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Report of the Meeting of the Colored Citizens of Indiana, January 17, 1842.


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We learn by a "circular" printed at the Rat Journal office, and addressed to the "colored citizens of the State of Indiana," that the said "colored citizens," are about taking measures to hold a State Convention at terre Haute, for the purpose of appointing delegates to a National Convention. For what purpose the National Convention is to be held, unless it is to second John Q. Adams, and his Whig coadjutors in their attempt to dissolve the Union, we know not.It may be that considering their success in the late Presidential campaign, through the influence of money, hard cider, debauchery and amalgamation, they hope to impose upon the country a "colored" President, should Clay's prospects appear slim, who would be "headed" easier than Captain Tyler. We warn the lovers of the country to be on the look out for this new Whig movement.

That no misunderstanding may exist, we conclude to publish the circular just as we received it fresh from the Journal office. Here it is:


To the Colored Citizens of the State of Indiana

The friends of Philadelphia having called on the colored citizens of Indiana to co-operate with them in getting up a national convention, to be composed of colored representatives, elected and sent from the different States, our brethren of Madison in Jefferson county have honorably espoused the call. The deep interest and ardent philanthropy which led our afflicted brethren to such a train of considerations signalized the meeting held by the brethren of Madison, by whose kindness we were favored with a minute of said meeting.

Pursuant to the above, a meeting was held in the African M.E. Church, in Indianapolis, Marion county, Indiana, on the 17th of January, 1842, to take into consideration the propriety of getting up a State convention, which our Madison brethren had not taken into consideration. We regret that they did not consider the expediency of co-operation through the means of a State convention, and we wish the public to understand the whole subject.

Though we wish to be understood that we appreciate the manly proceedings of our Madison friends, we hope, nevertheless, that they will concur with us in getting up a State convention, and let the national delegates be then elected.

The meeting was called to order by J. G. Britton. Turner Roberts was called to the chair, and A. J. Overalls was appointed secretary. Prayer was

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