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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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First, Because we are law abiding, loyal people, and always have been.

Second, Because in the hour of the nation's peril, when called, we rallied to the rescue, and thereby gave our influence, our money and our lives, for the restoration of her government.

Third, We ask it in the name of the Declaration of Independence, which declares all men to be free and equal born, and "endowed with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," and without the acknowledgment of our political rights, these cannot be enjoyed.

Fourth, We ask it in the name of the God of our holy religion, who declares that he has no respect of persons, and also declares that He "hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitations," (Acts xvii, 26.)

Samuel G. Gould, President.

In the evening the Convention re-assembled.

The following is the programme which was laid down for the future:

1. A census of the colored population of New Jersey.

2. Number of acres of land in the State owned and tilled by them, and for which they pay their taxes; also, the value of said land, and a statement of other taxes paid by them, as well as other property exempt from taxation, such as churches, etc.

3. A statement of the number of soldiers furnished by the colored people of New Jersey to the Government, by volunteering and otherwise.

4. The number of colored children in the free schools, paid for by the State.

5. The intellectual status of the colored people.

It is the intention to petition the Legislature in behalf of these objects.

The members of the League are required to pay $1.50 as an initiation fee on joining.

Copy in the Schomburg Collection, New York Public Library and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Reference Notes 1. Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865.

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