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Slavery in Cuba. A Report of the Proceedings of the Meeting, Held at the Cooper Institute. New York City, December 13, 1872.

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11 From reliable information, received through America and from other quarters, the C'omiiiittee believe that the Slave Trade han already recom- menced, tliat some cargoet* of slaves are from time to time being landed in small detachments on some of the remote jiarts of the island. It is supposed in the United States that these slaves are brought to Cuba from the East Coast of Africa, but on this point no official informa- tion api)ears to have been published. The Committee respectfully suggest that some good might arise were Her Majesty's Government to extend the functions and increase the powers of the Commissioner.s in Cuba. At the same time the enormous price paid for the hire of slaves in Cuba, is a temptation so great, that the only sure prevention is the aboli- tion of slavery itself. The facts disclosed or confirmed by the Parliamentary papers, that the Spanish Government are powerless to control the volunteer or Sjjanish party in Cuba, and that this party, if crushing the Cubans, will not only perpetuate slavery, but reopen the Slave Trade, emphatically show that the time has arrived successful in when her Majesty's Government are called upon to assert its Treaty rights in insisting on the liberation of the slave population illicitly imported, and who are virtually the wards of Great Britain. The present state of afiairs admits of no delay. The Committee would respectfully but very earnestly entreat Her Majesty's Government to invite the co-operation of the Government of the Unhed States in friendly efforts to establish complete freedom and per- manent peace in Cuba, which has been so long devastated by a ruthless civil war, carried on between the partisans of slavery and the advocates of freedom. Signed on behalf of the Committee, (Signed) JOSEPH EDMD. ROBT. THOMAS ALSOP, STURGE, COOPER, ) [ ) PHILLIPS, Honorary Secretaries. Amniaut Hecretary. 27 Niic Broad Street, London, Juiy 10, 1871. I believe tliis is need no comment. It fully and explicitly states that the facts confirm them in the opinion that, should the Spanish government succeed in crushiiij^- sufficiently plain to the Cubans, it will not only perpetuate slavery^ but reopen the slave trade. Tiien I would ask you. fellow- citizens, does not the exigency of the situation demand imme- diate action i liberty i Have la not the situation extremely perilous we not already stood still too long i< We are to driven to the irresistible conclusion that the interests of hu- manity are inseparably connected with the cause of the Cuban patriots. (Applause.) There may be those })erhaps, who are

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