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Proceedings for the North American Convention held in Toronto, Canada, 1851

1851ON-Canada-Toronto_Reports.7.pdf

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To the NORTH AMERICAN CONVENTION at Toronto, C. W., Sept. 1851

MR. PRESIDENT AND DELEGATES,

In consequence of the small number of colored inhabitants in the state of Vermont, and the non-existence of any concert of action amongst those few, it is impracticable for us to avail ourselves of representation in your convention by a Delegate from amongst us. But we have solicited the services of J. T. Fisher of Toronto, to represent our views and interest in said convention. And however humble we may appear in the consideration of the convention, we are confident that the reputation of the worthy individual whom we have chosen to represent us, will gain for our views the due attention of the convention. Without further preliminaries we will proceed to define our views as to the general course to be adopted.

1st. Promulgate a constitution for a North American League, of the colored people of the United States and the Canadas.

2nd. To embrace as the object of this League: first, to make a comfortable asylum for refugees from slavery; second, to encourage the removal of the free colored people from the United States to Canada; third, to have them engage in the cultivation of the soil, as the basis of all industrial operations—after agriculture becomes well developed, to erect mills and manufactories—after the erection of mills and manufactories to proceed to commercial exportation.

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