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Letter From H. Hallock

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Detroit, Jan. 5, 1847. Messrs, Foster & Dell : I regret exceedingly to see by a paragroph in the last "Signal," that ony of our friends should have thought for a moment of adopting so suicídal a course to our cause in the State as to stop taking the Signal" for the pjrpose of taking he "National Era." Although I regcrd the establishment and vigorous support of the latterof the deepest imporlance tothe Anti Slavery cause, as noi only in name but in fact marking an important Era in its progress, yet if t could be established and supported only at the sacrifice ofsomc of our most efficiënt local or State organs, it might well bo questioned whether it had not better fail at once, as sustained at such a sacrifico it would doubtless cost too much. But I am convinced this need not be the case. Let tho friends of the slave manifest but half the energy in sustfiining their organs from 'principie, fto support and extend the glorious principies of their cause,) that mere politicians do in sustaining theirs for the sake merely of the loaves and fishes, and while this new and all important efïurt to establish a Nationnl Orgnn at the seat of grvernment would meet with most triumphant success, our numerous spirited State and local organs that have long been battling with the Monster would be still more vigorously sus'.ained. In connection with this subject, allow me to commend to your readers an extract from the " Indiana Freeman," published in the Emancipalor of Dec. 23d, believing as I do that it containa sound and wholesome advice upon this matter. " It is most gratifying to know from iriends at the East, that as fur as pecuniary support and a large subscription list is concerned, the successful establishment of the " National Era" at the seat of government (the heart and citadel of thfi Slave Power ) is already placed beyond a doubt. Let us continue to give to our several State and local organs that cheerful and vigorous support which will not only simply keep tliem alive, but enable them to keep onward with renewed energy in extending the great principies for which we contend - for I apprehend that every intelligent Liberty Man and friend of the Slave is ready to admit that our main dependence for the rapid advancement of our cause must be the power of an efficiënt press - tbat most formidable engine for weal or wo in every moral or political canse."I rejoice to see that friend Foster is engngcd in caüing out the antislavery sentiment of the various presses engaged in this cause upon the subject of a more general unión of action among the avowed opponents of Slavery, and wait with sotne solicitud, for the expression of bis own views as promised in the next numberof the "Signal." Whiïe I am far from desiringany umon at the sacrifice of the stern principies for which we have been batt'ing in years past - viz : No PoMTICAL FEJLLOWSHIP WITII SlAVEholders, and the speedy Constitulional extermination of the vile system of Slavery, the paramount aim of all our ■political as well as moral action - yet I am free to confess that if any means can be adopted to bring togclher the scattered frngments of the antislavery host, and cause them o act with more unity and efficiency, n eíTecting a "consummation so devoutly tcbewished" as the speedy overthrow of the Slave Power, 1 shall rejoice most heartily to see it. Yours for the oppressed,