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Minutes of the State Convention, Convened at Columbus

    Mr. President:--I do not intend to make a speech, but merely
to define my position on this subject, as I consider it one of no or-
dinary importance.
    I perfectly agree with  the gentleman  from Cuyahoga,  (Mr.
Douglass,) who presented this resolution, that the United States'
Constitution is pro-slavery.  It was made to foster and uphold that
abominable, vampirish and bloody system of American slavery.
The highest judicial tribunals of the country  have so decided.
Members, while in the Convention and on returning to their con-
stituents, declared that Slavery was one of the interests sought to
be protected by the Constitution.  It was so understood and so ad-
ministered all over the country.  But whether the Constitution is
pro-slavery, and whether colored men "can consistently vote under
that Constitution," are two  very  distinct questions; and while I
would answer the former in the affirmative, I would not, like the
gentleman from Cuyahoga, answer the latter in the negative.  I
would vote under the United States Constitution  on the same
principle, (circumstances being favorable,) that I would call on ev-
ery slave, from Maryland to Texas, to arise and assert their lib-
erties, and cut their masters' throats if they attempt again to re-
duce them to slavery.    Whether or not this principle is correct,
an impartial posterity and the Judge of the Universe shall decide.
    Sir, I have long since adopted as my God, the freedom of the
colored people of the United  States, and my religion, to do any
thing that will effect that object,--however [much. it may differ
from the precepts taught in the Bible, such as, "Whosoever shall
smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also;" or
"Love your enemies; bless them that curse you, and pray for
them that despitefully use you and persecute you."   Those are
the lessons taught us by the religion of our white brethren, when
they are free and we are slaves; but when their enslavement is at-
tempted, then, "Resistance to Tyranny is obedience to God."
This doctrine is equally true in regard to colored men as white
men.  I hope, therefore, Mr. President, that the resolution will
not be adopted, but that colored men will vote, or do anything else
under the Constitution, that will aid in effecting our liberties, and
in securing our polltical, religious and intellectual elevation.
    During the remarks of other gentlemen, the hour of adjourn-
ment, 5 o'clock, P. M., the session closed with an anti slavery

                     EVENING  SESSION.
  President in the Chair, session opened with an Anti-slavery song,
the resolution of Mr. Douglass, being under consideration at the
adjournment, it was again called up, after some discussion, C. A.
Yancy called the previous question, which;was carried, the main
question was put, the yeas and nays being demanded, the vote stood
as follows:
  Yeas--H. F. Douglass,  Wm. Jackson, 2.
  Nays--T. N. Stewart, J. Parnell, H. H. Ford, C. A. Yancy, J.
Mercer Langston, Wm.  Lewis, G. Stanup, W. Hurst Burnham,


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