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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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The following gentlemen were elected as officers of the Repeal Association.
President.–John Jones of Cook.
Vice President.–Dr. M. Cary of Cook.
Secretary.–B. L. Ford, of Cook.
Corresponding Secretary.--John A. Crisup, of Cook.
Executive Committee.–R. H. Rollins, Chicago, Chairman; H. D. King, Alton; Thomas Mason, Peoria; Louis Isbell, Chicago; Henry Bradford, Chicago; J. H. Barquet, Chicago; Wm. Johnson, Chicago; Wm. Barton, Macoupin; B. Henderson, Jacksonville.
The following Standing Committees were appointed to report at the next Annual Convention.
Education.–H. O. Wagoner, Frederick K. Waldren, R. J. Robinson.
Addresses.--H. Ford Douglass, William Johnson, A. W. Jackson.
Colonization.–John Jones, L. Isbell, Thomas Mason.
Agriculture.--J. H. Johnson, B. Henderson, P. H. Ward.
Mechanics.--A. H. Richardson, C. C. Richardson, B. Allen.
The Chairman of the Business Committee then reported resolutions twenty-one to twenty-eight, inclusive, all of which, after some discussion were adopted.
In accordance with resolution twelfth, the Convention proceeded to appoint two Commissioners, one for the southern and one for the northern portion of the State; Springfield constituting the dividing line. Mr. John Jones, of Cook, nominated Rev. J. H. Johnson, of Madison County, as one of the Commissioners; which was carried. Mr. Louis Isbell nominated H. Ford Douglass, of Cook, as the Commissioner for the northern district. Carried.
Mr. William Johnson of Cook, then offered the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That the “State Repeal Association” pay the Commissioners fifty dollars each, and their expenses; and that they be employed for one month; to commence operations on the 15th of December, concentrating at Springfield on the 15th of January, 1857. That the State Central and State Executive Committees be requested to meet their Commissioners at the above time and place; forming a grand official meeting for the transaction of such business as they may deem proper for the accomplishment of the objects set forth in the “Declaration of Sentiment and Plan of Action.”
On motion of W. L. Barnes, the Convention adjourned, to meet that evening at 7½ o’clock, at Liberty Hall, to listen to addresses from H. Ford Douglass, William Johnson and John Jones.
MEETING AT LIBERTY HALL
SATURDAY EVENING, NOV. 15, 1856.
A very large assemblage of both colored and whites convened at Liberty Hall to hear speeches from Messrs. Jones, Douglass and Johnson. The meeting was organized by calling John Jones to the Chair and appointing A. W. Jackson, Secretary.
Mr. Jones, in taking the Chair, addressed the meeting for about twenty-five minutes, in a very able and appropriate manner. He said:
“I am no public speaker; I am unsuited to the platform. If there is a place for so humble an individual as myself in this anti-Slavery movement it is the executive department. But I have had no choice in the present arrangement; if so, I had not been here to-night; at least in this position. The scene before me calls up old and familiar reminiscences. I am no stranger era in Alton. I love it, because it was here I first breathed free air and stood up a man, beyond the reach of the inhuman code of Slavery.”
Mr. Jones, after some complimentary remarks to Frederick Douglass, concluded his speech by offering the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That we recognize in the “FREDERICK DOUGLASS PAPER,” published At Rochester, New York, by Frederick Douglass, an able and efficient advocate of our cause; and that we most heartily recommend it to the favorable consideration of the anti-Slavery friends in this State.
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