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Minutes of the First Colored Convention, held in the City of Portland, October 6, 1841.

1841ME-State-Portland_Minutes (5).pdf

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3. It shall be the duty of the President to decide all questions of order, that may be subject to an appeal.

4. Any person offering a resolution, or who shall give an address, shall rise from his seat, and address the President.

5. All resolutions shall be offered in writing.

6. The President shall appoint all committees.

7. No person shall be interrupted while speaking; except when out of order.

8. No member shall be allowed to speak more than twice on the same question, except by the consent of a majority of the members present, nor over fifteen minutes each time.

9. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order.

10. Each session of the Convention shall commence at half past nine, A. M. and at two o'clock, P. M. to be opened by prayer, and to be closed by the same, or singing.

The same committee presented the following resolutions.

On motion of A. W. Niles, it was voted that they be taken up separately.

1. Resolved. That this convention is strongly opposed to slavery, and is determined to use every lawful effort for its immediate abolishment.

The above resolution was ably discussed by Mr. Myres of Albany, and several others; and was unanimously adopted.

2. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Convention, that to elevate by our votes, any person, or persons to office, who holds slaves, or who in any respect encourages the continuation of slavery, would be wrong, and that we recommend to our people throughout the state that they take a decided stand against such a course.

The resolution was discussed by J. Siggs, of Portland, Mr. Geger, of Boston, and Waters of Bath, who spoke in the negative. He was replied to by Mr. Myers, of Albany, who gave some interesting accounts of the first colored convention held in New York; he was followed by the Rev. A. N. Freeman, who made some remarks on the character of some of the liberty party, candidates, particularly of Judge Birney; he urged upon our people the duty of voting for such as were known to be true and tried friends to the oppressed, that we should look to God for success, and if we failed, it would be a consolation to know, that it was in attempting to do what was right. He was followed by A. W. Niles, who gave an account of the course pursued by a Representative in Congress the last year, who went from this State.

It was then moved that another be added to the committee on the roll. The President appointed A. W. Niles.

3. Resolved, That we look upon those who are engaged in the anti-slavery cause, as our true and tried friends, and that we will use our influence in endeavoring to co-operate with them.

The above resolution passed [unanimously].

4. Resolved, That this convention recommend to our people that they lose no time, whenever they have an opportunity, in securing for their children a liberal education.

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