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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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are laboring to improve our people, we can not help it, but we do not propose to cease our efforts on that account We will prove to you by our acts that we are laboring as earnestly as yourselves to promote the interests of our State, and, now that we are citizens, we have quite as good a right to our opinions as you have to your own.

You predicted that we would rise in insurrection, but we did not; you predicted that we would not work unless, compelled so to do; but we do work without compulsion. Your predictions have not been fulfilled. Allow us to labor as we propose, and we will convince you, not only that, we will do no injury to the State, but that we will, by improving our people, greatly promote its interest.

The following committee on Credentals was appointed—Thomas P Beard of Richmond, E C Powell of Greene, and Wm Harris of Warren.

They subsequently returned and presented the following report which was received and adopted.

We, the committee on Credentals, beg leave to report that the credentials of Lewis Smith, claiming to have been elected Vice President of Bibb county, were presented to us. After a careful investigation of the case of Mr Smith, we find that at the late meeting of the Equal Rights Convention, Vice Presidents were elected from each county represented in the convention excepting Bibb county. The convention being unable to decide who should be elected from that county, voted that the friends of equal rights in Bibb county be requested to elect a Vice President for that county. We farther find that Lewis Smith, chairman of the delegation to the convention, did after his return to Bibb county, issue printed notices to the colored citizens of that county, calling upon them to hold an election for Vice President; the notice being issued nine days before the election; and, that at the election, Mr Smith was elected by one thousand and seven majority. We therefore decide that he is, entitled to be sworn into office as Vice President of Bibb county.

E C POWELL.

WM HARRIS.

T P BEARD.

Mr Smith then took the oath of office.

Voted that S Hyram of Elbert county, and W S W Sherman of Dougherty, be invited to represent their counties; and that A Colby of Greene county be invited to represent Taliaferro county; and that they have the privileges of other members, except that of voting

Voted that Smith of Bibb, Nelson of Wilkes, and Harris of Warren, be a committee to audit the accounts of the President and Financial Agent.

Voted to elect a delegate to congress. The President nominated Rev H M Turner, who was unanimously elected.

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