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State Convention of the Colored People of California, San Francisco, October, 1857.

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STATE CONVENTION OF THE COLORED PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO

OCTOBER, 1857



A Convention of this class of our population was in session several days last week, at San Francisco. Delegates were in attendance from eighteen counties, and various measures were discussed and initiated, with a view of improving the condition of the colored people throughout the State. The Chronicle gives the following report of their proceedings:

The Executive Committee appointed at the last State Convention reported that the total receipts in the General Fund from December last to October first, were $465.22; and the total disbursements, $466. The total amount received to support the press, established a year ago, was $2,332.77; and total disbursements, $2,109.78; leaving a balance on hand of $223.02. The Committee recommend; 1st, that petitions be sent to the Legislature asking a repeal of the law invalidating colored person's testimony. 2d, that committees be appointed in each county, to canvass the same more thoroughly than heretofore, for signatures to said petitions. 4th, that an address be published to the people of the state, setting forth in the strongest terms the injustice inflicted on colored persons, by the exclusion of their testimony in criminal proceedings where white people are parties. 5th, that the Executive Committee be increased as follows: Five members to reside in Sacramento, and have charge of the matters pending before the Legislature; five members to reside at San Francisco, and have charge of the paper published here; two to reside at Marysville, and one in each county represented in the Convention. 6th, that all moneys to assist in procuring the repeal of the laws in question be sent to Sacramento, and all moneys to support the press to San Francisco. 7th, that auxilliary societies be formed throughout the State, to advance the objects of the Convention.

The Committee on the Press reported in favor of sustaining the Mirror of the Times at all hazards, and suggested that each colored person in the State be requested to pay one dollar per year to support the same, and also that each business man be requested to advertise, etc. The committee also reported in favor of locating said paper in San Francisco, and having a committee to supervise it living here; and, also, advocated the formation of literary societies, wherever practical, and calling on the female portion of the population to assist the undertaking. This report was received with great applause.

The Business Committee reported resolutions complimentary to W. H. Newby, a late active co-worker in the effort to elevate the condition of colored people, directing a sub-committee to prepare an address on the benefits of mining and agriculture to colored men, and a preamble and resolution deprecating the use of intoxicating liquors among their brethren, as the cause of poverty, degradation and vice. Several speeches were made in favor of the latter resolution.

When the Convention met in the afternoon, the Chair called on the Delegates from the several counties to make reports of the condition of the

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