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Minutes of the State Convention of the Colored Citizens of Ohio, Convened at Columbus, January 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 1850.


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interesting remarks. He concluded by reading a letter from a gentleman of high standing in the State, concerning the Convention of the Colored people of Ohio.

Mr. Adams, of Champaign, made some interesting remarks also. Mr. J. Watson, of Lorain, likewise addressed the Convention at some length.

Mr. J. L. Watson, of Cuyahoga, made a lengthy speech on his happy escape from slavery, and the necessity of all colored men saying and doing all they can to elevate themselves and liberate the slave.

The Business Committee having returned, reported through their Chairman, J. Mercer Langston, resolutions for the consideration of the Convention.

The Committee recommended the same declaration of sentiments adopted by the last Convention.

Dr. C. H. Langston moved that the resolutions be laid on the and table, and taken up one by one and discussed; which was carried.

The first, second and third resolutions were then taken up, and indefinitely postponed.

The fourth resolution being under discussion--Mr. Poindexter said he hoped that some gentleman would convince him of the truth of the resolution. He could not favor the resolution until he heard more from gentlemen who advanced it.

Mr. W. H. Day, upon being called for, remarked that, though he was in favor of the principle set forth in the resolution, and thought it could be demonstrated to be correct, yet he came to this Convention for one principal object--the securing for the colored man a vote in the State. The resolution seemed to him to detract the attention from the great end of the Convention. He would move the indefinite postponement of it. He felt more at liberty to do this, on account of the resolution being penned by his constituents; and, being about to make the motion, he yielded the floor to D. Jenkins, who said he was in favor of the resolution.

Mr. Burnham said he thought there was no necessity for adopting such a resolution.

Mr. Divine said he would go heart and hand for the resolution; and concluded with some pithy remarks.

Mr. Poindexter said he was misunderstood; he prayed as fervently for the downfall of slavery as any man. He said his wishes should not overrule his better judgment.

Dr. C. H. Langston moved that the resolution be laid on the table; which was carried. He then moved that rules be adopted for the government pf the Convention, as to the time of meeting and adjourning.

Whereupon the Convention decided to meet at 9 o'clock A.M. and adjourn at 12 o'Clock M.: and meet at 2 o'clock P.M., and adjourn at 5 o'clock P.M. The hour of adjournment having arrived, the Convention adjourned to meet 7 o'clock P.M.

Third Session, Wednesday Evening.

The President in the Chair. Rev. Mr. Underwood read a portion of the Scriptures.

The President arose, and made some remarks.

D. Jenkins moved that the Convention take up the fourth resolution for consideration.

After a spirited discussion between Messrs. Poindexter, J. M. Langston and others, Dr. C. H. Langston offered a resolution which was adopted. He moved that the Convention take up the resolution referring to the competency of persons from a distance, to participate in the Convention.

After some discussion, it was indefinitely postponed.

Dr. C. H. Langston moved that the Convention adopt a rule not to allow any gentleman to speak more than fifteen or thirty minutes at a time on any subject; which was adopted.

The hour of adjournment having arrived, the Convention then adjourned to meet on Thursday morning at 9 o'clock A.M.

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