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Proceedings of the State Convention of Coloured Men of the State of New Jersey, Held in the City of Trenton, N.J., July 13th and 14th, 1865; With a Short Address to the Local People of New Jersey, Together with the Constitution of the Equal Rights League of the State of New Jersey.

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For Treasurer, Amos H. Johnson, of Trenton, Abijah Gould, Jr., of Bridgeton, Francis Reinear, of ___________, Gideon Lewis, of Bordentown, and Gilbert Reading, of Princeton, were nominated.

Upon counting the votes, Abijah Gould, Jr., of Bridgeton, was declared elected Treasurer of this convention.

On motion of Rev. T. Gould the following rules, offered by Rev. Reading B. Johns, were adopted as the


Rules of Convention


Rule 1. This convention shall convene at the hours of 9 1/2 o'clock, A.M., 2 o'clock, P.M., and 7-3/4 o'clock, P.M.

Rule 2. Two-thirds of the enrolled members shall constitute a quorum.

Rule 3. No member shall speak more than twice on the same question, or subject, nor more than ten minutes the first, nor more than five minutes the last time.

Rule 4. The Convention shall occupy from the pulpit to the fourth seat of the house inclusive.

Rule 5. These rules may be altered or amended by two-thirds of the members present.

Rule 6. A Chaplain shall be appointed by the Chair for this convention.

Rule 7. All meetings shall be opened and closed with prayer.

Rule 8. The President shall appoint all committees.


Suggestions were made as to appointing a business committee; also a committee on an address to the people of New Jersey; also a committee on finance, when the Chair appointed the following:

On Finance. { Abijah Gould, Jr., Bridgeton. Gideon Lewis, Bordentown. Francis Reinear, -----. }

On Business. { N. H. Turpin, Salem. T. H. Cooper, Trenton. John Lewis, " Gilbert Reading, Princeton. Anthony Simmons, -----.

On Address. { T. Gould, Burlington. Robert Pinn, " Robert Cox, Cape May. Amos H. Johnson, Trenton. Wm. Conover, " Sam'l S. Allen, Pennington. Benjamin Shortis, Egg Harbor.

On motion of Thomas H. Cooper, the convention was changed into an Equal Rights League for the State of New Jersey.

On motion of Thomas H. Cooper, the officers of the convention become officers of the League for the ensuing year.

On motion a committee of three was appointed by the Chair, consisting of Rev. N. H. Turpin, R. B. Johns and Mr. Wm. Steward, to draft a constitution for the League.

On motion, each member was taxed one dollar and fifty cents. Rev. Thos. H. Cooper was appointed Chaplain for the League.

On motion, the evening sessions were devoted to addresses.

The President appointed N. H. Turpin and Wm. Steward to address the audience this evening.

On motion of Mr. Blackwell, the League adjourns to 7-3/4 o'c1ock, P.M.


Evening Session.

The evening session was spent in addresses by Rev. N. H. Turpin, of Salem, and Wm. Steward, when it was adjourned until 9 1/2 o'clock, A.M. next day.

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