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quoted here; the principle developed in them, will answer my purpose. It is this that slaves, however degraded, are susceptible of kindness, and rarely ever forget it, as was evinced in those cases in which slaves who had kind masters and mistresses, used their exertions to save them from destruction, when nought but blood and ruin reigned; and in many instances succeeded in their object. Thus touchingly demonstrating, that if the corn of charity be cast even upon the soil of ignorant human nature, it will return to its sower a great reward after many days.
There is an instance, however, of the effect of kindness upon a manumitted slave, which is so much to my purpose, that I must refer to it. Joseph Rachel lived in Barbadoes, and after his emancipation kept a retail shop, in which his fairness and gentleness insured him much custom. And his generous nature won him favors from some of the best people, which they would not frequently grant to their own color. In the great fire which happened in 1756, and which burned up a large share of the the town, Joseph and his property escaped. His kindness was manifested by assisting his neighbors. Among the rest who suffered, was an individual from whom Joseph had, in early life, received many favors. This individual was ruined by the fire,
for his property, being invested in houses, was swept away. Joseph commisserating the condition of his former benefactor, determined to show his gratitude by assisting him. "Joseph had his bond for sixty pounds sterling. Unfortunate man!' said he, this debt shall never come against thee. I sincerely wish thou couldst settle all thy affairs as easily! May not the love of gain, especially when, by length of time, thy misfortune shall become familiar to me, return with too strong a current, and bear down my fellow-feeling before it? But for this I have a remedy. Never shalt thou apply for the assistance of any friend against my avarice.'
"He arose, ordered a large account that the man had with him, to be drawn out; and in a whim that might have called up a smile on the face of charity, filled his pipe, sat down again, twisted the bond, and lighted his pipe with it. While the account was drawing out, he continued smoking, in a state of mind that a monarch might envy. When it was finished, he went in search of his friend, with the discharged account, and the mutilated bond in his hand. On meeting him, he presented the papers to him with this address: Sir, I am sensibly affected with your misfortunes; the obligations I have received from your family, give me a relation to every part of it. I know that your inability to
pay what you owe, gives you more uneasiness than the loss of your own substance. That you may not be anxious on my account in particular, accept of this discharge and the remains of your bond. I am overpaid in the satisfaction that I feel from having done my duty. I beg you to consider this only as a token of the happiness you will confer on me, whenever you put it in my power to do you a good office.'"
With these facts before us, it is evident that the power to appreciate kindness, exists in every class of human life, and will always wake into activity, when kindness rouses it. I know that this power is, in multitudes, buried deep in ignorance and cruelty. But, like the diamond from the mountain, it needs only the burnisher of intelligent affection, to make it shine in all that native divinity whose eloquence proves that God pronouned man GOOD. But to make the fact still more demonstrative, this chapter will be closed with an instance, from whose teaching there is no escape.
No nation on the face of the earth, cherishes such bitter prejudice and proud contempt for other people, as the Chinese; whose self-styled "celestial" inhabitants look with most inveterate dislike upon "barbarians," as they designate foreigners. And so thoroughly are they indoc trinated into this prejudice and contempt, that
their pride causes them to reject almost every effort which civilized people have made to give them information in religious and scientific truth. While so carefully have they wrapped themselves up in that secrecy by which they have almost entirely prevented the hated "barbarians" from examining their institutions, that their empire is very nearly a sealed book to us. But there is one power which, to a certain ex`tent, has melted their iron prejudice, scattered their pride, and warmed their hearts with gratitude even to a "barbarian." That power is KINDNESS; and its operations are manifested in the instance now to be described.
In 1835, Mr. Parker, an American missionary, founded an opthalmic hospital in Cantonor rather, the intention was to devote it entirely to the treatment of eye diseases; but as other diseases presented themselves, many of the patients were received. The principle upon which the hospital is established, is kindness to heal the afflicted without expense to them; for Dr. Parker never received a fee, and when a present is made, it is put into the funds of the hospital. At first, applications for admittance were confined to the lower orders of people: but as the fame of the establishment gradually spread abroad, and the benevolence of its head was made known, the higher orders began to
furnish patients from their ranks. And when Mr. Downing visited Dr. Parker, in 1836 and 7, he ascertained that more than two thousand persons had been under treatment, most of whom had received help. Such conduct as this, is rapidly melting the prejudices of the Chinese their respect is becoming excited; while those who have been restored to health, are warmly attached to their benefactor. And if the hospital should continue, there can be no doubt but that by it a door will be opened into China, through which Christian truth and the improvements of science may be introduced among that people. And it would seem, from the success of kindness in this case, and the nonsuccess of different experiments of another character, that the Chinese can be reached only through the law of love; for even their iron stubbornness and pride can not resist the fire of affection and goodness.
One instance of the lively gratitude of a Chinese to Dr. Parker, for his great kindness, I can not forbear mentioning. It is the case of a private secretary to an officer of government," whose name is Masre-yay, and who had been made blind for many years, by the disorder termed cataract. An operation was performed upon his eyes by Dr. Parker, with such complete success, that he was perfectly restored to