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Resolved, unanimously, That the Synod of Virginia recommend, and they do hereby cordially recommend, to all the members of the churches and congregations under their care, to aid the design of the said Society, according to opportunity and ability, by their countenance, their contributions, and their prayers to Almighty God for its success.

BENJAMIN H. RICE, Moderator.

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MATTHEW STILES, Stated Clerk. Hon. BUSHROD WASINGTON,

President of the American Colonization Society.

Resolution of the Methodist Conference of Virginia and North Carolina.

OXFORD, N. C. February 28th, 1825. Resolved, That this Conference highly approve the object of the American Colonization Society, and recommend it to the patronage of the people of our charge.

JOHN EARLY, Secretary.

Resolution of the Methodist Baltimore Annual Conference. At the Conference of the Methodist Church, lately held in Baltimore, the following resolution was passed, and communicated to the Board of Managers of the American Colonization Society by its Secretary:

Resolved by the Baltimore Annual Conference, in Conference assem. bled, That we highly approve the objects of the American Colonization Society, and that we will use all prudent means to promote its success, by taking up collections in aid of its funds, on the Sabbath preceding or succeeding the 4th of July, in all places where it is practicable.

In the year 1925, the Legislature of Virginia adopted a resolution appropriating five hundred dollars to the American Colonization Society; and in 1826, it appropriated eight hundred dollars to the same object.

Maryland Appropriation. Maryland, sct:

At a session of the General Assembly of Maryland, begun and held at the City of Annapolis on the last Monday of December, being the twentyfifth day of the said month, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six, and ended the thirteenth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven--His Excellency JOSEPH KENT, Esq. Governor; amongst others, the following law was enacted, to wit: An act making appropriation for the benefit of the American Coloni

zalion Society. Whereas the people and government of this State have witnessed, with deep interest, the exertions of the American Colonization Society, to promote and carry into effect the great and laudable objects of their association; and whereas this Legislature do most highly approve of the scheme of African Colonization set on foot by said Society, and believe it to be the only one which can promise practical benefit to the country, or to that class of the community which it is intended to relieve: Therefore,

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the Treasurer of the Western Shore be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay to the order of the Treasurer of the American Colonization Society, for the use of said Society, the sum of one thousand dollars, out of any unappropriated moneys which shall be in the Treasury at the time of the passage of this act: Provided, That the Treasurer of the said Shore shall be satisfied that the said sum will be expended for the benefit of free people of color, who have been actual residents of this State for twelve months previous to the time of their embarkation.

Sec. 2. And be it enacted, That the said Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay to the order of the Treasurer of the Society aforesaid, the sum of one thousand dollars, for the use of said Society, in the month of January, in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-eight, and the like sum, at the same time, in each successive year thereafter: Provided, That, after the present year, no payment shall be made under the authority of this act, unless the officers of said Society shall present satisfactory proof to the said Treasurer of the Western Shore, that the whole of the appropriation of the preceding year, or such parts thereof as may have been expended, has been applied towards the colonization, on the coast of Africa, of free people of color, who had been actua residents of this State for twelve months preceding the time of their embarkaton: And provided further, That the appropriation shall be extended to the applicants for colonization from each of the counties, and the city of Baltimore, in the ratio of applications.

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By the House of Delegates, March 13th, 1827. This engrossed bill, the original of which passed this House on the 10th day of February, 1827, was this day read and assented to. By order:

GIDEON PEARCE, Clerk.

By the Senate, March 13th, 1827. This engrossed bill, the original of which passed the Senate on the 8th day of March, 1827, was this day read and assented to. , By order:

WILLIAM KILTY, Clerk. JOSEPH KENT.

[THE GREAT SEAL OF MARYLAND.] Maryland, sct:

I hereby certify, that the foregoing is a full and true copy, taken from the original engrossed bill deposited in and belonging to the office of the Court of Appeals for the Western Shore of said State.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name,

and affixed the seal of the said Court of Appeals, this eleventh [L. s. ) day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven.

TH. HARRIS, Clk. Ct. of Apps.

While these testimonies of public favor have been supplied, in Ameriea, to the cause of colonization, other nations have not been inattentive to the interests which it is calculated to promote, not only in Africa but elsewhere. Both policy and humanity prompted the annexed communication from the French Government to the American Society, through one of its members.

