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Minutes of the Fifth Annual Convention for the Improvement of the Free People of Colour in the United States; Held by Adjournments, in the Wesley Church, Philadelphia; from the first to the fifth of June, inclusive; 1835.
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morals, bearing the broad and illustrious title of American, we view in anticipation, the most happy results to our beloved country, and will most heartily rejoice, if that in an hour of danger, we shall have been fortunate enough to have aided in rescuing her from the evils into which she has fallen ; and we do most cordially hope that a moral fabric may be reared, that will promote the cause of righteousness and justice throughout the universe.
The American Moral Reform Society.
In view of the most mighty consideration that ever engaged the attention or man, and resting our· hopes of a triumphant success on the great Author of all good, we, the subscribers, citizens of the United States of America, in Convention assembled, believing that the successful resuscitation of our country from moral degeneracy depends upon a vigilant prosecution of the holy cause of Moral Reform, as in its promotion is involved the interest, happiness and prosperity of the great Republic, and also that the moral elevation of this nation will accellerate the extension of righteousness, justice, truth, and evangelical principles throughout the world : Therefore, in accordance with the recommendation of the fourth annual Convention, held in the city of New York, we do agree to form ourselves into a National Society, based on the principles set forth in the Declaration or Sentiment.
ART. I. This Society shall be called THE AMERICAN MORAL REFORM SOCIETY.
ART. II. Any person may become a member of this Institution who shall pledge himself to practice and sustain the general principles or Moral Reform as advocated in our country, especially those of Education, Temperance, Economy, and Universal Liberty, by contributing to its objects.
ART. III, The annual meeting of this Society shall be on the second Monday In June, in each year, in the city of Philadelphia.
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