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are indispensable as a prelude to that happy day (and which cannot be distant) when violence and oppression shall be driven from the world, and the “knowledge of God shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea:”
Therefore, be it resolved, That this society, impelled by the foregoing considerations and convictions, and in anticipation of final success, renew to each other the solemn pledge of filelity and perseverance in aiding, to the utmost of their means, the great and laudable enterprise of the parent society.
Resolved, That this society, in anticipating the approaching fourth of July next, see much to excite their love and gratitude to God, and they trust, in a just proportion, their love to their fellow creatures of every caste: it is therefore recommended that that way be set apart as the day that ushers in the first and great American Jubilee; and that, so far as the members of this society are concerned, or their influence extends, to loose the bands of labor on that day, and that a committee, consisting of Wm. Pentecost, Hugh Montgomery, David Boring, Hosea Camp, and Joseph Hampton, be, and they are hereby, appointed and requested to open a correspondence with such persons as they may deem most friendly to the insti-tution, with a view to solicit donations in behalf and for the use of the parent society, and to call their attention to the expediency of forming auxiliaries; and that they also avail themselves of the advantages of that auspicious day, in soliciting donations for the use of what we do not scruple to call one of the greatest enterprises.
Resolved, That it is the opinion of this society that the cause in which the American Colonization Society is engaged is National, and therefore requires and merits National aid, they consequently look with anxious anticipation to the National and State Governments for their efficient cooperation, and to auxiliaries and individuals for more liberal contributions.
Resolved, That the Treasurer of this society transmit to Richard Smith, Esq. Treasurer of the American Colonization Society, all the money in his hands, except so much as may be necessarily retained for incidental expenses, and report to the society at the next meeting.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this day be transmitted to the editors of The Missionary for publication.
Resolved, That the Society now adjourn to the first Saturday in September next, A true copy from the minutes:
W. PENTECOST, Secretary pro tem.
Address of Synod of Tennessee to the Society for the Colonization of the
free People of Color in the United States.
To the Hon. BUSHROD WASHINGTON, Esq. President, Sc.
RESPECTED SIR: Through you, the Synod of Tennessee embrace, with lively pleasure, an early opportunity of congratulating the society formed at the capital of our nation, and consisting of so many of our distinguished statesmen and fellow citizens, for the colonization of the free people of color among us who may accede to their plan. We congratulate you on the noble and important object for which you are associated, on the providential signs of our times which signally favor your efforts, and on the wide
spread and growing impression upon the public mind, that your success is
Nashville Church, Oct 3, 1817.
CHARLES COFFIN, Slated Clerk.
Extract from the Journal of the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal
Church of Virginia, holden in Petersburg, on the 13th May, 1819. • " Resolved, That this Convention highly approve of the objects of the American Colonization Society, and that a committee be appointed to transmit to the President of the Society a copy of this resolution, and to assure him of the good wishes and prayers of the committee in behalf of the benevolent exertions of the Society.
“ Resolved, That the Rev. Wm. H. Wilmer, Robert Page, Esq. and Mr. Needham Washington, be the committee for that purpose.”
In Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Maryland.
Resolved, that the institution of the Society for colonizing the free people of color of the United States on the coast of Africa, meets with the cordial approbation of this Conve. tion; and that it be earnestly recommended to all the members of this church, to give to the said Society their countenance and support.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be presented to the Hon. Bushrod Washington, the President, and to the members of the Board of Managers, for their zealous and persevering exertions in furtherance of the benevolent object of the Society.
Resolved, That the Secretary transmit a copy of these resolutions to the President and Secretary of the Society. Test,
H. L. DAVIS, Secretary.
Resolution of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. The objects and plans of the American Society for colonizing the free people of color of the United States, having been stated to the General Assembly, and the same having been considered and discussed, the Assembly resolved, that, in their opinion, the plan of the Society is benevolent in its design, and, if properly supported, and judiciously and vigorously prosecuted, calculated to be extensively useful to this country and to Africa.
The situation of the people of color has frequently attracted the attention of this Assembly. In the distinctive and indelible marks of their color, and the prejudices of the people, an insuperable obstacle has been placed to the execution of any plan for elevating their character, and placing them on a footing with their brethren of the same common family. In restoring them to the land of their fathers, the Assembly hope the way may be opened, not only for the accomplishment of that object, but for introducing civilization and the gospel to the benighted nations of Africa. From the information and statements received, the Assembly believes that the proposed Colony in Africa may be made a powerful auxiliary in the efforts which are making to abolish the iniquitous traffic in slaves carried on in Africa, and happily calculated to lay the foundation for a gradual emancipation of slaves in our country, in a legal and constitutional manner, and without violating the rights, or injuring the feelings of our Southern brethren.
With these views, the Assembly feel it a duty earnestly to recommend the American Society for Colonizing the Free People of Color of the United States, to the patronage and attention of the churches under their care, and to benevolent individuals throughout the Union.
