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

1841ME-State-Portland_Minutes (6).pdf

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lt was advocated by Myers and Niles, and adopted.

5. Resolved, That we recommend the formation of Moral Reform Societies throughout the country.

It was discussed by E. Ruby, G. Geger and A. W. Niles. Passed unanimously.

6. Resolved, That this convention recommend to alI persons, favorable to the abolition of slavery, that they lose no time in petitioning Congress for its abolishment in the District of Columbia and the slave-holding territories.

Moved by S. Myres, seconded by Mr. Waters, that a collection be now taken up to defray the expenses of the house. On motion of A. W. Niles, Dea. Scott was appointed treasurer.

On motion of A. W. Niles, it was voted that we adjourn to meet in this place at seven o'clock this evening.

Adjourned with prayer by the President.

EVENING SESSION. President in the chair. Prayer by Jas. Ball.

The minutes being read and approved, it was

Voted, That some one be appointed to fill the place of S. Myers, (as Vice President) he being obliged to be absent.

The President appointed J. Dickson, after which the following resolution was offered:

Resolved, That this convention would not conceive it to be in accordance with the spirit of Christ, for the slaves to rise, and attempt to obtain their liberty by the use of physical force.

The resolution was ably discussed by J. Siggs, Geger, Waters, H. Chandler, J. Dickson, J. Winthrop and W. Scott.

On motion of A. W. Niles, it was Voted that the rules, which prohibit members from speaking more than twice on any one subject, be suspended, until the present resolution is disposed of.

On motion of H. Chandler, Resolved that the resolution now under consideration be laid over to the morning session.

Resolved, That we adjourn to meet in this place to-morrow morning at half past 9 o'clock.

Adjourned by singing.

Thursday Morning, Oct. 7th.

Convention met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Mr. E. Ruby.

Minutes of the last session read and accepted.

The resolution under consideration was then taken up and discussed by Messrs. Siggs, Waters, Jones, Chandler, Rogers, Moody of Mass., Scott, Niles, Talbot and Geger. The resolution was then called for, and the question being taken was lost.

The President then suggested the propriety of appointing a committee, for the purpose of getting statistical information.

On motion of A. W. Niles, Resolved that a committee be appointed.

On motion, Resolved that the ladies be on this committee.


The following persons were appointed: E. Ruby, of Durham, J. Hill, of Bath, J. Siggs, of Portland, Miss Caroline

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