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Massa gave me a holiday, and said he'd give me more,
They worked me all the day,
I jumped out of my good old boat and shoved it from the shore,
They worked me all the day,
I told him I had left the whip, and baying of the hound,
They worked me all the day,
YE HERALDS OF FREEDOM.
Ye heralds of freedom, ye noble and brave,
The finger of slander may now at you point,
Though thrones and dominions, and kingdoms and powers,
Go under his standard, and fight by his side,
TESTIMONIALS IN FAVOUR OF JOHN ANDREW
JACKSON, A FUGITIVE SLAVE. “I am very happy to say that Mr. Jackson is a member of my Church, and is well worthy of all confidence and regard. April 12th, 1860.
C. H. SPURGEON.”
“We, the undersigned, bear testimony to the truth of Mr. Jackson's statements, being satisfied regarding these either by personal investigation of his case, or by the evidence of those who have done so, and on whose veracity we can depend. The credentials he carries with him are attested by parties of the very highest respectability in Edinburgh. We therefore commend him to the kind sympathies of every friend of the slave, not only on ac. count of his exposure and denunciation of slavery in general, but his very laudable object of raising funds to procure the deliverance of his father and two children of a murdered sister from bondage. MEREAMLER WALLACE, Minister, East Campbell
Street N. P. Church, Glasgow.
"18, Coates Crescent,
Edinburgh, 7th May, 1857. Mr. Jackson, on producing what seemed to me sufficient testimonials,. and particularly a strong one from Mrs. Beecher Stowe, was allowed to deliver two lectures in my Church. These lectures were, I have reason to know, very creditable to him. I have no doubt of his being en. titled to countenance and support in his laudable undertaking.
Thos. CANDLISH, D.D.,
Minister of Free St. George's. JAMES GRANT, 7, Gilmore Place."
“Resermere Presbyterian Manor,
Loanhouse, Edinburgh, 18th May, 1857. From testimonials produced by Mr. Jackson, given by Mrs. Beecher Stowe and others, I was convinced of the truth of his case, gave him the use of my Church for public lectures on two occasions, and felt happy in affording him hospitality for two nights. From all I have seen and heard, it gives me pleasure to testify my conviction that he is entitled to cordial sympathy and encouragement in the laudable object he has in view the deliverance of some relations from that state of bondage from which he himself has in the good providence of God escaped. I can cordially unite with the above, from
Wm. ANDERSON, Minister of the gospel.
“Glasgow, October 15, 1857. At a meeting of the Joint Committees of the “Glasgow New Association for the Abolition of Slavery,” the certificates of John Andrew Jackson, a fugitive slave, having been examined and considered satisfactory, it was unanimously agreed to vote him two guineas towards the object of his mission.
JOHN SMITH, Treasurer.”
“J. A. Jackson having called on me and shown his testimonials, I took him to a lady, Miss Griffith, who was visiting this town on anti-slavery business, and who has resided several years in America. She examined him very closely, and was fully satisfied that his representations of himself are correct. I believe implicit reliance may be placed in his truthfulness and honesty.
Minister of Ramsden Street Chapel, March 25th, 1858.
Samuel Fessenden, a gentleman well known in the United States, with whom Mr. Jackson lived some time, gave him this character:
- This may certify that I have known Mr. John Andrew Jackson more than five years ; I believe him to be a reli. able man for integrity and truth. His history, which is very thrilling, may be relied on, as he relates it. He is anxious to redeem his father and two children of a sister in slavery. He has a claim on your sympathies.
“ Boston, April 30th, 1856 Be it known that we know John Andrew Jackson, a coloured man, to be industrious and honest; said Jackson worked in Salem, Mass., having worked for us at different times during the years of 1847-8-9, and 50. We further state that we believe said John Andrew Jackson was formerly a slave, and that his word may be relied upon, as we think him a man of integrity and truth.
SAMUEL HIGBEE, North Street.
“ Be it known to whom it may concern, that I went with the above John Andrew Jackson and saw Mrs. Foreman, in Richmond Street, Boston, and she fully corroborated his statement in reference to his being a slave; also said her son had been on board the vessel, and seen the spot where the said John Andrew Jackson was cut out, according to his statement; I would further add, that I know the above gentlemen, Samuel Higbee and John Gilmer, to be men of character and highly respectable, and that their statement may be fully relied upon.
G. W. COCHRANE, 60 & 70, Read St.”
Mr. Jackson lectured twice in the Rev. Mr. Candlish's Church, Edinburgh, when the rev. gentleman took the chair; he also lectured in almost all the Churches in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and he lectured all the way through to London, where he still continues to lecture on slavery, and endeavours to bring in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; he is now waiting to see how the conflict in America will end; and if it please God that the slaves get their freedom, his intention is to go and preach the gospel among them as long as he lives.
I am happy to say, that since writing the foregoing, President Lincoln has issued his proclamation, that “ On January 1st, 1863, all slaves within any State, or part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the Federal Government, shall be then, thenceforward, and for ever free.”—J. A. J.