A true extract from the minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Attest,
I. E. LATTA, Permanent Clerk. Session of the Assembly, May 31st, 1819.
The following Resolution was adopted by the same, in 1826. The Assembly having witnessed with high gratification the progress of the American Colonization Society in a great work of humanity and religion, and believing that the temporal prosperity and moral interests of an extensive section of our country, of a numerous, degraded, and miserable class of men in the midst of us, and of the vast continent of Africa, now uncivilized, and unchristian, are intimately connected with the success of this institution, Therefore,
Resolved, That this Assembly recommend to the churches under their care to patronize the objects of the American Colonization Society; and
particularly that they take up collections in aid of its funds on the 4th of July next, or on the Sabbath immediately preceding or succeeding that day; and, whenever such course may be thought expedient, to give them assistance in such a manner as may be most conducive to the interests of the general cause.
Address from the Presbytery of North Carolina.
HILLSBOROUGH, April 18, 1818. Sir: The Presbytery of Orange, in the State of North Carolina, learn with sincere and peculiar satisfaction that a plan for colonizing the free people of color of the United States has now ceased to be merely a subject of anxious wish to the hearts of the humane, and the charity of the Christian. We rejoice in the institution of a society, in which, permit us, Sir, lo say, that your selection to the Presidency is calculated to excite a general confidence. To Him who has ruled in this auspicious event, we would render our thanks, that the society has already commenced its operations, and is now, with a well directed energy, advancing in their execution. It has long been the firm opinion of many in this part of our country, that nothing more was recessary to success, in colonizing vast numbers of free people of color, than a common understanding among its friends, with a well digested method, distinctly pointed out, and evidently practicable without injury to the community. When the feeling and patriotic bosom has breathed the ardent wish that our country might be redeeined from the complicated evils which have been incorporated with society, it was to such a plan only as it was the object of your institution to patronize and effect, that the intelligent mind could look for the consolation of hope. Colonization was necessary; but how were the wisdom and efficacy to be combined, which were essential to its accomplishment? It was necessary, not only that cautious prudence should be satisfied, but even reluctant selfishness must, if possible, be left without a plausible plea for opposition, from apprehensions of public danger, untoward circumstances, or untimely failure. We think that in the Constitution and proceedings of the Colonization Society, we see all that we could wish. We might indeed desire to witness and experience ourselves a speedy and complete termination to the moral disease which mingles and circulates its vitiating influence through the whole of our social state; but with prayerful resignation we would submit to the will of our Heavenly Father, and be fervently grateful to Him for the prospect with which he permits our longing eyes to be cheered. As a pledge of ardor which animates this Presbytery in the cause which engages the society, we are directed to inform you that to a resolution appointing a committee to give expression to their feelings, they have annexed another, «That it be earnestly recommended by this body to each of its members, to employ his influence and personal exertions for promoting the establishment of societies auxiliary to the principal Colonization Society.."
Our prayers, Sir, are ever with you and with the society, that God, in whose hands the hearts of men are as the rivers of water, to turn them whither. soever he will, may plenteously infuse into your minds, and into the hearts of the people, a spirit of union and strength to accomplish the great object of your benevolent institution, for the sake of our great Redeemer. Signed by the committee,
JOSEPH CALDWELL. Hon. BUSHROD WASHINGTON,
President of the American Colonization Society.
Extract from the minutes of the Presbytery of Fayetteville, N. C. Thirteenth Session of the Presbytery of Fayetteville,
Tirza Church, Monday, 4th October, 1819. Resolved, That this Presbytery do heartily approve of the object proposed by the American So ciety for Colonizing the Free People of Color of the United States; and that they do sincerely wish, and fervently pray, that the said Society may meet with the most abundant and speedy success.
Ordered, That an attested copy of the above resolution be transmitted to the President of the said Society. Truly extracted from the 151st page of the minutes of the Presbytery.
COLIN MCIVER, Stated Clerk.
Resolutions of the General Association of Massachusetts.
WESTHAMPTON, Sept. 19th, 1810. ELIAS B. Caldwell, Esq., Secretary, &c.
Sır: At a meeting of the General Association of Massachusetts Proper, at Pittsfield, June 22d, 1819.
“ The Association voted, That this Association entertain sentiments of high respect for the Society organized for the colonization of free blacks; that they most earnestly wish success to its noble and interesting objects; that they assure the directors of their co-operation, and beg them to persevere in the good work so favorably commenced.
“Voted, That a copy of this vote be transmitted to the Secretary of the Society." Certified and transmitted, with sentiments of respect, by, sir, yours, &c.
ENOCH HALE, Secretary General Association Mass. Proper.
Resolution of the Synod of Virginia.
PRINCE EDWARD, November 18th, 1819. DEAR SIR: At a meeting of the Synod of Virginia, in Winchester, on the 230 October, 1819, the following resolution was unanimously adopted, and an order passed that a copy should be transmitted to you, as President of the American Colonization Society.
“Whereas the Synod of Virginia are informed of the existence, in our country, of an association of intelligent and patriotic citizens, under the title of the American Colonization Society, the object of which is to send out to Africa such free persons of color as may be willing to go; and whereas there is reason to hope that this enterprise, if conduced with proper discretion, will produce the happiest effects, particularly in aiding to communicate the glad tidings of the gospel to an interesting quarter of the globe; and to meliorate the condition of a degraded portion of our population, while it promises the means of alleviating evils which our country has reason to deplore: