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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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Fourth Session, Thursday Morning

The President in the Chair. Prayer having been offered by the Rev. J. D. Pattison, the Minutes of the preceding session were read, corrected, and approved.

Mr. Copeland, of Franklin, raised the question of the legality of last night's proceedings.

The President decided that the proceedings of last evening were not legitimate business of the Convention.

Mr. Douglass took an appeal from the decision of the Chair. The decision of the Chair was not sustained.

Mr. Artis asked to be excused from serving as one of the Secretaries, which was granted, and Dr. C. H. Langston was appointed in his place.

J. Mercer Langston, Chairman of the Business Committee, proceeded to lay before the Convention business for the order of the day.

A motion was made to lay the whole on the table, and dispose of the items one by one, which was carried.

Resolution 5th was then taken up, and after some discussion, the Convention appointed a committee to draft a Constitution.

The Committee consisted of the following gentlemen: W. H. Day, L. D. Taylor and T. Brown.

On motion of Dr. C. H. Langston, the 6th resolution was then taken up. Mr. H. F. Douglass presented the following amendment:

"That each County in the State be hereby requested to employ efficient men to canvass its respective districts and towns, as may be deemed best."

The vote being taken on the amendment, it was negatived--Yeas 8, Nays 46.

The original resolution was then adopted.

The 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th resolutions were taken up and adopted.

The hour of adjournment having arrived, the Convention adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock P.M.

Fifth Session, Thursday Afternoon.

The President in the Chair. Prayer having been offered by the Rev. Mr. Stewart--

The minutes of the preceding session were read, corrected and approved.

The 18th resolution being called for, Mr. Williams made an interesting speech; and, among other things, he said he thought that the colored people of the State amounted in number to 25,000, and were abundantly able to support an organ of their own; and they would do it if it was commenced upon a proper basis.

He remarked that the colored people of Cincinnati, for instance, were not awake their true interest; for they supported the Pro-slavery Press in that City to an extent which was evidence to him that the Cincinnati people did not have their own elevation at heart as much as they ought to have.

Mr. Jenkins, of Franklin, also spoke in favor of the resolution; referred to the advantages of a paper devoted to the interest of the colored people of Ohio. He said that Ohio, with a population of twenty thousand, could sustain a newspaper devoted to their interest.

Mr. Burnham said that the Convention ought to appoint an Agent to collect funds to establish a newspaper--an organ strictly devoted to the interests of the colored people of the State. He thought the North Star was not "the People's" paper, but strictly an Eastern paper.

Mr. Lott said he thought the paper must "go down."

Mr. Divine said he was sorry to hear gentlemen predict the downfall of the contemplated paper.

J. Mercer Langston then arose and advocated the immediate establishment of an organ devoted to the interest of the colored people. He instanced the progress of the intellectual condition of the colored people. He thought the objections urged by those gentlemen who had just left the floor, groundless. He said the growing intelligence of the colored people demanded that a paper should be established. He said that the "North Star," edited by the immortal Douglass, had proved recreant to the assertion of its editor, at the Cleveland National Convention. He said further, that the "North Star" was the only

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