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Proceedings of the State Equal Rights' Convention, of the Colored People of Pennsylvania, held in the city of Harrisburg February 8th, 9th, and 10th, 1865 : together with a few of the arguments presented suggesting the necessity for holding the convention, and an address of the Colored State Convention to the people of Pennsylvania.
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1st. There shall be two regular daily sessions of the Convention, each opened with prayer.
The Morning Session shall commence at 91/2 o'clock, A.M., and adjourn at 12 1/2 o'clock, P.M.
The Afternoon Session shall commence at 2 o'clock, P.M., 5 o'clock, P.M.
2d. One-third of the enrolled members of the Convention shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
3d. No member shall leave the Convention without permission from the President, and no member shall be recognized or motion received as before the Convention, unless the speaker or mover is at the time within the bar of the Convention.
4th. No member shall be allowed to speak more than twice upon the same question, unless by special consent of the Convention; and not longer than ten minutes the first, and five minutes the second time.
9th. Mathias' Manual shall govern the proceedings of the Body, in all cases for which provisions are not herein stated.
Appended to the Report was a Resolution for the discharge of the Committee, and on motion of Mr. D. D. Turner the Resolution was adopted.
Mr. R. M. Adger then moved the adoption of the Report as presented by the Committee. Carried.
The Convention, on motion of Mr. O. L. C. Hughes, appointed the following gentlemen as a Committee on Finance:
James R. Gordon, John E. Price,
Joseph C. Bustill, George Butler,
William H. Simpson
Mr. Redman Fausett moved that a Business Committee of seven be appointed. Carried.
The Committee was appointed by the Body and consisted of
George B. Vashon, Alfred M. Green,
Daniel Williams, Benjamin Pulpress,
David B. Bowser, James Henry,
Joseph A. Nelson.
Moved by Mr. Joseph C. Bustill, that all Resolutions for the consideration of this Convention shall be presented by or through the Business Committee.
Messrs. A. L. Still and William Nesbitt opposed the passage of the Resolution on the ground that it had the appearance of trammeling our action and not allowing that freedom among us which would insure harmony through fair play.
Mr. D. D. Turner urged the passage of the Resolution and argued against the assumption of the gentlemen who preceded him. He maintained that there was no disposition or intention to trammel, tie or gag;--but that such a rule was necessary to guard us against subjects of trifling importance over which much valuable time might be wasted.
Mr. E. Weaver believed the Resolution sufficiently proper in the spirit which prompted it, but thought for the sake of disarming even the appearance of unfairness, we might so amend it as to satisfy both sides of the question. He therefore moved as an amendment, "that all Resolutions be read before the Convention and then referred to the Business Committee." He thought, by this course, such Resolutions as the Business Committee deemed impolitic need not be returned to the Convention.
The amendment was then put and unanimously carried. The question was then taken upon the passage of the Resolution as amended and decided in the affirmative.
Mr. D. D. Turner moved that O. L. C. Hughes be appointed to secure an
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