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New York State Free Suffrage Convention, September 8, 1845.
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NEW YORK STATE FREE SUFFRAGE CONVENTION, SEPTEMBER 8, 1845
We mentioned last week that such a meeting of the colored was held in Geneva, on the 8th instant. The following is an abstract of their proceedings:
The following persons were chosen officers of the Convention:
President--Austin Stewart, of Canandaigua. 1st Vice President--H. K. Thomas, of Buffalo. 2nd Vice Vice President--T. E. Grant, of Oswego. Secretary--J. W. Duffin, of Geneva.
The correspondence which follows, was read, and ordered to be printed, with the minutes.
Farmington, N. Y. Sept. 12, 1845.
Dear Sir: --The colored citizens of Western New York, have called a Suffrage Convention, to be held at Geneva, on Wednesday, Oct. 8th, 1845, to adopt measure to secure for them the elective franchise.
Your known love of liberty, and hatred to oppression, have induced the committee to extend to you an invitation to be present at that Convention. And I hope, Sir, you will believe me, when I assure you that your decision in the Virginia controversy, while Governor of this State, together with your advocacy of the right of the colored citizens of this State to right of suffrage, have secured for you a home in the heart of every colored American.
I am, Sir, with respect, Your obedient servant, William W. Brown,1 In behalf of Committee. To Hon. Wm. H. Seward.2
Auburn , Sept. 22, 1845.
Dear Sir: --Your letter in behalf of the colored citizens of Western New-York, inviting me to attend a convention of the friends of equal and universal suffrage, at Geneva, has been received.
Absorbing professional engagements oblige me to be content with the part of an observer, rather than an actor in the public affairs. Therefore, I cannot promise myself the pleasure of accepting your invitation; but I tender you assurances of my hearty sympathy and co-operation.
The prejudices of white men in our country against your race, so groundless in reason, and nurtured so long, and so ungenerously, have produced just, and at last, intolerable self-punishment.
The free white laborer trembles, at the approach of every session of Congress, lest the planters of the South, voting for slaves, may deprive him
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