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human shambles erected by Congress on the national domain — but also
for the. preservation of those great constitutional rights which were
acquired by our fathers, and are now assailed by the slaveholders and
their northern auxiliaries. That you may remember these auxiliaries
and avoid giving- them new opportunities of betraying your rights, we
annex a list of their dishonored names.

The following twenty-eight members from the Free States voted
in the affirmative on the recent Gag Rule,

MAINE.
Virgil I>. Parris
Albert Smith

NEW HAMPSHIRE.

Charles G. Atherton

Edmund Burke

Ira A. Eastman
Tristram Shaw

NEW YORK.
Nehemiah H. Earle
John Fine
Nathaniel Jones
Governeur Kemble
James de la Montayne
John II Prentiss
Theron K. Strong

PENNSYLVANIA*
John Davis
Joseph Fornauee
James Gerry
George M'Cullough
David Petri ken
William S. Ramsey

OHIO.

I>. P. Leadbetter
William Medill
Isaac Parrish
George Sweeney
Jonathan Taylor
John B. Weller

INDIANA.

John Davis
George II. Prolfit

ILLINOIS.

John Reynolds



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Let us turn to our more immediate representatives, and we trust
more faithful servants. Our State Legislatures will not refuse to hear
our prayers. Let us petition them immediately to rebuke the treason
by which the Constitution has been surrendered into the hands of the
slaveholders — let us implore them to demand from Congress, in the
name of the free States, that they shall neither destroy nor abridge the
right of petition — a right without which our government would be con-
verted into a despotism.

We call on you, fellow citizens of every religious faith and party
name, to unite with us in guarding the citadel of our country's freedom.
If there are any who will not co-operate with us in laboring for the
emancipation of the slave, surely there are none who will stand aloof
from us while contending for the liberty of themselves, their children,
and their children's children.

To the rescue, then, fellow citizens ! and, trusting in Him without
whom all human effort is weakness, let us not doubt that our faithful
endeavors to preserve the rights He has given us will, through His
blessing, be crowned with success.

Arthur Tappan,
James G. Birnev,
Joshua Leavitt,
Lewis Tappan,
Samuel E. Cornish,
Simeon S. Jocelyn,
La Roy Sunderland,
Theodore S. Wright,
Duncan Dunbar,
James S. Gibbons,
Henry B. Stanton,

JV*eu> York, February 13, 1S40.



Executive Committee
of the
American
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