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Proceedings of the New York State Council of Colored People, January 2, 1854.
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NEW YORK, 1854
and Regulations, as were enforced at the election of the members of the present Council, and the said additional members when so elected, shall serve the full term of 2 years from the time of their election.
Mr. Lewis H. Nelson presented a paper marked (A.,) containing two resolutions, which were read and referred to the Committee on "Ways" and "Means."
Mr. Morrel presented the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That on the election of any member of the New York State Council to the National Council, his seat in the State Council shall be declared vacant.
Mr. Duffins presented the following:
Resolved, That this Council do recommend to the Council Districts to hold nominating conventions, and report the result of their doings to the Secretary of the Council.
A communication from the Rev. Charles B. Ray, of New York City, was received, read, and ordered on file.
The Committee on Nominations reported the following named gentlemen as their selection for members to the National Council, viz.: P. A. Bell and E. V. Clark, New York; J. E. Brown, Chemung; A. B. Platt, Ontario county; W. H. Storum, Chautauque; James Hall, Lansinburgh; Stephen Meyers, Albany; W. J. Wilson and J. N. Still, Brooklyn; and Wm. Tyson, of New York City.
Mr. Duffins presented a written objection against one of the gentlemen nominated, and submitted the name of the Rev. Amos A. Freeman instead. On motion, the reports were read and accepted. When Mr. Smith moved that the report of the majority be adopted, and that the nominees be declared elected to the of National Council, strong opposition was manifested thereto. Mr. Wilson moved that they be balloted for; objected to and motion withdrawn.
Mr. Loguen moved to take up the names individually; not agreed to.
Mr. McDonough moved that the ticket be considered elected, and called for the previous question. Some excitement and considerable debate ensuing, when Mr. Morrel moved that we go into Committee of the Whole, on the report of the Committee, which motion prevailed, although Mr. McDonough still claimed his "previous question."
The Council then went into Committee of the Whole. Mr. Morrel in the Chair, and proceeded on motion to ballot for nominees to the National Council. Messrs. Rich and Wilson were appointed tellers; and as the roll was called, each member advanced and deposited his vote. On counting the ballots the result was as follows:
P. A. Bell, 7, A. B. Slater, 9, E. V. Clark, 9, Jas. Hall, 8, W. W. Mathews, 6, J. N. Still, 9, J. E. Brown, 9, J. H. Storum, 9, Charles Pain, 8, Stephen Meyers, 5, George Morse, 5.
There being a tie between Messrs. Meyers and Morse, the Committee proceeded to ballot for the remaining nominee. When on counting the ballots, Mr. Meyers was declared to be the choice of a majority of the Committee; and the ticket nominated in Committee of the Whole was as follows:
New York City, Philip A. Bell do. do. Edward V. Clark Albany, Stephen Meyers do. Wm. W. Mathews Brooklyn, J. N. Still Newburgh, Charles Paine Lansinburgh, James Hall Chemung, J. E. Brown Chautauqua, William H. Storum Canandaigua, A. B. Slater
And the ticket, as nominated, was reported to the Council, and on motion, accepted and read. When on motion, the nominees were voted upon, and declared duly elected members of the National Council, for the term of two years.
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