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Proceedings of the Connecticut State Convention of Coloured Men, Held at New Haven, On the September 12th and 13th, 1849.


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Weapons that come down as still

As snow-flakes fall upon the sod,

But executes a Freeman's will,

As lightning does the will of God.

And furthermore, we must labor directly, continually and unitedly, to accomplish our object. It has been asserted by a great philosophic mind, that "there is nothing that hath any spark of God in it but the more it is suppressed the more it rises." Let us verify in ourselves the truth of the maxim. Let us arise in our might, and scatter the living coals of Truth upon the consciences of our fellow citizens of Connecticut;-- let us repeat the story of our wrongs, in their ears, until it shall affect their hears, and influence favorably their votes. Let there be no hesitancy to make sacrifices, to sustain and vindicate our cause. What there is of resolution and vigor--what we possess of manliness and energy, must be brought to bear upon the question of our rights, with unwavering hope, and firm reliance upon the irresistible arm, that will turn and overturn, until Justice, and Judgment are prevalent throughout the earth.

We need not fear the result. We must Succeed! "It is an eternal law that whosoever assists himself, him will the Lord assist." The issue is fairly between principle and prejudice--between well founded right, and blind perversity--between reason and passion; can it be doubted which shall conquer in such a contest? The people can be reached. Their hearts are not enclosed within impregnable walls. "Connecticut," says one of her many eminent sons, "though slow to move, moves sure and strong, when she is aroused; she is change is earnest." She will Perceive that Righteousness exalts a nation. That is the true foundation of national advancement and prosperity. Righteousness toward God in the acknowledgment of His divine claims and the practice of piety and duty; and righteousness toward man by the establishment of justice and equity, and the recognition of the universal brotherhood.

Then shall her righteousness break forth as the light, and her glory as the noonday sun.

S. M. Africanus,

Henry Nott,

Henry A. Thompson.


Fellow Citizens:--

The undersigned were appointed, at the Convention of colored men, held in the city of New Haven, Sept. 12th and 13th, 1849, "for the purpose of considering the political disabilities" under which we labor, a Committee to address you upon that important subject--a duty which we would now respectfully perform.

We know that in your hands, under God, are found the keys of our political destiny--that it is for you to say whether we shall enjoy the same rights and privileges which other men enjoy, and whether the invidious mark of political degradation shall be removed or not. We approach you, believing that you are to be influenced by truth and reason,--that you are alive to the interests and honor of the State--that the spirit of freedom has still an altar in your hearts and a home in your bosoms--in the light of which you recognize and respond to the great truth of the American Independence--" that all men are created free and equal, and endowed by their Creator with the certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"-- a declaration which your Fathers' wrote, and with ours sealed with and while you are unwilling to write hypocrite upon their tombs--we are unwilling longer to remain silent and disfranchised, upon that soil from which in those rights for which, ether as Slave, or soldiers-slaves, they toiled to gain for this country.

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