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

1841ME-State-Portland_Minutes (15).pdf

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shall hold an Agricultural and Mechanical fair, and the committee shall encourage our people as farmers, mechanics and seamen, to contribute any articles of use and ornament, for the encouragment of such an object.

After reading the preamble and constitution, it was moved that they be taken up in sections, which was done, and after some amendments was adopted.

Moved and seconded, that the committee appointed to choose officers for the society report.

The committee reported the following—

Rev. A. N. Freeman, of Portland, President.

Manuel S. Jackson, Brunswick, Job Wentworth, Portsmouth, Wm. Scott, Portland, Vice Presidents.

John T. Carter, Augusta, Treasurer.

Henry A. Chandler, Bath, Recording Secretary.

Rev. J. W. Lewis, Concord, N. H. Corresponding Secretary.

J. H. Rogers, Portland, James Cook, Belfast, Eben. Ruby, Durham, Christopher Allen, Concord, N. H., Paris Orea, Brunswick, John Siggs, Portland, Executive Committee.

On motion, Resolved that the committee be discharged.

On motion—

Resolved, That it be recommended to the colored people of this country, to hold themselves on strict neutral ground, in regard to the useless controversy, and contention now going on between the two existing anti-slavery organiztions in this country, knowing that there are true and tried friends to the colored people on both sides.

Resolved, That the formation of union Evangelical Missionary Society, which took place in the city of Hartford, in August last, meets our full approbation, and that when we are called upon to give our aid, we will cordially and cheerfully do it, believing the object worthy the support of every christian.

Resolved, That we regard the seafaring men of our people, an important class of community, and that we cordially invite their cooperation with this society, and that this society pledge itself to do all that it can to promote their interest, as well as all others.

Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be tendered to the President, for the kind and impartial manner in which he has presided over this Convention during its sittings.

Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be tendered to the Secretaries for the faithful discharge of the duties assigned them by the convention.

Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be tendered to the Fourth Congregational Church and Society, for the use of their house for the sittings of this convention.

Adjourned by singing the 56th Psalm.

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