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For The Signal Of Liberty

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Jackson, Sept. 8th 1841. GENTLEMEN:- As I promised you should hear from me often, while on my tour preparing for, and attending the state conventions, I again snatch my pen a moment to say I have just returned from the tour, of which I gave a partial sketch in the last Signal, which has just come to hand. As l proceeded to Kalamazoo county I found our industrious and efficient friends there, had had their handbill notices out for some time for me to address the people in various parts of that beautiful county, every afternoon and every evening from the day I entered the county, to the time of the convention, which was held in the village of Kalamazoo agreeably to notice, on the 5th inst. I was enabled to meet all the appointments except one on the evening of the close of the convention in Kalamazoo. When I left home my health was good, but being obliged to travel in the rain a number of days to meet appointments before I entered Kalamazoo county, then speaking from 2 to 3 hours every afternoon and evening till the convention, together with a cold seated on my lungs, all proved too much for me. I much regretted that l found myself utterly unable to speak on the subject of slavery to such of the citizens of this delightful town as might have been desirous to hear me. Most of the audiences in this county which I had the privilege of addressing were large, attentive, and apparently interested in hearing so much of the exhaustless subject of American Slavery and the slave power developed in its moral, religious, political and financial hearings upon us as a people, as I was able to do in the time allotted me. Indeed I would fain hope from a number of apparently favorable indications that my short labors in this county have not been altogether in vain. Time, however, will more fully determine. I was every where kindly received. Suffice it to say here that I was truly gratified to find the character of the abolition in this county, intelligent, active, and efficient . The friends of liberty here are nobly supplying every part of their county with the National Address, &c, the "Signal" and other valuable and timely means of A. S. intelligence. They are also following up these forerunners of good, by thoroughly organizing all the towns and school districts by the appointment of efficient committees as fast as even one man can be found in a town or a school district who, after coming to the light, in despite of every opposition, will dare, with a firm step, to move forward in this light for the cause of Liberty. - And just such men there are, every day rising up among them, even where they had been little looked for. These efforts and influences are also now being followed by a series of town and school district meetings, where important documents are read, or addresses delivered to the people most of whom are not merely willing, but anxious to hear the astounding developments upon the controlling slave power of the nation that their northern servants in congress (whom we pay $8 per day) will not let them hear, by reading their petitions, for fear their unholy league with slaveholders will be discovered and exploded. As you have doubtless ere this, received for publication the official accounts of the convention at Kalamazoo, l will just say that though its delegation was made up of unusually spirited and determined men it was not as full as it would have been but for the extreme preciousness of the time among the farmers (from whom the body of the liberty friends are made up) in finishing their seeding before another rain should set in. We find that the hard handed free laborer of the North feels obliged, rigidly to economize both his time and his money to enable him honorably to discharge all honest demands against him, and comfortably support his family, after defraying the heavy balance of the amazing extravangancies of the idle princely pauper of the South, which they cannot whip out of the backs of their pour miserable victims, by the use of salt and pepper as a preservative of their human chattels in warm weather. The 250,000 lilly handed pauper gentlemen (who by voting for their 3000,000 of wretched slaves and by over whipping into their traces a few serviles at the North, control this nation,) have always an abundance of time hanging so heavily upon their hands that they are obliged to resort to a variety of pleasure going expedients to annihilate it, not to redeem it. But to return. Much good I trust will result from this convention. One of the most busy seasons tor the farmer being now about over, and our conventions yet to be held having been longer and more extensively noticed, I trust they will be very fully attended by such as shall come both to hear and be heard upon the absorbing theme of human liberty. It appears to me very important where the county central committees have not already done it, that they proceed without delay thoroughly to organize their Towns and School Districts by the appointment of efficient committees in every one of them where they can find even one man who will firmly and fearlessly move straight forward in the cause of liberty. I think it is also equally as important that the county central committees should see well to it that all these Towns and School District committees should timely have put into their hands an ample supply of correctly printed LIBERTY TICKETs with instructions to dispose of them in the most judicious manner. lf all the friends of liberty in this state shall wisely and promptly discharge these and all other duties to the slave and their country at the approaching election, Michigan will still retain her noble preeminence of casting the greatest number of liberty votes according to her population of any State in the Union, the late increase of 750 per cent of our noble sister State, Vermont, to the contrary not withstanding. Yours with unabated Paternal regard. S. B. TREADWELL. P. S. I shall expect to see in the next Signal the proceedings of our Senatorial convention held at Marshall - the Calhoun and Hillsdale county nominations: - also the Senatorial and county liberty nominations of Cass and Van Buren counties, and perhaps the Senatorial county nominations of Lenawee and some other counties. I have just learned from a distinguished friend of liberty that our friends in N. York are quite confident the Empire State will give the Liberty ticket from 7 to 10,000 votes. I do hope and trust all our friends in Michigan will be prompt and liberal in ordering the national address and the Signal. They are both doing much. The Signal of the 29th with Leavett's financial power of slavery &c., &c., was a "tall one."