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Let them oal rail, ridicu'e, declaim or denoance. Bui
wilh humility, sincerity, and maoly honesty let them
reason. If they can prove ihat political power is
oaf per se necessarily evil (which we are willing to
admit,) let them go farther, and prove, (what we de
ny) (lint aa it now is, and is available to moral re
forms in thit country , ita exercise is compatible with
Christian principle, or likely to promote uny good
moral er.terprize of the age. Let ihem proceed a
atep further still, and show if they can, that it ia
the mission, or any pari of the mission of our re
formers, to descend from the use of moral in atru
mentalities to those of political. We say, "la the
dead bury their dead." Let those who are called to
testify against the iniquities of tho thn (and, and lo
regenerate Us co-rupt public sentiment, adhere cioseiy
to their work, and be careful never lo endorse politi
cally Hie very errors, falsehood', and vices which
they morally rebuke. And may ihe Infinite Father,
the'exnausiless source of moral' feu-er, pervudo the
wide world with its redeeming inlluei.ee, till ' he n.a
jesty of its ex:ellence shall subdue the nations, and
one universal chorus saluie lha fk'es,
"Olory to God in the highest! on earth peace,
good trill to men."
As heaven's vast orb transcends tho sickly moon,
And pours through all the sky eternal noooj
Po glows the Moral sun wilh rays divine,
Amid the widespread firmament of mind,
And rules the opaque satelite of Stale
With all the sceptered majesty of Fate.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
Ohio American Anti-Slavery Society.
The meeting was opened by tho reading a portion
of Scripture; after which prayer wag offered by the
None of the Vice Presidents being present, Jacob
Jaonev, Samuel McCormirk, Georpe GarrelBon, Ja
cob Heaton and Muhlon Wileman were appointed to
11 the vacancies.
James C. Marshall and Win. C. Alexander were
appointed assistant Secretaries.
A Business Committee, consisting of sixteen per
sons, was appointed bv tho choir, viz:
Aquilla II or ford, Giles Stehhens, J03. Gnrretsou,
Rebecca A. Dixon, Elizabeth Wileman, Rehccca, L.
Thomas, Juspe Holmes, Lot II times, John D. Young
David L. Galhresth, E'izi Holmes, Jesse Garretson,
Oliver Griffith, Joseph Cnpo and Ruth Cope.
The chair appointed tho following persons es a
committee to nominate officers for the Society the en
suing year: Wm. H. Irish, K. G. Thomas, Jesse Gar
relsnn, Elizabeth Robinson, and Rubecca Holmes.
The following named persons were also appointed
by the chair as a Financial committee, iz: Lot
Holmes. Rebecca A. Dixon, Ruth Cope, J. K. Snod
grasp, K. G. Thomas end Caroline Stanton.
The Declaration of Sentiments and Constitution of
the American Ami Slavery Society, were read by
tbe corresponding secretary. ' 1
It was resolved, on motion, thai all persons present,
who are friendly to tho anti-slavery cause, be invited
to participate in the deliberations and discussions ol
There being no business before tho convention, Ab
ly Kelley addressed the meeting on the general as
pects of the anti-slavery cause, after which the ses
' Convention met, President in the chair.
It. B. Davis oflurod the following resolution, which
Revolved, That the situation of Burr and Thomp
son in the penitentiary of Missouri, and of Chas. T.
Turrcy in the Biltimoro prison, as well as other vie
tims of diubolical laws, demands tho deepest sympa
thy of every friond of humanity.
Giles Stebbins on behalf of the business commit
tee, offered the following resolution :
Resolved, Thai the members of the convention ol
17S7 who framed the Constitu'ion of the U. Siuiep,
and the people of the several States who adopted it,
showed by their willingness to grant (he slave inter
est the three-fifth representation, and thus increase the
influence of men stealers and slaveholders in propor
tion to the number of their slaves their consent lo
forbid Congress loexerciso its authority for Iwcnty
long years to prohibit the African slave trade their
allowing the whole land lo be made a hunting ground
for the hunters of men, in order as James Madison
said "lo give (he slaveholder better security in his
property,1' and their pledging the whole physical
force of the nation to keep the slave in his chains
that they were base hypocrites in Iheir pretensions
lo love of liberty, and belief in the inalienable rights
of man; and lhal a constitution, granting such "sol
cmn guaranties," as Daniel Webster calls them, to
- slavery, is indeed "a covenant wilh death, and an
agreement with hell," which ne true friend of hu
manity can in any way sanction or uphold either by
holding an office under it himself, or casting a vote
for another to do so.
