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BIRNEY'S VINDICATION OF ABOLITIONISTS-PROTEST OF
46, WASHINGTON STREET.
[The compiler of the following pieces desiring, from their excellency, to ensure to them an extensive circulation, and an easy reference, has thrown them into a pamphlet form. He forbears any further recommendation, desiring only to secure for them a careful perusal.]
III. To the People of the United States, or, to such Ameri-
cans as value their Rights.
J. G. BIRNEY'S LETTER-VINDICATION OF
PUBLIC MEETING IN ALABAMA.
At a large and respectable meeting of the citizens of Athens and Limestone county, according to previous notice, at the Court House on Tuesday, the 18th inst., on motion, Capt. Wm. Mason was called to the chair, and Francis H. Ford appointed Secretary. The object of the meeting was explained by Col. John W. Lane, at some length. On motion of Col. Lane, that a committee be appointed to draft a preamble and resolutions expressive of the views of the meeting, the following gentlemen were appointed :-Col. John W. Lane, Rev. Jeremiah Tucker, G. S. Houston, Esq., Mr. Ira E. Hobbs, Mr. Gabriel Smith, Mr. James Craig, Mr. Wm. T. Gamble, and David M. Crawford, Esq. The committee after retiring a short time, reported the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted :
Whereas, from the recent expulsion of blacklegs and gamblers from the adjoining states, and those who have no visible means, and follow no employment for support, but live upon the labor of others, filching from the thoughtless and unwary their hard earned savings, by acts that in their moral effects are no better than robbery;
And, whereas, from recent developements of an organized band of abolition fanatics of the Northern states, headed in part by Garrison, Tappan, Cox, Thompson, May, and JAMES G. Birney, of Kentucky, with others, whose