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The Special Committee

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In this paper will be found a communication from C. H. Stewnrt, and anotlier from C. Gurney, both membera of this Committoe. It will bc seen that Mr. Stewart resigns his situation as chairman of that Committeft, and givos his views as an individual member, and calis on the other members to do likewise. Mr. S., It will be seen has nrrived to neorly the sanie conclusions with Mr. Birney, excepting on the TarifFquestion. We must be permitted to say that while we are gratified at this coincidence between our views and those of Mr. Stewart, we do not see the propriety of basing all our party views on those of the patriotsof '76. Why go back three quarters of a cenlury fora political basis? For our part, we go for the Right and the True, whether it be found in tho party of '76 or '46. We have no idea of squaring our creed by that ofinen, however intelligent or deserving, who were educated a century ago under the feudal doctrines of Europa. We also find that Mr. Gurney in his communication, for hitnself and two others of the Committee, declines to make any argument against ihe course advocated by Mr. Birney. Henee no report of tho Committee wil: be made. It might be well, perhaps, for the remaining members of tho Committee to state their views briefly tothe public. While the failure of the Commiüee to report according to the original object of their appomtment aiïbrds us cratifyingidenco of the ncrensing prevalenco of our views, on another account we may say that we should have been pleased with a report of the Committee ng.iinst those views. The has advocated the inlroduction of other questions of Public Policy into the Liberty party. We published GoodelPs Port Byron Address last summer: we stated our own opinions at length on most questions, and finally published Mr. Birney's letter. - The discussion has boen all on one side. Not a single communication have we received, cotnbntling our proposed course: nor do wc remember of receiving a remonstrance agninst it in a singlo private letter; while letters without number have been received npproving our course. - Under these circumstances, the appointment of a Special Committee to reply to the views of those old and able pioneers, James G. Birney and Wm. Goedel), pxcited general attention through the State, and gave promise of at least 071e argument on the othor side of the question. But it seems that from the Committee, as such, none is lo be forthcoming. We are aware that many intelligent and sensible Liberty men in the State are yet not fully convinced of the propriety of enlarging oursphere of Political Action. To them we would say, that the columns of the Signal are open, as they always have been, to an argument frommem. Liiueriy mon ïncuneu iu auicr iroin them will yct henr them with interest and candor; and on a subject of such momentous importance, the views of all should be maturely considered. Posscript. - We are obliged to qunlify the preceding article, by saying that since it was given to the compositor, we have received a letter from a friend of the legal profession, discontinuing the Signal because of its course on quostions of Public Policy other than Slavery.