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Report of the Business Committee of the Colored People's State Convention, held at Columbus, Ohio, August, 1843.

1843OH-State-Columbus_Report_excerpt-page4.pdf

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your body the following resolutions for your consideration.

1. Whereas, we duly appreciate the labors of our friends in our behalf, knowing that their principles are correct; and believing that they are sincere in the avowal of them, are still more convinced, that without energetic action on the part of any people, no positive good will result to that people: Therefore be it

Resolved, That we advocate the expediency and utility of such action on the part of the colored people of Ohio.

2. As we believe that petition and direct address are two of the most effectual ways of accomplishing any object: Therefore be it

Resolved, That we petition the Legislature of this State, to repeal such laws as deprive us of those rights which pertain to citizenship; the form of which petition shall be drawn up by this Convention, and such petition shall be circulated in the different counties. Furthermore, be it

Resolved, again, That the citizens shall be addressed on such subjects as shall to this Convention seem good.

3. Your committee would venture to suggest the following subjects for the address;

Our belief in the philanthropy of the founders of this republic, and our purpose to be true and faithful supporters of the same when we are recognized as citizens.

An appeal to the sense of the justice of the citizens of Ohio, as it respects the power by which we are deprived of the right of citizenship.

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