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The State Central Committee

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To Liberty Friends :- i The election has just closed. As yej i ,ve know not the Liberty vote. So far is hcard from our intelligence is 1 jouraging. The whole vote has i ;ionably incrcased, and that too, standing the want of tickets, and other 1 jrrangements, which we lament to hear i were again deficiënt in some localities. The extent of our loss in this résped, it is hard to calcúlate. A small party : a reform party : without the organization of age and the hope of office to anímate its every part, - the extremes as well as the heart, - must always suffer from the want of the vital, telling, arrangements arouud the ballot box. We believe that our vote would even have been at least 25 per cent greater than t was, had early voting arrangements been made in every town : had tickets been printed and distributed in season, and had a faithful friend stood all day at the polld to distribute tickets, and refute the calumnies or falsehoods oí party creation. . We learn that more or less untruth was in places propagated : such as the old storiesofthe Liberty men voting the Whig ticket, (Sic. We have noticed that democratie papers, and correspondents, in many instances, account for their defeat or small vote, by the allegation that the abolitionists had generally voted the whig ticket. If we mistake not, it was thus said of the county of St. Joseph, y et in ihat county our vote has increased from 80, to at least 120. Strange result of abolition support to the. whigs ! And while the democrats thus charg-e, and the whigs themsel ves claim, that we are voting the whig ticket, all know how bitter : how 'undying is the whig charge, that we are "loco focos" - and destroy them. These glaring inconsistencies refute themsel ves, and place the falsehoods of modern times in respect to the Liberty party, among the many of like character, which have attended every step of of the anti-slavery enerprize, and which will continue to mark its progress until the people shall rebuke all untruth and wrong, and oppression by their indignan: iuderment at the ballot box.As wesaid, we know notyetour rote. It will shortly be revealed. But be it what it may, the Central Committee has done its part, and performed its duty. - t We have not perhaps done as wisely, nor ( efficiently, as might have been. Better , men or measures might have been ( lected : greater and more talented effort might have been made. All this might ( have been so. We claim not greal sagncity, but we do claim to have done our duty honestly self-sacrificingly, cessantly, and to the best of our ability. - . In such view we throw ourselves upon ( all friends for support. We ask them , to pui themselves in our places : to look ( at our liule means : the utter want of previo us state organization : the absence of precedent : the claims of individual duties, and family obligation resting upon us, and then say, - not whether we have been pefect in measures, - but whether we have done well, undcr all circumstances, for our common cause. We have now to make a solemn and personal appeal to our every reader. - lts result will show whether therc be principie in our party. It will declare whether our avowed objects are really il principies" or not : whether we are willing to do, as we as profess. It will be an unerring indicationof the result of the Liberty effort. For it will probably show whether its advocates have that honest resolve to carry out this principie, that will give of their means the reasonable contribution, necessary for their consummation.- We give of our means to every object, we really desire to accomplish : we withhold tem only where we are really indifferent. The state: the church and tha heathen : our education,our oleasures and our business all claim and receive consideration, because wc need or desire them. Except to the State our contributions are voluntary. Their extent denotes the amount of our principie, or inclination to each. Tho christian will give : the infidel will withhold, religious aid. And thns the pocket accurately measures the quality and extent of individual principie. So is it in our antislavery effort. If its friends will not give the needful, to its success, they might as well expect to raise a house without hands, or to take their grain to mili without a team, as to consummate Liberty objects. Without the hands or the teum, it were utter folly to stand looking at the barn timbers, or the wheiit, and wish and pray the one to be raised, and the other to be at mili : and so without the means to "raise" and " move" the Liberty effort, it is folly to wish, or pray for, or expect its consummatiin. We do then make an earnestand solemn, and personal appeal to our every reader and every friend. You know what we have done in the cause : you know the like has not been done before : you know ogents and lecturers have traversed the State. We have sent you documents, letters, correspoñdence, encouragement. We have done it fon you, . as your agente and represontatives. - Our personal expensos we bear ourselves.fot a cent is charged to you. But oür ther expenses are about $1,200, - a srnall um considering the number wc had irr he field : the extent of time they were imployed : the ground they traversed : heir unavoidabld expenses : the manr jotices of meetings we circulated, the cir:ulars we distributed, the Documenta wo ouglit, and the extent of our correspon!ence. Tomeetthis $1,200, the whole StatO ledge is $1,064 39. Of the pledgo a rifle over $500 is paid. We now want md we confidently oxpect that the ..wholO um of 81,200 will be promptly paid up ; ind tliat to friend and foe : to ourselveí, ind our consciences will be exhibited tho ;heering result, that our cause lies dear :o our hearts, and will be sustaipíkd : :hat we will allow no indivinuals to b sacrificed ; and no tarnish tosoilthepurity of our principies. A very large part of our State has not sontributed nt all to tho State fund. Tho sickness : the wet and the low prices of grain have contributed to greatly delar business, and embarrass the farmer - and we can therefore readily excuse all who are behind the time of their promise, and all who have as yet given nothing. But health is now restored : the busy season has passed away, the Lord has filled our granarles with plenty, and to ourselves givcn freedom. Across the Atlantic his mysterious disponsation disclose the appuling contrast of a desolating famino,aud in our own land of a withering slavery. Say, will you not of his blessing spare a part? Many think they cannot give of thir time and money, but when the Lord sends his messengers in sickness or visitation, we find we can give of both. We entreat then our friends to considerour position. $700 rests npon us above what we have received. Ourselvoi were large donors to the money paid in. Of this $700 we have nctually paid by much the grcater part, that wc might do jusily by our lecturers, and uphold tho character of Michigan Aniislavery. Wo appeal to our personal and political friends through the State. We appeal to the many our chairman has addressed soten, during the present and past years refusing even expense money: we appeal Lo every cherisher of honesty and good principie, that they will contributo to tho above $700 : that they will do so at at once : and especially to thoso who havo sent in pledges, that they will redeem the same, as speedily as possible. Many persons are willing to gTe, but think their éontribution too small. Let all such mail to us their quarter, or half, or whole dollar. Many cannot give now, let them write, that they will give du. ring the winter. But let each person either now or when he can, and thus avoid the doublé wrong of sufiering individuals to be sacrificed, and the causo to be abandoned. For our own part we say, that wO originated the agency system in the fullest faith that it would be appreciaied and sustained by the State. That faith is bright this day as it was in March, at iU inception. Our eflbrt has met universal acceptation : friends everywhere have cheered us, and though for a season circumstances have interposed delay, yet will these pas away, and in tho decisivo contest of 1848, now at our doors, wo shall all be enabled to look back on our eflbrt of '46, as the great buiwark of our confidence, and the anchor of our hope. Guided by its tcachings, we shall thendo better. Stimulated by its good faith, wo shall be then buoyant with hope, and en cournged by our eflbrt, laborers moro abundant and able, will throng the field. These results we expected in March and we expect them still. But with you, friends : with éach of you thoir realization rests.