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Proceedings of a Convention of the Colored Men of Ohio, Held in the City of Cincinnati, on the 23d, 24th, 25th and 26th days of November, 1858.

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BLACK 334 STATE CONVENTIONS Resolved (7), That a State which taxes a portion without allowing them a representation, excludes them and trust, refuses them an impartial trial by Jury, refuses an equaled to their youth, disparages their patriotism by refusing to enroll them militia, allows them to be hunted through her cities, confined in her jail and dragged thence to hopeless slavery, consigns their lunatics and pauP~rs - to the common jail, forfeit her claim to be called Ch~istian or Republican, Resolved (8), That in the vigorous and unceasing exercise of the rights of petition, we recognize a potent instrument of elevation, and we recOmmend the people of every city and school district to petition the Legislature t~ repeal all such laws, and to take the proper steps to expunge from the Con- stitution all traces of distinction on account,of color. Resolved (9), That a committee of three be appointed to prepare a petition for general circulation. On motion the first resolution was taken up. Mr. Gaines desiredgentle~ men who thought that the American government has power to ab~ishSlavery, show in what part of the Constitution that power is granted. Peter H. Clark explained, that the term government in the resolution, meant to apply to the people of the United States, who having the supreme power, can if they wish, alter or abolish all laws or constitutions, that· stand between the slave and his freedom. Other gentlemen thought, that if there was power given in the Constitution to enforce its objects as set forth in the preamble, then was there sufficient power granted to abolish Slavery. Mr. A. Redman moved to table the resolution. Lost. The resolution was then adopted. The second and third resolutions were specially session. 2 Miss F. E. Watkins was requested to take part in the Convention. Wm. D. Goff and David Jenkins, were appointed to invite reporters the press, to attend the sessions of the Convention. Recess till 7 P.M. Evening Session. President in the chair. Minutes read, corrected and approved. Mr. D. Jenkins, sawin the decline of the Democratic party, and the Republican, omens of hope for the colored people. Mr. John M. Langston said, "The Democratic party had always abettors of Slavery; it was now declining, for the people were opposed to Slavery, recently done and willing at Wellington.3 to trample the fugitive act under foot, as they had So fond are the Democrats of Slavery, that they had legislated off-the statute book of the State, all laws against kidnapping. He hated the Demo~ cratic party because it was pro-slavery. He exhorted his friends to oppose by every means in their power, that party. The people were killing it every where, through the North, and he was glad to know it. His motto was, "the' Democratic party must be destroyed." Peter H. Clark did not consider his'rights any safer with than with Democrats. He believed Slavery would be more secure publicans than with Democrats. The Republicans were aiming to national, and were therefore conservative. William J. Watkins, believed that the Democratic party was the great' to the colored man; the Republicans of New York had done something for tne colored man, and he verily believed, would do more. The great aim in the late contest, was to kill the Democratic party, and they had done that. The second and third resolutions were adopted when the Convention ad- journed. ,yednesday , Convention met. President in the chair. Prayer by Rev. Minutes read and approved. Fourth resolution read, and on motion of E. P. Walker, made the special order of the evening session. Fifth resolution read, and on motion of David Jenkins, adopted. Sixth resolution read, and on motion of R. G. Ball, __- adopted. Seventh resolution read. Considerable discussion was had upon this resolution. A portion of the members did not feel justified in denying the Ch cov 1ff sta sur ins I. of bu tro T. ind of ve ad Sta H. as so pa 4th se Mr str op be res fic ac riu res the som Co ore ne op -In we wo of st a am el ne

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