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Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights' League. Held in the City of Harrisburg, August 9th and 10th, 1865.

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PENNSYLVANIA, 1865 135

Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, differed from Prof. Vashon in his idea that societies represented in the State Convention were members of the State League. They were not so until they had paid their representation fee. The membership conferred on delegates to the Convention by the League was for one year. The representatives of societies auxiliary to the State League hold their membership until they are withdrawn by the body they represent.

Prof. Vashon, of Pittsburgh, agreed with the classification made by Mr. White, of Philadelphia, but thought that to bring it within the scope of the Constitution there must be but two (2) classes, 1st. The State members of the National E.R. League. 2d. Representatives of subordinate Leagues. Hence he contended that delegates of the State Convention, having been made members of the State League, were representatives in the League of the same bodies they represented in the Convention.

Mr. Nesbit, of Altoona, regretted that he would not be permitted to pay the representation fee from his league, because all delegates did not pay.

Mr. Hughes, of Harrisburg, said, the only matter to be decided is this: If the delegates from Blair Co. desire to connect their Leagues with the State League, then the representation fee must be paid.

Mr. Vance, of Harrisburg, agreed with the representatives from Blair.

Mr. Still, of Reading, thought the delegates from Blair Co. were too sensitive. Members of the State Convention were certainly members of the League, but that did not detract from such as became members by the payment of ten dollars.

Moved by Mr. Vance, of Harrisburg, to adjourn. Lost.

Mr. Solicitor Bustill paid forty dollars ($40) from the following auxiliary Leagues, with one representative each:

No. 10, Rising Sun E.R. League, 2d district of Philadelphia.

No. 11, New Castle " " " New Castle, Lawrence Co.

No. 12, Benevolent " " " Erie, Erie Co.

No. 13. Bellefonte " " " Bellefonte, Centre Co.

Moved by Mr. Vance, of Harrrisburg, to adjourn. Lost.

The following resolution was offered by Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia:

Resolved, That no association shall be regarded as being represented in this League unless it has paid, or does pay, its representation fee.

Prof. Vashon, of Pittsburgh, moved the previous question, which was seconded, and the question, "Shall the main question be now put?" having been decided in the affirmative, the question on Mr. Bustill's resolution was put and carried.

On motion of Mr. Vance, of Harrisburg, the League adjourned, to meet at 2 1/2 o'clock.

Afternoon session, Aug. 9th.

Pursuant to adjournment the League met at 2 1/2 o'clock. President Peck in the chair. Minutes of morning session read.

The following report of the Committee on Rules presented by their chairman, Dr. J. McC.Crummell, of Philadelphia, was unanimously adopted:

Rules of Order for the Annual Meeting of the League

1. There shall be three regular sessions daily.

The morning and afternoon sessions shall be devoted to business, and the evening session to the public in behalf of the League and its objects.

The morning session shall commence at 9 o'clock, and adjourn at 12 o'clock.

The afternoon session shall commence at 2 o'clock, and adjourn at 5 o'clock.

The evening session shall commence at 8 o'clock.

2. One-third of the enrolled members of the meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

3. No member shall leave the meeting without permission from the chair, and no member shall be recognized as having the floor or his motion entertained by the chair, unless the speaker or mover be within the bar of the meeting, which shall be the first six seats fronting the President.

4. No member shall be allowed to speak more than twice upon the same qustion, unless by special consent of the meeting, and not longer than ten

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