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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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dissention in the State, forget that in so doing we are but following in the footsteps of many even of the slave States themselves. Kentucky has made public provision for the education of all free blacks within her border, and ere another year elapses, North Carolina and perhaps other Southern States, will make even more liberal provision for the moral and intellectual improvement of the colored people in their midst. And shall free California be behind Kentucky and other slave States in such a matter, not only of philanthropy but of right? Out upon such waddle! Sensible, well-meaning citizens will never be guilty of it. While we tax the blacks, and thus make them contribute to the education of our own white children, let us not deny them access to the fountain of knowledge, and thereby compel them to grow up in ignorance, degradation and misery. So far as the proposed Convention shall have for its object the betterance of the social and intellectual condition of the colored people, we bid them God speed.'"


D. P. Stokes offered a Resolution, proposing to instruct the Secretary to tender the thanks of this Convention, to the editor of the Grass Valley Telegraph, for the unprejudiced manner in which he has represented our objects and motives, in holding this Convention.

Mr. Newby moved to amend, by including the "San Francisco Evening Journal." The amendment was accepted, and after remarks by Messrs. Ward, Stokes, Newby, and Gilliard, the resolution was unanimously adopted, and the Secretary instructed to carry out the intention of the Resolution.

The Committee on Rules for the Government of the Convention, then reported the following


Rules


1. Each session of the Convention shall be opened by prayer.

2. This Convention shall hold two sessions each day until it adjourns.

3. Morning sessions shall commence at 10 o'clock, A.M., and adjourn at 2 o'clock, P.M.

Afternoon sessions shall commence at 4 o'clock, P.M., and adjourn at 7 o'clock, P.M.

4. The President shall decide all points of order, subject to an appeal by any member.

5. The President shall appoint all Committees, unless otherwise ordered by the Convention.

6. When any member desires to speak, he shall rise in his place, and address the Chair.

7. When two or more members arise at the same time, the Chair shall decide who is entitled to the floor.

8. Each person shall be allowed to speak fifteen minutes at one time; and no person shall be allowed to speak more than twice, upon the same subject, without permission from the House.

9. All personalities shall be avoided in debate.

10. No subject shall be open for discussion, until a motion has been made and seconded.

11. All Resolutions shall be reduced to writing, to be registered.

12. The order of business shall be as follows:

1st. Prayer.

2d. Reading minutes of last meeting.

3d. Report of Standing Committees.

4th. Report of Special Committees.

5th. Unfinished business of last session.

6th. Miscellaneous business.

7th. Adjournment.

13. Questions of order, not contained in these Rules, shall be decided according to Cushing's Manual.

14. These Rules shall not be altered, amended or suspended, unless by a vote of two thirds of the members present.

Committee on Rules.--J. H. Townsend, Dennis Carter, Fielding Smithea, Albert Vaniel, Emory Waters.

These Rules were adopted.

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