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Minutes of the State Convention, Convened at Columbus
spirit of the American Declaration of Independence, the Constitu-
tion, and the palladium of our liberties. It is unconstitutional for
the following considerations:--It strips man of his manhood and
liberty upon an ex parte trial; sets aside the constitutional guaran-
tee of the writ of Habeas Corpus, which, under the constitution,
can never be suspended, except in cases of rebellion or invasion;
declares that the decision of the commissioner, the lowest judicial
officer known to the law, upon the matter of personal liberty--the
gravest subject that can be submitted to any tribunal, shall be final
and conclusive; holds out a bribe in the shape of double fees, for a
decree contrary to liberty and in favor of Human Slavery; forbids
any enquiry into the facts of the case by confining it to the ques-
tion of personal identity. Thus the law strikes down all the shields
of liberty, by aiming to make a local crime a national sin.
    On motion of Doct. C. H. Langston, the resolution  was amend-
ed as follows: that a committee of three be appointed, to draft a
petition to Congress, asking the unconditional repeal of said law,
after which the resolution, as amended, was unanimously adopted.
    The 14th resolution was taken up, considered, and adopted.
    The l5th resolution was adopted
    The 16th resolution  was adopted.
    The 17th resolution was then taken up, and while pending, Mr.
C. A. Yancy arose, and remarked as follows:
   Mr. Chairman:--I am constrained to oppose the resolution now
before us, from the fact that I believe it will have a tendency to
disunite the efforts of the colored people of this State.   The reso-
lution declares that we shall not countenance, support, or associate
with any person, society, or church, unless we are satisfied that
they are purely anti-slavery.  Now, Mr. Chairman, I am not satis-
fied that this Convention is purely anti-slavery, notwithstanding it
is composed of the literati of the colored men of the State, who
should be purely anti-slavery.  The majority may  be, but I don't
believe that it is purely so.  Again: Whenever  you interfere with
the Church, you scatter discord, strife, and disunion among our
people. So I think it inexpedient to pass such a resolution.  Not
because I think there is any society or church too sacrced or pro-
fane for me to strike at if it restricts my  liberties.  Yet I think
that the language of that resolution is too tenacious, and will fail
to effect the object which it seems to aim at.
   Thos. Harris, of Pike, was opposed.
   J. H. Johnson, of Franklin was in favor of the passage of the
   Mr. Douglass of Cuyahoga, offered the following amendment,
"nor the Constitution of the United States."
    Mr. Chas. H. Langston offered the following as a substitute for
the whole:
   Resolved, That we will not support any Church, unless we are
convinced that it is anti-slavery.
    In support of which he offered the following remarks: He did
not think that the discussion of the resolution would tend to divide
the people--he wished it to be fully discussed.  He did not think
the church matters too sacred to be talked of.  It does the church


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