Disunion Petitions

January 12, 1849

“The Dissolution of the American Union is the only vital issue with the Slave Power now before the country.  It is essential to the speedy overthrow of slavery, and especially to the deliverance of the people of the North from all responsibility for the continuance of that nefarous system.  While the Union continues, the guilt, the shame, the infamy, the curse of slavery will be national. Thank God, the friends of freedom at the North are beginning to realize this momentous truth, and to proclaim their desire for the separation….”   Then follows a petition to the Senate and House of Representatives of Massachusetts, calling for a Convention of the People “to determine what measures shall be taken to effect a peaceful secession from the American Union..