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Proceedings, Held in the City of Columbus, January 16-18, 1856

  Resolved, That the thanks of the Con-      party which finds its head in Franklin
vention are due, and are hereby tendered     Pierce, and its pillars of support in Cass
to the ladies of Bethel Church, for their    and Douglas, in Atchison and Stringfellow,
liberal donation.                            has pledged itself to do the menial offices
  All the meetings of the Convention af-     of slavery, to oppose all agitation of the
ter the first, were large and enthusiastic.  question of Human Freedom, to make fi-
Every evening, the large and commodious      nal the unconstitutional and inhuman Fu-
City Hall was filled to its utmost capacity  gitive Slave Law, and to ignore all the
with anxious listeners, both white and       great principles of justice which lie at the
colored.                                     foundation of this government.
  The speeches made by Langston, Clark,        7. Resolved, That we pledge ourselves
Gaines, and others, were logical, pointed    to each other and to the slave, to use all
and eloquent, and were delivered with        the means in our power to effect the over-
earnestness and great power.                 throw of slavery and the destruction of
  The  Committee on Business reported        American prejudice.
the following resolutions :                   8. Resolved, That we do not despair of
   1. Resolved, That slavery is to be deep-   the attainment of this grand result; but,
ly deplored, because it is destructive of    believing that God is the God of the op-
"whatsoever things, are true, whatsoever     pressed, we are confident that in His own
things are honest, whatsoever things are     good time He will bring about our deliv-
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatso-    erance with the same mighty hand with
ever things lovely, and whatsoever things    which He led forth the children of Israel
are of good report."                         from Egyptian bondage.
  2. Resolved, That it may be appropri-       9. Resolved, That unless we are great-
ately characterized as the sum of all vil-   ly mistaken in respect to the indications of
lanies, the perfection of all wickedness and Providence, the day of our deliverance
outrage, the master-piece of all the devi-   steadily draws nigh.  May the God of the
ces which Satan has invented to alienate     oppressed hasten its glad and joyous con-
man from his brother man, and thereby        summation.
destroy the happiness of the human fam-       11. Resolved, That while we rejoice in
ly.                                          the death of the Whig party, once a strong
  3. Resolved, That we regard all organ-     ally of Despotism, in the waning influence
iizations, whose object is the maintenance   of the Democratic party--the black-heart-
of this stupendous system of wrong, as       ed apostle of American  Slavery -- we
engaged in a crusade against our holy re-    would welcome the inauguration of the
ligion, against the pure principles of righ- Republican party, which, although it does
teous civil government, against the spirit   not take so high anti-slavery ground as
and tendency of genuine civilization, and    we could wish, demanding the immediate
against the tenderest and most important     and unconditional abolition of slavery in
rights which belong to humanity.             the States as well as its eternal prohibition
   4. Resolved, That we are compelled to      in the Territories belonging to the Federal
believe, in view of its own pro-slavery and  Government, may do great service in the
uncharitable action, in view of the incon-   cause of Freedom, and the young, vigor-
sistent and unmanly conduct of its agents    ous, and athletic defender of the Restric-
and leading members, that the professions    tive Policy.
made by the American Colonization So-         12. Resolved, That we regard the great
ciety, of promoting the abolition of sla-    moral results which are coming to pass
very, are altogether delusive, and their     through the agency of the American An-
pretensions of interest in behalf of the     ti-Slavery Society, with unfeigned grati-
nominally free colored people of the coun-   tude and thankfulness, and we will bid it a
try, hollow-hearted and contemptible.        hearty God speed in its moral warfare
   5. Resolved, That we look upon the        against slavery and its audacious encroach-
Society as the embodiment of the pro-sla-    ments upon the rights of man.
very sentiment of the country; that its       13. Resolved, That we are opposed to
prime object is the perpetuity of slavery;   all Caste, to all discrimination on account
and, while it is unworthy of our confidence  of complexion or birth-place, and in favor
and support, it should be despised and       of the broadest Freedom consonant to
loathed by the friends of the slave, as a    just and impartial legislation.
foul and filthy plague.                       14. Resolved, That, in the name of our
   6. Resolved, That the great political     manhood, in the name of justice and fair


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