Letter from Cornish on Colonization

“A few months after the organization of the society in 1817, the colored citizens of Philadelphia, with James Forten in the chair, protested against its principles, predicted its unhappy influence; and appealed to the community on behalf of their rights. Besides, the first public Journal ever issued by the colored citizens of this republic, (with which Journal I had the honor of being connected), entered its equal protest against colonization; showing what we deemed the injustice of legislating away our rights —our claims to a country we had bled to redeem and sweated to cultivate, without making us a party, or allowing us a voice in the legislation, or giving us any proper representation in the discussions.”      —- then the letter refers to “accompanying documents “, which support the claim of colored opposition to the colonizationist movement.

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