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OF THE

NEW ENGLAND ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY,

AT ITS

THIRD ANNUAL MEETING.

The Third Annual Meeting of the New-England Anti-Slavery Society was held at Julien Hall, on Wednesday evening, January 21, 1835, at 7 o'clock.

The President being absent, Rev. Prof. Follen, one of the Vice Presidents, took the chair.

Before the hour of meeting had fully arrived, the Hall was crowded to suffocation, and hundreds of persons who came to the door, were forced to retire without being able to enter.

A letter from Rev. Mr. Wells, first Vice President of the Society, expressive of his ardent desire for the continued prosperity of the cause, and disappointment that he was not able, on account of indisposition, to attend the meeting, was read by the Secretary.

The meeting was opened with prayer by the Rev. William C. Munroe, late of Portland, Me.

The Report of the Board of Managers was read by S. E. Sewall, Corresponding Secretary.

On motion of Rev. Cyrus P. Grosvenor, Agent of the Essex County Anti-Slavery Society, seconded by Rev. Baron Stow of Boston,

Resolved, That the Report be accepted, and printed under the direction of the Board of Managers.

On motion of Rev. Amos A. Phelps, General Agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society, seconded by George Thompson, Esq.,

Resolved, That it is essential to the progress of the AntiSlavery cause, that its friends should understand and maintain its great distinctive principles, in all their purity and strength.

Interesting addresses were made by the gentlemen who moved and seconded the above resolutions, which were listened to with deep attention.

Several hymns, suited to the occasion, were sung by the Colored Juvenile Choir, under the direction of Miss Paul.

Voted, That this meeting be adjourned for one week.

Wednesday, January 28.-The Society met pursuant to the adjournment, at the Society's Hall, over 46, Washington-street, at 8 o'clock, P. M.

In the absence of the President and Vice Presidents, Amasa Walker, Esq. was called to the chair.

Voted, To amend the third article of the Constitution, by inserting after the words, annual subscription,' 'one dollar,' instead of two dollars.'

The following gentlemen were elected officers of the Society for the present year

PRESIDENT.

JOSEPH SOUTHWICK, Danvers.

VICE-PRESIDENTS.

REV. E. M. P. WELLS, Boston.

REV. MOSES THACHER, N. Wrentham, Mass.
REV. AMOS A. PHELPS.

DAVID L. CHILD, Boston.

PROF. CHARLES FOLLEN, Cambridge.
WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON, Boston.
JOHN G. WHITTIER, Haverhill, Mass.
REV. O. SCOTT, Springfield, Mass.
WILLIAM OAKES, Ipswich, Mass.
REV. BARON STOW, Boston.

Corresponding Secretary-SAMUEL E. SEWALL, Boston.
Recording Secretary-BENJAMIN C. BACON, Boston.
Treasurer—JAMES C. ODIORNE, Boston.

Auditor-JOHN S. WILLIAMS, Boston.

COUNSELLORS.

ELLIS GRAY LORING, ABNER FORBES,
DRURY FAIRBANKS, JOSHUA EASTON,
ISAAC KNAPP,
JOHN E. FULLER,
C. C. BARRY,
CHARLES DREW.

S. G. SHIPLEY,
JOHN R. CAMBELL,

Voted, That this meeting be adjourned for one week.

Wednesday, Feb. 4.-The Society met at their Hall, on Wednesday evening, Feb. 4th, pursuant to the adjournment.

Amasa Walker in the chair.

Voted, To amend the 13th article of the Constitution, by striking out the words one month.'

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Voted, To amend the 1st article, by inserting the word 'Massachusetts,' instead of the words New-England.'

Adjourned sine die.

REPORT.

In consequence of the formation of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and of the design contemplated to form State Societies in the New-England States, a design which has already been accomplished in Maine, New-Hampshire, and Vermont, the operations of the New-England Anti-Slavery Society during the past year, have been very much confined to Massachusetts. And hereafter, it will be only a State Society.*

Though the comparative importance of this association, has, owing to the causes just mentioned, been, in some measure diminished, the zeal, activity, and numbers of its friends, have not been at all impaired, while the principles on which it is founded, have spread through the country with unexampled rapidity. Every day, and almost every hour, has brought intelligence of new converts to them, in every part of our land.

