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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-page15.pdf

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Before the adjournment, the President gave notice that the Convention would hold a large Public Meeting in one of the Halls in the City, when different members of the Convention would address the audience.

In accordance, therefore, with this arrangement, a Public Meeting was held in the Temple, Orange St, a 8 o'clock. There were about 500 persons present, a number of whom were whites.

Mr. R. J. Cowes, of New Haven, was elected Chairman. Rev. F. L. Cardozo, Secretary. The Chairman called upon Rev. F. L. Cardozo to open the meeting with prayer, after which the National Song was sung. The Chairman then made a few brief and appropriate remarks, explaining the objects of the Convention to the assembled audience, and introduced the Rev. Wm. W. Grimes, of New Haven, to the audience. The reverened gentleman entertained the audience in a most eloquent and witty speech, which was frequently interrupted by loud bursts of applause. Two handsome boquets were thrown to the speaker at the conclusion of his speech.

The Chairman then called upon Rev. F. L. Cardozo, Secretary of the Business Committee, to read his report to the audience; after he had finished, the audience testified their approval of the Convention by loud and prolonged applause.

The Chairman then called upon Mr. J. Swears to address the meeting. Mr. Swears acquitted himself with great credit and ability, and to the entire satisfaction of the audience.

A collection was then taken up, and "John Brown's" song sung by the audience with great enthusiasm.

Although there were several other speakers, the Chairman, owing to the lateness of the hour, brought the meeting to a close by singing the Doxology.

R. J. COWES, President.

Rev. W. W. Grimes, Rev. J. Smith, Vice-Presidents.

Rev. W. J. Fuller, Mr. W. H. Fuller, Mr. W. H. Burr, Secretaries.

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