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To The Friends Of The Signal

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For soaio weeks we have been intending to write an article in which we would attempt to show tlic Liberty men of Michigan, that the progress of their cause dependa mainly on the circulalion of the Signnl, or other anti-slavery papers; and ihntall other ngenciea, however useful, without the aid of the Press, would be inndequnte to accompliah their object. But having received the followipg article from a Liberty man who is extensively ncquninted wiihthe condiiion of our cause through the State, we have conelu ijod to publish it, in aocordnee with liis requesl. in plaoo of any sufgestions of onr own.I would enjoin it opon those who íove onr onuse, to enter in eornpst upon the work of extending light and knowledge through every community nnd neighborhood - every nook and corner of the Stute. All will ncknowl edgo that the odvoncement of Liberty principies must be proportionaie to the amount of antislavory intelligence diffused. Now, ir hat way can this be done more effeclunlly han by increosmg' the circulation of the Sigal? It is acknowledged that it will wull ornpnre with any of our Liberty publication, nd we know that in those sections where ie Signa! has been most read, its influence ins been feit for good. The Agents of the aper say that in those neighborhoods where has once been introduced, they o'ways find oom for extending its circulatinn, and that ur cause in those places is advancing from ear to year. I consider it the dnty of every man to take lis matter in hand, and do what he can to xtend the circulation of the pnper. We lould be interested in its prosperily and weiare, because the Liberty party cnnnot be sus ined without siich a publication in the State, nd, onder present circumstances, it cannot ive and have that influence it ought to posess, unless the anti slavery men of the State ill interest tbemselves in its success. The rice has lately been rednced from two and two nd a half dollar? to one dollar,so that it is now ithin the reach of every man. Hitherto the iroprietors have been obliged to employ agents o obtain eubscribers and collect the pay, at n expense of eeveral hundrrd dollars a year. 'his they cannot afFord to do, when tbecomeneation paid by each subscriber is on!y one ollar. Thus the proprietors are obliged to epend mainly on the volvntary co-operatioti ' their subscribere and friends for that aid in ustaining and enkrgingthe circulation of the ignal, for which they have heretofore paid ieir agents. The present number of eubscriers but little exceeds 1,600, being no more ian it was when the price was two dollars a rear: wherens, to g'ive it a foir support at. itF )iesent reduced price, the number ehouid be ot less than 3,000. The prosperity of the ause in the State is greatly dependent on the wide circulation of theSignal; and the only way to extend this will be for each subscriber to exert himself to obtain more. In order o do this, y ou must start out, and go to jour eigbbor and say to him, "I want you to subcrjbe for the Signal of Liberty." HÍ9 anwer perhaps will be, "1 nm no abolkionist." 'eH liim that that is not by any means an ndispensable requisite: that the other matter side from its abolitionism is worth more than wo cents a vvepk, embracing every kind of ntelligence, foreign and domestic, besides misellaneous reading and such items of interest nd utility as every fatnily needs. If he eays ie cannot pay for it, and pleac's the extreme carcity of money, say to him that he can pay br it in almost any thing he has to sell. Let ïim pay in to you, and order the paper sent n your account, and forward the Shingles, Sogar, Lumber or whatever you receive by ie first opportunity to the proprietors at Ann Arbor, or otherwise dispose of them. In this vay almost any man mipht obtain three, five r ten subscribers, help eustain the paper, and mmediately increase the Liberty vote in his own town. Trt it, Friekds!


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