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Minutes and address of the State Convention of the Colored Citizens of Ohio, convened at Columbus, January 10th, 11th, 12th, & 13th, 1849.

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OHIO, 1849

emancipated slave.' He thought that he might recommend himself and his remarks to the Democrats present by the fact that he was born upon the same soil, and had breathed the same air that blew over the same hills with Thomas Jefferson. An emigrant from a sister State, he came hereto beg as a boon the bestowal upon him and those who were in his situation, of those privileges which were freely granted as a right to the emigrant from Ireland or from Germany. He went into an examination of the Black Laws--their constitutionality, and their legal and moral effect. They work, he said, degradation to the black and disgrace to the white man. If they are a ,dead letter, why leave them as monuments of the barbarism of the past? If they are living law, interpose to prevent the horrid injustice of which they may be the instruments in future.

The address was a strong and a good one, and was enlivened by sparks of genuine wit, which elicited frequent and tumultuous applause. The speaker himself was an evidence of what a soul can do, even under the pressure of difficulties. In his case it has made a man.

The meeting was enlivened by some fine singing, and was a model of all that twas decorous and respectable."

Let the gall's jade wince!

For the following precious bit, we are indebted to our friend, W. P. N.

From the Cincinnati Gazette, of February 2d.

"Even in the Capital the blacks have already assumed high airs. A friend visited a meeting lately held in the Hall of Representatives, before the laws repealed in the House. He handed me the following:

Mr. Day, a black from the 'Reserve', addressed the audience. In the course of his remarks he arraigned the Governor and the people of the United States upon charges of the grossest tyranny and usurpation--comparing them to the English previous to the Revolution. He found the white folks guilty,and then enumerated the number of rebels (meaning the blacks) in the United States, and what they could accomplish. They demanded their rights as did our forefathers in the Declaration of Independence, and threatened rebellion ultimately if it did not come.'

"In confirmation of this movement, your attention is invited to the following circular, [what the circular is he does not say,] which was placed on the desk of every member of both Houses. Sitting by an honorable Senator yesterday afternoon, several of my Democratic friends had the kindness to send me a copy with their compliments--I could not do less than pass them round.

"Observe with what arrogance a noble philanthropist is treated, Mr. Christy, laboring only for the elevation of their race in the region allotted to them by Providence--from which they were taken, and to which they must be restored! Let them be kindly treated, well educated, and prepared for the mission of civilizing those once as degraded as themselves. T."

Copy in the Pennsylvania State University Library.

STATE CONVENTION OF THE COLORED CITIZENS OF OHIO

As Reported in the North Star, January 26, 1849

We have received a letter from our friend Geo. B. Williams, enclosing the .following account from the Ohio Standard of the Convention recently held in Columbus, O. Agitate! agitate! agitate!

A Convention of the Colored Freemen of the State of Ohio has been in session in this city for several days, and is [sic] attended by intelligent and respectable men from all parts of the State. It was organized on Wednesday, in the Methodist Episcopal Church on Long street, by [illegible] of Charles Langston Esq., of Chillocothe, as President, with the usual [number] of Vice Presidents and Secretaries.

On Thursday pursuant to permission obtained for the purpose, the Convention met in the Hall of Representatives. The meeting itself, aside the unusually interesting nature of the exercises, is an incident well

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