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Constitution of the American Society for Colonizing the Free People of Colour of the United States.
ARTICE 1. This Society shall be called, "The American Society for colonizing the Free People of colour of the United States."
ARTICLE 2. The object to which its attention is to be exclusively directed, is to promote and execute a plan for colonizing (with their consent) the free people of colour, residing in our country, in Africa, or such other place as Congress shall deem most expedient. And the Society shall act, to effect this object, in co-operation with the general government, and such of the states as may adopt regulations upon the subject.
ARTICLE 3. Every citizen of the United States, who shall subscribe these articles, and be an annual contributor of one dollar to the funds of the Society, shall be a member. On paying a sum not less than 30 dollars, at one subscription, shall be a member for life.
ARTICLE 4. The officers of this Society shall be, a President, thirteen Vice Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Recorder, and a Board of Managers, composed of the above named officers, and twelve other members of the Society. They shall be annually elected by the members of the Society, at their annual meeting on new year's day, (except when that happens to be the Sabbath, and then the next day) and continue to discharge their respective duties till others are appointed.
ARTICLE 5. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Society and of the Board of Managers, and to call meetings of the Society, and of the Board, when he thinks necessary, or when required by any three members of the Board.
ARTICLE 6. The Vice Presidents, according to seniority, shall discharge these duties in the absence of the President.
ARTICLE 7. The Secretary shall take minutes of the proceedings, prepare and publish notices, and discharge such other duties as the Board, or the President, or in his absence the Vice President, according to seniority, (when the Board is not sitting) shall direct. And the Recorder shall record the proceedings and the names of the members, and discharge such other duties as may be required of him.
ARTICLE 8. The Treasurer shall receive and take charge of the funds of the Society, under such security as may be prescribed by the Board of Managers; keep the accounts, and exhibit a statement of receipts and expenditures at every annual meeting, and discharge such other duties as may be required of him.
ARTICLE 9. The Board of Managers shall meet on the first Monday in January, the first Monday in April, the first Monday in July, and the first Monday in October, every year, and at such other times as the President may direct. They shall conduct the business of the Society, and take such measures for effecting its object as they shall think proper, or shall be directed at the meetings of the Society, and make an annual report of their proceedings. They shall also fill up all vacancies occurring during the year, and make such by-laws for their government as they may deem necessary, provided the same are not repugnant to this constitution.
ARTICLE 10. Every Society which shall be formed in the United States to aid in the object of this association, and which shall co-operate with its funds for the purposes thereof, agreeably to the rules and regulations of this Society, shall be considered auxiliary thereto, and its officers shall be entitled to attend and vote at all meetings of the Society, and of the Board of Managers.
Form of a Constitution for Auxiliary Societies.
ART. 1. This Society shall be called the
Colonization Society, and shall be auxiliary to the American Colonization Society.
ART. 2. The object to which its views shall be exclusively directed is the colonization, on the coast of Africa, with their own consent, of the free people of colour of the United States; and this Society will contribute its funds and efforts to the attainment of that object, in aid of the American Colonization Society.
ART. 3. The officers of this Society shall be a President, two Vice Presidents, twelve Managers, a Secretary, and Treasurer, who shall also be members of the Board of Managers; all of whom shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Society; and shall have power to fill up all vacancies occurring during the year.
ART. 4. Every person who shall subscribe his name to this constitution, and pay annually
or upwards, to the Treasurer, shall
be a member of the Society; and every person who shall at any one time, subscribe and pay
dollars, or upwards, shall be a member for life.
ART. 5. The Society shall meet annually at
for the purpose of clecting officers, and receiving the report of the Board of Managers.
ART. 6. There shall be a Delegate annually appointed to attend the meeting of the parent Society, at Washington, and report thereto the state of this Society.
AKT. 7. A member may at any time discontinue his subscription, by notifying the Treasurer thereof.
Resolution passed by the Legislature of Virginia, 23d December, 1816.
WHEREAS, the General Assembly of Virginia have repeatedly sought to obtain an asylum, beyond the limits of the United States, for such persons of colour as had been, or might be emancipated under the laws of this Commonwealth; but have hitherto found all their efforts for the accomplishment of this desirable purpose frustrated, either by the disturbed state of other nations, or domestic causes equally unpropitious to its success;-they now avail themselves of a period when peace has healed the wounds of humanity, and the principal nations of Europe have concurred with the government of the United States in abolishing the African slave trade, (a traffic which this Commonwealth both before and since the Revolution, zealously sought to terminate,) to renew this effort, and do, therefore, Resolve, That the Executive be requested to correspond with the President of the United States, for the purpose of obtaining a territory upon the coast of Africa, or upon the shore of the North Pacific, or at some other place, not within any of the States, or territorial governments of the United States, to serve as an asylum for such persons of colour as are
now free, and may desire the same, and for those who may hereafter be emancipated within this Commonwealth; and that the Senators and Representatives of this State, in the Congress of the United States, be requested to éxert their best efforts to aid the President of the United States in the attainment of the above object: provided, that no contract or arrangement respecting such territory, shall be obligatory upon this Commonwealth, until ratified by the Legislature.
Resolution passed unanimously by the Legislature of Maryland.
"By the House of Delegates, January 26, 1818.
Resolved unanimously, That the Governor be requested to communicate to the President of the United States, and to our Senators and Representatives in Congress, the opinion of this General Assembly, that a wise and provident policy suggests the expediency, on the part of our national government, of procuring, through negotiation, by cession or purchase, a tract of country on the western coast of Africa for the colonization of the free people of colour of the United States."
Resolution passed by the Legislature of Tennessee.
Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That the Senators in Congress from this State be, and they are hereby instructed, and that the Representatives be, and they are hereby requested, to give to the government of the United States, any aid in their power, in devising and carrying into effect, a plan which may