dition of that unhappy continent he had become painfully interested, by conversing with the slaves brought into Newport.
Another appeal was made on the subject in 1776.
The war of the Revolution interrupted, for a time, the philanthropic plans of Dr. Hopkins.
The beautiful island on which he lived was at an early period exposbandoned.
Dr. Hopkins, who had taken the precaution, at the commencement of hostilities, to remove his family to Great Barrington, remained himself until the year 1776, when the British took possession of the island.
During the period of its occupation, he was employed in preaching to destitute congregations.
He spent the summeers, and, with no regular salary, dependent entirely on such free — will offerings as from time to time were made him, he remained with them until his death.
In 1776, Dr. Hopkins published his celebrated Dialogue concerning the Slavery of the Africans; showing it to be the Duty and Interest of the American States to Emancipate
til Thou makest man known unto himself, and has slain the boaster, and shown him the vanity which vexeth Thy spirit.
All honor to the Quakers of that day, that, at the risk of misrepresentation and calumny, they received back to their communion their greatly erring, but deeply repentant, brother.
His life, ever after, was one of self-denial and jealous watchfulness over himself,—blameless and beautiful in its humility and lowly charity.
Thomas Ellwood, in his autobiography for the year 1659, mentions Nayler, whom he met in company with Edward Burrough at the house of Milton's friend, Pennington.
Ellwood's father held a discourse with the two Quakers on their doctrine of free and universal grace.
James Nailer, says Ellwood, handled the subject with so much perspicuity and clear demonstration, that his reasoning seemed to be irresistible.
As for Edward Burrough, he was a brisk young Man, of a ready Tongue, and might have been for aught I then knew, a Scholar, .which made me le