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Proceedings of a Convention of the Colored Men of Ohio, held in Xenia, on the 10th, 11th and 12th days of January, 1865 : with the Constitution of Ohio Equal Rights League.


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It shall be the duty of the Executive Board to take charge of the particular and general interests of the League, and make such needful rules and regulations for the accomplishment of the object of the League, as sound discretion and necessity shall dictate. It shall be the further duty of the Executive Board to make an annual report of its doings to the League at its annual meetings.

Art. 7th. The annual meetings of the League, for the election of officers, hearing the Annual Report of the Executive Board, and transactions of other business of the League, shall be held in such places as the Executive Board may determine on the first Monday of January in each year, after 1865.

Art. 8th. The Executive Board shall hold its first meeting at Cincinnati on the first Monday in February next, and quarterly meetings thereafter at said city, at each of which it shall receive reports from its agents and lecturers in regard to all they have done, and all moneys collected; which reports shall be preserved by the Recording Secretary. It shall also be the duty of the Executive Board at each quarterly meeting, to settle in full with its agents and lecturers.

Art. 9th. All agents and lecturers, and agents in the service of the League shall be employed and directed in their labors by the Executive Board, and to the Board alone shall be accountable.

Art. 10th. The Executive Board shall receive for their services at each quarterly meeting, said meetings not to consume more than three days in its sittings, one dollar per day, and necessary traveling expenses.

Art. 11th. A majority of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for doing business pertaining to the League.

Art. 12. This Constitution may be altered or amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the League, at any annual meeting.


Peter H. Clark .............................. President.

David Jenkins ............................... Vice President.

John Booker ........... Corresponding Secretary.

John P. Sampson .......... Recording Secretary.

Rufus Conrad .............................. Treasurer.

Executive Committee

A. J. Anderson, J. M. Moore, J. T. Ward, J. A. Shorter, J. H. Scott.


of Major-General Benjamin F. Butler to the Colored Troops of the Army of the James

In this army you have been treated not as laborers, but as soldiers.

You have shown yourselves worthy of the uniforms you wear.

The best officers of the Union seek to command you.

Your bravery has won the admiration even of those who would be your masters.

Your patriotism, fidelity, and courage have illustrated the best qualities of manhood.

With the bayonets you have unlocked the iron-gates of prejudice, opening new fields of freedom, liberty and equality--of right to yourselves and your race forever.

Comrades of the Army of the James, I bid you farewell, Farewell!

Benj. F. Butler, Major General.

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