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Minutes of the State Convention, of the Colored Citizens of the State of Michigan, Held in the City of Detroit on the 26th and 27th of October, 1843 for the Purpose of Considering Their Moral & Political Condition, as Citizens of the State.


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Resolved, That the committee that was appointed to examine the credentials, and make out the roll, now be a standing committee, to take the names and examine the credentials of all who may hereafter appear as delegates. Adopted.

On motion of Wm. Lambert,

Resolved, That a committee of three be by appointed by the President, to draft rules for the government of this Convention. Adopted.

The President appointed the following gentlemen as said committee: Henry Jackson, G. B. Blanks and Richard Gordon.

On motion of Wm. Lambert,

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed by the President, to suggest in a becoming form, business for this Convention. Adopted.

The following gentlemen were appointed as the business committee: Wm. Lambert, of Detroit, chairman, Asher Aray, of Pittsfield, Thomas Freeman, of Ann Arbor, William Hardy, of Pittsfield, Willis R. Wilson, of Detroit.

After adopting the preliminary arrangements, at 12 o'clock the Convention adjourned, to meet at 2 o'clock, P.M.

Thursday Afternoon.

The Convention assembled as per adjournment, and after singing a Liberty Song, (title, I am a Friend of Liberty,) was opened with prayer by J. W. Brooks.

The committee on Rules, then submitted the following report, which, on motion, was, as a whole, adopted.


1. Upon the appearance of a quorum, the President shall take the chair, and the Convention be called to order.

2. The minutes of the preceding session shall be read at the commencement of each meeting, at which time, mistakes, if any, shall be corrected.

3. The President shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Convention.

4. All motions and addresses shall be made to the President, the member rising from his seat.

5. All motions (except of reference,) shall be submitted in writing.

6. All committees shall be nominated by the President, unless otherwise ordered by the Convention.

7. The previous question shall always be in order, and until decided, shall preclude all amendments and debate of the main question, and shall be put in this form, "Shall the main question be now put?"

8. No member shall be interrupted while speaking, except when out of order--when he shall be called to order by or through the President.

9. A motion to adjourn, shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate.

10. No member shall speak more than twice on the same question, without leave, or over fifteen minutes at each time.

11. No motion shall be reconsidered at the same session at which it was passed.

12. No resolution, (except of reference,) shall be offered to the Convention, except it come through the business committee.

13. The sessions of the Convention shall commence at 10 o'clock in the morning, and 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

Henry Jackson, Ch'n of Com.

The Convention was now again interrupted by George W. Tucker, and one Almond Goff, who were the leaders of those eight individuals, who interrupted the Convention in the morning, and who in the afternoon declared that they would break up the Convention, unless they were admitted in as delegates. They thus continued to interrupt the Convention until near evening, when the city Marshal was sent for, who came, and after conversing with both parties, begged leave of the Convention to make a few remarks, and also to offer the following resolution, (which was the proposal of this Almond Goff.)

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