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MARTIN ROBINSON DELANY TO DOUGLASS, 22 NOVEMBER 1853 55

In your paper of Nov. 18th, No. 48, Vol. 6, in remarking upon my note
to Mr. JOHN JONES,4 of Illinois, among other things you say:

“The reader, to understand the injustice of this letter, should bear in
mind that Mr. JONES has never written one word for our columns, in any
manner reflecting upon M. R. Delany.”

In your paper of October 28th,5 No. 25, I also find the following:

“We copy from the Chicago Daily Tribune the resolutions on Colo-
nization, submitted by the Chairman of the Committee, JOHN JONES, and
adopted by the Convention.”

After coupling my name with the odious enemies of our race, Coloni-
zationists, by a preceding resolution on that subject, then comes the reso-
lution “reflecting upon M. R. Delany:”

“Resolved, That we are opposed to the Call for a National Emigration
Convention, as put forth by M. R. DELANY; and we discover in it a spirit
of disunion
, which, if encouraged, will prove fatal to our hopes and aspi-
rations as a people in this country.”

The italics are my own. I know of no other logical meaning to apply
to the term spirit, when used in such a connection, than design; this is its
true meaning, and nothing else. How then comes Mr. Douglass to attempt
to exonerate Mr. Jones from reflecting on me, by the evasion that he “had
never written one word for HIS columns, in any manner reflecting upon
M. R. Delany.” If not written for your columns, they were written and re-
ported by Mr. JONES, and copied into your columns; and you either meant
something or nothing by publishing them, before you had published any
other item of the proceedings of that body. You call it dictatorial, because
a man will not permit himself, designedly, to be misrepresented. Perhaps
you, and those who think with you, may misrepresent others as you think
proper, and no one dare to question your right to do so. If this be so, please
omit me in the general conclusion. I thank you for permitting my note
to appear in your columns, humbly endeavoring to avoid the charge of
“dictation.”

All I ask is not to be misrepresented. I more than ask it—I demand it,
as I will not as I never have done, intentionally misrepresented any person.

Yours for God and humanity,

M. R. DELANY.

PLSr: FDP, 2 December 1853.

1. This communication from Douglass to Martin R. Delany has not survived.

2. The National Emigration Convention of Colored People, led by the African American nation-
alist Martin R. Delany, was held at the Congregational Church in Cleveland, Ohio, on 24-26 August
1854. Over one hundred delegates, including twenty-four women, met to discuss the practicality of

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