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Minutes and proceedings of the Third annual Convention, for the Improvement of the Free People of Colour in these United States, :held by adjournments in the city of Philadelphia, from the 3d to the 13th of June inclusive, 1833.

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the government of this convention, made the following report, which was adopted.

Your committee appointed to adopt rules and regulations for the government of this Convention, respectfully report—

1. The President shall take the chair at the time to which the House may be adjourned, and upon the appearance of a quorum shall direct the roll to be called and the previous minutes read.

2. The President shall have full power to keep order and decorum; shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Convention, and appoint or nominate committees when ordered by the Convention.

3. In case of the absence of the President, the first Vice President shall perform his duty, and in his absence it shall devolve upon the second Vice-President.

4. If two or more members rise to speak at one time, the President shall decide who shall be entitled to the floor.

5. Every member who shall be in the House at the time the question is put, shall give his vote, unless the House, for special reasons, shall excuse him.

6. No member shall be permitted to leave the House without the permission of the President.

7. No member shall be interrupted while speaking, except by a call to order by the President; when such member may appeal to the House.

8. When a motion is stated by the President, it shall be deemed to be in possession of the House, but may be withdrawn at any time before a decision.

9. While the President is stating any question, or addressing the House, no member shall walk out, or cross the floor, nor when any member is speaking entertain private discourse.

10. No member shall speak more than twice on the same subject, and shall not occupy more than fifteen minutes at each time, without permission from the House.

11. No motion or proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall be admitted under colour of amendment.

12. No motion for reconsideration shall be in order unless made by a member who voted in the majority, and approved of by the President.

13. A motion for adjournment shall always be in order after 1 o'clock, P. M. or 6 o'clock, P. M.

14. All documents and papers, presented for the consideration of this convention, shall be submitted to a committee of five, appointed for that purpose.

15. All motions to be made shall be submitted to writing, if requested.

(Signed)

HENRY SIPKINS, ROBERT PURVIS, THOMAS L. JINNINGS, JOHN PECK, THOMAS BUTLER.

Adjourned to meet at 3 o'clock.

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