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In accordance with a public invitation to the people of Franklin County from a Committee of 12 gentlemen appointed for the purpose by Franklin Association of Ministers, to convene for the formation of a County Anti-Slavery Society, an assembly was convened in the Methodist Church in Greenfield, on Thursday, the 8th inst. The call of the convention.
was read by GEORGE T. DAVIS, and the convention was organized by the choice of WILLIAM WHITAKER as moderator, and GEORGE T. DAVIS and T. PACKARD, JR. as secretaries. The meeting was then opened with prayer, by REV. ASA RAND.

A Committee consisting of T. PACKARD, JR. G. T. DAVIS and A. HOWLAND, was appointed to report a Constitution for a County Anti-Slavery Society.

A Committee to arrange the business for the meeting was appointed, consisting of W. TILESTON, C.P. GROSVENOR, and R. RANSOM.

Voted, That the following gentlemen, viz. Rev. Asa Rand, Rev/ Cyrus Grosvenor, Mr. Henry B. Stanton, Mr. Abner B. Warner, and Mr. Amos Dresser, agents of the American Anti-Slavery Society , be invited to take a part in the meeting.

Several resolutions, hereafter named, were offered and supported by different gentlemen, and finally adopted.

The Committees appointed for the purpose, reported a Constitution, which was under discussion, when it was voted to adjourn till two o'clock P.M.

Convention met according to adjournment. After some discussion, the following Constitution and Preamble were adopted, viz.


Whereas, The essential principle of Slave-holding consists in man's assuming to hold his fellow man as property, and must be unjust to the Slave, inconsistent with our free Republican Government, detrimental to our highest national prosperity, and highly criminal in the sight of Heaven; and,

"Whereas, There are two and a half millions of slaves in our nation, and they are held by half the states in the Union, and by the District of Columbia over which Congress has exclusive power to legislate, and the Domestic Slave Trade is carried on in the District under the sanction of National Law; and,

Whereas, The Number of slaves in the United States, during forty years, from the census of 1790 to the census of 1830, had increased from less than 700,000 to more than 2,000,000; and the danger of servile insurrections previous to the late movements of abolitionists, had been increasing, and the slave-laws had been increasing in severity, and no evidence appeared that slave holders were taking effectual measures to abolish slavery: and,

Whereas Every citizen in the nation has an interest in its general welfare, and has a right and is bound to employ lawful measures to remove national evils; and,

Whereas, Public sentiment, arguments, and facts, when arrayed against national sins, are well calculated to enlighten, convince, and persuade men to abandon their errors and crimes;

We are therefore induced to unite in a Society, and adopt the following


Art. 1. This Society shall be called the Anti-Slavery Society of Franklin County, Mass. and shall be auxiliary to the Massachusetts Anti Slavery Society.
Art. II. The ultimate object of this Society shall be the entire removal of Slavery from the United States.
Art. III. While this Society admits, that each State has the exclusive rights to legislate in regard to Slavery within it s own limits, it will aim to shew the sinfulness of slaveholding by arguments, addressed to the understanding and conscience of the slaveholder. It will labor for the abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia and in the Territories of the Union, -by all constitutional means; and it will also endeavor to promote the moral and intellectual improvements of the colored population at home, and to remove the public prejudice which opposes alike the elevation of the colored people and the emancipation of the enslaved.

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The 1830s were the heyday of the formation of anti-slavery societies. Associations were established at the town, county and state levels. This is a partial report about the formation of the Franklin County, Massachusetts, Anti-Slavery Society which was established on December 8, 1836. The society was to be an auxiliary to the state anti-slavery society. The aim of the society was to abolish slavery through constitutional means and to combat public prejudice against African-Americans. The Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 26, 1827 to June 27, 1837. It changed its name to the Gazette & Mercury.


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"Anti-Slavery Convention in Franklin County" article from Greenfield Gazette & Franklin Herald newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald
date   Dec 27, 1836
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   11.5"
width   2.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
accession #   #L05.023

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