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Proceedings of the New York State Council of Colored People, January 2, 1854.


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In obedience to the order, creating State Councils, the New York State Council met in the city of Albany on the 2d day of Jan. 1854, and assembled at the City Hall, in the County Court Room, at 3 o'clock P.M., when the Rev. J. W. Loguen of Syracuse was appointed Chairman pro tem., and William H. Topp of Albany, Secretary.

The Constitution of the National Council being called for, was read.

Suggestions were made in reference to the word Free States in the preamble, to amend word Free States in the preamble, to amend so as to include all the States and Canada.

The question as to how many members in the National Council this State is entitled to, whether we are to take the U. S. census as our guide, being a fraction less than 500,000, or claim ten members as being nearer the present number of inhabitants, was discussed.

On motion, Messrs. Topp, Rich and Duffins were appointed a Committee to prepare Rules for the government of the Council.

On motion, adjourned until 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, (Tuesday.)

Tuesday Minutes Morning, Nine O'clock

Council met. J. W. Loguen in the Chair, Minutes of the last meeting read and adopted.

On the roll being called, the following named gentlemen answered to their names:

Wm. H. Topp, Albany

J. W. Loguen, Syracuse

J. C. Morrel, Brooklyn

Wm. Rice, Troy

D. K. McDonough, New York

J. W. B. Smith, " "

On motion, that a Committee of three be appointed to nominate officers for the permanent organization of the State Council. Messr. Rick, Smith and Duffins were so appointed. The Committee reported

Wm. H. Topp for President.

J.W. Loguen " Vice President.

J. C. Morrel " Rec. Secretary.

J. W. Duffins " Cor. Secretary.

Wm. Rich " Treasurer.

On motion, the gentlemen so nominated and reported, were declared to be duly elected officers of the Council.

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