Some additions have been made to the Wilberforce Library, during the year. This institution has already proved very convenient to persons prosecuting inquiries on the subject of slavery, and it is believed will hereafter become still more useful.

About seven months ago, the Society hired the large hall over No. 46, Washington-Street, Boston. This hall is now divided into two apartments, one of which is used as a lecture room, and the other as the Society's office, and a depository for antislavery books, tracts, and other articles. The Society has employed Mr. Benjamin C. Bacon to take charge of the Rooms, and act as general agent of the Society. This gentlemen has performed the laborious duties of his office, including an extensive correspondence, with great zeal and assiduity. The sale

* Since the Report was read, the name of the association has been changed to that of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.

of anti-slavery publications, has been very much promoted by this establishment; and the demand for them appears to be constantly increasing. The Society's office has, as was expected, proved a centre of attraction for abolitionists visiting 'the city, from all parts of the country; and has thus extended the intercourse of the friends of liberty.

It would be most ungrateful, not to acknowledge the aid which females have every where given to the cause in which we are engaged. This Society is especially indebted to a number of ladies, who held a fair in Boston in December last, for its benefit. The amount of sales at this fair was about $360. The money brought into the Society's Treasury from this source, proved a welcome supply to its exhausted finances. The taste and ingenuity of many of the articles sold on this occasion, and the whole arrangement of the exhibition, afforded the highest gratification to those who visited the Hall. Few could have gone there without having their hearts touched with fresh compassion for the slave, and a new zeal to vindicate his rights. But the good produced by the fair, is not merely momentary. Many of the articles purchased on the occasion, will probably serve as perpetual mementoes to the owners and their friends, of their duties to their oppressed countrymen.

In Massachusetts, anti-slavery principles are becoming prominent objects of public attention. Several county, and several town societies have been formed during the year. In other States, the cause has met with similar success. The following is an imperfect, probably very imperfect, list of new Anti-Slavery Societies.

Maine.-State Society; Portland Young Men's; North Yarmouth.

New-Hampshire.-State Society; Concord (2-male and female); Windham; Campton; Great Falls.

Vermont.-State Society; Ferrisburgh; Ryegate and Barnet; Starksborough; Lincoln.

Massachusetts.-Salem Female; Lowell (2-male and female); Haverhill (2-male and female); South Reading; Holden; Newburyport (2-male and female); Cambridge; Sandwich; Scituate ; Middlesex County Society; Millbury; Plymouth; Woburn; Essex County; Ashburnham; NewBedford; Plymouth County.

Connecticut.-Brooklyn Female; Norwich Female; Weth

ersfield.

New-York.-Rochester (colored); Whitestown; Auburn Theological Seminary; Hamilton Institute; Utica; Peterborough; New-York (City) Young Men's.

Pennsylvania.-Clarkson Anti-Slavery Association, Lancaster and Chester County.

Ohio.-Columbiana; Lexington; Munroe County; New Lisbon County; Ashtabula County; Zanesville; Western Reserve; Nelson.

Michigan Territory.-Farmington.

Total-53.

It is scarcely necessary to remark, in this connection, that the exertions and success of the American Anti-Slavery Society, have surpassed even the glowing auguries of its most sanguine supporters.

While new friends of the colored race are thus springing up in every quarter, no old ones desert them. It is indeed one of the strongest marks of the truth and importance of our opinions, that those who have once adopted them in earnest, rarely, if ever, recede from them, but, on the contrary, usually grow more and more zealous in their support.

A convention of delegates from Anti-Slavery Societies in New-England, was held in Boston in May last. The proceedings of this Convention, having been published in a pamphlet form, it is only necessary to observe in this place, that the proceedings of this body, have apparently given a great impulse to the anti-slavery cause throughout New-England.

The subject of a Manual Labor School, to be open to persons of color, was brought before this Convention. Some subscriptions were obtained for the purpose. We trust that at some not very distant date, such a Seminary will be opened in New-England. The Academy at Canaan, in New-Hampshire, now receives colored youths on equal terms with white.

The last year has been marked, not only by the rapid spread of anti-slavery principles, but equally, by a violent and ferocious opposition to them. The peaceable and orderly meetings of our friends, have been interrupted in many places by the assaults of the populace. In a number of instances, the rioters have

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