LEGATION DE FRANCE-AUX ETATS-UNIS,

Washington, 2 Mars, 1821. MONSIEUR: Le Roi mon Mâitre a vu avec une bien douce satisfaction qu'il s'était formé aux Etats-Unis une société, dont le but était d'amélierer insensiblement, dés lors sans essais dangereux, le sort d'une classe d'hommes trop longtems étrangers aux soins, et à la pitié de leurs semblables.

Animée du désir de seconder autrement que par des væux, un aussi noble dessein, Sa Majesté a daigné m’autoriser à jetter les bâses d'une colonisation qui, si elle peut réussier, ne saurait, manquer d'être unjour un grand bienfait deplus pour la civilisation et l'humanité.

L'enterprise généreuse à laquelle vous n'avez cessé de prendre, monsieur, lapart laplus active, ne me parnit pas pouvoir être un obstacle à celle qui occupe mon Gouvernement, l'amour du bien ne fait jamais naître de collision, et les cours tels que le votre desirent qu'il s'opère par toutes les voies qu'ilplait à la Providence d'indiquer.

Quoique je ne sois point dans l'intention de donner, au moins quant à présent, de la publicité au projet dont j'ai l'honneur de vous entretenir, Jevais, monsieur, entrer dans tous les details propres à vous faire juger nonseulement del'avre, mais de l'intention.

Onne manquera pas de dire peut être, que l'enterprise de mon Gouverne. ment sera connue, que cen’est de sa part qu'une bonne action intéressée. La France pourra trouver par la suite un avantage réel à l'éxécution de ce plan; mais l'humanité y gagnera plus que la france, et c'est elle qu'on a entendu principalement servir d'une part, quand on a proposé del'autre quand ou a bien voulu agréer le projet.

Voici, monsieur, ce dont il s'agit:

La France est disposée à coloniser, dans l'une des parties dela Guyane qui lui appartient des cultivateurs libres de couleur, et elle désire principalement les recevoir des Etats-Unis si rien ne contrarie ce dessein.

Il m'est bein prouvé, monsieur, que la république ne demande pas mieux, que de favoriser l'éloignement de la population libre de couleur; c'est donc avec une extrême confiance que je viens solliciter, pour un projet qui concorde si bien avec l'intérêt et le desir de l'Union, votre assistance personnelle et celle de l'honorable Societé qui abien voulu agréer depuis plusieurs années mes offres de service et me considérer, pour ainsi dire, comme l'un de ses Membres-Societé à laquelle je suis sûr, au moins, d'appartenir toujours par les sentimens qui m'animent et le besoin que j'ai de sympathiser avec elle. Plusieurs motif me font désirer le concours de cette association bienfaisante: elle peut m'applauir beaucoup de difficultés, elle peut surtout par son intervention officieuse concourir puissamment à dissiper les craintes que pourraient concevoir des hommes naturellement défians et trop souvent autorisés à l'être. Ce ne sont point de nouveaux Esclaves que le Roi des Francs cherche à introduire dans l'une de ses plus importantes Colonies. Son âme généreuse sait trop bien compâtir aux malheurs inévitable et que le tems seul peut graduellement adoucir, pour avoir pu concevoir la pensée d'affermir un état de choses que la réligion et l'humanite condamnent, et dont les Enfants de St. Louis chercherun à accélérer le terme par tous les moyens que l'équilé et la prudence pourront leur suggerer.

Les colons qu'il s'agit d'établir à la Guyanne Française y seront libres et y jouiront de toute la protection accordée aux sujets du Roi.

Voilà, monsieur, ce qui peut d'abord leur être garanti, et à cet égard j'aime à croire qu'on arrivera très-facilement à les convanicre quand ils auront appris, de leurs plus zélés protecteurs, sous quel Gouvernement paternel on leur offre de vivre.

Pour procéder sûrement, je voudrais pouvoir commencer le plutôt possible par l'importation à la Guyane de quelques familles valides aux quelles j'adjoindrais volontiers un ou deux hommes de couleur libres dont la mission serait devoir par eux-mêmes l'établissement et de revenir aux Etats-Unis pour déterminer des expéditions subsequentes.

Ou donnerait aux émmigrans le passage aux frais du Roi, un terrain par famille, et sur ce terrain, une case provisoire. On y ajouterait des vivres pour 6 ou 9 mois et même un an. La proprieté foncière serait acquise aux concessionnaires après la mise en valeur des deux tiers du terrain, et sous l'obligation d'y entretenir constamment, outre des cultures de coton, de café, de tobac, d'indigo, de cacao, de vanille ou d'arbres à épiceries, des plantations de vivres indigènes, dans une proportion déterminée. Chaque enfant mâle qui viendraite à se marie, obtiendrait aussi un lot de terre sous les mêmes clauses.

