GLC06132: The colored patriots of the American Revolution, with sketches of several distinguished colored persons: to which is added a brief survey of the condition and prospects of colored Americans, 1855: Page #10
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feel them whether it will or no, — that will finally wring from a contemptuous community the reluctant confession of the colored man's equality. I ask, therefore, the reader's patronage of the following sheets on several grounds; first, as an encouragement to the author, Mr. NELL , to pursue a subject which well deserves illustration on other points beside those on which he has labored; secondly, to scatter broadly as possible the facts here collected, as instances of the col-ored man's success — a record of the genius he has shown, and the services he has rendered society in the higher departments of exer-tion; thirdly, to encourage such men as RUGGLES to perseverance, by showing a generous appreciation of their labors, and a cordial sympathy in their trials. Some things set down here go to prove colored men patriotic — though denied a country: — and all show a wish, on their part, to prove themselves men, in a land whose laws refuse to recognize their manhood. If the reader shall, sometimes, blush to find that, in the days of our country's weakness, we remembered their power to help or harm us, and availed ourselves gladly of their generous services, while we have, since, used our strength only to crush them the more completely, let him resolve henceforth to do them justice himself and claim it for them of others. If any shall be convinced by these facts, that they need only a free path to show the same ea-pacity and reap the same rewards as other races, let such labor to open every door to their efforts, and hasten the day when to be black shall not, almost necessarily, doom a man to poverty and the most menial drudgery. There is touching eloquence, as well as something of Spartan brevity, in the appeal of a well-known colored man, Rev PETER WILLIAMS, of New York: — "We are NATIVES of this country: we ask only to be treated as well as FOREIGNERS. Not a few of our fathers suffered and bled to purchase its indepen-dence; we ask only to be treated as well as those who fought against it. We have toiled to cultivate it, and to raise it to its present pros-perous condition; we ask only to share equal privileges with those who come from distant lands to enjoy the fruits of our labor."
WENDELL PHILLIPS. NORTHAMPTON, Oct. 25, 1852.