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Maryland Free Colored People's Convention, July 27-28, 1852.
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--A very novel and important Convent has been in session in Baltimore, the city of our childhood. A free colored people's Convention assembled to consider their condition and the means of their elevation! Yes! the free colored people of a slave state have been permitted, with comparative safety under official protection, to meet like men, and to consider questions of vital importance to themselves and to this nation. From our inmost soul we thank God for this favorable sign of the times. This Convention is the first dawn of moral resurrection to our long buried people. We thought we knew something of Maryland, and of the colored people of Maryland; but we underrated the magnanimity of the one and the courage of the other. We did not venture to hope that such a meeting could be held in Baltimore. There has been a liberality, too, displayed by the press for which we were quite unprepared. The ability with which the proceedings appear to have been conducted, was confessedly, highly creditable to the members of the convention. Some of these proceedings we hope to lay before our readers in our next number. We shall do this not because we agree in the conclusions arrived at, but because we wish faithfully to discharge the duty of a journalist.
Frederick Douglass' Paper, August 6, 1852.
--This body re-assembled at 10 o'clock yesterday morning at Washington Hall, the Rev. William Tasker, of Frederick, President, in the chair. The convention was opened with prayer by the president.
A note was received from H. H. Webb, of Baltimore, declining to serve as a delegate in the convention, stating that he was not able to attend, and did not approve of the manner in which he was elected.
In the absence of Josiah Hughes, of Dorchester, one of the Secretaries, Cornelius Campbell was appointed to fill the vacancy.
The proceedings of Monday not being ready, on motion, the report in the "Sun" was read in lieu thereof.
William Williams, of Baltimore, arose and stated that his name appeared in the committee on the platform through a mistake--he was not a delegate to the convention.
On motion, James A. Handy, of Baltimore, and William Perkins, of Kent, were appointed on the platform committee, to fill the vacancies occasioned by the withdrawal of Webb and Williams.
Charles Wyman and Allen Lockerman, delegates from Caroline county, appeared and took their seats.
Several of the delegates from Dorchester county and other places, were not present, having gone home in consequence of the disturbances on Monday afternoon.
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