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[75] would have the Federal Government administered in the spirit of Freedom, and not in the spirit of Slavery. The occasion is urgent. Active, resolute exertions must be made. It will not become the sons of the Pilgrims. and the sons of the Revolution, to be neutral in this contest. Such was not the temper of their fathers. In such a contest neutrality is treason to Human Rights. In questions merely political, an honest man may stand neuter; but what true heart can be neuter, when the distinct question is put, which we now address to the people of Massachusetts, ‘Are you for Freedom, or are you for Slavery?’

Finally, we appeal to the moral and religious sentiments of the Commonwealth. When these are fully moved, there can be no question of the result. We invoke the sympathy of the pulpit in our cause. Let it preach deliverance to the captive. We call upon good men, of all sects and of all parties, to lend us their support. You all agree in our principles. Do not practically oppose them, by continuing your adhesion to a national party that is hostile to them. Join us in proclaiming then through the new Party of Freedom. And may God, whose service is perfect freedom, grant his succor to our cause!

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