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Boulden, Jesse Freeman; Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874

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Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1874.

To the Editor of the New National Era:

Pursuant to the adjournment of the meeting, called by the Rev. J. F. Boulden on the 14th of April, to deliver an eulogy on the life of the Hon. Charles Sumner, a large number of persons assembled at the court house on the 25th inst.

Notwithstanding the paralyzed condition of our people, by reason of the great freshet in our river, and the overflow of all within three and four miles of its legitimate bed, a deep interest was manifested in the occasion.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Thaddeus N. James who stated the object of the meeting. Mr. R. C. Harrison, Esq., was elected clerk of the meeting.

The committee appointed at the previous meeting to draft resolutions, expressive of the feeling of the people on the death of Mr. Sumner then made their report as follows:

Mr. Chairman: - Your committee appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the feelings of the people here in reference to the death of the Hon. Charles Sumner, beg leave to report that they have attended to that duty to the best of their ability.

WHEREAS, it has pleased the all-wise and beneficent Father of us all, on the 11th day of March, 1874, to remove from our midst that earnest philanthropist and great statesman, the Honorable Charles Sumner; and, whereas, the suffering and oppressed people of these United States owe a debt of lasting gratitude to this memory for his unswerving fidelity and devotion in pleading for their rights before the law as citizens, our language is inadequate to express the sorrow we feel, and the sympathy we have; therefore, be it

Resolved, That we sympathize with Massachusetts in this loss of one of her best and ablest sons.

Resolved, That we sympathize with the nation in the loss of one of its brightest stars, wisest counsellors and greatest statesmen.

Resolved, That we feel most keenly the loss of Mr. Sumner as the true friend and advocate of our Civil and Political Rights in Congress.

Committee: Henry Baker, J. N. Bishop, J. F. Boulden.

Pending the adoption of the above, the Rev. J. F. Boulden was requested to address the meeting, and he came forward and depicted the private and public life and character of Mr. Sumner in most glorious colors as a philanthropist, a scholar, statesman, a champion of liberty - equal rights to all man and all of which was heartily accepted as the sentiment of the meeting.

The following resolution was then added to those before presented, and the whole unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That a copy of the doings of this meeting be sent to the Jackson Pilot, the Government Printing Office, and the New National Era, for publication.

The meeting then adjourned, perfect harmony having prevailed throughout.

Thaddeus N. James, Chairman.
R. C. Harrison, Clerk.





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