TO MY MOTHERLAND.
Rev. Mr. Townsend has a small fund at his disposal
for assisting slaves to redeem themselves. He has
helped by this means several to obtain liberty. The
money is usually paid for them without any other con¬
dition than a promise to repay it when able to do so.
I was told of one instance where a party so helped
had not been heard of for two or three years:
when he was almost forgotten, he one day ap¬
peared and refunded gratefully the whole amount,
pleading bad health for not doing so before.
One of the most marked characteristics of the
Africans, not only in this section, but all along the
Western coast, is the grace and symmetry of their
forms, so well yet so unostentatiously displayed by
their ordinary costume. Nor can there be any
wonder on this account, considering their freedom
from all those habits of civilized life so contrary
to nature, and which tend so much to the phy¬
sical deformity that so often offends good taste.
The issue of the child of slave parents, marrying an " Omo olu
wabi," is deemed " eru idili," or a slave connected with the family.
An absolute slave is called " eru." One in pawn, placed in that con¬
dition by another, is termed " wafa:" one voluntarily placing him¬
self in pawn is " Faru so fa." A favorite slave, " eru,"" at the death
of his master is seldom if ever considered any longer an eru, but
becomes " eru idili," and generally marries in the family, in which
case his children, if by free mothers, become absolutely free.