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


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this interview, Mrs. Stowe intimated a change of her opinions, respecting her appropriation, and also of making Mr. Douglass the instrument of her benevolence to the colored people.

Leonard A. Grimes made a similar statement.

Adjourned to 2 1/2 o'clock, P.M.

Afternoon Session.

William H. Woods took the Chair.

Messrs. Hayden, Morris, and Grimes, were appointed a Committee to procure information upon the subject of the proposed Manual Labor School, and report at the next convention of the Council.

The Committee on the Constitution then reported the following Preamble and Articles, through the chairman of the committee:--


For the purpose of elevating the character, improving the condition, and promoting a more perfect union among the colored people of Massachusetts--as in union there is strength--we, the members of the State Council of Massachusetts, auxiliary to the National, in Convention assemble, and duly authorized by the colored people of Massachusetts, do ordain and institute, for the government of Massachusetts State Council, the following:


Art. 1. The Delegates to the State Council, being elected by the Citizens, in accordance with the provisions of the first Article of the Constitution of the National Council, shall hold a meeting in conformity with the same Article, viz., on the 4th day of January, (unless the 4th occurs on Sunday, when the meeting shall take place on the 5th,) at which time shall be elected a President, two Vice Presidents, a Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary, and a Treasurer, who, together with three others, to be elected by the Council, shall constitute the Executive Committee.

Art. 2. The President shall preside at all meetings of the State Council; or, in his absence, one of the Vice Presidents; or, in their absence, a President pro tem.

Art. 3. It shall be the duty of the Corresponding Secretary, to conduct the correspondence of the State Council, to notify members of all meetings of the Council and of the Executive Committee, and to keep a record of the same in separate books. The Treasurer shall collect the fees and other monies, make payments at the direction of the Executive Committee, and present a written audited account, to accompany the Annual Report.

Art. 4. The Annual Meeting of the State Council shall be held, each year, at such time and place as the Executive Committee may direct, when the account of the Treasurer shall be presented, the Annual Reports read, Reports of Committees received, and such other business transacted as shall be deemed expedient.

Art. 5. All monies of the Council shall be deposited in the hands of the Treasurer, who shall give security in double the amount in his possession, to the President of the Council.

Art. 6. The Council shall have power to make such By-Laws as may be necessary for their proper government.

Art. 7. The Constitution may be amended at any annual meeting of the Council, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, providing the amendments proposed have been previously submitted, in writing, to the Executive Committee.

This Report was accepted, and finally adopted by the Council, in its present form, Articles first and fifth being slightly modified from the original draft.

W. C. Nell, P. F. Adams and J. B. Sanderson, were appointed a Committee to nominate a list of candidates for the offices of President, Vice-President, Corresponding and Recording Secretaries, Treasurer, and Executive Committee.

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