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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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Evening Session--Aug. 10th.

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

The reading of the Minutes was dispensed with, and the President declared the meeting ready for the transaction of business.

Some alterations were made in the Advisory Committee, after which the meeting resolved itself into the Committee of the whole. Mr. J. C. Bustill, of Phila., in the chair.

After deliberation, the Committee arose, and the Chairman, Mr. Bustill, reported the following resolution, which was, on motion, adopted.

Resolved, That the Auxiliary Leagues be taxed fifteen (15) cents for each member, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of representatives to the National Equal Rights' League.

The representatives appointed were

Mr. Wm. D. Forten, of Philada.

Prof. Geo. B. Vashon, of Pittsburgh.

On motion, it was ordered that five hundred (500) copies of the proceedings of this meeting be printed.

On motion of Mr. Fauset, of Philadelphia, the "CHRISTIAN RECORDER" was adopted as the medium of communication for the League.

On motion, the business of the League was suspended, for the purpose of hearing remarks from speakers.

The audience was then entertained and instructed by able speeches on the prominent topics of the day, from Prof. Vashon and Bishop Wayman, 10 and enlivened by singing from Mr. De Grath, a soldier in the United States Army.

On motion of Mr. G. B. White, of Philadelphia, a Publishing Committee of three was appointed to attend to the publication of the Minutes.

Committee--J. G. White Jr., of Phila., Ch.

J. C. Bustill, "

Dr. J. McC. Crummell,"

Prof. Vashon, Chairman of the Business Committee, offered the following preamble and resolution (they were adopted:)

Whereas, The press is, in this age of enlightenment, recognized as a potent instrumentality in moulding public opinion--more powerful, indeed, than the accents of the orator, or the songs of the bard; therefore, be it

Resolved, That on of the greatest needs of us, the colored citizens of Pennsylvania, is a newspaper ably conducted, and fearless in the advocacy of our claims; and that such a paper, we must and shall have at the earliest possible moment.

Mr. N. W. Depee, of Philadelphia, Chairman of the Finance Committee, made the following report. It was adopted on motion of Mr. G. B. White, of Philadelphia, and the balance in hand paid over to the Secretary of the League, on motion of Mr. Bustill, of Phila.

To the President and members of the Pennsylvania State E.R. League:-- Gentleman: The Finance Committee beg leave to offer the following report of the receipts and expenses of the annual meeting:


To tax from members, ........................ $46.00

To Collections, .....................................8.50

Total, ....................................$54.50


All of which is respectfully submitted.

Nath'l W. Depee, Chairm'n,

E. R. Parker,

Samuel Molson,

G. W. Dimey,

C. J. Carter, Committee.

Moved by Mr. Bustill, of Philadelphia, that we return thanks to our worthy President, Mr. Peck, for the able manner in which he has discharged the duties of his office. Carried.

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