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A Citizen of Syracuse to Frederick Douglass, April 20, 1853


Matters and Things in General.

FRIEND DOUGLASS:—If my caption does
not present a wide enough platform, your
printers may enlarge it.

I am amazed, (or next to it,) that neither
"J. T.," or J. W. Loguen, nor any other Syra-
cuse wielder of the pen, has told you of the
new argument by which the agent of the
Colonization Society sustained his cause,
when he honored us with his presence.
"Hear ye! Hear ye!" The great idea is this:
"The colored people must go to Liberia; for
if they stay here, they will wear cotton and
eat sugar, which are the product of slave la-
bor, and thus sustain slavery!"

There! Now we are down. Douglass,
won't you begin to pack up now? How in
mercy can you stay and eat the sugar, and
thus keep the shackes on the millions! Our
Religious Recorder is mightily pleased with
this logic. Some imp—saucy rascal—has sug-
gested that we white skins may as well post
off, or stop using slave products: just as if
a cotton shirt on a white skin endorsed the
chain and whip, as much as if the "darkies"
wore it! Or, slave sugar, passing between
the real ivery, doing more mischief to free
labor, than when appreciated by the delicate-
ly trained taste of the Hon. J. R. LAWRENCE!

O. S. Fowler has lectured us thoroughly.
His special lecture, given to men only, was
enough to produce the greatest reformatory
movement—enough to bless Syracuse, and
all coming generations. His warning against
"the needless expenditure of the vital energy"
was worth more to reform men, than scores
of the fashionable perionical religious out-
bursts, where the claims of man, as MAN, have
no place.

Rev. Charles G. Finney has done us good:
he has told much truth, but he failed to make
such an earnest practical application of it
as the times demand. For example: on his
last Sabbath P. M., at the Park Church, when
the Lord's Supper was administered to the
disciples of Christ who chose to approach—
then, on that occasion, when Mr. F. gave
some important instruction to young con-
verts—he left them without one word of warning against joining churches which uphold the
slave system! He had no right to leave
Syracuse without bearing his testimony most
explicitly and publicly on the right side of
that great practical theme. To merely say
that he laid down the general principles,
leaving others to apply them, will not do.
We needed something to the point.



April 20th, 1853.


Citizen of Syracuse




A Citizen of Syracuse to Frederick Douglass. PLSr: Frederick DouglassP, 6 May 1853. Describes a new argument for colonization: blacks should leave America so that they do not use sugar or cotton products made by slaves.


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