Beginner to Frederick Douglass, September 30, 1854
For Frederick Douglass' Paper
NEW HAVEN, Sept, 30, 1854
DEAR DOUGLASS:—We held a State
Meeting in the city of Middletown, Connecticut,
on the 27th and 28th ult.; the object
of which was to promote the cause of our
enfranchisement in this State.
Rev. Beman, Senr., of Middletown, President,
and MessrS. E.D. Bassett of New
HaveN, and G.W. Francis, of Bridgeport,
The meeting was well attended, and a
general interest manifested on the part of the
delegates representing the several counties in
the State. Hence, harmony and decorum
prevailed throughout all of its deliberations.
What rendered the meeting of more than
ordinary interest, was the fact, that the Rev.
A. G. Beman, of New Haven, was to, and
did, on the occasion, deliver one of his able
addresses upon the past, present, and future
history of the colored people in the State of
Connecticut. I need not attempt to portray
the able manner in which he handled the
subject; for those who know him, know him
better than my feeble pen could describe.
We, as a people, in this State, are determined
to put forth every manly effort on our
part, to gain our enfranchisement.
In conclusion, let me say that there cannot
be too much praise given to the committee
and delegates of the city of Middletown, for
their kind warmth and generous feeling, to
gather with the hospitalities by the citizens
generally, toward the delegates from the
several counties which were represented.
For all of which, the meeting voted a vote
of thanks, as expressive of their gratitude on
theiR part, to the citizens of Middletown