The resolution was advocated by Giles Stebbens
end Abby Kelly, and opposed by Mr. Keep and Ja
The committee on nominations reported the follow
ing list of officers for the ensuing year which was
President Cyrus McNeely.
Vice Presidents Goorge Garretson, Lot Holmes,
Wm. B. Irish, Lewis Morgan and Edward Brooke.
Cor. SocVy K. G. Thomas.
Recording Secretaries James Barnaby, Jr. end
James C. Marshall.
Executive Committee Elizabeth Wileman, Lydia
Irish, Pierce Garretson, Rebecca S. 1'homas, Oliver
Grifliih, James Barnaby, Jr., JoBeph Garretson, Dsn
e Bonsall, Elizabeth Garretson, Abraham Wiloinan.
The session concluded.
June 6 The meeting was cwllsd to order, and a
chapter from the Bible read by the president.
it was inquired whether all persons present have a
right to vote in the convention-
The chair decided that all persons present who
agreed in sediment with the constitution of the A
wericau Anti Slavery Society were entitled to a vote.
Tbe resolution of last session then came up for dis
nusion. Abby Kelly, believing Ihat the decision of the
chair relative lolhe right of voting, was misunder
s'ood by many persons present, appealed from thai
decision, in order that the question might be more
fully discussed, and the resolution before the meet
ing was, on motion, laid on the table for tag minutes.
A tmtion wig made lo appoint a committee to lake
a roll of the mombers of the Society. Remarks were
marie by Jesse Holmes, Elizibeth Robinson and Ab
by Kelly, when, the ten minutes having expireoV-lhe
resolution again came before ihe meeting.
O.i motion, the resolution was again laid upon ihe
In'j'u, until Ihe question of membership should be de
cided. A committee of four was appointed by the
chair, lo enrol ihe names of ihoso who are, or wish
lo become, members of this Society, viz: J. Holmes,
Jesso Garretson. Lot Holmes, Wm. McClmn. - The
constitution of (he Society was then read, and tbe roll
The discussion of ihe resolution was then resumed.
Mr. Keep spoke at considerable length in opposition
to the sentiments of Ihe resolution ; end was followed
by Abby Kelly, who apuko in its defence untJf the
time of aHjournmeni.
Tho meeting convened, President in the chairr
Tbe discussion of the resolution before tho conven
tion procoeded, Abby Kelly speakiog at considerable
length in its defence.
B. B. Davis offered an amondtnont to the reso
lution. ' -
A motion was made to lay the whole subject on
the table, whirh was lost.
A vole was then liken, nn the a nend nont, which
was also lost, and iho question recurred on (ho origi
nal resolution. The tune of adjournment having
come, it was voted that ihe session to.itinue one hour
longer than usual.
The resolution before the convention was, on m
lien, lai J upon the table, and the siibj-jct of fund tak
en up; Abby Ktlly madeaa appeal lo lha friends of
Ine slave, soliciting pecuniary aid for the Society. A
collection was then taken, and pledges made the
Society, amounting in all In about $215,00.
June 7. Convention met at the usual hour, the
President being absent Geo. Garretson called ihe meet
ing lo order.
Jesse Holmes read the following froto (he President,
"The chair under the impression that the Society
had elected him as their president, aflhe present an
niversary, without knowing hisi position in relation to
ihe "Liberty pally," begs leave to teuder his resigns
'ion together with his thanks for your' confiJencc.
He wishes it to bo dititincily understood, that, for him
self, be sees no incongruity whatever, in an advocate
of iho liberty party acting as President of a Society,
which adopts the constitution of the American Anti
Slavery Society as its bond of union; and, shauld the
8rtirrrr swe tit o rffffmWWI ullUUHUmliM isJMSwsi
tion, he shall be happy to act. ' ,
He wishes lo say, likewise, ihaf 'Tie regards the
present position of the A. A. S. S. on 'he subject of
voting, as bearing precisely ihe ssmo relation to her
constitution that the position of the new organization;
ists in IS39 on ills question of not voting, dues (o
The above resignation was accepted by ihe S icie
ly; and on motion of Jesse Holmos, Cyrus McNeely
was re elected President of (he S .eioiy lor (ho ensu
The following resolution offered bj Samuel Myers,
wss afirr considerable discussion adopted. '
Resolved, That Ihe casa of Samuel Jackson, col
ored mm now in (his place, who has lost ooe of his
legs and is otherwise imbecile, but who it is under
stood, has been denied the advantage of our poor laws,
on the ground ol a nun compliance with ,yial statute
uf our Slate requiring of colored men, security bonds
on entering the Siulo, calls fur the aid and sympathies
of ihe people.
