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Proceedings of the National Emigration Convention of Colored People Held at Cleveland, Ohio, On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, The 24th, 25th, and 26th of August, 1854

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of chains, it will be their best interest and greatest advantage, to procure lands in the Canadian Provinces. It x ~ill he an easy, profi~ table and safe investment, even should they never occupy nor ~et sec them. We shall then be but doing what the whites in the United States have for years been engaged in; ecuring nnsettled lands in the territOries, previous to their enhancement in value, by the force of settlement and progressiv neighborin~ improvements. rfhere are also at present, grOat opOning for colored people to enter9 into the various industrial departments of busine~ operations: la~ borers, mechanics, teachers, merchants and shop-keepers, and pros fessional men of every kind. These places are ;ox open, as much to the colored as the white man, in Canada, with little or no oppo- sition to his progress; at least in the character of pre~udicial pref~ erences on account of race. And all of these, without any hesitan~ cy, do we most cheerfully recommend to the colored inimbitants of the United States. But our preference to other places, over the Canad has been cursorily stated in the foregoing part of this paper; and ince the writing of that part, it w~ould seem that the predictions or appre- hensions concerning the Provinces, are about to be verified by the British Parliament and Home Governme A themseWes. Trhey have virtually conceded, and openly expressed itLord Brougharn in the leadthat the British Provinces of North America, must, ere long~ cease to be a part of the English domain, ai~id become annexed to~ the United States. It is needlesshowever much we may regret the r~ecessity of its acknowledgmentfor us to stop our ears, shut our eyes, and stulti- fy our senses against the truth in this matter; since by so doing, it does not alter the case. Every political movement, both in ~ngland and the United States, favors such an issue, and the sooner we ac- knowledge it, the better it will be for our cause, ourselves individu- ally, and the destiny of our people in this country. These Provinces have long been burdensome to the British nation~ and her statesnThn have long since discovered and decided as an in- disputable predicate in political economy, that any province as an independent State, is more profitable in a commercial consideration to a country, than whea depending as one of its colonies. As a child to the parent, or an apprentice to his master; so is a colony to a State. And as the man who enters into business is to the man-

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