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Proceedings of the State Convention of the Colored Freemen of Pennsylvania, Held in Pittsburgh, on the 23d, 24th and 25th of August, 1841, for the Purpose of Considering their Condition, and the Means of Its Improvement. (Copy 2)
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that the most favored class will generally be preferred; we therefore recommend all our people, who are not successful mechanics, to become cultivators of the soil.
9. Resolved, That this Convention advise the people of color throughout this state, to discontinue public processions on any day, as being highly prejudicial to their interest as a people.
The resolutions were taken up and considered separately. Remarks upon them were made, by gentlemen, Lewis, Norris, Jackson, Hilton, Chidester, Delaney, Collins of Franklin, Vashon, and Woodson; and the whole were unanimously adopted.
On motion of L. Woodson, seconded by S. Williams,
Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to draft an address to the people of color in this state, to accompany the proceedings of this Convention.
On this committee the President appointed Lewis Woodson, N. M'Curdy, Richard Chidester, J. B. Vashon, Samuel Williams.
And then the Convention adjourned, to meet again on to-morrow morning at ten o'clock. Prayer by Rev. A. D. Lewis.
Wednesday Morning, August 25, 1841.
The Convention assembled pursuant to adjournment. The President being absent, the second Vice President took the chair, and called the Convention to order. Prayer by the first Secretary.
The minutes of the previous meetings were read and approved.
The business committee further reported the following resolutions:
10. Resolved, That until we can establish a newspaper.of our own in state, the COLORED AMERICAN be considered our general public organ.5
11. Resolved, That in the opinion of this Convention, a newspaper conducted by the colored people, and adapted to their wants, is much needed in this state; and that we request their general co-operation, especially in the east, in establishing such a paper.
12. Resolved, That there be a State Corresponding Committee of twenty appointed, whose duty it shall be, to carry out the measures of this Convention in regard to the elevation of our people in this Commonwealth.
On this committee the President nominated the following persons, and the Convention confirmed the nomination, viz:
Lewis Woodson, John B. Vashon, Abraham D. Lewis, Richard N. Templeton, Lewis McAlfrey, Charles Richards, Samuel Bruce, Brown, Samuel Williams; Henry Anderson, Nathaniel M'Curdy, A. D. Shadd,6 C. T. Clayton, Stephen Smith,7 James Needham, Robert Gordon, William Webb, Charles Dorris, Leonard Collins.
The Convention then appointed Thomas Norris and Thomas A. Brown, a committee to receive statlstical reports; and went into committee of the whole, R. Bryans of Fayette in the chair, to hear and receive such reports from Delegates.
After spending some time in hearing and receiving reports, the committee arose, and the President resumed the chair.
On motion, Resolved, That a committee of five, on Publication be appointed. On this committee the President appointed, Lewis Woodson, John N. Templeton, J. B. Vashon, Thomas Norris, A. D. Lewis.
On motion, The statistics in the hands of the committee appointed to receive them, were referred to the committee on publication.
And then the Convention adjourned, to meet again at half past two in the afternoon. Prayer by Rev. S. Johnson.
Wednesday Afternoon, half past two o'clock
The Convention assembled pursuant to adjournment. The President called the Convention to order, and opened with prayer by the Rev. Leonard ColIins.
The minutes of the previous session were read and approved.
The business committee further reported the following resolutions, which were considered separately, and adopted:
13. Resolved, That this Convention authorize the State Corresponding Committee to employ a suitable Agent, to travel through the State, deliver lectures to our people, and perform such other duties as may be assigned him in carrying out the measures of this Convention.
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