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[257] Colonization Society be regarded as a traitor to their cause—not losing sight, however, of a just discrimination among the supporters of that Society: ‘Of the 1 benevolent and disinterested intentions of many individuals, especially in the free States, we ought not to doubt.’ They should sustain according to their means the periodicals devoted to their cause, and multiply those conducted by colored men. ‘I speak on this subject2 pointedly, not with any selfish feelings, but because I know that without the powerful energies of the press every cause must languish.’ Finally, ‘Make the Lord3 Jesus Christ your refuge and exemplar. . . . If ever there were a people who needed the consolations of religion to sustain them in their grievous afflictions, you are that people.’ Acting upon the recommendation of4 the General Convention of Colored Delegates in Philadelphia, they should observe the Fourth of July as a day of fasting and prayer in all their churches. ‘Prayer will5 forward the work faster than all the pens in the land: we can do nothing without it.’

He cheered them with the assertion that the progress of their cause was a part of the ‘signs of the times,’6 in harmony with the French and Belgian revolutions of the previous year, the actual Polish uprising, the agitation over the Reform Bill in England, the ‘rise in elevation’ of their brethren ‘in the Danish, Portuguese, French and British Colonies.’ ‘The whole firmament is tremulous with an excess of light.’

‘I believe, as firmly as I do my own existence, that the time7 is not far distant when you and the trampled slaves will all be free—free in the spirit as well as in the letter—and enjoy the same rights in this country as other citizens. Every one of you shall sit under your own vine and fig-tree, and none shall molest or make you afraid.’

‘I lose sight of your present situation, and look at it only in8 futurity. I imagine myself surrounded by educated men of color, the Websters, and Clays, and Hamiltons, and Dwights, and Edwardses of the day. I listen to their voice as Judges, and Representatives, and Rulers of the people—the whole people.’

1 Address before Free People of Color, June, 1831, p. 23.

2 Ibid., p. 9.

3 Ibid., p. 7.

4 Ibid., p. 8.

5 Ibid., p. 9.

6 Ibid., pp. 4, 9, 18.

7 Ibid., p. 4.

8 Ibid., p. 13.

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