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State Meeting of the Colored Citizens of Connecticut, September 27-28, 1854.
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But times have changed. The best school in the State of Connecticut, for the education of colored children in company with white children is now found in the city of Middletown. How it came to throw open its doors for all, without distinction of color, will form an interesting chapter in the moral progress, which has been made in the few years now under review. It was in Middletown that we saw the first number of the Liberator, and its clarion voice sank deep into our mind. That paper, and "Walker's Appeal," and the "Address of Mr. Garrison," and his "Thoughts on Colonization," were read and re-read until their words were stamped in letters of fire upon our soul. The first time we ever spoke in a public meeting was in that city, in behalf of the Liberator, and against the Colonization Society. One of the last things which we did before we left to attend the Convention, was to read the Address of Wm. L. Garrison to the colored people of this country; and for majesty of language, for power of thought, for beauty of style, for thrilling appeal, and for valuable advice, its equal is not to be found amid all the rich specimens of Anti-Slavery literature which the past twenty years has produced. Would that they could republished, and a copy of each placed in every house in America!
The Convention was called to order by the President, Jehiel C. Beman, who delivered a written address to the delegates, a copy of which will be published in the doings of the Convention in a pamphlet, It is not necessary, therefore, for us to speak in a particular matter of the doings of the meetings. Reports and letters from various parts of the State showed that the people are everywhere making progress in all those things in which and upon which our elevation consists and depends. It was good to be there. All hearts and hands were united; and, thanks to the Committee of Arrangements! everything was prepared in such a thorough manner, as to make the delegates and visitors quite happy during their stay in the city. We meet and labored in the spirit of UNION. Old and young came up to the rescue, with a resolution to make the position of Old Connecticut such as to cheer the hearts of all our brethren in different parts of the land--a position that shall animate all the Friends of Freedom in the country. Connecticut will make progress, and "remember those in bonds as bound with them."
Truly yours, A. G. B
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