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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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140 STATE CONVENTIONS, 1865

United States, to vote against the admission of any State into the Union, that restricts the franchise to any class on account of race or color.

Resolved, (1) That the Solicitors be, and they are thereby authorized to forward blank petition to every League, Church, Lodge, or other organization within the State, requesting that the petition be signed by its own members, and forwarded to Congress as speedily as possible.

Resolved, (2) That blank petitions be forwarded by the Solicitors to every member of the League and to others interested; and that they are hereby requested to have the blanks filled with the names of their city, town, or village, and signed by their citizens without regard to sex or color, and forwarded to Congress as early as possible.

Resolved, (3) That a copy of the petition and these resolutions, be immediately forwarded by the Corresponding Secretary to the National League, and to each State League, with the request that they be adopted by them, and put into practical operation, in order that the National League, every State League, every auxiliary league, every church, lodge, or other association, and every city, town, and village in the United States may contribute its influence in pleading for justice and equality before the law.

Resolved, That it is the duty of every league subordinate to the State League of Pennsylvania, to appoint canvassers, whose duty it shall be to get the statistics respecting the numbers, wealth, occupation, &c., of the colored people of this State, and report the same to the Executive Board or Bureau, for compilation and publication at the earliest practicable time.

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

Moved by Mr. Brown, of Hollidaysburg, to suspend so much of our rules as prevent us from transacting business at our evening session.--Carried.

Mr. Bustill's motion to strike out article 10th of the Constitution of the State League, was now taken up and carried.

The Finance Committee then reported through their Chairman, Mr. N. W. Depee, of Philadelphia.

The Finance Committee do recommend:

1st. That each member of this meeting be taxed one dollar ($1) for the support of our annual meeting.

2d. That a collection be taken up at each session of the League.

On behalf of Finance Com.

Nath'l W. Depee, Chairman.

Moved by Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, to adopt.

Moved by Mr. Hughes, of Harrisburg, to lay on the table for the present.--Carried.

On motion of Mr. Vance, of Harrisburg, the League adjourned.

Evening Session--Aug. 9th.

The league met pursuant to adjournment, at 8 o'clock, Mr. President Peck in the chair.

Minutes of afternoon session read and approved.

The Report of the Finance Committee being under consideration, the first recommendation of the Committee was, on motion of Mr. J. C. White, Jr., of Philadelphia, amended by taxing every member of the League one dollar, instead of every member of the meeting.

The report as amended was then adopted.

Its provisions are as follows:

1st. That every member of the League be taxed on dollar ($1) for the support of the annual meeting.

2d. That a collection be taken up at each session of the League.

The Constitutions of the State and Auxiliary Leagues were then taken up for amendment.

Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, moved to amend Art. 12th, Constitution of State League, so as to read thus:

"That nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to prohibit any auxiliary league or other association herein represented, from directly connecting itself with National Equal Rights' League, or to prohibit the auxiliary leagues, or other associations herein represented, belonging to any city, county, or counties within the State, combining for the purpose of directly connecting themselves with the N.E.R.L."

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