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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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auxiliaries and subordinate associations in the several counties, cities, towns and villages, throughout the State; and do ordain the following articles of confederation:

Article I

Sec. 1. The members of this convention shall be constituted members of the Equal Right's League of the State of New Jersey together with all the others hereinafter provided for.

Sec. 2. Hereafter all such other persons as shall pay the stipulated fee of one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50,) together with representatives of all auxiliary societies, providing, however, that [all] auxiliary societies shall be entitled to one representative for each ten dollars ($10.00) together with an additional representative for each five ($5.00) dollars contributed.

Sec. 3 Any other society may become auxiliary to this body [and] entitled to one representative for each and every twelve ($12.00) contributed.

Article II

Sec. 1. The officers shall be, a President, two Vice Presidents, one Recording and one Corresponding Secretary, one Treasurer and an Executive Committee, consisting of the President, first Vice President, Recording Secretary and four other persons to be elected annually by the League.

Sec. 2. The President shall preside at all meetings of the League and Executive, see that all decrees are duly executed, and perform such other duties as may be imposed by the League.

Sec. 3. In the absence of the President, the Vice Presidents shall preside in the order of their election.

Sec. 4. The Recording Secretary shall duly record the proceedings of the League and of the Executive, draw all orders on the Treasurer when properly directed, receive all money paid to the League, pay the same to the Treasurer and receive his receipt therefore.

Sec. 5. The Corresponding Secretary shall under the guidance of the League and the Executive, conduct the correspondence of the League, receive from agents of the League or other persons all documents of historical, statistical, or general interest; which he shall carefully arrange, tabulate, and preserve for the use of the League.

Sec. 6. The Treasurer shall keep all moneys collected by the Agents, or contributed by auxiliary societies; he shall report to the League annually, and to the Executive whenever required, the condition of the treasury; he shall pay out monies only upon order of the Executive and when properly signed by the President and Recording Secretary.

Article III

Sec. 1. The Executive Committee shall establish an office [in] the City of Trenton, N.J., in which place they shall hold such sessions as they may deem necessary to promote the interests of the League; they shall hire an agent or agents if they see proper, who shall canvass the state, who shall urge upon the people the necessity of taking such steps as are necessary to secure the rights and improvements, for the attainment of which this League is formed, which shall be as its name indicates, "the securing of all equal Political Rights for ALL classes of men." They shall encourage the publication of such documents as may be of advantage to [our] cause, and may at their discretion publish brief appeals, arguments or statements of facts, newspapers, and other documents which may have a tendency to promote the ends of the association. They shall cause orders to be drawn on the Treasurer for the payment of such expenses as may be incurred in the carrying out of the purposes of the association.

Sec. 2. They shall report their proceedings and results annually, and shall recommend such improvements to the League as may be suggested by the official experience.

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