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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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are sufficient to give it a handsome support, to say nothing of the thousands of our white friends in the State, who stand ready to-day, to welcome such a periodical. In this connection, we would not forget the expected support of our western brethren, whose interests, like ours, to be advocated.

Your committee would therefore respectfully recommend the adoption of the following plan for the establishment and support of a paper:

I. To find out from each person present interested, how much he or she will pledge, if it be needed to support the paper one year.

II. The appointment of a committee of nine from those who pledge money, the business of which committee shall be to manage the publishing and financial concerns of the paper.

III. The issuing immediately of a prospectus, to be circulated by the lecturers upon the suffrage question, for subscriptions, payable upon receipt of the first number of the paper.

IV. Columbus, Franklin County, as the place for issuing the paper.

V. William H. Day, and Dr. C. H. Langston, Editors.

VI. The principles of the paper shall be the advocacy of the rights the colored man, urging his liberty, and his moral, mental, social and political elevation.

VII. The name, "Voice of the Opressed."

All which is respectfully submitted.

J. M. Langston,

Wm. H. D a y,

Wm. Copeland,

Wm. H. Burnham,

David Jenkins,

Geo. R. Williams,

Dr. C. H. Langston.

LETTER FROM JUSTIN HOLLAND

Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 5th, 1850.

Gentlemen of the Convention:--Dr. J. McCune Smith delivered an address to the members of the Legislature of New York, on the subject of removing the property qualifications, which applied to colored persons. So great was the array of statistics and facts, so conclusive were his arguments and deductions, and so successfully were they presented, that at the close, the meeting unanimously adopted four resolutions, the second of which reads as follows:

"Resolved, That the charge of ignorance which was urged in the convention of '27, as a reason to deprive a large class of our citizens of the privileges of the elective franchise is no longer tolerable; as their advancement in arts and sciences, in intellectual and moral culture, does abundantly testify."

It seems to me, that something of this sort would do us good, if properly carried out. Let us by an overwhelming show of facts, deprive the trading politicians of even a decent excuse for further opposing our enfranchisement.

Again sirs, the question of our enfranchisement, I think, should be settled by the convention to revise the Constitution. The proposition to submit it, in a separate clause to the people, no doubt originated in a desire to escape all odium that might arise from vindicating a measure that is daily receiving the condemnation of an enlarging number of citizens of the State. Would it not be well, sirs, to send men well qualified, to that convention--men having a knowledge of our history, furnished with ample statistics of our progress and present condition, to hold meetings between its sessions, and lay before the members of that convention our claims to political equality? I have but little faith in the honor and justice of the masses when they come to decide a question like this for us, swayed by their prejudices and the exaggerations of designing demagogues. Therefore I think every effort should be made to have it settled in the convention. The future quiet and progress of the State require it.

Justin Holland.

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