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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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10. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate.

11. No member shall speak more than twice on the same question without the consent of the Convention, nor more than ten minutes at each time.

12. No resolution, except of reference, shall be offered to the Convention, except it come through the business committee; but all resolutions rejected by the committee may be presently directly to the Convention, if the maker of such wishes to do so.

13. Sessions of the Convention shall commence at nine o'clock, P.M., and shall close at one o'clock, P.M., and at six o'clock, P.M.

They also recommend that the Convention hear the reports from delegates, on the condition and prospects of the people in their several towns. The delegates from Hartford, Middletown, Bridgeport, New Haven, Norwich, New London, and Stonington, reported very cheering intelligence of progress in their several places.

The business committee recommended the appointment of a Committee on Finance; whereupon,

Messrs. George W. Francis, H. S. Merriman, Henry Nott, George Snipes, and Lyman H. Peters were appointed.

Voted, That when we adjourn, we adjourn to meet at 7 1/2 o'clock, at this place.

Adjourned; closed with the Doxology.

Evening Session,--Wednesday, Sept. 12th, 1849.

Convention met according to adjournment; prayer by Rev. Mr. L. Black. The minutes of the preceding session were read and approved.

The business committee offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That we will urge upon our people the importance of cultivating intelligence, and sound morality as vital to all our interests and hopes; and to refuse countenance or support of those who claim to be teachers, ether in schools or the ministry, who are inferior to the mass of the people, in literary attainments, and therefore disqualified to be their instructors and guides.

This resolution was thoroughly and ably discussed by Messrs. Williams of Norwich, Black of Stonington, Francis of Bridgeport, Gray of New Haven, Collins of Bridgeport, Hall of New Haven, Thompson of Middletwon, and Posey of Hartford, and was unanimously adopted.

Adjourned to meet at the Temple, on Thursday morning, September 13th, at 9 o'clock, A.M.

Morning Session,--Thursday, Sept. 13th, 1849.

Convention met in the Temple; called to order by the President, and opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Posey. The minutes of the preceding session were read and approved.

The business committee reported resolutions for the consideration of the Convention, which were read. Whereupon, it was

Voted, That the resolutions be accepted, and that they be taken up separately and in the order of their presentation.

Resolution, No.1, adopted.

No. 2, was discussed by Messrs. Collins, Spellman, Gray, and John Emery Burr, in a most able and eloquent manner, and unanimously adopted.

Resolution, No. 3, read; on motion unanimously adopted without debate.

Resolution, No. 4; upon this resolution remarks were made by Messrs. Posey, Gray, Spywood, and Spellman. The resolution was adopted.

Resolution, No. 5, was supported by Messrs. Ellis, Francis, and Black, and was unanimously adopted.

It was here agreed upon to hear a statement from the Finance Committee.

Resolution, No. 6, was read; supported by Mr. Rogers of Newark. Mr. Rogers remarked, that this was his native State, and he was gratified after a long absence to return and find his brethren engaged in a work so proper and important. In support of the resolution, he said, "We must do as other citizens do; and pursue the same paths of respectability. Property is every where respected in this country. The gentleman urged the people to acquire possession of the soil, even at the expense of many little luxuries."

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