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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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Convention met at 4 o'clock, President Hall in the Chair. Prayer was offered by Rev. J. B. Handy.
Committee appointed to examine the books, and audit the accounts of the State Executive Committee was called upon for their report.
The Convention being in secret session from 4 to 5 o'clock, P., Mr. Ferguson, Chairman of the Examining Committee, read extended extracts from the records of the Executive Committee: the reading being finished, Mr. B. B. Young wished to offer a resolution in regard to the report; decided to be premature.
Mr. Henry remarked: --"In regard to the report to which we have just listened, it has afforded me great satisfaction; it met his approval from beginning to end; there is a clearness and straightness in it that I like. The gentlemen composing the Executive Committee, have acted in a manner worthy of the highest praise; they have made sacrifices such as we had no right to expect of them, in acting for the people; and here I may express the hope, that our people will never refuse to support this Committee, as long as it may be necessary to continue it, from an unwise and unjustifiable want of confidence."
Mr. Newby moved to adopt the report of the State Executive Committee--carried unanimously.
Mr. Ferguson read the following resolution, and moved its adoption:
Resolved, That the colored people of the State of California, through their representatives here assembled, tender their heartfelt thanks to the members of the State Executive Committee, for the prompt and faithful manner in which they have discharged the arduous duties imposed upon them by virtue of their office--it was adopted by acclamation.
Mr. G. W. Booth moved the reconsideration, of the vote of yesterday, by which a motion relating to the disposal of the pamphlets of proceedings--was laid on the table.
Mr. Newby seconded the motion, and it was carried.
Mr. Francis proposed a motion that the proceedings, when published, be equally distributed among the members of this Convention.
Messrs. Henry, Townsend and Moore, opposed the motion. Mr. Henry thought they should be a source of revenue for the purposes of the Convention. He would suggest an amendment, so as to give 8 copies to each delegate,
Mr. Moore:--"Some provision should be made to furnish the Executive Committee with extra copies. I move that each delegate shall receive 10 copies of the proceedings, and that the remainder be placed in the hands of the Executive Committee"--this amendment was accepted, and on motion was adopted:
Mr. Detter introduced the following resolution, which was seconded by Mr. Vosburgh, and unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That the State Executive Committee be composed of fifteen persons ten of whom shall reside in San Francisco, Sacramento and Marysville; and the other five chosen from the different sections of the State.
Voted, on the motion of Mr. A. G. Dennison, that a Committee of five be appointed to nominate a list of names to constitute the State Executive Committee.
The Chair appointed Messrs. R. Hall, A. G. Dennison, C. M. Wilson, J. J. Moore, E. Vincent.
Mr. F. J. Vosburgh presented resolution No. 29, as follows: Resolved, That the members of this Convention tender their thanks to E. P. Duplex, Esq., of Marysville, for the prompt and efficient manner in which he has discharged the arduous duties of Recording Secretary of the State Executive Committee for the past year.
The resolution being seconded, Mr. Ferguson, expressed himself as of the opinion, that the resolution pending, had been anticipated by resolution, which the Convention had already adopted.
Mr. Newby agreed with Mr. Vosburgh, and thought we should designate in the case of Mr. Duplex.
Mr. Townsend:--"I hope this resolution will be passed by the Convention; Mr. Duplex has done well; it gives me pleasure to testify to the efficiency
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