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


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The President elect, Mr. Wm. H. Topp, on taking the chair, in haste and appropriate manner returned his thanks to the members of the Council for the honor conferred on him by their unanimous decision in selecting him to preside over the New York State Council. The remarks of the President were listened to with marked attention by the members and audience present.

On the Council coming to order, considerable discussion arose on a motion by Mr. McDonough to appoint a Committee to nominate the additional members to the National Council. Mr. Morrel opposed the motion, because he hoped for, and desired a fuller attendance of the members of the Council, particularly as he considered the motion to be one of more than common importance.

On motion, Mr. McDonough's motion was laid for the present.

The Committee on Rules and Regulations, appointed yesterday, reported through their Chairman. The report being received was read and adopted as the Rules of the State Council.


1. Each session of the Council shall be opened by addressing the Throne of Grace.

2. At the time appointed for the assembling of the Council, the President shall take the Chair and call the Council to order.

3. The minutes of the preceding session shall be read at the opening of each session, at which time all errors, if any, shall be corrected.

4. The President shall decide all questions of order, subject, however, in all cases to an appeal to the Council.

5. All motions shall be made by addressing the President, the member rising from his seat.

6. Every motion, except those of reference, shall be submitted in writing.

7. The President shall appoint all Committees, unless otherwise ordered by the Council.

8. The previous question shall always be in order, and until decided, shall preclude all amendment and debate of the main question, and shall be put in this form--"Shall the main question be now put."

9. No member shall be interrupted while speaking, except he be out of order, when he shall be called to order by or through the presiding officer.

10. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and shall be put and taken without debate.

11. No member shall speak more than twice on the same question, nor more than fifteen minutes at each time, unless by consent of the Council.

12. All resolutions shall be presented to the Council through the Business Committee, except those of reference; but all resolutions rejected by the Committee may be presented to the Council if the make wishes to do so.

13. Sessions of the Council shall commence at half-past nine o'clock A. M., and shall close at one P.M., to commence at half-past two o'clock P. M., and close at 6 P. M., evening session to commence at half-past seven o'clock, and close at the discretion of the Council.


{Wm. H. Topp, W. Rich, J. W. Duffins,} Committee.

On motion of Mr. J. B. Smith, the President appointed Messrs. Duffin, Smith, and Wm. J. Wilson, a Committee to prepare business for the action of the Council. Adjourned.

Tuesday Afternoon, Jan. 3d.

Council met at half-past 3 o'clock. Prayer by the Rev. J. W Loguen. The President in the Chair. Minutes of the morning session read and approved, Communication by letters from Messrs. George Weir of Buffalo, and Uriah Boston of Poughkeepsie, members elect, were read and ordered on file. In the absence of the Business Committee, Rev. Mr. Lougen, made an interesting speech on "Woman's Rights," which was earnestly objected to, as being irrelevant to the business of the Council, by Mr. Rich of Troy. Mr. Morrel, the Secretary,

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