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Pro-Slavery subserviency of the North ; - and that, in the opinion of this Society, Massachusetts has no occasion to say to either of those States' stand aside, I am holier than thou.' And, therefore,

Resolved, That the duty of this Society is to continue what John C. Calhoun calls its 'plundering agitation,' by exposing the terrible iniquity of the Slave system and its upholders, and calling upon all men, without distinction of cast, color, state, nation, or any outward condition, instantly to withdraw themselves from all ProSlavery connexion, and to assume an uncompromising Anti-Slavery position.

While the resolution on the cases of Walker and others was being written, the following resolution was offered by Wendell Phillips, and adopted.

Resolved, That this Society has heard with deep sorrow that one of its members, John Murray Spear, a man well known in this community by the devotion of his life to the highest interests of humanity for his amiable manners and tolerant and loving spirit, was brutally and unprovokedly assaulted in the streets of Portland, resulting in illness which has endangered his life, and still confines him to his chamber; and that it learns with indignation that neither the citizens, with a few honorable exceptions, nor the city authorities, have made any proper expression of their disapproval of such a disgraceful and cowardly outrage.

The Committee on Nomination of Officers for the ensuing year reported, by their Chairman, Mr. Quincy, the list which appears on page 69, and which included the name of E. G. Loring. It was unanimously adopted.

The following letter from Ellis Gray Loring, Esq. was then read :


President of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. Dear Friend—Not being able to concur, either on grounds of principle or policy, in the “Disunion" doctrine, now adopted as cardinal by the Society, I feel that I should not properly represent its views, as a member of the Board of Managers.

You will therefore signify to the Society my wish not to be a candidate for re-election as an officer.

I trust it is needless to say to you that I resign my seat at the Board from no alienation of feeling in respect to the Society or its Managers, but that I am, With unabated affection and esteem,

Their and Your Friend,


Edmund Quincy moved that the thanks of this Society be presented to Ellis Gray Loring, Esq. for his faithful services as Auditor of this Society during the past year, and as a member of the Board of Managers, since its formation; which was unanimously carried.

The following Resolutions were reported (and subscquently adoptedl] and discussed by Messrs. Foster, Lunsford Lane, C. C. Burleigh, F. Douglass, and Mr. Andrews.

Resolved, That language fails us to express our indignation at the conduct of Capt. Gilbert Ricketson of New Bedford, in returning to Virginia to surrender his steward and the poor fugitive that had taken refuge on board his ship, to hunters and sellers of men; thus constituting himself a kidnapper of his fellow men, and subjecting his memory to an immortality of infamy.

Resolved, That in the imprisonment of Walker, Torrey, Work, Burr, Thompson, Boyer, Lane, Delia Webster and Fairbank, we witness another instance of the utter hypocrisy of our countrymen in their profession of attachment to the cause of civil liberty, and the principles upon which our institutions are thought to rest, and that while we sympathize deeply with them in their sufferings for humanity, we glory and rejoice in the fact that the old Puritan spirit seems awakening and girding herself for a contest with the powers of darkness, and we view these as the first drops of the coming storm, the first single combat, betokening the battle which is about to close between the hot fury of the Southern oppressor, and the calm, cool, but resistless onset of religious principle.

The Society then adjourned.


The discussion on the preceding resolution was continued by Messrs. Phillips, Pierpont, Daniel Ricketson, Garrison, Burleigh, Foster, White, W. Channing, and Innis.

After a song from the Hutchinson Family the Society adjourned.


This session was chiefly occupied in discussion by Messrs. Hildreth, Phillips and Garrison. The Committee appointed at a previous annual meeting on the claim of Mr. Haskell, reported, and on motion of Samuel Philbrick, their report was adopted. Adjourned.


This session was partly occupied in raising funds; after which Mr Garrison offered the following resolution which was sustained by himself and the Rev. Mr. Davis of Roxbury, and unanimously adopted.

Resolved, That this Society is greatly cheered and strengthened by the continued and earnest cooperation of its Abolition friends in England, Scotland and Ireland; and that, in an especial manner, its thanks be offered to the Glasgow Emancipation Society and its supporters, for their active zeal and faithful adherence to the glorious cause of universal emancipation.

Mr Foster offered the following resolution which was discussed by himself, the Rev. Mr. Pierpont and Mr. Clapp, and laid on the table.

Resolved, That we view with inexpressible loathing and disgust the conduct of the clergy of this State, in tamely and silently acquiescing in the imprisonment of one of their number for one of the very few noble deeds which do honor to the profession and entitle them to a recognition as members of the human family.

The following Resolutions from the Business Committee were adopted.

Resolved, That this Society remains convinced, not only by general principles but still more by its own cheering experience, of the necessity and benefit of organized and associated action; and recommends to all the towns, within the Commonwealth, the revival, so far as possible — no matter how few their num. bers — of their town Societies.

Resolved, That this Society takes the first opportunity since the decision of the American Anti-Slavery Society, taking ground against any political union with Slaveholders, or support of the United States Constitution by voting or taking office under it, to express its glad acquiescence and hearty concur. rence in that movement, and to record its conviction that in such a principle and its fearless and constant exhibition rests the best, if not the only hope of the Slave.

Resolved, That while we are too sad, in view of the past ten years of gag-law on the floor of Congress, to hope much for liberty from any efforts which party can or will make in her behalf — still whether it be love of liberty or mere regard to decency, we cannot but rejoice that the day has come when the Congress of the United States are ashanied to be tyrants and to confess themselves afraid of free speech.


Mr. Garrison moved the following resolutions, which, after speeches by the mover, C. L. Remond, Wendell Phillips and Frederick Douglass, were unanimously adopted.

Whereas, A meeting of the people of Massachusetts has been summoned in Faneuil Hall on Wednesday next, the 29th instant, to enter their solemn protest against the annexation of Texas to the United States; therefore,

Resolved, That this Society cordially respond to this summons, as in the highest degree important and timely, and especially as it is not made to any party or sect, as such, but to all the people.

Whereas, The question of the annexation of Texas is one in which every interest of the country is involved, and soars infinitely above all party consideration, therefore,

Resolved, That any attempt to make this question a party one, for the purpose of throwing odium upon those who are politically, constitutionally and religiously opposed to the annexation of Texas, or weakening the efforts making to prevent the consummation of this atrocious conspiracy to extend and perpetuate Slavery, deserves to meet with the righteous indigna. tion and stern rebuke of every friend of freedom and equal rights.

Resolved, That the recent pretended change of opinion on the part of the Democratic leaders in this State after the solemn legislative pledge of the last winter against the foul plot of Texan annexation — into being the loud-mouthed supporters of the scheme, and the base attempt of the Boston Morning Post, (the leading organ of the Democratic party,) to stigmatize the approaching Faneuil Hall meeting as partaking of the character which that party has endeavored opprobriously to affix to the Hartford Convention, and to persuade our Democratic fellowcitizens not to give any countenance to that meeting - indicate a degree of brazen effrontery and a depth of political depravity never surpassed, if ever equalled, in the party annals of our Slavery-cursed country.

Resolved, That genuine Democracy never strikes hands with tyrants or the abettors of tyranny, but at all times, under all circumstances, and at all hazards, is for breaking the chains of the oppressed, and proclaiming liberty to all mankind.

The thanks of the Society for the use of the Representatives Hall, were then voted to the Legislature of Massachusetts, with instructions to the President of the Society to communicate the same to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

After a song from the HUTCHINGTON FAMILY the Society adjourned.

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