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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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On motion of Harris of Warren, the report was received and adopted

On motion of Finch of Athens, voted that a financial report be made monthly, signed by the financial committee and T P Beard as Agent and Treasurer and forwarded to each Vice President

On motion of Powell of Green, voted that in organizing Association each Deputy President act as he thinks the good of the cause requires.

On motion of Nelson of Wilkes, voted that the Vice President of each county be advised to assist the colored people before the Freedman's Bureau, and charge them a fee for their services.

On motion of Smith of Bibb voted that each Deputy-President receive compensation for actual expenses in organizing Associations in his district.

On motion of Colby of Talifero, voted that the committee appointed to proceed to Savannah shall receive compensation for actual expenses incurred in attending to their duties.

On motion of Smith of Bibb, voted that the Treasurer be instructed to pay out money from the Treasury upon all orders signed by the President and Secretary of the council and none others.

The committee of Resolutions, through their Chairman, Mr. Finch, presented the following resolutions:

Resolved, That the results which have thus far followed emancipation, have been such as to encourage us in the use of any means where by the further progress of our race may be promoted.

Resolved, That our special gratitude is due to those who have been laboring among us in behalf of the cause of education ; and that we rec gnize our duty to do all that we can to manifest our appreciation of their labors, not only by giving our children the opportunities which are thus affordable to them, but by improving them ourselves, and encouraging others to do the same.

Resolved, That among the instrumentalities now employed in our behalf, the Press holds a prominent place ; that it is cause for deep rejoicing that so many ably conducted newspapers have already established in the interests of the colored man ; that we are glad that our own State has such an organ in the Loyal Georgian ; and that we feel bound to put forth every effort to increase its circulation ; inasmuch as its discontinuance, through the neglect of such effort, would prove a serious prejudice to our cause.

Resolved, That while we do all we can, both by precept and example, to encourage education, industry, and obedience to wholesome law among our people, as the best means of securing rights and privileges now withheld, we will at the same time, avail ourselves of all the means, such as organization, petitioning, sending a delegate to congress, &c., whereby our condition and claims as a people may be kept before the country and its rulers.

Resolved, That as citizens of the United States, invested with

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