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Minutes of the State Convention, Convened at Columbus
			


ing, J.  Mercer  Langston offered a resolution as a substitute; and
while it was pending, on motion  of C. A. Yancy, the resolution and
substitute were laid on the table
   The 9th resolution was then taken up, and while under consid-
eration, Mr. Barrett, of Franklin, moved  to  amend as follows-
That there be an agent in each Congressional District.
   The 10th resolution was then taken up, and after being amend-
ed by the insertion of the word  "American," was adopted unani-
mously.
   The 11th resolution was indefinitely postponed.
   The 12th resolution was taken up and carried.
   The 13th resolution was then taken up and adopted.
    On motion, the evening session closed by singing the song com-
posed by J. McC.Simpson, entitled that "Liberia is not the place
for me."
                     MORNING  SESSION.
                                    COLUMBUS, Jan. 16th, 1851.
   Convention met pursuant to adjournment.    President in the
Chair:   Anti-slavery song by the Rev. J. McC. Simpson.   Prayer
by Mr.  William Hope.    In the absence  of the Secretary's
report of the last meeting, the Convention  proceeded  to  busi-
ness.
   On motion of Chas. A. Yancy, it was resolved that all persons
from a distance have all the privileges of the Convention except
that of voting.
   On motion of Doct. C. H. Langston, it was resolved that no
preceding Convention has any power to say who shall or shall not
be delegates in a subsequent Convention, who are not elected dele-
gates, which was referred to a select committee of one, L. D. Tay-
lor constituting said committee.
   The chairman of the business committee reported sundry reso-
lutions--15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th.
  Resolution No. 4, being the order of the day, was then taken up.
W. Howard Day was then called on, but excused  himself upon the
ground of being disinclined to speak under existing circumstances.
   After repeated calls, J. Mercer Langston spoke as follows:
   Mr. President and Gentlemen of the  Convention!--No enact-
ment ever given  birth to by the American Congress has created so
much dissatisfaction and excitement, as the Fugitive Slave Law of
1850.  This is not to be wondered at when we remember that man-
kind are not entirely divested of their humanity, and that this en-
actment  possesses neither the form nor  the essence of true law,
that it is a hideous deformity in the garb of law.   Blackstone has
justly recorded that real law commands what is right, and prohib-
its what is wrong.  This enactment--unworthy the name of law-
reverses this definition, by prohibiting what is right, and comman-
ding what is wrong.  Such is the outrage of this abomination of all
abominations, upon the just and universally admitted principles  of
the common law.      But it does not stop here.    By  it all the great
bulwarks of Liberty are stricken  down.  It kills alike, the true




			
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