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Proceedings of the First State Convention of the Colored Citizens of the State of California. Held at Sacramento Nov. 20th 21st, and 22d, in the Colored Methodist Chuch [sic].

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST CONVENTION OF THE COLORED CITIZENS

OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

HELD AT SACRAMENTO NOV. 20th, 21st, AND 22d, IN

THE COLORED METHODIST CHURCH, 1855




PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONVENTION

In obedience to call, a Convention of the colored people of the State of California, by their delegates, assembled at Sacramento, in the colored Methodist Church, on Tuesday, Nov. 20th, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of petitioning the Legislature of California, for a change in the law relating to the testimony of colored people, in the Courts of justice of this State. Also, to adopt plans for the general improvement of their condition throughout the State.

At 10 o'clock, A.M., the Convention was called to order by J. B. Sanderson, of Sacramento; Jacob Francis, of San Francisco, was called to the Chair, and Albert Vaniel, of Sierra, appointed Secretary.

J. H. Townsend, of San Francisco, moved that a Committee of five, be appointed to examine the credentials of delegates. The motion was carried, and the following gentlemen appointed:

Committee on Credentials.--E. P. Duplex, Yuba; M. W. Gibbs, San Francisco; J. B. Sanderson, Sacramento; Alfred White, Tuolumne; Albert Vaniel, Sierra.

The Committee on Credentials presented their Report, as follows:

Number of Counties represented, 10; number of Delegates present, 49.

From El Dorado County.--Edward R. Phelps, William H. Thomas, Joseph Smallwood, John Butler, William Quinn, Peter Blackstone, Charles H. McDougal, John Galley, William J. Harin, Isaac Morton, 10.

From Sacramento County.--J. B. Sanderson, George W. Booth, John G. Wilson, Emory Waters, Thomas Detter, David Brown, James Nicholas, Clayton Miller, James R. Starkey, David Lewis, 10.

From Yuba County.--Edward P. Duplex, Isaac Triplet, 2.

From Sierra County.--Albert Vaniel, 1.

From Nevada County.--Daniel Mahoney, Dennis Carter, George Duvall, 3.

From San Joaquin County.--Jeremiah King, 1.

From San Francisco County.--H. M. Collins, J. H. Townsend, W. H. Newby, J. P. Dyer, D. W. Ruggles, F. G. Barbadoes, Henry F. Thompson, J. D. Gilliard, T. M. D. Ward, D. P. Stokes, Henry Cornish, Edward J. Johnson, J. J. Moore, M. W. Gibbs, William H. Yates, Jacob Francis, Peter Anderson, William H. Harper, 18.

From Contra Costa County.--Fielding Smithea, 1.

From Santa Clara County.--W. D. Moses, 1.

From Tuolumne County.--Alfred J. White, John H. Morris, 2.

The report was accepted, and the Committee discharaged.

H. M. Collins moved that a Committee of five be appointed to nominate a list of officers for the permanent organization of the Convention.

Mr. Sanderson proposed to amend, by appointing "one person from each county represented." He thought a more general and impartial expression of

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