Source: African Repository, October 1829 p. 248, Quoting the Lynchburg Virginian


John Templeton, a free young man of colour, aged 21, and a graduate of Athens College [Ohio University], delivered an Address at Chillicothe (Ohio) in the Methodist Church, on the 4th of July [1829], in behalf of the Colonization Society.

"We are gratified to see the exertions making in what are called the "free states" in the West, to advance the great object which the Colonization Society is labouring to effect. The late decision of the Supreme Court of Ohio, too, declaring the law to be constitutional which imposes such heavy and unequal burdens on the free blacks, will have the effect of greatly accelerating the consummation of the scheme. We observe that about 2,000 free blacks have assembled, and petitioned that the execution of the provisions of the law postponed for three months, within which time they would make arrangements for the State -- whither is not said, but we presume to Indiana and Illinois. After a short time, however, these States will see, as Ohio now does, the deleterious character of this species of population, and they will doubtless seek to get rid of them by a like summary process. Where, then, will these people go? Where can they go, but to Africa? If they stay among us, the policy of the country, which has fixed upon them the stigma of a degraded caste, will inflict upon them duties unequal and unjust in their character, while it denies them the slightest pretensions to an equality of rights.

"Those who have the means within themselves to go to Liberia, should not await the tardy operations of a Society whose means are solely dependent on voluntary contributions. Particularly if they have children, and feel for them any thing of a parent's solicitude, they should remove them from a country which eyes them with distrust and contempt, to one where they will be exalted to the rank of free men in truth as well as in name.

"Could not the press in Ohio, &c. effect wonders on this subject, by impressing these and other considerations on the minds of the public?"

Lynchburg Virginian


Source: African Repository, August 1829 p. 185.

[This item appeared on page 1 (one) of the August 1st, 1829 issue of the Athens Mirror quoting from the Cincinnati Emporium]

Cincinnati, July 6 [1829].


Coloured People in Ohio. -- The Supreme Court, at their late sitting in this county, decided that the law of this State, regulating the settlement of coloured people among us, is constitutional. In consequence of that decision the Trustees of this township have notified them, that they must leave in thirty [30] days, or the law, which requires that they shall individually give bonds to the amount of $500, will be put in force against them. -- They in their turn, have assembled to the amount of two thousand [2,000], as they have represented, and chosen their delegates, to make arrangements for their final removal, and ask for three month to effect that object. We think their request reasonable, and that it ought to be granted. We consider this class of people as a serious evil among us, but this evil has been brought upon us by the whites, with great injustice to them. The only remedy afforded is, to colonize them in their mother country. Now is the time for the Colonization Societies "to be up and doing."

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