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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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follows:--"That a State Central Committee of one from each county be appointed, who shall assume the direction of the Mirror; act as its agents, solicit subscribers, raise funds, and direct its general financial affairs." Amendment not sustained.

Mr. Henry moved to postpone the further consideration of the subject of the State Press until minutes of the previous meeting were read--carried.

The Chairman of the Finance Committee, F. G. Barbadoes, reported the contingent expenses of the Convention to be:

For printing 1000 copies of proceedings, . . . . . . $125.00

For printing 100 heads of petitions, . . . . . . . . 15.00

For stationery for use of Convention, . . . . . . . 10.00

For use of Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.00



Also, that the Committee recommend, in order to raise the above amount, that each Delegate be assessed in the sum of $3.00.

Mr. Barbadoes explained the several items of expenses presented in the report; after which, on motion of Mr. Thomas, it was adopted.

The minutes of Thursday Afternoons Session were called for, read, and approved.

Third section of the report on State Press was again read, considered, with the amendment of Mr. Collins.

Mr. Ferguson said:--"Mr. President, I do not wish to impede the progress of this discussion, nor precipitate the vote upon this question with indecent haste; but we have already spent much time upon the third section, and it is to be presumed that the point as to how and whence this organ is to get support, is generally understood and decided upon; not because it comes from me do I favor it, but because it is important, and I think we are all satisfied with the proposition in its present form, I move the previous question."

Mr. Ferguson's motion was sustained. The previous question was put, section third, embracing the amendment of Mr. Collins, was adopted without a dissenting vote.

Fourth section of report read, and adopted on the motion of T. Duff.

Fifth section read; E. R. Phelps moved that the blank in this section, as to the place of publication be filled with the name of San Francisco; motion adopted.

Mr. Francis thought the State Press question was absorbing too much of the time of the Convention; the State Press Committee seemed to have combined, to drive it through to the exclusion of other important matters.

Mr. Ferguson wished to act fairly and impartially; no intrigue had been practiced in this business. On the question of locating the paper, Mr. Newby said:--"Although one of its Editors, and Chairman of the Press Committee had intimated no partiality as to place." The vote was taken on the sixth section, and it was adopted.

Seventh section read; Mr. Henry moved that blank in section seventh, having relation to the pay of editors, be filled with the sum "seventy-five dollars"--accepted.

Mr. Harper proposed one hundred dollars instead; Mr. Harper withdrew, afterwards, his proposition.

Mr. Henry thought that according to the report of delegates, our people have not been as liberal in supporting the paper, as was to be expected under the present circumstances, and considering that the Mirror will be but a weekly paper, $75 was enough.

Mr. Ferguson:--As amendatory to Mr. Henry's motion, proposed that the following words be inserted in section seventh after the sum $75; "with power to raise the same to one hundred dollars at any time when the resources of the paper will justify it." Section seventh, with Mr. Henry's motion and Mr. Ferguson's amendment were adopted.

Eighth section read; and adopted on motion of E. A. Booth.

Ninth and last section read; and adopted on motion of Geo. W. Miller, unanimously.

A vote was passed tendering thanks to Mrs. Jackson, and the ladies of San Francisco, for their efforts in behalf of the Mirror.

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