Cincinnati Ohio July 16th 1817
Thomas Roach Esqr
Your favour of the 27th ult. directed to
me as Cor. Sec. of the Western Emigrant Society in behalf of Paul
Cuffee who wishes to learn the most eligible situation
for colonizing 3 or 400 blacks,lately set free by the
will of Samuel Gist, was not received until the begin-
ning of the present week. I immediately presented
it to the Council of the Society for their deliberation.
They have this evening returned it to me with di-
rections to answer it in substance as follows.
That declining to give any direct advice upon
the subject they will as far as within their knowledge
make a statement of such important facts as they
suppose would most strongly influence those who have
the care of their interests. Among which they consider
the following the most important considerations.
1st There is nothing in the Constitution and laws either of
the State of Ohio- of Indiana - or of the Illinois and
Missouri territories, in any wise to prohibit such a
settlement as is contemplated by Paul Cuffee. Our
laws never enquire the colour or features of a man's