D'autres avantages pourront être accordés à ces familles de cultivateurs. Rien ne sera négligé, quant aux secours sanitaires, et surtout pour que'en tous tems, la religion, cette première source de bonheur et de prospérité, préside au developpement de leur civilisation et de leur industrie.

Toutes les conditions seront libellées d'une manière précise, et je consentirai volontiers à faire revenir, dans la première année, aux frais de Gouvernement, ceux des premiers emmigrans que se croiraient déçus dans leur attente.

Vous voyez, monsieur, par cet exposé, qu'il s'agit de former un établissement utile à l'humanité. l'ose donc vous prier de vouloir bien me donner votre opinion et sur l'ensemble du projet et sur les moyens les plus sûrs de le faire réussir.

Il m'importerait aussi beaucoup d'être mis par vous en rapport avec vos amis de Philadelphie et autres villes de l'Union; mais il sera tems de nous occuper de ce soin quand vous aurez bien voulu me faire connâitre ce que vous pensez de l'entreprise et jusqu'à quel point elle pourra être favorissée et par le Gouvernement

Fedéral et par les societés qui s'occupent avec constance, dans les divers Etats de l'Union, de l'amélioration du sort des hommes de coleur.

Veuillez agréer, monsieur, l'assurance des sentiments de considération et d'attachment avec les quels j'ai l'honneur d'être. Votre très-humble and très-obéissant serviteur,

HYDE DE NEUVILLE.

(Translation.)
LEGATION OF FRANCE IN THE UNITED STATES,

WASHINGTON, March 2, 1821. Sir: The King, my master, has heard, with great satisfaction, that a society has been formed in the United States, whose object is, gradually, and therefore without dangerous experiments, to improve the condition of a class of individuals who have been, for too long a time, strangers to the care and sympathy of mankind.

His Majesty, actuated by a desire to aid, by more effectual means than mere good wishes, a project

so deserving of encouragement, has been pleased to authorize me to lay ihe foundation of a scheme of colonization, which, if successful, cannot fail to become, at a future day, a real blessing to civilization and humanity.

The generous undertaking, which you have unceasingly labored to promote, by the most active endeavors, does not appear to me to form an obstacle to that proposed by my Government. The true desire of doing good, can never breed collision; and hearts such as yours, are always desirous that it should be effected by all the means pointed out by Providence.

Although it is not my intention, at least at this time, to give publicity to the project which I have the honor to communicate to you, I will get enter into such details as will enable you to appreciate, not only the deed itself, but the intention also.

As soon as the undertaking of my Government shall have become publicly known, there may, perhaps, not be wanting those who will say, that it is, on its part, but an interested act. It is true that France may, in future, derive some real benefit from the execution of the plan; but humanity will be still more benefitted than France; and when the project has been proposed on one hand, and accepted on the other, it will be seen that the object in view was the cause of humanity.

This, Sir, is the project in question:

France agrees to the colonization, in that part of Guyane which belongs to her, of free colored agriculturists; and wishes to receive them chiefly from the United States, in case nothing should exist to oppose this intention.

I have acquired the conviction, that the commonwealth has nothing more at heart than to promote the removal of her free colored population; it is, therefore, with full confidence, that I now solicit, in behalf of a project, according so well with the desire and interest of the Union, your personal assistance, and that of the honorable society which has been pleased, for several years past, to receive my offers of services, and, I may say, to consider me as one of its members. To this society I am sure I will always remain attached by the sentiments which now actuate me, and by the desire I feel of sympathizing with it. Various motives impel me to wish for the co-operation of this benevolent association. It has it in its power to remove many difficulties which stand in my way; and, above all, to quiet the fears which might be entertained by men naturally mistrustful, and too often justified in being so. The King of the Franks has no desire to introducc new slaves into one of his most valuable colonies. His generous soul knows too well how to feel for unavoidable miseries which time alone can gradually alleviate, to entertain for a moment the idea of maintaining a state of things which religion and humanity condemn, and to which the children of St. Louis will seek to put an end, by all the means suggested by prudence and justice.

The colonists proposed to be settled in French Guyane, will be free, and will enjoy all the protection guarantied to the subjects of the King.

This, Sir, is the first thing which will be guarantied to them; and of this they will, I hope, be easily convinced, when they shall have known, from their most zealous protectors, the character of the Goverument to whose care it is proposed to commit them.

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