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New York State Free Suffrage Convention, September 8, 1845.


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Negro people of New York met at Union Hall and drew up an address, along with resolutions for the purpose of "expressing the high consideration which they entertain for his excellency Governor William H. Seward, for his noble and generous acts since he has filled the office of governor--especially towards the colored citizens." In that year, Seward had declined renomination by his party for a third term, and blacks felt it incumbent upon themselves to show their appreciation of his wise and just administration. The Address, drawn up by the meeting, noted in part: "...The undersigned would add, that they are not moved to it by a preference for any political creed; but on the contrary, isolated from the ferment of political strife, they have calmly viewed the course of your excellency in relation to certain great principles, laid down, but which until the occurrence of your executive career, had long remained as a dead letter; principles, towards the carrying out of which, your excellency has done so much; principles, the full practice of which, by making New York a free state, indeed--no portion of her inhabitants being proscribed for physical peculiarity, or for cherished views--would enable her to advance with unfettered strides in her glorious career." (See the New York Tribune, reprinted in the National Anti-Slavery Standard, Jan. 26, 1843.)

3. Charles Miner (1780-1865) was a well-known Pennsylvania editor and congressman. He was opposed to slavery and on May 13, 1836, offered a series of resolutions in the House of Representatives in favor of its abolition in the District of Columbia and its eventual extinction in the United States.

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