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ANNUAL REPORT

PRESENTED TO THE

Massachusetts Anti - Slavery Society,

BY ITS BOARD OF MANAGERS,

JANUARY 28, 1846.

WITH AN APPENDIX.

CBOSTON:

PRINTED BY SCARLETT AND LAING.

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REPORT.

The revolution of another year has completed the term of office of the Board of Managers of the Massachusetts AntiSlavery Society, and has brought around the time when it is their duty and their privilege to render an account of their stewardship to their constituents. A well-founded custom, also, demands of them, in addition to their Report of their doings, as the official servants of the Society, a brief view of the present condition and prospects of the Anti-Slavery cause, as seen in the light of the history of the last twelve months. In the great procession of events, which has filled up the year that is just closed, there were some whose cheering and animating aspect spoke to us only of hope and encouragement, and there were others, whose black and baleful influences fell cold upon our hearts, and seemed to cast ominous conjecture upon the fate of our enterprise and of our country. It cannot be expected that in the space which we can command, we should enter into a minute historical detail of either the one or the other. All that can be asked of us is, a slight review of the most important events of the year, that have affected the progress of the Anti-Slavery movement, and a passing glance at the cautions, the counsels and the hopes which they have bestowed upon us in their flight.

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