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State Convention of the Colored People of Louisiana, January 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, 1865


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JAN. 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th AND 14th, 1865


January 9, 1865.

The Convention is called to order at half-past ten o'clock, by Captain James H. Ingraham, Chairman of the Executive Committee. On motion, Captain J. B. Noble is chosen as President pro tem., and Captain Ernest Morphy as provisional Secretary.

Captain Noble returns his thanks to the Convention, and impresses that with the importance of their duties.

On motion of Captain Ingraham, a committee of five, on credentials, is appointed by the chair. The committee retires to one of the committee rooms.

On the return of the Delegates, the Secretary pro tem proceeds to call roll; 52 Delegates answer to their names.

On motion of Captain Ingraham Hon. Benj. F. Flanders, who is present among the audience, is invited to a seat in the Convention.

The first business in order is to elect vice-presidents and secretaries.The names of the officers will be found, altogether with a full list of the Delegates, and the names of the members of the several committees, in the French part of our paper.

A short debate takes place on the resignation of Dr. Rogers, whose credentials and resignation have been brought at the same time before the house. The name of Dr. R. not having been put upon the roll, the Convention declares that they have nothing to do with his resignation, which is respectfully referred to the society that elected him as a Delegate.

The Convention proceeds to the formation of the committees. The commitee on the Rules retires to prepare a set of regulations.

Mr. L. Banks thinks that it will be proper to agree upon a fixed time to open and to close the sessions. Messrs. Young, Martinez, Curiel, Banks, Winston, Logan, and a few others made some remarks on this subject. It is generally agreed that 11 o'clock A.M. will be a convenient hour to meet. But it be impossible to limit the duration of sessions, as important matters may be before the house at the appointed time. Consequently the Convention resolves to meet at 11 o'clock A.M., and not to fix any particular time to close the daily sessions.

A resolution was offered by Mr. R. C. Baylor to take daily 75 copies of the Tribune, for the use of the members of the Convention [illegible].

The President proposed to appoint a committee on federal relations, that is on Government affairs. Being asked by Mr. Banks, if we have any relations with the Government, the President answers: "As citizens." The proposition is carried, and soon afterwards a motion to reconsider this vote is adopted.

Mr. R. C. Baylor inquires if it is intended to send that committee on plantations, to report on the wrongs committed there against the country laborers.

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