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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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22 The meeting was called to order by Mr. James M. Trotter, and was organized by the selection of Charles E. Pin dell, as President, J. M. Trotter, Vice-President, and Peter H. Nott as Secretary. Prayer was otfered by Mr. "Williams, a student from Andover. Mr. Pindell, on taking the chair, delivered the following address

Now, that we are confirmed in the possession of our liberty, and have been so bountifully provided with all the requisites of freemen, it ill becomes us to sit idly by, while five hun- dred thousand of our brethren are held in bondage in the island of Cuba

it only remains for us to rise as a people in our might, express our abhorrence to the abject slavery in which our brethren are held, and their freedom will speedily follow. Having assembled here, this evenincj, as our call reads, to take the necessary and proper steps to advance the cause of universal freedom, and to discuss matters relating to the ex- istence of slavery in Cuba, and to the war the Cubans have so gallantly waged for the past four years against their heai;t- less and inhuman oppressors, for the purpose uf throwing ofi the yoke of Spain, gaining their independence, and estab- lishing a Kepublican form of Government in and for Cuba, it may be interesting to you to be informed of a few facts in relation to their patriotic course, as well as the grossly in- human, and barbarous course pui-sued i)y tiie Spanish Gov- ernment. In 1817, the Spanish (Government entered into a treaty with Great Britain, by which, for the sum of four hun(h'ed thousand pounds to be paid by Great Britain, Spain agreed to put a stop, on and after May SO, 1820, to the traffic in slaves which Spaniards were carrying on from the coast of Africa. Great Britain honestly fulfilled her part of the treaty, but Spain continued to tolerate the importation of slaves into Cuba, although, occasionally, royal orders were issued by Spain in which the Captains General were urged to prose- cute more severely any clandestine importation ot slaves. The otficers, being aware of the spirit of their Government, finding that the traffic was a source of wealth to themselves, took good care /wt to too strictly enforce the orders of their superiors. Such gross, open, and scandalous violations of the

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