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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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D. W. Smith, de Port Henry Smith,

Hudson, Capt. A. St. Leger,

Jacob L. Tospott, John Spearing,

Rev. J. M. Vance, George Taylor,

Joseph Vincent, Hippolyte Vagner,

Samuel P. White, John F. Winston,

Zekeil White,

A. L. Young.

Comite sure les Reglements: M. M. capitaine Noble, president, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Cromwell, J. A. Norager, capitaine Barrett.

Comite des Finances: M. M, Ch. Martinez, president, Frank Davis, capitaine A. St-Leger.

Comite de Correspondence: M. M. L. Banks, president, Chas. E. Logan, Thomas W. Poree.

Comite d'Affaires: M. M. John F. Winston, president, Ch. Aubert, Rev. Vance, A. L. Young, August Gaspard, J. L. Tospott, A. E. Barber.


Tuesday, January 10, 1865.

The Convention is called to order at quarter past 11 o'clock A.M. An prayer is offered by Rev. J. Dutche, of Baton Rouge. The minutes of yesterday's session are read and adopted.

The Committee on credentials report the names of some delegates, admitted since yesterday. The names will be found in our French report.

The roll is called by the Secretary; 60 delegates answer to their names.

The first object before the Convention is to consider the Rules reported yesterday by the committee. After a short debate they are adopted, with some amendments. We subjoin a synopsis of the Rules, as adopted for the government of the Convention.

1. Every question is to be decided by the majority; in case of the Convention being equally divieded, the President will have the casting vote. 2. Members have to keep their seats, and are not permitted to leave them without consent of the President. 3. Every motion has to be seconded, and to be stated by the President. 4. No member can be excused from voting. 5. Members will stand up to speak, and will keep their seats if called to do so by the dent. 6. No member will speak more than twice on the same subject, and no more than 15 minutes at a time, unless authorized by the Convention to continue. 7. Visitors can address the Convention, if allowed to do so by a two-thirds vote.

The committee on Rules and Regulations is discharged.

A motion is made by Messrs. Boguille and Morphy, relating to the translation of every resolution and proposition. After some debate, and observations of Messrs. Martinez, Baylor and a few others, the motion is adopted. It will be the business of the Secretaries to make these translations, in order that every question might be put to the house in English and French.

Mr. Cromwell's motion on the oath is taken up, as unfinished business.

The oath is read by the President, when the delegates rise to their feet, and all take the pledge together, to be loyal to the Government of the Union, and to sustain it throughout all its trials. This was one of the most solemn and impressive scenes yet witnessed in the Convention.

On motion of Mr. L. Banks, the proposed committee on federal relations is to become Committee on Grievances. This committee is announced by the President as follows: Mr. L. Banks, Chairman of the committee, Dr. W. Rogers, Solomon Hays, L. Berhill, E. Chesse.

The Committee on Business reports for consideration, 1st, a Constitution of the League; 2d, an address to the people of Lousiana; 3d, a plan for a of Bureau of Industry. The Constitution is made the order of the day for tomorrow. The address, which is a powerful and well written paper, is read by the president. On motion of Messrs. Noble and Norager, amended by Mr. Avery and subsequently by Mr. [illegible], one thousand copies of this document are to be printed, in English and French and power given to the Executive Committee to have more copies printed if necessary.

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