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Proceedings of the National Convention of Colored People and Their Friends; held in Troy, NY; on the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th of October, 1847
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fluence upon those in possession of these lands to go and cultivate them. We also submit a resolution recommending our people generally to become Agriculturalists, as the life easiest of access to them.
Whereas, GERRIT SMITH, of Peterboro, has made a donation of One Hundred and Forty Thousand acres of land, to Three Thousand Colored Citizens of New York: and,
Whereas, This Convention regards the above donation as a manifestation of love on the part of the donor; a love for God, in carrying out the Divine intention to grand all a share in the means of subsistence and happiness; a love for humanity, in seeking the down-trodden and oppressed among men as the objects of this donation, and a love of human progress in placing in the hands of the oppressed the means of self-elevation; and,
Whereas, The freedom, independence and steadiness of the farmer's life will throw among the colored people elements of character essential to happiness and progress; Therefore,
Resolved, That this Convention do express its deep thanks to Gerrit Smith, of Peterboro, for this splendid donation to the cause of God and humanity.
Resolved, That this Convention do call upon the Grantees of this land to forsake the cities and towns and settle upon this land and cultivate it, and hereby build a tower of strength for themselves.
Resolved, That we recommend to our people, also, throughout the country. to forsake the cities and their employments of dependence therein, and emigrate to those parts of the country where land is cheap, and become cultivators of the soil, as the surest road to respectability and influence.
Resolved, That a copy of the preamble and these resolutions that refer to the gifts of Mr. Smith, be signed by the President and Secretary of this Convention, and transmitted to him at Peterboro.
All which is respectfully submitted.
CHARLES B. RAY, WILLIS A HODGES.
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