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Civil Rights. Address of the Colored Citizens of Chicago to The Congress of the United States.

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39TH CONGRESS, 1st Session.}


{MIS. DOC. NO. 109.








The Congress of the United States.


MAY 10, 1866.--Referred to the Committee on Reconstruction and ordered to be printed.



A largely attended and enthusiastic meeting of the colored citizens of this city was held at the Olive Baptist church, on Harrison street on Tuesday evening, for the purpose of giving expression to their appreciation of the action of Congress in re-enacting in the civil rights bill. The meeting was organized by the election of John Jones, esq., chairman, and Lewis B. Waite, secretary. A committee of five on resolutions was appointed. During the absence of the committee the meeting was addressed by John Jones, esq., J. J. Byrd and others. After a lengthy deliberation the committee returned and reported the following resolutions:

Whereas the hour has dawned upon us in which the Congress of the United States, exalting itself to the true dignity of the solemn occasion, has asserted its prerogative, as the grand legislature of the nation, in passing into a law the measure popularity known as the "civil rights bill," over the veto of his excellency Andrew Johnson, the incumbent of the presidential chair, thus according a new magna charta to all persons dwelling beneath the folds of the fire-cleansed and blood-baptized flag of our country ; and whereas it is among the ineradicable duties of a people who have been made the recipients of a great benefit to be rightfully grateful to those conferring it upon them, and upon suitable occasions to give proper expression to the same: Therefore--

Be it resolved, by the colored citizens of Chicago in mass meeting assembled, on this the 10th day of April, 1866, that a committee, consisting of seven persons, be elected by this house to prepare an address expressive of the grateful and patriotic feelings of the colored citizens of Chicago toward the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled for their noble devotion to the cause of the country, liberty, justice and humanity, as evinced in their passing into a law of the land the "civil rights bill" recently vetoed by the President of the United States.

Resolved, That the committee so created be, and they are hereby, instructed to report the prepared address to a future mass meeting of the citizens, to abide their action.

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