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It is working exactly the way it should. ~/.Xresources is conventionally loaded when you log in. Many distributions do this as part of the X session startup scripts. If you don't use a full destkop environment, you may need to add it to your login scripts, which would be systemd in your case, just like you did. The resources from ~/.Xresources are loaded ...
If a font doesn't have different weights they will not be synthesized, so the weight option in emacs (as in any other app) will not work. About Meslo font: I think this patched version lacks rendering hints, which are present in the original Meslo (but it looks like they are not optimized for freetype rendering)
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