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Colored People In New York

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The colored people in New York are manfully contending for the recognition of their political rights. A State Convention was held sometime ago to devise measures for the attainment of that object, and a central committee was appointed, one of whose duties was to bring the subject before the Legislature at its present session. H. Garnet, chairman of that committee, has accordingly been at Albany for some time past, attending to the duty of his appointment, and from a letter from him in the last Colored American, it appears that he has had a hearing before the Judiciary Committee, to whom had been referred the petitions of his constituents.

In his address to the Committee, his letter informs us, he aimed to establish, 1st, the citizenship of the colored people, on the ground of their birthright and of their services to the country, both in war and peace; 2d, the republicanism and loyalty of their conduct when they enjoyed the selective franchise; 3d, the fallacy of the reasons urged for the act which disfranchised them; 4th, the injurious effect of that disfranchisement in discouraging their exertions, and producing among them pauperism and crime; 5th, the unsoundness of the policy which oppresses and degrades any class of people; 6th, that the public mind is prepared to do them justice in this respect; 7th, the certainty of the triumph of their cause, and their determination not to cease their efforts till successful; 8th, their willingness to do their part in every thing tending to enrich and honor the common country of white and colored; and finally, the glory which awaits those by whose instrumentality the barriers shall be removed, which obstruct the way of an innocent and unfortunate yet aspiring people.

The letter states that the chairman of the Judiciary Committee had authorized the expectation of a report in a few days, and it adds:

"There is no doubt but that it will be a favorable one. It is the general sentiment about the capitol that the bill will pass the House by a great majority, and will go through the Senate almost unanimously; the members, or a majority of them, of both parties, being decidedly in favor of the measure."