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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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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 he 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, until desired, shall preclude all amendments and debates to the main question, and shall be put in this form:

“Shall the main question now be put?”

VIII. No member shall be interrupted while speaking, except when out of order, and then he shall be called to order by or through the Chair.

IX. No member shall speak more than twice on the same subject without the consent of the Association, nor more than ten minutes at each time.

X. It shall be the duty of the members, when the roll is called, to come forward and pay their dues, after which, the books shall be opened for the reception of members.

XI. Any of these rules may be suspended on motion, by a majority of the members present.

XII. Any member seconding a motion, must rise to his feet.

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