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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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solutions offered yesterday afternoon, as amendments, to make such use of them in connexion with the report, as they may deem proper.
Mr. T. L. Jennings, presented some resolutions, to be made the order of the day, which was referred to a Committee of three, to report in one hour. The President appointed Mr. H. Sipkins, R. Cowley, and L. Lathrop. The committee to whom the Canadian Report was returned, together with the resolutions offered by F. A. Hinton, seconded by W. Whipper, presented the report with the said resolutions attached as a substitute for the one adopted yesterday.
On motion of R. F. Wake, seconded by D. Ruggles, that the report :and resolutions be adopted, they received a unanimous vote. The following is the report and resolution—
Resolved, that a Committee of five persons be appointed to inquire into, and report thereon, whether any, and how far encouragement ought to be given to the settlement of coloured people in Upper Canada.
The Committee appointed to take into consideration the foregoing resolution, having had the same under mature deliberation, beg leave to submit the following brief report—
It appears to your Committee, that the call for a Convention of free people of colour, was at first made for the purpose of giving aid and encouragement to a settlement of coloured people in the province of Upper Canada, in consequence of the revival of certain oppressive acts of the Legislature of the State of Ohio. It appears to your Committee, that the unjust operation of those laws, induced many persons of colour to leave, their hitherto peaceful and quiet homes, for one of a transitory and doubtful character. In this situation of affairs, the feelings and sympathies of the free people of colour, were aroused in every part of this widely extended republic, meetings held and means collected to assist those who had precipitately fled the land of their nativity, and left all the endearing associations that make life desirable. The philanthropists of our country, with that liberality of feeling, which has ever characterised the good and great of every clime, came forward with distinguished ardour, and liberally contributed means to alleviate the precarious situation of those who had emigrated. Hence arose the present Convention.
The peculiar situation of a large portion of the free people of colour .of this country, has not escaped the observation of your Committee, and the most rigid scrutiny has led to the conclusion, that there is not now, and probably never will be actual necessity for a large emigration of the present race of free coloured people, they therefore refrain from recommending any emigration whatever, but would respectfully say to such as may be desirous to go,
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