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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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American Flag, for the decoration of the President's desk. Carried.
On motion of Mr. P. N. Judah, the Rev. W.J. Alston of Philadelphia, was unanimously elected Chaplain of the Convention.
Mr. James R. Gordon moved the appointment of a Sergeant-at arms. Carried.
The convention appointed Mr. George W. Saunders, of Harrisburg.
Mr. O. L. C. Hughes having secured the National Flag, was, on motion of Mr. M. Cupit, thanked for his services and discharged from further action in the matter.
Mr. James R. Gordon, Chairman of the Finance Committee, reported, that after due consideration, the Committee had concluded to recommend the Convention to pass the following Resolutions:
1st. That each enrolled member of the Convention be taxed two dollars.
2d. That a collection be raised at the close of each session, and that the proceeds from both enactments be disbursed to meet the expenses of the convention.
The Report, on motion of Mr. A. S. Cassey, was adopted.
Mr. D. D. Turner offered a Resolution endorsing the action of the Pennsylvania delegation to the Syracuse Convention, in forming the basis of the State League of Pennsylvania, and moved the previous question, on its reference to the Business Committee.
The question,--" shall the previous question be taken?"--was decided affirmatively and the question then recurring on the reference of the Resolution, it was unanimously adopted.
Mr. Joseph C. Bustill then presented a series of Resolutions on the state of the country at large, which, on motion of Mr. A. S. Cassey, were referred to the Business Committee.
On motion of Mr. James R. Gordon, the members of the Convention were now requested to proceed at once to the payment of the two dollars tax as recommended by the Finance Committee.
Mr. J. J. Wright moved that Messrs. James Green, Decatur Blue and Benjamin Wilson be elected honorary members of the Convention. Carried. On motion of Mr. A. S. Cassey, Mr. Jas. Prosser, of Philadelphia, was elected an honorary member; and also Mr. Thos. Early, of Harrisburg, on motion of Mr. A. L. Still.
The hour of adjournment having arrived, Mr. A. T. Harris moved the suspension of the rule, and that the session be extended one half hour. Carried.
The half hour was passed in hearing the Report of the Committee on Evening meetings, and collecting the Finance Committee's tax.
After the expiration of the half hour extension, the President declared the, Convention adjourned to meet this evening at 7 1/2 o' clock.
A large and enthusiastic audience assembled in the Church at an early hour, and at 71/2 o'clock the President called the Convention to order.
Prayer was offered by the Chaplain, Rev. W. J. Alston. Sergeant-Major A. H. Green, in accordance with the report of the Committee on Evening meetings, was introduced as the first speaker.
The gentleman proceeded briefly and graphically to a review of the disabilities under which we have been laboring for years, and portrayed in eloquent and vivid language the promises which are now so evidently before us.
He then reviewed the efforts of the Colored man for the restoration of the Union, and reminded the audience of their unswerving and unexceptional loyalty throughout the entire struggle.
The address was frequently interrupted by applause.
Mr. Davis D. Turner was introduced and after a few patriotic remarks, asked to be excused, with the understanding that he would address the audience, if an opportunity were afforded, before the adjournment of the Convention.
Mr. A. M. Green said that the Hon. Morrow B. Lowry, Senator from Erie, (cheers) was in the house, and he was well assured that this assemblage would be highly gratified to hear a speech from so fearless and eloquent a defender of impartial liberty.
The audience immediately raised a shout of applause which was not abated until Mr. Lowry had ascended to the speaker's desk.
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