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Meeting of the [Massachusetts] State Council, in Behalf of Colored Americans


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Resolved, That while we gladly note the enterprising spirit of individual colored Americans, which prompts them to seek fortunes in California, Australia, or elsewhere, we at the same time regret the prominence now given to a general Emigration Scheme; for the American Colonization Society will not be careful to discriminate between the motives of parties or individuals, but will connect every such movement among us as tending to promote their nefarious plan of expatriation.

These Resolutions were laid upon the table, to make way for a motion of Robert Morris to appoint a Business Committee. This motion was advocated by Messrs. Morris, Ringgold, Hayden, and Adams, who through a committee would facilitate the business of the Council. It was opposed by Messrs. Sanderson and Nell. The vote being taken, Mr. Morris's motion was sustained.

Robert Morris, William C. Nell, and Perry F. Adams, were appointed a Business Committee. Subsequently, Thomas H. Ringgold and J. B. Sanderson were added to this Committee.

Mr. Nell, member of the National Council, was invited to present his Report of the action of the National Council, at its meeting in the city of New York, Nov. 23d and 24th, 1853.

Mr. Nell complied, and gave an account of the organization of the National Council, with the discussion upon the question of the Quorum, and decision thereon; election of permanent officers, with questions touching the application thereto of the majority and plurality rules; correction of errors in the Constitution of the Council, published with the proceedings of the National Convention, with the modification submitted by Mr. Downing, and adopted, respecting the number of additional National Members to which each State shall be entitled; the provision relating to the admission of new States; appointment of Committees on the Manual Labor School, Protective Unions, Business relations, and Publications, with the location of Bureaus; selection of locality for the Manual Labor School, &c., &c.;--a more particular account of which is also to be published with the minutes of the meeting of the National Council.

A vote of thanks was presented to Mr. Nell.

J. B. Sanderson suggested that his impression differed from Mr. Nell's as to the character of the amendment adopted by the National Council, scribing the basis upon which the State Council is to determine the number of additional members of the National Council to which Massachusetts is entitled. He thought by that amendment, Massachusetts was entitled to three more National Members, while Mr. Nell thought she was only entitled to two more.

On motion of Robert Morris, voted, that at 8 1/2 o'clock to-morrow (Tuesday) evening, the State Council proceed to ballot for two members to the National Council from Massachusetts.

Voted to adjourn to Tuesday, 10 1/2 o'clock, A.M.

Tuesday Morning Session.

Leonard A. Grimes, President, in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Marr.

The subject of the appointment of a Committee on Protective Unions, by the National Council, was brought up and discussed by Messrs. Adams, Ringgold, Woods, Hayden, Grimes, Remington, and Nell, all of whom were in favor of forming and uniting with such institutions. Mr. Remington, who has for several years been a member of a Protective Union, explained in detail the principle of such Unions. He stated some interesting facts, showing the advantages of membership therein; the savings in the annual expenditure of families, as to fuel, clothing, food, medicines, &c.

Mr. Remington's remarks were listened to with close attention and much satisfaction.

Information was called for upon the matter of the expected appropriation from Mrs. H. B. Stowe, of the sum of $15,000 for the benefit of colored people of the United States.

Lewis Hayden stated that he had heard, that Frederick Douglass, who have been appointed General Agent by the Committee on the Manual Labor School, for the colored people of the United States, and who had been authorized to collect funds to carry out the plan of the School, had held an interview with Mrs. Stowe, upon the subject of the appropriation in question; that, during

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