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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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Seventh Session, Friday Morning.

President in the chair. Prayer was offered by Mr. Underwood. The minutes of the preceding session were laid over until the committee on business, could make a report. Resolution, No.______ , was taken up and adopted. The minutes were then read, corrected and approved.

Mr. Gee moved, that the minutes stand with the exclusion of Mr. Burnham's Preamble and Resolutions.

A discussion then arose, in which J .M. Langston, and others participated. J. L. Watson said, that if the delegates looked upon the subject as he did, they would think differently. Some confusion arose, and a point of order was raised. J. L. Watson said that gentlemen ought not to impeach the chair in the exercise of his serious convictions.

J. Mercer Langston said, he did not wish to be misrepresented; he wished to be correctly reported before the people of the State of Ohio, and the delegates of the convention. He said he opposed the Methodist E. Conference, on the ground of their not being sufficiently anti-slavery.

J. M. Brown said, he did not wish to be reported at all; all knew his views very well. He thought it unkind to speak in such terms of his denomination, (the Methodist.)

Mr. Gee, then, with the consent of the convention, withdrew his motion, provided the subject was not agitated any more; and provided the minutes stand as reported by the Secretary.

On a motion of Dr. Langston, the minutes stood as they were read.

Mr. Jenkins announced that the members of the House of Representatives, in the Ohio Legislature, had passed a resolution, granting the Hall to the convention, by a vote of 51 to l7; which was received with applause.

Resolutions No. 19 and 20, were taken up and adopted.

On a motion, a new State Central Committee was appointed, consisting of following gentlemen,--viz:

D. Jenkins,

J. M. Brown,

W. Copeland,

L. D. Taylor,

John Booker,

Jas. Poindexter,

A. M. Taylor.

The 21st and 22d resolutions were taken up and adopted.

The 23d was taken up, and after some consideration, was referred to the J. M. Brown, for revision.

The 24th and 25th were also adopted.

Mr. J. M. Brown, then came forward, and reported the 23d resolution revised; the report was received and adopted.

The hour of adjournment having arrived, the convention adjourned to meet at 2 0'clock, P.M.

Eighth Session, Friday Afternoon.

President in the chair. Prayer was offered by the Rev. Mr. Underwood.

W. H. Day proposed a resolution appointing J. M. Langston, L. D. Taylor, and J. P. Underwood, as speakers in the evening, in the Hall of the House of Representatives. Being strongly urged to withdraw the resolution, he did so.

A resolution was brought forward to appoint W. H. Day, J. L. Watson, and J. M. Langston, to speak to the members of the Legislature this evening, Jan. 11th, 1850, at 6 o'clock; which resolution was adopted.

The minutes being called for, two of the secretaries were absent, and the proceedings could not be read. The resolution in relation to an adjournment was taken up, and after discussion, it was so amended that the convention adjourned at 6 o'clock, instead of 11 o'clock.

On motion, a committee of five was appointed to receive and disburse the funds,which may be collected for the men to canvass the State. Messrs. J. Poindexter, Jenkins, C. H. Langston, J .. Booker, and Wm. Copeland, were appointed said committee.

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