
the peaceful settlers in Kansas, are now rampant
for vengeance.  In this they may be glutted, but
they will fail in the attempt to make the Republican
party responsible except for its own public acts.
Yet the authorities even here, are acting as if our
free blacks were more dangerous citizens than the
enslaved ones in Virginia.  A volunteer company of
about forty colored men has been in existence here,
whom the Adjutant-General had supplied with arms
from the State Armory.  But since Brown�s insane 
attempt, he has taken the muskets away from them.
That courageous old man, Joshua R. Giddings, has
come in for his usual share of Pro Slavery vilifica-
tion as an accomplice.  But youhave seen his flat-
footed denial of all knowledge of Brown�s inten
tions.  On Monday this patriarch of Freedom lec-
tured before a densely crowded audience on the 
scenes he had witnessed in Congressional life.  He
spoke without notes, and opened by referring to 
the unfound rumor of his being privy to Brown�s
designs.  His address was not of the political or
partizan character, but was almost exclusively
historical, with side touches of some of the dis-
tinguished and fiery spirits he had encountered in
his long career.  He described in language which
riveted the attention of the audience, the memor-
able scene when John Quincy Adams presented the
Massachusetts petition for a dissolution of the
Union; the demand to have it burned at once in
the presence of the House; the wild clamor
and furious excitement of the Southern
members, followed by Mr. Adam�s motion
that the petition be referred to a committee,
with instruction to [rest of article cut off]               
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