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Proceedings of the Convention of Colored Men, Held in Edwards Opera House, Parsons, Kansas. April 27th and 28th, 1882.


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Parsons, Kansas.

March 20th, 1882.

To Mr. Wilmer Walton, General Agent for Freedmen:

ESTEEMED FRIEND,—In answer to an invitation to attend the Freedman's meeting, this evening, at the Baptist church, I am sorry to state that circumstances over which I have no control will prevent my being there, but pen a suggestion which you will please present to the meeting for me, knowing much of the distress of the color people in our city and vicinity and being creditably informed of their distress and great need of the necessary comforts throughout the southern portion of the state, where their lots have been cast, and being a friend to all humanity, especially those who have been followed by misfortune all the days of their life, more especially the colored people of the United States, who have been emancipated. They wanted their Liberty, justice required that they should have their Liberty and become a free people; and their liberty has been given to them; but while they have been made freemen they have been turned out upon the cold charity of the world as beggars and wanderers, to do as best they could, without wherewith to do so, tossed to and fro by the storms and winds of adversity.

Knowing from personal observation that labor is inadequate to the demand and that in the city of Parsons many would have starved and frozen in their tracks in pursuit of labor and comfort, had it not been for a few charitably disposed persons, and knowing too, that many of the noble people of the north and east have withdrawn their contributions of money, provisions and clothing because of the many calls and the failure of seeing any permanent good from their generosity, I therefore

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