Daily Ohio Statesman, February 16, 1861

Daily Ohio Statesman, February 16, 1861

The Negroes and Sir Allan McNab.

A short time since Sir Allan McNab visited his constituents in the Western Division, and at Buxton Settlement the negroes presented him with an address. The Chatham Planet, in an account of the meeting, says:

Sir Allan said if any electors desired to ask him any questions, he was ready to give answers. Hereupon Mr. Thomas W. Stringer inquired if a bill was introduced before Parliament, for the purpose of setting apart separate schools for the colored people, whether they asked for them or no, would Sir Allan support it? Sir Allan replied that he thought the present law a good one, and should be fully tried before altered. As to the proposed bill, it would be manifestly unfair, and of course he would oppose it. Mr. Thomas asked whether Sir Allan was in favor of sending the fugitive slave Anderson back to Missouri? In reply to this question Sir Allan McNab said, that though not wishing by any means to impugn the decision of the judges, he nevertheless was honestly compelled to differ from them. Indeed so strongly had he felt in Anderson’s favor, that he had since the question came up, used all his influence in Anderson’s favor. As certainly was opposed to Anderson being given up (applause) and he hoped in the name of God he never would be sent back.

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