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


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Voted to act upon the Report of the Nominating Committee immediately after balloting for members of the National Council.

Adjourned to 7 1/2 o'clock

Evening Session.

Leonard A. Grimes, President, in the chair. Meeting opened with prayer by Henry Hatton.

The chairman of the Business Committee, into whose hands they placed, again read the Resolutions of Mr. Nell, six in number, the same presented last evening.

Resolutions 7th and 8th were offered, as follows:--

Resolved, That when we adjourn, it be to meet in the city of New Bedford, in the month of July, 1854, on such day, and at be designated by the Executive Committee.

Resolved, That the Recording Secretary shall give timely and proper notice of the time and place of such meeting, by causing the same to be published in the Liberator, Fredrick Douglass's Paper, and the Aliened American.

Jonas W. Clark appeared and took his seat.

Wm. C. Nell remarked that he had received word from several members who had intended being present, but were unavoidably prevented. This he much regretted, as their presence and votes would have had an important bearing in the council.

Preamble and Resolution No.9, as follows, read:

Whereas, believing that a State Protective Union Association, with branches in the different parts of the State, under the control of colored people, would be a matter of great economy, and thus, a source of wealth--economy being the poor man's revenue--as well as a means of promoting our union and elevation; Therefore,

Resolved, That it is earnestly recommended to the Executive Committee of the State Council, and to labor to forthwith proceed to form a Protective Union, under their supervision, and to labor to promote the formation of branch Unions, with power also to furnish the branches with papers and goods.

Resolutions 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, as follows, presented by Lewis Hyden:--

Resolved, That we appreciate, with great satisfaction, the great blessing conferred on our race, by the renewed agitation of the Slavery Question through the means of "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN," written by Mrs. HARRIET BEECHER STOWE.

Resolved, That when Mrs. Stowe promised the colored people of this country, a large donation, from the funds collected from her friends and ours, in Europe, for the establishment of a School adapted to our wants, we rejoiced in the hope of great and lasting good to our race from that noble enterprise.

Resolved, That her late refusal to make that contribution in aid elevation, has filled us with unfeigned regret and mortification, and compelled us to believe that she has been acted upon by other influences than the dictates of her own good heart.

Resolved, That the withdrawal of this aid renews in us the conviction that our lives are full of disappointment, bitterness and oppression, heaped upon us by the world around us, as though we were only meted out to be destroyed.

Resolved, That, nevertheless, we do not despair of the establishment of such an institution, for the education of our brothers, sisters and children and that we pledge our hearty co-operation with our brethren, in the erecting and sustaining such a school, believing that we are fully capable of accomplishing all for ourselves that we need, or that others might us.

Resolutions 7th and 8th were placed in the hands of the Business Committee, by Thomas H. Ringgold. The 9th, with the Preamble, touching Protective Unions, by H. O. Remington, and Resolutions 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th a by Lewis Hayden.

Voted to lay the Resolutions presented by the Business Committee on the table, to make way for the Report of the Committee on Candidates, for permanent officers of the State Council.

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