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The Underground Railroad in Mercer!

     According to notice given, the Mercer County Anti Slavery Society, met at the Court House, in the borough of Mercer, on the 22nd ult., and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Wilson of West Greenville.  An appropriate address was delivered by the Rev. G.W. Clark of Mercer.      On motion, Resolved, that the address of Mr. Clark be published in the papers of this county, and that Messrs. Wm. M. Smith and William F. Junkins, and James Kilgore, be a committee to superintend the publication. On motion of Mr. Junkin it was resolved, that the Mercer County Anti Slavery Society, become auxiliary to the American Anti Slavery Society.  (The motion according to a clause in the constitution was laid over to be acted on the next regular meeting.) On the motion of the Rev. Wilson, it was Resolved,  That this meeting adjourn to meet in this place on the 21st day of April next at 1 o’clock P.M.: And that all the societies in the county be requested to send delegates to the adjourned meeting. JOHN HOGE, President James Kilgore, Secretary   A NOTE To William M. Smith, William F. Junkin, James Kilgore Gentlemen – At your request the address delivered before the Anti-Slavery Society, on the 22nd ult., has been prepared for the press.  The principle matter has been preserved, though some different arrangement has been made, some topics abridged, and others enlarged as appeared proper when committing it to paper.  No apology is necessary for the changes that has been made in the phraseology, and illustration employed, which, from its extemporassous character of the address it is found neither convenient nor desirable to retain. Respectfully, &c., G.W. Clark   Anti-Slavery Address “Honour all men” – 1 Peter 2:17       These words of the Apostle Peter have been selected as a motto for my present remarks, because from the authority on which the command is received, it must be regarded as based on a first principle on morals, intimately connected with the doctrine of human rights. There is something quite peculiar in these brief statements of duty, which meet the eye with such frequency in the New Testament. They all point silently, but touchingly to the benevolent regards man should cherish for his species, are full of a more than human kindness. They are the dictates of a morality to which the world was before...
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