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Proceedings of the State Conference of the colored men of Florida, held at Gainesville, February 5, 1884.
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Hon. W.A. Wilkerson, Marion County.
Hon. P.H. Davidson, Escambia County.
Major P.W. Bryant, Hillsborough County.
A. C. Lightbourn, Gadsden County.
J.F. Murrell, Levy County.
Hon. R. L. Brown Duval County.
Rev. B. W. Wiley, Volusia County.
J. H. Tanner, Sumter County.
C. H. Thompson Bradford County.
Fred, Martin, Columbia County.
C. H. Roger, Orange County.
W.R. Long, Jefferson County.
L. A. Hadley, Madison County
David Crocket, Santa Rosa County.
James Dean, Eaq..Suwannee County.
Hon. Samuel Petty. Nassau County.
Hon. J. Willis Menard, Monroe County.
Hon. John Wallace, Leon County.
Rev. H. Call, Washington County.
B. F. Livingston, Jackson County.
John Campbell, Holmes County.
(Signed) JOSIAH T. WALLS, Chairman.
WM.Artrell, Secretary of the Committee.
The report of the committee was unanimously adopted, after which the following resolutions were offered and adopted:
Resolved, That this Conference do hearby invite the colored people of various States to immigrate to Florida where there are large quantities of unoccupied public lands, furnishing them opportunities to get homes.
Resolved. That we express our appreciation and high regard for the National Administration, at the head of which stands Chester A. Arthur, the life-long friend of our people. And we thank Hon. John Sherman, of Ohio, for the course he has recently taken in the Senate in defense of political rights in Virginia and Mississippi.
J. E. LEE,
GEO. W. WITHERSPOON.
Resolved. That James Dean, Esq., and Mr. L. W. Livingston, be the members of the Colored Men's National Executive Committee, to fill the vacancy caused by the failure of Florida to send delegates to the Louisville Convention, September. 1883.
J. W. MENARD.
GEO. W. WITHERSPOON.
Whereas the habitual use of intoxicating liquors promotes habits of idleness and extravagance in any people, and is the shortest road to beggary and degradation, while temperance is the handmaid of thrift and economy, leading to the attainment of wealth and the enjoyment of ease and happiness. And
Whereas this Conference is not unmindful of the fact that the drink-habit prevails to an alarming extent among the colored race, is most ruinous in its tendencies, is inimical to the true interests of society and destructive of its order and welfare;
Resolved, That this Conference recommends temperance as one of the most powerful levers whereby the colored race can be raised to a
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