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Proceedings of the Second Annual Convention of the Colored Citizens of the State of California, Held in the City of Sacramento, Dec. 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, 1856.


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Trustees, to be appointed by this Convention." He said--to-morrow I shall go in favor of appointing a committee to raise funds for the Mirror.

Mr. Townsend hoped that gentlemen would endeavor to avoid complication in their arrangements; let the machinery be as simple as may be.

Mr. Ferguson said--"Gentlemen may rest assured, that if this paper is controlled by the Executive Committee, they will use it to promote solely the success of the general cause."

Messrs. Moses and Detter were in favor of the Board of Trustees.

H. W. Hall, of El Dorado, hoped no measure would be urged that would work against its prosperity; as to failure, the moral effect of such an event would be hurtful in the extreme.

Mr. Wilmot said--"As a Delegate coming from (the) Michigan Bar, he would say for the people of that locality, that they feel a deep interest in the continuance and success of the Mirror; they have done something and will do much more for it; they instructed me to go in favor of whatever plan should appear to be right, and most likely to keep it alive; their language was "sustain the Mirror."

Mr. Haynes offered the following, as amendatory to the substitute proposed by Mr. Wilson, to Section 3d, "The money placed in the hands of the Executive Committee shall not be appropriated for the paper, but each Delegate shall pledge himself, in a definite sum, in behalf of the county he represents for the support of the paper."

Mr. Moore said--"I fear that we are about to organize an intricate piece of machinery, and that confusion will be the result of an attempt to make it work. You are going to have an Executive Committee and a Board of Trustees, each to have power in the management of the paper; this will certainly occasion conflict in regard to the expenditure of the funds. How much better were it to increase the number of the Executive Committee, and give them plenary power and the sole control of the paper. Last year you gave them power over the whole business of the Convention. Did they not act wisely and prudently? Let them now, in regard to this scheme, have power to organize all necessary plans; what we want is our testimony; if we get this, we care not how; if the committee are honest, it is all we need ask."

J. Hubbard said--"I am for the Executive Committee, and have entire confidence in them; but the people ought to feel sufficient interest in, to support the paper independently, without having recourse to the general fund of the Committee,

J. B. Sanderson, F. J. Wosburgh, S. Howard, } Secy's.


Morning Session. Dec. 12th, 1856.

President Hall in the chair; called the Convention to order at 10 o'clock.

The 16th chapter of Proverbs was read, and prayer offered by the Chaplain. In the absence of the Secretary, who held the minutes of the last meeting, the President announced the unfinished business to be the motion pending to adopt Mr. Wilson's substitute to section 3d of the report of Committee on State Press, with Mr. Haynes' amendment to the substitute.

The President begged gentlemen to bear in mind that this is the fourth day of the Convention; he would not have them any less deliberate and careful in the disposition of business, but to consult brevity in their speeches.

Mr. Wilson having obtained the consent of Mr. Haynes, asked leave to withdraw his proposed substitute, with Mr. Haynes' proposed amendment to the substitute--it was granted.

Mr. Francis moved to lay the remainder of the report on the table; the motion not sustained.

Mr. Collins proposed the following amendment:

"That no appropriation shall be made out of the funds now in hand; and one-third of all the monies received after the 1st of January, 1857, be appropriated to the State Press."--The amendment was accepted.

Mr. Barbadoes offered a substitute to the amendment of Mr. Collins, as

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