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Proceedings of the First Convention of the Colored Citizens of the State of Illinois, Convened at the City of Chicago, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 6th, 7th and 8th, 1853.


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Jo. Daviess County

A.H. Richardson

R. H. Cain.

Madison County

J. Robinson, A. Ellsworth, H. Ellsworth, Job Vincint.

Peoria County

Augustus Dobbins, T. Y. Mason, W. L. Barnes.

St. Clair County

William Smallwood.

Edgar and Coles County

H. Brown.

Sangamon County

S. Donagan, William Robinson, W. H. Butler.

McLean County

William J. Davis.

On motion of J. D. Bonner, a committee of seven, consisting of A.H. Richardson, of Jo. Daviess, B. Henderson, of Morgan, William Robinson, of Sangamon, W.H. Smallwood, of St. Clair, Augustus Dobbins, of Peoria, Alex. Smith, of Cook, Job Vincint, of Madison, and Henry Brown, of Edgar and Coles, were appointed a committee to nominate permanent officers for the Convention.

In the absence.of the committee, the Convention was addressed by R. J. Robinson, William Smith and A. W. Jackson.

The Committee on Nominations reported as follows:

President: John Jones, of Cook.1

Vice Presidents: Alex. Smith, of Cook, A. M. Ellsworth, of Madison, B. Henderson, of Morgan, R. H. Cain, of Jo. Daviess, H. Brown, of Edgar and Coles, Augustus Dobbins, of Peoria, and William Smallwood, of St. Clair.

Secretaries: H. O. Wagoner,2 of Cook, W. L. Barnes, of Peoria, A. H. Richardson, of Jo. Daviess, and J. H. Barguet, of Cook.

Prayer by Rev. A. W. Jackson.

On taking the chair, the President made the following remarks:

Gentlemen of the Convention: The honor which you have seen fit to confer upon me was unexpected--believing it to belong to one of more experience than myself in parliamentary laws. But, gentlemen, I thank you for the honor conferred upon me; and, to the best of my ability, will cheerfully serve you. And in the performance of the duties which will devolve upon me, I hope to have your assistance. The subjects which claim the consideration of this Convention are of great importance to us. The Education of our children--the the Repeal of the "Black Laws" of the State--the Agricultural interests of our people--the Temperance movement--and, indeed, all the Reforms of the time, demand our attention. Again, gentlemen, I thank you.

On motion of J. D. Bonner, a committee of five was appointed by the chair, to report business for the action of the Convention, consisting of J. D. Bonner, William Johnson, Byrd Parker, R. J. Robinson and Rev. A. W. Jackson.

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