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Proceedings of the State Convention of Colored Citizens of the State of Illinois, held in the city of Alton, Nov. 13th, 14th and 15th, 1856.


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Article VII

It shall be the duty of all officers of this Association, on leaving office, to deliver to their successors all books, papers, money and property of the Society. Any officer, for the non-performance of constitution duties, may be fined or expelled, at the option of two-thirds of the present.

Article VIII

Any members who shall fail to pay their monthly dues for two successive monthly meetings, unless in case of absence from the city or sickness, shall be expelled. In case of vacancies, by resignation or otherwise, the Society shall proceed by election to fill such vacancies at the next stated meeting. Seven members shall constitute a quorum of this Society. This may be altered or amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at the annu meetings, but may not be disorganized until we have obtained all of political rights.

Article IX

All auxiliary Associations shall pay into the Treasury of the State Association the sum of Ten Dollars per annum, subject to such other addi-tional tax, not to exceed five dollars, as may in the judgment of the Repeal Association be deemed proper, to aid in carrying out the principles and measures set forth in the preamble to this Constitution.


Article I

Any officer who shall fail to be at any of the regular meetings of thr Association at the hour of eight o'clock, shall be fined not less than ten nor more than fifty cents; and if they refuse to pay such fine, on trial and conviction thereof, they shall be expelled.

Article II

At the close of the regular meeting, the roll shall be called, and those who shall fail to answer to their names, shall be fined not more than twenty cents.


I. Upon the appearance of a quorum the President shall call the Association to order.

II. The meetings of this Association shall be opened with prayer;

III. The minutes of the preceding meeting shall be read at the opening of each meeting, at which time, mistakes, if there be any, shall be corrected before entering them on the Journal.

IV. The President shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Association.

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

VI. All Committees shall be appointed by the Chair, unless otherwise ordered by the Association.

VII. The previous question shall always be in order, and, shall preclude all amendments and debates to the main question, put in this form: "Shall the main question now be put?"

H. Ford Douglass

Louis Isbell, H. D. King.

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