Believing slavery to be a direct violation of the law of God, and productive
of a vast amount of misery and crime; and convinced that its abolition
be effected by an acknowledgement of the justice and necessity of immediate
emancipation,--we hearby agree to form ourselves into a Society to aid
assist in this righteous cause as far as lies within our power.
Article 1st. This Society shall be called the Boston Female Anti Slavery
Art. 2d. Any lady may become a member of this Society, by subscribing
sentiments contained in the preamble, and paying fifty cents annually.
Any lady by
paying five dollars at entrance will be considered a life member.
3d. Its funds shall be appropriated to the dissemination of TRUTH on
of slavery, and the improvement of the moral and intellectual character
colored population. The opinions of the members, as to the best means
purposes will be freely given at the meetings. Questions relative to
the business of
the Society may be decided by a vote of two thirds of the members present,
decisions may be transferred by them to the Board of Officers.
Art. 4th. The government of this Society, shall be vested in a Board
consisting of a President, whose duty it is to preside at all meetings
Society. A Vice President, to supply the place of the former, in case
of absence. A
Corresponding Secretary, who shall keep all communications addressed
to the Society,
and manage all the correspondence with any other bodies or individuals,
the direction of the Society, or officers. A Recording Secretary, who
is to keep a
record of transactions, and give notice of the time and place for all
meetings of the
Society. A Treasurer, authorized to receive subscriptions, donations,
&c., and to
pay the bills of the Society; and five Counsellors, to advice and assist
officers. In case of the absence of both President and Vice President,
officer may be chosen by vote. Two thirds of the officers shall constitute
Art. 5th. An annual meeting of the Society shall be held on the second
October, at which meeting the reports of the Secretaries and Treasurer
read, and officers chosen for the ensuing year.
Art. 6th. Quarterly meetings of the Society shall be held on the second
January, April, July and October, at which time the Secretary shall
proceedings of the Society, and such other business shall be transacted
circumstances may render necessary. If for any unforeseen reasons, other
become advisable, the President is authorized to summon the other officers,
may give notice to the members of the Society.
7th. If any vacancies occur in the Board, during the intervals of the
meetings, the Board shall have power to fill such vacancies, pro tem.
8th. Each member is entitled to a copy of every publication issued by
9th. Any of the above articles may be amended, or new ones introduced,
by a vote
of two-thirds of the members present.