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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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137 PENNSYVANIA, 1865

Moved by Mr. Hughes, of Harrisburg, to lay under the table. Carried.

Moved by Mr. Brown, of Hollidaysburg, that members be furnished with passes when they are ready to go home. Carried. On motion of Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, the Business Committee was enlarged by the addition of Mrssrs. Jas. McC.Crummell, of Philadelphia; C. W. Nighten, of New Castle. John Alexander, of Altoona. Aaron L. Still, of Reading. A resolution was offered by Mr. Nighten, of New Castle, providing for the re-consideration of the resolution adopted in the morning session, relating to representation fee. Referred to Business Committee. Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, offered resolutions concerning the circulation of petition. Referred to Business Committee. Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, moved a suspension of the rules, and offered a resolution inviting the choirs of the city to furnish music for our evening meetings. The rules were suspended, and the resolution adopted. During the absence of the Business Committee the time was occupied by reports from members of different leagues, in answer to the question proposed by Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, --"What have you done for the State League since the adjournment of the Convention?" A resolution, relating to the collection of Statistics, offered by Mr. Fauset, of Philadelphia, was referred to the Business Committee. The time of the afternoon session having nearly expired, it was, on motion of Mr. Nesbit, of Altoona, extended a half hour. Moved by Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, that the rules be suspended in order to consider the altering and amending of the constitution of State and Auxiliary Leagues. Carried. Mr. Bustill moved to strike out Article 10th, Constitution of State League, pending which motion the time was again extended, on motion of Mr. Davis, of Phila., and the Business Committee having returned, reported the following resolutions, which were adopted: Report The claims of the Equal Rights' League to the support of the people of this State, without distinction of sex or color, your Committee deems the first and most important subject to present for your consideration. And especially do we direct the attention of those who are disfranchised and oppressed, and entreat them to no longer doubt their power and influence, slight as they may appear, but to avail themselves at once of the growing disposition now evincing itself, of the opportunity to form combinations for mutual protection, mental and moral culture, and political rights.

The want of opinion among us, as a people, is so palpable, the lack of thorough combination and organized effort so manifest, that we urge, as an indispensable duty, the formation of leagues in every county, town, village, and hamlet throughout the State, and aiding to increase, to the fullest extent, the usefulness of those already in existence, as essential to successfully overcome the obstacle

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