'On motion, a committee of three was appointed lo
investigate the laws which opprvss the colored people
of the Slate of O )io, and report to tho next meeting
of ihis society. The chair appoin'ed Wm. D E
ing, Minion Erwin, and Jcssa Holmes, to ccustiiute
ihe above committee:
The report of the business committee was (hen read
and accepted, viz: - -
Resohcd, That in our efforts to hasten ilia lime
when "Liberty shall be proclaimed throughout all the
I md to all the inhabitants thereof," wo will rely upon
Ihe omnipotent power ol truh, as above every other
agency, to modify an J radically change loo pro sla
very sentiment which now upholds the institution;
and make all parties and ecclesiastical orgaoizitions
bow to the voice of an enlightened people. . -
Resolved, That since slavery in this country is
sustained and perpetuated by a corrupt degraded pub
lic sentiment, and can only be abolished by the moral
pou-ty of truth, Urged with a firm uncompromising
spirit upon ihe minds and hearts of iho people and
since the formation of a distinct political parly based
uppn one idea, that shall become sufficiently numer
ous ta sway the political action uf ihe nation, and yet
retain the unity and firm basis of moral principle ne
cessary to bring about a great moral change, which
offy can abolish slavery, is in the very nature of
things impossible iheruore our motto should be, in
the very words of a circular signed by James G. Bir
nay in 1S38, "to form alliance wilh 99 political par
ly but to enstamp our principles upon aU.n
Resolved, Trial those who refuse to vote for men
who belong to Ihe great political parlies, because
ihey consider them unworthy of confidence or sup
port as politicians, and yet admit them lo the commu
nion table, and remain in communion themselves wffh
churches ihat fellowship slaveholders and their abet
tors, as do many membors of lha ''Liberty party,'' set
up a higher standard in politics th in in religion and
to shield (he horrid corruptions in the church.
- Resohcd, That lha Federal Union based on ibe
United Slates Constitution, is the great bulwark of
slavery, involving the North equally with lha South
in Ihe guilt of slaveholJing; and that it is the duty
uf every true friend to humanity, tu give it no sano
tion or allegiance; but, adopting (he mullo of "no
union wilh slaveholders? to use overy effort to bring
about a pesceful dissolution of a union which is oe
minted wilh Ihe blood nf the slave.
Wheress, in view of the. great influence of the
church and clergy in this country, they may justly
be called "Ihe power behind the throne greater thar,
lha throne itself," shaping more than any ihing
else, public opinion and public action to their own
standard of right, be ihnt standard h:gh or low;
Resolved, Thai so long as ihe great majority of
ihe churches of the land are in fellowship with slave
holders and (heir abettors, and Ihe elorgy and north
ern D. D'saro apologists for, and delenoers of sla
very; thus lending Ihe weight of Iheir influence "in
sanction robbery, and crime and blood," it is thn
duly of every anti slavery man and woman to oppose
their corruption, and show ihat ihey are unworthy
the name of churches and ministers of God.
The report of ihe Executive Committee, and also
that of the Treasurer were read and adopted.
Mot at the usual hour, George Garretson in the
The preamble and resolutions No. 5, in the report
of ihe Business Committee, were taken up and after
remarks by Giles Stehbons, Abby Kelly and Mr.
Sheldon, were laid upon Iho (able.
The Executive Commillte were instructed lo call
a special meeting of this society, sometime in the
Autumn of the present year, at such place as they
ill" mini iiiuai buuquici
After remarks by Wm. D. Ewing and Abby Kel
ly the convention adjourned.
CYRUS McNEELY, President.
James Baknabv, Ja., Secretary,
REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Circumstances beyond the control of your Co.n
mitiee, have placed it out of their power for ihe lasi
year, to d much for the advancement of the great
caue of human rights, immediately afier the closs of
our last anniversary your enmmittce met and organ
izid, and appointed S.imuel Brooke our general agent,
hoping through his dovotion to the cause and the un
tiring and efficient co-nperation, lo be enabled ios?at
'.er truth wiih a liberal hand throughout the length
anil nreaoin ol ouruialo. liul his sympalhis not bo
ing enlis ed in the position of our Society in main
mining our auxiliary chip wilh the American Anti
Slavery Society, he proved merely a nominal agent.
