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Proceedings of the Council of the Georgia Equal Rights Association. Assembled at Augusta, Ga. April 4th, 1866. Containing the Address of the President, Captain J. E. Bryant, and Resolutions Adopted by the Council.

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borrowed $541,08. I present herewith the financial report of the Agent, Mr Beard Becoming satisfied that unless a powerful effort was made by the friends of the paper, we should be obliged to suspend its publication, I decided to call a meeting of the council and lay the subject before it.

I have requested Captain C H Prince, Cashier of the Augusta Freedmen's Saving's Bank to assist Mr Thomas P Beard, as financial Agent, and he has consented to do so. Rev H M Turner was invited to assist Mr Edes in the editorial management of the paper. This was done to carry out a plan which I had matured and which I now submit to you It is to unite the white and colored friends of equal rights, thereby securing the benefit of their joint efforts

Mr Edes and Mr Turner are editors, one a white and one a colored man, Mr Prince and Mr Beard are financial Agents; one a white and one a colored man. You will fully understand the importance of this plan, when you consider the condition of your race; that it is deplorable, and that you are all laboring to secure justice for all. Although you are now free, citizens of the United S ates, yet you are deprived of most of the rights that are dear to freemen You are taxed to support the Government; you have no voice in that Government; railroad companies charge you the same fare that they do white passengers, yet you are obliged to ride in filthy cars where low white men smoke, swear, and insult your wives and daughters, although you may have wealth, and your wives and daughters may be educated and refined; public schools are closed against your children ; your wives and daughters are openly insulted; your people are frequently assaulted and killed Do you wish to have the rights of freemen ? Do you wish that your persons and property shall be fully protected? I know that you do The important question is, how will you secure these rights? I answer you must work, any you must have the assistance of all the friends of justice. White men gave you freedom, and that they will assist you to secure the blessings of liberty. My plan is therefore to unite your efforts with theirs, for they can exert an influence with men in authority at the North, while you can labor more effectually with your own people.

The Association, at its late session, elected a Vice President for each county, represented in the convention, with the exception of Bibb county. It was left to the friends of equal rights in that county to elect a Vice President. I present herewith a commuication from Moses Pollock and others stating that Lewis Smith of Macon, has been elected Vice-President of Bibb county. I also present to you a letter from W D Banks, of Macon, claiming that he is the legal Vice President of Bibb county, I submit the whole subject to you for your consideration.

I visited Savannah in February, for the purpose of assisting in organizing an Association in that city. I found that the friends were much divided, and, after laboring for more than a week, I was obliged to return without accomplishing my object.

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