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Proceedings of the Conn. State Convention of Colored Men, Held at New Haven, June 6th and 7th, 1865.

1865CT State New Haven proceedings-page7.pdf

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thirds vote of the members present, at any annual meeting of the League.

SEC. 8. Three members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by the Executive Board.

ELECTIVE FRANCHISE.

WHEREAS, The subject of the Elective Franchise has recently engaged the attention of the Legislature of this State, and has passed that Honorable body by the required constitutional majority, and now awaits the ratification of the people at the approaching elections, therefore be it

Resolved, That this Convention, representing the feelings and opinions of the colored people of this State, declare their sentiments upon the subject.

SEC. 1. We regard the right of the Elective Franchise as one of the most valuable and sacred rights of man, and at once the glory and shield of civil government.

SEC. 2. That to deprive any class of men of this invaluable and inalienable right, and for a pretext, relieve their property from a State tax, when at the same time they must bear part of the expenses of the general government, is not to be considered as a favor, but is rather a measure calculated to fix upon them more deeply the mark of political degradation.

SEC. 3. The constitutional disability under which colored men labor in the State of Connecticut, being founded upon that color with which the Almighty Creator has endowed them, is impious before Heaven, unjust and cruel to those affected by it, abhorrent to the religion of Jesus Christ, insulting to humanity, a dishonor to the State, and an obstacle to that spirit of freedom which is abroad in the earth, straggling to redeem man the world over, and should therefore be speedily removed.

SEC. 4. We believe that the day has now come, when the people

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