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Minutes and Proceedings of the Second Annual Convention for the Improvement of the Free People of Color in these United States, held by adjournments in the city of Philadelphia, from the 4th to the 13th of June, inclusive, 1832.
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New York—Thomas L. Jennings, V. P.—Henrv Slpkins, Cor. Sec.
Massachusetts—Jas. G. Barbadoes, V. P.—H. H. Mauday, Cor. Sec.
Rhode Island—Geo. C. Willis, V. P.—Alfred Niger, Cor. Sec.
Connecticut—Scipio C. Augustus, V. P.—Peter Osborn, Cor. Sec.
Ohio–John Liverpool, Cor. Sec.
New Jersey—Aaron Roberts, V. P.
Maryland—Rev. Abner Crocker, V. P.—Robert Cowley, Cor. Sec.
Delaware—Rev. Peter Spencer, V. P.—A. D. Shad, Cor. Sec.
Moved and seconded, that the Vice Presidents and Secretaries be requested to employ their best endeavors in recommending the formation of associations to aid the objects of the Convention, and, at stated periods, transmit to the Treasurer of the general fund, such sums as circumstances may admit.
The committee on the joint reports, returned and presented the same, which was read, and the same was unanimously adopted, as follows:—
The Committee, to whom was submitted the following resolution for their consideration—viz:—
Resolved—That the members of this Convention take into consideration the propriety of effecting the purchase of Lands in the province of Upper Canada as an Asylum for those of our brethren who may be compelled to remove from these United States, beg leave, most respectfully to report—
That, after due consideration, they believe the resolution embraces three distinct enquiries for the consideration of this Convention, which should be duly weighed before they can adopt the sentiments contained in the above named resolution—Therefore your Committee conceive the resolution premature, and now proceed to state the enquiries separately—
First—Is it proper for the Free People of Color in this Country, under existing circumstances, to remove to any distant territory beyond these United States?
Secondly—Does Upper Canada possess superior ad. vantages and conveniences to those held out in these United States or elsewhere?
Thirdly—ls there any certainty that the people of color will be compelled by oppressive legislative enactments to abandon the land of their birth for a home in a distant region?
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