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plained of, will never allow the law to be put in force, or permit the enfranchised slaves to enjoy the rights of life and labor accorded them.
Resolved, That every sentiment of sympathy and of self-protection impels us, in view of these considerations, to adjure the government of the United States, in the name of Republican principles, universal emancipation and the violated laws of humanity to recognize at once the independence or belligerency of the Cuban patriots, they having proclaimed civil and religious freedom, with emancipation of slaves from bondage.
Resolved, That such a declaration by our government would carry with it the rights of civilized warfare, the arrest of worse than Modoo?? atrocities, and would give to the philanthropists and sympathizers with freedom an assurance that if the slaves of Cuba be emancipated it will not be folowed by their immediate extermination.
Resolved, That we deplore with sorrow the atrocities, indignities, insults and murders that have been committed during the past year in the various parishes of this State, on those of our race who have dared to assert their opinions, and who, in return for such acts on the part of our lifelong enemies, did, during the late contagion which afflicted the northwestern part of our State, cheerfully assist in nursing and caring for those who but a few days previously had banded together for their extermination; and notwithstanding the same, remained faithful and true to the natural and proverbial impulses of our race, nursing our enemies, burying their dead, and providing for their widows and orphans, thus rendering good for evil; and we pray that the day is not far distant when such conduct on our part will be duly recognized and appreciated by the white people of this State, and be the medium of eradicating the last vestige of prejudice engendered by our previous condition, and eventually be the cause of uniting the people of this commonwealth in carrying out its motto of "Union, justice and confidence."
Resolved, That we respectfully but firmly protest against the discrimination being made between the white and colored planters and producers of this State on the steamboats and railroads carrying their produce, and we ask, in justice, that equal facilities and accommodations be accorded on the common carriers of this State, to all
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