PROCEEDINGS OF THE MARINERS OF OSWEGO
Pursuant to a call of the seamen of Oswego, a meeting was held at the Market on the 13th of march inst. , at 4 o'clock, P. M. , for the purpose of consulting upon the subject of sailors' wages. R. H. Spencer was appointed Chairman and S. C. Andrews Secretary. The object of the meeting having been explained by the Chair, it was,
On motion, Resolved, That inasmuch as the owners of vessels and forwarding merchants of Oswego have combined together and concluded to reduce the wages of seamen to $14 per month, a committee of seven be appointed by this meeting to draft resolutions expressive of the sentiments of sailors on this subject.
Whereupon, Edward C. Williams, Albert Stone, Thomas Connell, John Wilson, Daniel Igoe, Munroe Turner and Daniel King were duly appointed said committee.
Moved, and carried, That when this meeting adjourn, we adjourn to meet on Wednesday next, at 4 o'clock P. M.
On motion, Resolved, That the owners of vessels and commission merchants of this port, be respectfully invited to attend our next meeting and participate in our deliberations.
A communication was read by the President, addressed to the mariners of the port of Oswego, on the subject of wages, labor on the Sabbath, and hospital money; which was ordered to be printed. Another communication addressed to the insurance companies was also ready, after which the meeting adjourned.
Wednesday, March 15, 4 o'clock P. . M. - The seamen again met - the meeting was organized by the President - the report of the Secretary was read and accepted. The committee of business reported through their chairman, the following resolutions to pledge:
Resolved, That we, as philanthropists and members of the great nautical fraternity, to hereby pledge ourselves, in the presence of the world and our shipmates, that we will not ourselves, nor countenance any one who will ship under the wages herein specified - that is, $18 before the mast, and $23 for wages, and that we will, one and all, use our utmost endeavors and entire influence in all lawful and becoming ways, to prohibit all shipping under the wages herein specified. We as a united body, expect all our seafaring brethren to sign this resolution and to adopt the following as their motto: "Wages that we can live by or no berths," in connexion with that of our illustrious predecessors, "Free trade and sailors rights. " Which report was received from the committee, and after a spirited discussion was adopted unanimously.
The following resolution was then offered and discussed by owners, officers and seamen, and on motion that it be passed and circulated for signatures separately from the first, was adopted without a dissenting voice.
Resolved, That we will no longer disregard the command of our Maker, "to keep holy the Sabbath day," in order to gratify the requisitions of such of our employers as require it; that we hereby pledge ourselves to perform no labor in port or in the canal, that is not essential to the safety of the vessel, the preservation of her sails or rigging, or by the security of her cargo.
A committee of four was appointed to circulate each of the above resolutions for signature. Whereupon the meeting adjourned to meet on Tuesday following at 4 o'clock P. M.
Tuesday, March 21. - The seamen met pursuant to adjournment - meeting organized by the chair. The President having withdrawn, Daniel King was duly appointed to preside. The Secretary, by request, reported that 161 names had been attached to the first resolution and 160 signatures to the second.
On motion, Resolved, That Daniel U. March be employed by us to collect the laws by which, as a profession, we are governed, and by which our rights, privileges, and duties are regulated, and prepare them for publication in pamphlet form.
On motion, Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the meeting to wait upon the Custom House officers, to solicit a written statement of the amount of moneys received by them as hospital money, during the last five years, and how the same has been expended.
S. C. Andrews, J. M. Turner and John Wilson were appointed said committee.
On motion, Resolved, That the two committees appointed at our last meeting to circulate the pledges and obtain signatures, be authorized to act until the opening of navigation.
On motion, Resolved, That an executive committee of four be appointed to call meetings of seamen, whenever they may deem it essential to their interest to come together.
Whereupon, R. J. Spencer, Edward C. Williams, Daniel King and Daniel Igoe were appointed said committee.
The chairman of the executive committee was directed to wait upon D. H. Marsh, Esq. and lay before him the wishes of seamen in relation to the laws by which they are governed.
Adjourned to Saturday, March 25, 4 o'clock P. M.