Emancipation Leagues

Emancipation League.   A society has just been established in this city under this title, the object of which is declared to be in the Constitution: “to urge upon the people and the government emancipation of the slaves as a measure of justice and as a military necessity; it being the shortest, cheapest, and least bloody path to permanent peace, and the only way of maintaining the integrity of the nation.”  The funds of the League are to be expended under the direction of the Executive Board, “for the promotion of this object by publications, lectures, circulars, petitions to Congress, and other such means as they may deem proper and useful.”  …… A similar society has lately been organized in New York, and the movement,  unless frustrated by events, seems likely to attain a considerable importance.

(Liberator, Dec. 13, 1861, pg 3)