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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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He thought we ought to act so as to be a model of the colored people in the surrounding States; he also referred to the principles laid down in the Constitution of the U. States. He said the people of Ohio must strike the word "white" out of the State Constitution, if they would be consistent. He said that the colored men in his own town were able to control the elections; that men now place "Free Soil" over the heads of their papers, to secure patronage; concluding his remarks, he thought the signs of the times gave full evidence that there was a "good time coming." The question being put, the resolution was unanimously adopted.

A petition was offered to permit certain persons to participate, and vote in the convention. The petition was, by the President, decided to be in opposition to the standing rules of the convention. An appeal was taken from the decision of the chair; and the chair was sustained.

The 15th resolution was called up. J. W. Stuart offered a substitute.

The 16th and 17th resolutions were read and adopted.

The 18th resolution, or the subject matter of the letter of L. N. Milnor, was referred to a committee of three, composed of the following gentlemen, viz:

C. H. Langston,

Wm. Copeland,

J. Gee.

The Chairman of the business committee announced that the first resolution in series (six) would be the order of the Evening Session.

Mr. W. H. Burnham offered a preamble and resolutions, setting forth the pro-slavery character of the Methodist denomination.

Jas. Monroe Jones moved that the preamble and resolutions be indefinitely postponed. While the motion was pending, a motion was carried for an adjournment to 7 o'clock, P.M.

A song was then called for, which was responded to with cheers.

Sixth Session, Thursday Evening.

President in the chair. Prayer having been offered by the Rev. Mr. Nooks, the convention proceeded to the business of the evening, namely, the Election of Lecturers. W. Copeland nominated W. H. Day, J. M. Langston, H. F. Douglass, D. Jenkins, Dr. C. H. Langston, speakers, to canvass the State.

[The Secretary cannot tell how the motion was disposed of.]

Mr. D. Jenkins moved that the convention proceed to ballot for a suitable person to address the constitutional convention.

Messrs. W. H. Day and J. Mercer Langston were candidates for this office.

The vote stood as follows:

For W. H. Day, 46, J. Mercer Langston, 6, C. H. Langston, 1. Mr. Day being called for, made some pithy remarks.

It was moved that the convention proceed to ballot for six Speakers to canvass the State.

Mr. Poindexter said he wished to examine this question with great care; that an important crisis had come upon us.

The question to reconsider, being put, was carried.

It was then moved to appoint a committee of five to select Speakers to canvass the State, which was withdrawn. It was moved that J. L. Watson, W. H. Day, Dr. C. H. Langston, J. M. Langston, be speakers. Mr. Langston declined; J. M. Brown and several others declined serving. Mr. Douglass was also nominated--motion was withdrawn. Mr. Sampson P. Lewis was chosen also. Mr. Divine declined. Jas.

Monroe Jones also declined, but who, on further consideration, consented to serve. The lecturers then came forward and made some remarks. J. P. Underwood was chosen as one of the Speakers.

The resolution of Mr. Burnham was then taken up; and after some discussion, in which Messrs. Jas. M. Jones, J. M. Langston, and Mr. Burnham, participated, the main question was put, for its indefinite postponement, which was carried by a large majority.

The hour having arrived for an adjournment, the convention adjourned, to meet Friday Morning, 9 o'clock, A.M.

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