Edward Coles: Second Governor of Illinois. 1786-1868 (Google eBook)

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Washington Square Press, 1911
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Page 17 - There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in said territory, otherwise than in the punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted...
Page 22 - In the name of unborn millions who will rise up after us and call us blessed, or accursed, according to our deeds in the name of the injured sons of Africa, whose claim to equal rights with their fellow men will plead their own cause against their usurpers before the tribunal of eternal justice, we conjure you, fellow citizens, to ponder upon these things!
Page 28 - I could, personallyand officially, toenlighten the people of Illinois, and prevent their making it a slave holding State. I trust I shall meet with indulgence from the zeal I have always felt in the cause, for adding, that it has ever since afforded me the most delightful and consoling reflections, that the abuse I endured, the labor I performed, and the anxiety I felt, were not without their reward: and to have it conceded by opponents as well as supporters, that I was chiefly instrumental in preventing...
Page 14 - ... Illinois Coles deeded to each negro family 160 acres of land, and arranged to give them employment while they were settling and developing their holdings. Every anti-slavery man in the country had at his tongue's end the preamble of the freedom papers Edward Coles issued on July 4, 1819, to these people: "Not believing that man can have of right property in his fellow man, but that on the contrary all mankind are endowed by nature with equal rights, I do therefore by these presents restore to...
Page 18 - Illinois, the senate concurring herein, that there shall be submitted to the voters of this state at the next election for members of the general assembly a proposition to so amend...
Page 22 - What a strange spectacle would be presented to the civilized world, to see the people of Illinois, yet innocent of th1s great national sin, and in the full enjoyment of all the blessings of free government, sitting down in solemn convention to deliberate and determine whether they should introduce among them a portion of their fellow beings, to be cut off from those blessings, to be loaded with the chains of bondage...
Page 29 - He lived in this place while he was a citizen of Illinois. He was a remarkable man, and devoted himself to the propagation of the sentiments of freedom. He was the most unrelenting foe to Slavery I ever knew. His time, money, everything belonging to him, was expended in the cause so dear to his heart. He brought his slaves here from Virginia, and liberated them, and gave to each head of...
Page 18 - The resolution introduced in the legislature providing for submitting the question of calling a constitutional convention to a vote of the people...
Page 22 - ... sin, and in the full enjoyment of all the blessings of free government, sitting down in solemn convention to deliberate and determine whether they should introduce among them a portion of their fellow beings, to be cut off from those blessings, to be loaded with the chains of bondage, and rendered unable to leave any other legacy to their posterity than the inheritance of their own servitude! The wise and the good of all nations would blush at our political depravity.
Page 29 - ... slavery I ever knew. His time, money, everything belonging to him, was expended in the cause so dear to his heart. He brought his slaves here from Virginia and liberated them, and gave to each head of family a tract of land within four miles of this place, where they settled and lived for manjr years.

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