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Record of action of the convention held at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., July 15th and 16th, 1863, for the purpose of facilitating the introduction of colored troops into the service of the United States.
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2. Resolved, That we, the colored citizens of this State, are LOYAL and TRUE to the Government; that our fortunes rise or fall with it; that we are ready, anxious and willing to demonstrate that truth and loyalty on the field of battle, or wherever else we can aid in restoring the nation to its integrity and prosperity; that we firmly and confidently rely on the Government for the protection and treatment due to civilized men, and believe we shall receive it.
3. Resolved, That in this perilous condition of our country, whoever is not for her is against her, and ought to be attended to in such a manner as to prove that the Government has not yet exhausted all her strength, but has abundant power left, not only to protect its children, but to punish treason and traitors wherever they may be found.
4. Resolved, That in the success of the Union arms, we, the colored citizens of the United States, behold the first bright, unmistakable gleam of hope for ourselves and our kindred the wide world over. But, on the contrary, with the success of Southern despotism, our rising sun will forever set in a night and gloom that may never know an ending. In it we see the certainty of a still further riveting of the chains and gyves of slavery on the limbs of us who, by every law of God and man, ought to be free. With the success of the Rebellion will inevitably come the loss to us of all that man holds dear, the perpetual degradation of labor, of our race and order and of those who shall inherit our places. With the success of that bad cause will come the perpetuation of ignorance among us, and the total disenfranchisement of all of us who, in the face of obstacles greater and more formidable than men of any race on earth have ever confronted and surmounted, have achieved education, property, and some little consideration in community.
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