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Proceedings of the California State Convention of the Colored Citizens, Held in Sacramento on the 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th of October, 1865.

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194

BLACK STATE CONVENTIONS

Whereas, We, the delegates chosen by the people of the city and county of Sacramento, to meet in Convention on the 25th day of Cot. 1865, and act in conjunction with the delegates accredited from the several counties of the State of California, believe that the time has come when every man of color should aim at the elevation of his race; and to do this, we must unite in advancing measures which shall have a tendency to strengthen our influence with our more favored citizens, therefore be it

Resolved--That it is with pride we cite the fact, that in those States wherein we have the right of franchise, there is not on record an instance of our having abused the privilege; that as we have stood by the side of the Union, Liberty and Justice, with the bayonets, so would we do with the ballot.

Resolved--That education being the conservator of liberty, we desire to have extended to our children greater educational facilities, in justice to us as a law abiding and tax paying people.

Resolved--That we emphatically condemn any course other than one calculated to promote harmony, union of thought and action amongst us, as suicidal to our interest as a people.

Resolved--That we would be untrue to our race, unless we pledged ourselves to try by all fair and peaceable means, to impress on the dominant race, that the country is only half saved, slavery only half abolished and the war but half ended, until all the disabling laws which were the natural fruits of slavery are repealed, and universal suffrage exist in every State in the Union.

Benediction by the Chaplain.

Adjourned.

FOURTH DAY

Morning Session, Saturday, October 28th.

Prayer by the Chaplain. Roll called. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

Finance Committee presented their report as follows:

Amount of funds collected from thirty Delegates

in accordance with Resolution--$3 each . . . . . . . $ 90

Rent of A.M.E. Church Seventh at $15.00

Expenses, Sexton of M. E. Church.

Sixth street . . . . . . .$ 5.00

Hire of tables and chairs. . . . $2.00

Stationery . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00

Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00

$26

Balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $64

The Committee recommend that the balance in hand be subject to the order of the Publishing Committee.

The report was adopted.

The Nominating Committee requested leave of absence for consultation. Granted.

The report of the Business Committee was taken up. The unfinished business was referred to the Executive Committee.

The report of the Industrial Committee was taken up. Moved, that so much of the report as refers to the Freedmen, and the action necessary to employing them on railroads, be referred to the Executive Committee. Carried.

Mr. Moore stated that Mr. J. Madden, of Santa Clara, was an experienced farmer, and he would suggest, in the absence of other business, that he be requested to address the Convention on that subject. No objection being made, Mr. Madden proceeded to address the house.

Mr. Madden said he was born in South Carolina, lived in town until a young man when he went to farming. Had never experienced any of the hardships of plantation life, but had seen the effects on others. When he obtained his freedom he went to farming, and had probably made as much progress as many who

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