I am a free man of colour, have a family and a large connection of free people of colour residing on the Wabash, who are all willing to leave America when-
ever the way shall be opened. We love this country and its liberties, if we could share an equal right in them; but our freedom is partial, and we have no hope that it ever will be otherwise here; therefore we had rather be gone, though we should suffer hunger and nakedness for years. Your honour may be assured that nothing shall be lacking on our part in complying with whatever provision shall be made by the United States, whether it be to go to Africa or some other place; we shall hold ourselves in readiness, praying that God (who made man free in the beginning, and who by his kind providence has broken the yoke from every white American) would inspire the heart of every true son of liberty with zeal and pity, to open the door of freedom for us also. I am, &c.
The Mind of the Negro as revealed in letters written during the Crisis, 1800-1860, by C.G. Woodson
Washington, 1926, Associated Publishers