It was now after seven o'clock, and the Secretary proceeded to read the resolutions as follows.
Whereas This mass meeting is assembled to celebrate the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment, therefore
Resolved That we offer our united thanksgiving to Almighty God that by His wonderful Providence we stand to-day not only freemen, but vested with the right of suffrage as equal citizens in the land of our birth.
Resolved That to President Grant we tender our warm acknowledgments that his first words in office were for the Fifteenth Amendment, and that his wise and patriotic policy has so essentially contributed to its ratification that he has the merit and the glory which no American has had since Washington, of consummating in peace as President what he won in war as the leader of the armies of his country.
Resolved That we pledge the newly enfranchised vote in Maryland to the Republican party and that we look forward with confidence and satisfaction to the day -- not long to be waited for -- when we shall aid in placing our beloved State in line with the Republican States of the Union.
Resolved That education is not so much the qualification for suffrage, as a right secured by suffrage, and that we claim the right of education for all the children of the State, and exhort all our people to avail themselves of every opportunity to educate themselves and their children.
Resolved That we cherish the strongest interest in the prosperity of all the interests of this State and of all its people and that we pledge ourselves that there shall be no cause to regret that a new body of citizens and voters are now, with fresh hopes and free hands and a bright outlook into the future to take their places in the contest of life as equal competitors, able to promote the welfare of the State and of the country as they never did or could do as serfs or slaves.
The Secretary then read the following additional resolutions which were adopted with loud acclaim.
Resolved That knowing our rights we dare demand them. That in the decision recently made by a United States Judge in relation to the admission of colored persons to the city cars we recognize a flagrant outrage upon law and insult to advancing Christian civilization, and a sad compromise with wrong.
Resolved That recognizing in Frederick Douglass the foremost man of color in the times in which we live, and proud to claim him as "one to the manner born," we do here most respectfully yet earnestly request him to return to us and by the power of his own magnificent manhood help us to a higher, broader, and nobler manhood.
Immense and long continued cheering followed the reading of the resolutions and the Chair then announced that the meeting was at an end. The thousands of persons present about one third of whom were whites, then dispersed, having remained listening to the speeches for more than two hours with scarcely a break in their ranks.