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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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BLACK STATE CONVENTIONS
Commonwealth, in regard to carrying them out; the pleasing fact that so large a Delegation had been together for three days, had transacted much deeply interesting business, without a single unpleasant occurrence; and that we were now about to separate with the blessing of a good man whose head was whited with the frosts of eighty winters, upon each member, and upon the doings of the Convention.
The whole assembly then united in singing that beautify and impressive hymn, beginning with "Before Jehovah's awful throne," to Old Hundred, with indescribable fervor and pathos; the voices of the ladies, who crowded the gallery, uniting with those of the men from below, producing an effect, who to be appreciated must have been heard. The Rev. Lewis Woodson then led in a solemn and appropriate prayer.
And then, on motion, the Convention adjourned, sine die.
John Peck, President
William Porter, }
Thomas S. Robinson} Vice Presidents.
Nathaniel M'Curdy }
Lewis Woodson, }
John N, Templeton, } Secretaries.
William L. Barns, }
In pursuance of the duty assigned them by the a resolution of the Convention, the undersigned Committee respectfully present Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the following
You have doubtless read the foregoing Proceedings of our Convention, with that attention and interest which their importance demands. were they the proceedings of any similar meeting, they would be read with attention and interest, on account of their intrinsic merit; but how much more, when it is remembered that they are the exclusive production of the first State Convention ever held in Pennsylvania, by us, as an oppressed people, to consider our condition, and the means of its improvement.
Excellent as the proceedings are, it will be matter of high gratification to you to know, that the spirit in which they were conducted was equal in excellence with themselves. The good order of the Convention, and the correct and prudent manner in which it transacted its business, was matter of admiration to all who visited it. Indeed, it was considered next to a miracle, that such a large number of men could be together for three days, and transact so much important business, without a single unpleasant occurrence.
But, creditable as our Convention has been to all who were in any way concerned in it, and happy as its influence has been, alike upon its members and its numerous visitors and spectators, it is by no means to be considered as the end of the great work of our elevation in this Commonwealth. On the contrary, it should be considered, as it really is, only a happy beginning. He who supposest that meeting together and passing resolutions, however wise and excellent in themselves, will attain our end, is mistaken. And if he builds his hope of success upon such a foundation, let him know assuredly that he builds upon sand.
The resolutions must be carried out; their spirit must be lived up to, and their instructions practiced; otherwise we may look in vain for their happy result. They were drawn up with great care, and strict reference to all the circumstances and relations of our present condition. Their principles are founded in truth, and will prove, to all who embrace them, a foundation which cannot be shaken. The experience and close observation of many years teach us that they are wisely adapted to our best interests, and, if carried out in the spirit and design of the Convention, will unquestionably raise us in society far above our present level.
Our purpose, in this address, is to notice the various resolutions of the Convention; the considerations which induced them; the means by which the objects are to be accomplished; and their result, if properly carried out
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