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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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could not--dare not set up a different rule. They had always got along in the business of barbering, and he wanted to know whether they must relinquish their business for the high-strung notions of the favorers of the resolution, who fortunately were neither barbers nor keepers of restaurants.

Mr. John E. Price, of Harrisburg, in defence of his resolution, said that his object in bringing it before the League was to get the opinion of the members concerning it. He did not believe in asking white men to extend equal rights to black men, while we refuse to do so. We must make some sacrifices; and if we cannot make a living at barbering without proscribing colored men, we had better leave the business and enter upon some other. His object was to proclaim to the white people of Pennsylvania that we are willing to accord to each other the same rights we ask of them.

Mr. Nesbit, of Altoona, said he did not object to the spirit of the last speaker, but hoped that the glorious millennium was at hand. It is impossible to so alter the usages of society as to make it suit the ideas of the gentleman.

Amid clamors for a postponement of the resolution, Rev. Mr. Fauset, of Philadelphia, obtained the floor and said: There is no better time for the ventilation of the question at issue than now. We do not want to come black next year and do the same thing over. He repudiated the idea of making sacrifices, and said that even if we were compelled to make sacrifices, it was for our own benefit. Though he hated the object which actuated the Southern women to sacrifice their jewelry to purchase the munitions of war to carry on the rebellion against the Union, ye he admired the spirit of self-sacrifice, and it is that same spirit we must have.

On motion, the time was extended to six o'clock.

Moved by Mr. Brown, of Hollidaysburg, that the motion lie on the table.


Mr. Early, of Harrisburg, thought the resolution aimed at two classes only, viz.: barbers and keepers of restaurants. Those who advocated its passage did not belong to either class and hence would not be affected by it.

Mr. Parker, of Allegheny City, did not see that the resolution affected barbers. He had had occasion to eject from his shop both white and black men. West of the mountains the barbers shaved colored men at any time, and colored men were accommodated in the restaurants. The passage of the resolution will not hurt Pittsburgh.

The question on the adoption of the resolution was then put and carried.

Moved by Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, that the hour for the final adjournment of the meeting be fixed at half-past 10 o'clock this evening. Carried.

The nominating committee reported a list of nominations for officers of the League and Representatives to the National League for the ensuing year, and on motion of Mr. Bustill the League proceeded to the consideration of so much of the report as referred to the officers. The officers were taken up separately, and the following is the result of the election, with the alterations made in the evening session.

Officers of the League

President--Wm. Nesbit, Altoona.

Vice-Presidents--Dr. J. McC. Crummell, Philadelphia; Rev. Jonathan C. Gibbs, Phila.; Edw. R. Parker, Allegheny City; Saml. Molson, Lewistown.

Recording Secretaries--Jacob C. White, Jr., Philadelphia; Charles B. Colly, Phila.

Corresponding Secretaries--Professor George B. Vashon, Pittsburgh; Octavius V. Catto, Pittsburgh.

Solicitors--Joseph C. Bustill, Phila.; O. L. C. Hughes, Harrisburg.

Treasurer--James Needham, Phila.

Advisory Committee

Daniel Williams, Hollidaysburg.

Moses Brown, "

Aaron L. Still, Reading.

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