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


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Mr. Wilson presented the following resolution, and demanded the yeas and nays:

Resolved, That no member of the State Council shall be eligible to office in the National Council.

Yeas--Messrs. J. W. Loguen, Morrel, Nelson, Topp, 4; nays, Wilson, Smith, Rich, and McDonough, 4. Mr. Duffins refused to vote on the resolution; and there being a tie, the President gave the casting vote in favor of the resolution, and it was carried.

On motion, Resolved, That the gentlemen elected to the National Council, by this State Council, be informed of their election by the Secretary of the Council. Carried.

Mr. Morrel, offered the following resolution which was adopted:

Resolved, That when this Council adjourns, that we adjourn to meet on the second Tuesday in August next, at the city of Syracuse.

Mr. Wilson presented the following resolution:

Resolved, That this Council for themselves and in the name of their constituents, do most earnestly, and determinedly, oppose every system of Colonization of the people of color from these United States, whether by the "American Colonization Society," or the more dangerous and equally destestable scheme, the emigration Convention intended to convene at Cleveland, in July next. Carried unanimously.

A motion here prevailed, that the Council take a recess for twenty-five minutes. On coming to order the following resolution was offered:

Resolved, That the thanks of the Council are due, and the same are hereby tendered, to the Recorder of the City of Albany, for his kindness in granting to the State Council the use of comfortable rooms in the City Hall, for the purpose of holding its meetings.

Resolved, That the thanks of this Council are respectfully tendered to the City Marshal, for his gentlemanly conduct towards us, and his endeavors to make us comfortable.

A motion to appoint an Agent or Agents, by the Council, was made, and withdrawn.

On motion, Resolved, That the Secretary cause the proceedings of this Council to be published in the "Frederick Douglass' Paper," Carried.

Resolved, That this Council return thanks to the officers of this Council for the very able and impartial manner in which they have discharged their duty. Carried.

Committee appointed by the President to District the State: Messr. J. C. Holly, Rochester; J. W. B. Smith, New York, and Wm. Rich, Troy.

On motion, the Council adjourned to meet at Syracuse, on the second Tuesday in August next.

Wm. H. Topp, President.

James C. Morrel, Secretary.

Albany, Jan. 4th, 1854.

Frederick Douglass' Paper, February 3, 1854.


1. James William Charles Pennington (1809-1870), an escaped slave, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1849 from the University of Heidelberg and became a minister in New York City.

2. Philip A. Bell was one of the outstanding Negro leaders of New York City. No matter what the issue, if it touched upon the vital and controlling interests of his people, Bell's voice and pen became powerful tribunes in their defense.

In 1832, Bell was appointed secretary of the second National Negro Convention, held at Philadelphia. In January 1837, Bell was listed as proprietor of the Weekly Advocate (subsequently the Colored American), the third black newspaper to be published in the United States. Bell was active in the antislavery movement and played an influential role in the struggle of blacks to regain the suffrage in New York, frequently canvassing the state for support. During the 1850's, Bell migrated to California and became a leading

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