Bing then, without an efficient general agent (he
having been dismissed from the agency.) Ihey hive
not been enabled lo carry forward thai efficient plan
of operation contemplated at the commencement o'
'They have, however, been enable ! to avail them
selves of ihe services of that devoted and talented
brother Wm. W. Brown for three months.
Your Committee have ihe satisfaction to say that
your treasury is unencumbered with any debt; and
ihe report of the treasurer will show the s'.ote of the
fioances of the Society.
Your Committee cannot but look wiih deep emo
tion on tho state of "this nation' al the present moment;
containing within itself the demon's of a fearful and
bloody convulsion, and threatened from without with
ihe hostilities of a jealous and powerful potentate,
bringing down upon its devoted head Iho indignation
of an offended God, by not only trampling on ihe
rignis oi numamiv al nome, nul paving Ihe way lor
extending the mgis of the American Eagle over the
accursed system in a foreign land. It is lhal dclei-tn-We
principle of compromise found in tho adopiim ol
the Constitution, and acird upon by the government
lo Ibe present lime, I hat has riveted link al;cr link in
the slaved chain, that has manacled limb after litiih,
until the bleeding and plundered captive is well tiijih
crushed beneath the ponderous weight. Il is rever
ence for this same principle that holds every slave
now in Ihe land. Lxpose this wicked principle, up
root lhia foul compromise, and the victory will be won
NEW-LISBON, JUNE 20, 1845.
"1 love agitation v hen there is cause for it the alarm-
bell which fcta riles the inhabitants of a city, saves them
irom teuio ournea in their ocus."- KUmuni liurke.
THE ANTI-SLAVERY BUGLE.
Tbe Executive Committee of the Ohio American Anti
Slaverj Society, deeming it of vitul importance to the in
terests and progress of the cause to have an organ to dis
seminate Anti-Slavery truth, have concluded to issue the
first number of a paper with the above title. The object
of tho paper will be to show what are the great barriers
that stand in the way of tho slave's redemption, and lo
poniioui a pian lor mcir removal, i ne subjects or Tem
pera nco, Peace, Cnpiiul Punishment, &c, v.dl also ro
coive a share of attention in-its pages. Ita chief labors
will be for the overthrow of slavery. In or4or to effect
this it will be necessary to attack this monster in his ref
uge and hiding-place tho Church. Here he sits enthron
ed, defended by tdlcmn Reverends and Doctors of Divini
ty. Hera is his strong hold. Whenever an attack is
about to be made upon him, he seeks shelter in the pulpits
of tho land. Divinity conies to his rescue.
And as said Frederick Douglass, "the Church is the
fountain from whence the stream of politics flows," there
fore must the stream necessarily be corrupt; (if politics
can be any thing else,) for a bitter fountain cannot send
forth sweet waters. And it does teem from the general
doings of the Liberty Party that it is acting the part of a
decoy-duck, to divert attention from tho "bulwarks ef
Slavery," pointing at the same time lo the ballot-box as
the only hope of the slave. Doubtless there are honest
minds who think it is so, but more light will enable them
to see their error, and the Bugle will endeavor to impart it.
And now, friends of humanity, we ask you in the name
of the sighing bondman to lend your aid in sustaining this
little sheet. Tbink of tbe anguish of the heart-broken
slave-mother. Think of the forlorn and agonizing condi
tion of throe millions of our brothers and sisters who are
clanking their chains upon our soil, robbed i f every right.
and ranked with the beasts that perish! Talk uot of
"hard times." It is the slave who indeed has "Aon
limit." Tour condition is an Eden compared to his.
Scarce a ray of hope lights up the long night of slavery's
doom. The past to him is bu' "a glaomy wilderness of
dying thought;" the present a scene of dread and anguish
of spirit; the future a moonless and starless night) Then
come to his rescue. "Remember him in bonds aa bound
with him." Let us sound tho bugle-note of Freedom
over the hills and through the valleys. Let us blow a
blast that will wake from their slumbers the tyrants at the
South, and their more guilty abettors at tbe North.
"OUR COUNTRY, RIGHT OR WRONG."
Such Is tho motto adopted by those who3e patriotism la
of a mean and selfish character; it fully expresses the
principle upon which contracted minds are willing to act,
for there are those whose minds are so unenlightened as to
have no more definite conception of the meaning of Right
and Wrong, than had the cian we read of in the story-
book of felicity, which he defined to be, some part of a pig's
In their estimation, that is right which their party ar
their sect approves, and every thing which is oppos ed to
the doctrines of their political or religious creed ia wrong.
for that unanswerable reason, "became it u." They swal
low down doctrines without examination; and are flaming
patriots, "becaute tliey are." They were born in America,
and therefore every thing American, is to them, just right.
