The Workingmen of Quincy and the Free Negro Question.
One of the largest public meetings ever held in this city, assembled at the court house last night. The meeting was called by the working men of this city, and they were out in their strength. The object of the meeting was to devise some measures by which the further importation of free negroes into this city and state might be prevented. Mayor Redmond was called to the chair and Thes. W. McFall, Esq., appointed secretary. We stepped into the court house a few minutes and heard a series of strong resolutions read, which were enthusiastically adopted with but one dissenting voice. We saw and heard enough the few moments we were there to satisfy us that the workingmen were in good earnest, and meant to grapple with the subject in a manner that could not be mistaken. With such a demonstration as that of last night, before us, we hazard nothing in saying that it will be the very best policy with those who have been engaged in that business, to bring no more free negroes to Quincy. We cannot be mistaken in the belief that the workingmen of this city are in terrible earnest.
The following are the resolutions adopted:
WHEREAS, In violation of the constitution and laws of this state, and in utter contempt of the repeatedly expressed will of the people, persons known politically as abolitionists, but to us better known as enemies of the rights and privileges of the white workingmen, persist in importing into this city, and county, and state, free negroes from the south, therefore be it
Resolved, by the workingmen of Quincy, That we will no longer submit to this plain violation of the constitution and laws that we assisted to make, and that we ourselves endeavor in all respects to reverence and obey.
Resolved, That we hereby give notice to those engaged in this attempt to ride down and crush out the free white workingmen of Illinois, by thus seeking to bring free negro labor in competition with white labor, that we cannot and will not tolerate it; that we will seek our remedy first under the law, second at the polls, and third, if both these fail, we will redress our wrongs in such a manner as shall seem to us most expedient and most practicable.
Resolved, That it is the duty of police officers to report to the nearest magistrate the name of every person known by them to be engaged in harboring or employing these free negroes in this city, and the duty of such magistrate to inflict the punishment provided by law, upon any such offender so reported, and that it is the duty of the mayor to see that police officers under him discharge their duties in this respect.