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Proceedings of the Connecticut State Convention of Coloured Men, Held at New Haven, On the September 12th and 13th, 1849.


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On motion, voted, to appoint a nominating committee; the following named gentleman were appointed:

J. E. Burr, D. Gordon, L. Collins, A. G. Beman, S. T. Gray, and B. Randall

The nominating committee reported a list of officers for the Convention; their report was accepted, and unanimously adopted; viz:

For President.--Jehiel C. Beman, of Middletown.

For Vice Presidents.--Henry Foster, of Hartford.

G. Garrison, of Middletown.

Leonard Collins, of Bridgeport.

Robert J. Cowes, of New Haven.

Leonard Black, of Stonington.

P.M. Williams, of Norwich.

For Secretaries.--S. M. Africanus, of Hartford.

J. Emery Burr, of Bridgeport

Leverett C. Beman, of Middletown.

On announcement of the vote, the chairman elect was conducted to the stand, and proceeded to address the Convention.

Mr. Beman expressed his high appreciation of the honor thus unexpectedly conferred upon him; he received with much diffidence the appointment to the most prominent part in the Convention, being aware of the presence of many of superior qualifications--but he would not shrink from duty and responsibility, especially in an emergency like the present, when the liberty and the hopes of the people are at peril upon the issue. He hoped that the deliberations over which he was called to preside, would be conducted in a spirit of prudence and gentlemanly concession,--with dependence upon the Divine guidance and blessing.

Mr. S. T. Gray of New Haven was introduced to the Convention, and briefly addressed the house, in behalf of New Haven City, welcoming the delegations and expressing the sympathy and co-operation of the inhabitants.

On motion, a Business.Committee was elected; viz:

A. G. Beman, Leonard Collins, E. C. Freeman, George W. Francis, Henry Nott, Samuel T. Gray, David Gordon, H. A. Thompson, A. Morrison, Lyman H. Peters, and John B. Clarke.

The committee retired; during the absence of the committee, the Convention was addressed by the Rev. Mr. Spywood.

The business committee reported the following Rules for the government of the Convention, which were adopted.


1. That each session of the Convention be opened by addressing the Throne of Grace.

2. Upon the appearance of a quorum, the President shall take the chair and call the Convention to order.

3. The minutes of the preceding session shall be read at the opening of each session, at which time mistakes, if there be any, shall be corrected.

4. The the President shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal of the Convention.

5. All motions and addresses shall be made to the President, the member rising from his seat.

6. All motions, except those of reference, shall be submitted in writing.

7. All committees shall be appointed by the chair unless otherwise ordered by the Convention.

8. The previous question shall always be in order, and until decided shall preclude all amendments and debate, of the main question and shall be put in this form, "Shall the main question be now put?"

9. No member shall be interrupted while speaking, except when out of order, when he shall be called to order by or through the chair.

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