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Negro Colonization.

The blacks of Washington City, now that Slavery has been abolished there, are memorializing Congress in favor of a plan of colonization substantially like that which Mr. Francis P. Bliar has so long been the most conspicious advocate. No doubt they would prefer that their colony should be located within the limits of the United States, and we believe it every way advisable that it should be. Were Florida set apart for their future use and improvement, we believe they would do much better by it, and render it far more useful to mankind, than it will ever by under slaveholding management. But, since this is denied them, they do well in calling Congress to procure and set apart for them a region outside of our present boundaries, where they may be permitted to work out a higher destiny under the production of that native land which has just begun to recognize its obligations to the humblest and most despised of all her children.

To those who, from whatever motive, are intent on the colonization of the Blacks, we would commend the significance of this movement in Washington. Time and effort and money enough have been spent in trying to colonize the Free Blacks in order to remove a peril to Slavery, with very indifferent success; but, Slavery being banished from the Federal District, those same negroes, with a new sense of their own dignity as men, a new aspiration burning in their breasts, look forward to a country of their own, wherein the brutal prejudice which crushes them here shall no longer be felt. Grant that those who thus feel and act on the instant are but a handful, they are still moved by an impulse which time will kindle all the hearts of the entire race.

To those who are honestly desirous to get rid of the negro race, we would say, the key note to all successful enterprise, all desirable movement, is FREEDOM. Within the lifetime of the present generation, millions of the Irish have left their beloved native land in quest of rights and social opportunities which they feel are denied them in the home of their birth. — We are not judging between them and their Government — we take the fact as it is presented. The negroes in America can earn money faster than the peasantry in Ireland, while they have not half the distance to migrate to find in Central America a country fertile, healthful, thinly peopled, wherein the necessaries of life are procured with far less labor than here, and where Cotton, Sugar, Coffee, Coccoa, Tobacco, and other tropical and semitropical products may be grown to great profit while the two great oceans which here approach so nearly afford unequaled facilities for diffusing those products to every market in the world. We are not advising the negroes to migrate — we are utterly opposed to all compulsory emigration — but our conviction is strong that the blending in one great community of races so diverse as the European and the African is unnatural, enforced by Slavery and that Liberty will gradually dissociate them in such manner as shall most conduce to their own good and the well-being of mankind. Let there be liberty and all good will naturally follow. — N. Y. Tribune.