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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 147
obtained from no other source; and that it is the duty of this league to countenance and encourage in every way, such disinterested and self-sacrificing exertions.
On motion of Dr. McC. Crummell, of Phla., the resolution was adopted.
On motion of Rev. C. J. Carter, of Harrisburg, the rules were suspended to consider the communication from Lewistown. The communication was read by the Secretary, and laid on the table, on motion of Mr. Brown, of Hollidaysburg.
A resolution offered by Mr. Alexander, of Altoona, in relation to having an agent at Washington, was referred to the Business Committee.
Moved by Prof. Vashon, of Pittsburgh, that the resolution laid over until 4 o'clock, be now taken up. (Lost.)
The members from Allegheny County were called upon to state whether any leagues had been formed in said county, and if so, whether they are represented here. In answer to this, Prof. Vashon, of Pittsburgh, said that the Pittsburgh League had formed a junction by the payment of ten dollars ($10.) The Allegheny City League was not prepared to pay the representation fee.
Resolution were submitted severally by Messrs. Forten, Fauset and Crummell, of Philadelphia.
They were referred to the Business Committee.
Four o'clock having arrived, the resolution postponed during the morning session was taken up.
It is as follows:
Resolved, That any member of the State League, or of any of the subordinate leagues, who refuses to accommodate and treat colored men under all circumstances, in his place of business, as he treats white men, is guilty of the grossest dereliction of duty.
Moved by Rev. Mr. Nelson, of Philada., that the resolution be adopted.
Mr. Brown, of Hollidaysburg, opposed entertaining the resolution, on the ground that the author (Mr. Price, of Hollidaysburg,) is not a member.
Mr. Nelson, of Philadelphia, said that the author of it had been called to account as a member by the President of the League.
Mr. Brown, of Hollidaysburg. -- The League has no right to entertain such a resolution. It is strictly a private matter.
Mr. Nelson, of Philadelphia. -- The gentleman (Mr. Brown) does not understand the nature of this League. This is the Equal Rights' League, and it asks for equal rights to all men, black as well as white, and it expects its members to be the advocates of equal rights. I shall speak fearlessly. The member who would do as the opposers of this resolution would have him do, is not entitled to our consideration.
Mr. Brown, of Hollidaysburg. -- The object of the League is to secure equality before the law. No league, nor any other association, shall make rules for me.
Mr. Cann, of Harrisburg, thought that so far [as] the principle of the resolution is concerned, it was all right, but the policy was bad. He hoped there would be no disposition on the part of the advocates of the measure, to impute to the opposers a desire to keep colored people down, He concluded by saying that he would cast his vote with the opposition.
Mr. Vance, of Harrisburg, opposed the resolution on the ground that it was not the business of the League. He had often refused to shave even white men, and he would shave any respectable colored man at any time. He only objected to it because he thought that each individual is responsible for, and should regulate his own business.
Mr. Farren, of Philadelphia, said the League did not attempt to regulate any man's business, and called for the reading of the resolution in proof of his assertion.
The resolution was read by the Secretary.
Mr. Curry Taylor, of Harrisburg, favored the equal treatment of all men, irrespective of color. He thought there was no necessity for disagreement on this point, for it is plain we will have to come to it sooner or later. He hoped the resolution would pass.
Mr. Nesbit, of Altoona, said no man was more interested in the operations and objects of the League than he, but though he was thus interested, he could not support the resolution under consideration. He thought that the object of the opposition was clearly to sow dissension in the League. He said they
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