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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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exchange a cultivated region for a howling wilderness, we would recommend, to retire back into the western wilds, and fell the native forests of America, where the plough-share of prejudice has as yet been unable to penetrate the soil—and where they can dwell in peaceful retirement, under their own vine and under their own fig tree.

(Signed) JAMES G. BARBADOES, Mass. WILLIAM HAMILTON, N. Y. WILLIAM WHIPPER, Penn. SAMUEL ELLIOTT, Md. GEORGE SPYWOOD, R. Island, THOMAS BANKS, N. J. JOSEPH BURTON, Del. LUKE LATHROP, Conn.

Moved by John G. Stewart, seconded by James Bird, that three thousand copies of the Conventional Address, and the Report on African Colonization, be printed in handbills for distribution, by the members of the Convention. Carried unanimously.

The committee appointed to nominate officers for the Conventional Board, presented their report, which was read, and on motion of James Bird, seconded by John G. Stewart, adopted, viz:—

WILLIAM HAMILTON, SEN, President, THOMAS DOWNING, Vice-President, JAMES FIELDS, Recording Secretary, HENRY SIPKINS, Corresponding Secretary, JOHN ROBERTSON, Treasurer.

COMMITTEE. JAMES FRAZER, WILLIAM C. JEFFERS, BOSTON CRUMMEL, RANSOM F. WAKE, JOHN BERRIAN, PHILIP A. BELL, JAMES BARNETT.

Mr. Thomas Shipley, of Philadelphia, addressed the Convention on the subject of Temperance, and the general rules of conduct as connected with our improvement, in an eloquent manner, and received the thanks of the Convention.

Adjourned to meet at 3 o'clock, P. M.

Afternoon Session.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

President in the Chair. The roll was called, and minutes of the morning session read.

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