to overflow, will be a great discouragement: but, let us re-
member, that the Lord's power, is above the power of dark¬
ness !! His hand is not shortened, that it cannot save by
few, as well as by many."
Sharp, replying in a letter dated Old Jewry, London,
August 21, 1772, declares his cordial sympathy with the
writer, and urges petitions " against the toleration §f slavery
in the Colonies."
Sharp's correspondence was subsequently extended to
Benjamin Franklin, and to Dr. Rush. In a letter of the
latter, dated Philadelphia, 1st May, 1773, are the following
interesting words: " A spirit of humanity and religion
begins to awaken, in several of the Colonies, in favor of the
poor negroes. The clergy begin to bear a public testimony
against this violation of the laws of nature and Christianity.
Great events have been brought about by small beginings.
Anthony Benezet stood alone a few years ago, in opposing
negro slavery in Philadelphia ; and now three-fourths of the
province, as well as of the city, cry out against it," &c.
Sharp, in the course of this correspondence with America,
was led to investigate the nature of the contest between the
Colonies and the mother country, and in 1774, published a
tract, entitled "A declaration of the people's natural rights
to a share in the Legislature, which is the fundamental
principle of the British Constitution." Of this he gave 250
copies to Dr. Franklin, who despatched them to America
the same day. The tract was immediately and extensively
republished in the Colonies. In this tract, he displayed
the intrepid and impartial love which ever glowed in his
bosom, for " the real rights of men." He saw the Colonies
oppressed, and he became at once their advocate. Happy
indeed, for them and for the world would it have been, if
their love for rights, had been impartial and magnanimous
like his. Then indeed, had slavery ceased with the do¬
minion of Britain from the United States, and instead of re¬
maining as they now emphatically are, " the land of the
brave and the home of the slave," they would have been,
with a glory before unknown to earth, " the land of the
brave and the home of the free."