Thoy are perfectly satisfied -villi this reasoning, and
"Stand by their country therefore,
Without a why or whoreforc."
We say there is no greater enemy to bis country than
such a patriot, that, in effect he deals treacherously with
the land of his tirth. Ho is my true friend who stands by
me in the right, but condemns me when in the wrong.
He who loves America will tell her of her faults, will re
buke her for her iniquities, so that she may be brought to
repent, and bring forth fruits for repentance, and become
in deed as she is now but in nam;, the land of tho frco, a
refuge for the oppressed.
It is no evidence of patriotism for a man to boil over
with indignation because the institutions of his country,
and his o-.vn actions or those of his fellows are presented in
their true character; or to frot and fume with wrath bo-
cause the God that he has worshipped is shown to be a
fulse (iod, and not the Creator of the Universe. The true
patriot feels this "his country is the world, his countryman
are all mankind," and he labors to advance the interests
of all, to diffuse the blessings of light and love throughout
the world; and he who has not experienced this desire,
knows not practically the meaning of patriotism, for tbe
interests of man ure one the wide world over, and to pro
mote those interests we must labor for the overthrow of
all wrong whether in our own or other lands, abiding ever
by the Right and Truo wherever found.
THE LIBERTY PARTY.
One of the most unpleasant labors in which a refjriner
can be called to engage, is to oppose those who have pro
fessedly as much at heait as himself tho good of the en
terprise in which he is engHged, but whose measures bo is
convinced instead of promoting, are retarding its progress.
We have found it so in our controversy with tbe Liberty
Party. It was comparatively easy and pleasant for us
to battle against open and undisguised pro-slavery, to tear
off the lair but deceitful mask from tho hideous (enures of
colonization, or to expose the windings and cunning tricks
of the insidious serpent New Organization in its clerical
garb, but we confess that the Liberty Party has so assum
ed the guise of an angel of light, and we find drawn into
its ranks so many sincere and conscientious, but mistaken
friends of the slave, that our duty in exposing its pro-slavery
character and tendency is inoro difficult and more un
plontaiit. While we admit that there ere such among them, we al
so jeontend that as sincere and conscientious advocates of
emancipation are to be found in tho colonization Society,
and in the Whig and Democratic parties which the Lib
erty party men sejun sparingly denounce, and in the pto
6avery sectarian organizations, which they do not de
nounce; but at the same time we insist that the measures
of colonization, of whig, of democratic and ofliberty party,
however they may for a while teem to promote the cause of
emancipation, af, all tend to build up ihe accursed system
of slavery , and we insist moreover that the leading men of
t he ;c parties, tho influences which govern th 3 rank and
file, arc not to be trusted with the slave's cause.
The American Anti-Slavery Society has from the first
opposed the formation of a J istinct political A Lti-Siavcry
party as inexpedient and unwise, and always has condem
ned the so-called Liberty party, as a meat ure originating
with those who had proved then.stlves false to the
ciusa of tbe slave, and whose motives were far from
being above suspicion; and this society holds that a politi
cal party, whether liberty party or any other which acts
undor the United States constitution, is to be condemned
upon principle, and docs not regard it as a piea6uro whoso
expediency is questionable. We will briefly stale why
we, in common with other members of the American soci
ety, occupy this position. The United States constitution.
we regard as a "covenant with death, and an agreement
wilh hell," a partnership contract which all who vote un
der promise to fulfil, or to aid in fulfilling. We know that
it requires its supporters to surrender the fugitive slave,
and to gather with force and arms and hew down the insur
gent slave- ve know that such was the character designed
to be given it by its framcrs and original adopters, and that
all honest and enlightened minds will so interpret the instru
ment. And we also know that before any one can cross
the threshhold of office, he must swear to support it; and
therefore believing it to be wrong to enter into, or promise
to fulfil such a compact, knowing that such partnership
and such promise gives additional power to the slaveholder
to crush, and bruise, and bind, we are bound by our duty
to the slave, ourselves, and to God to protest unceasingly
and energetically against usirg as an Antislavery agency,
the poiver which is derived from, and is the reward for
swearing to support it, but to declare on the contrary that
it is pros'.avery in its character and tendency, and that no
matter bow sincere or how consistent the Liberty party
man may be, that Liberty party ground is proslavery in po.