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Minutes of the Fourth Annual Convention for the Improvement of the Free People of Colour, in the United States; held by adjournments in the Asbury Church, New York, from the 2nd to the 12th of June, inclusive, 1834.

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The officers were accordingly announced by the Chairman and invited to their seats.

On motion, Resolved, that the rules and regulations of the last, be adopted for the government of this Convention.

Resolved, that any member absent at the call of the roll shall report himself to the President, on his afterwards entering the house.

Resolved, that the hour of adjournment be suspended to a quarter before 2 o'clock, for the purpose of hearing Mr. Peck's resolution.

Mr. Peck then presented the following resolution, viz: That a Committee of seven be appointed, in compliance with a desire mutually expressed on the part of the contending delegations from Philadelphia, to investigate and settle the difference between them; and that each of the parties shall be permitted to choose three of the committee; and the President shall appoint the seventh, the parties agreeing to be governed by the decision of the committee so appointed. After much discussion the question was put and decided in the affirmative. The parties then announced their selection as follows, viz: On the one part, Abner H. Francis, Samuel C. Hutchins, Robert Jackson; and on the other part, Peter Vogelsang, Samuel Van Brackle, Joshua P. B. Eddy. Mr. Hamilton was appointed by the President on the part of the Convention.

Adjourned till 3 o'clock, P. M.

Afternoon Session.

Prayer by the Rev. Hoshea Easton.

President in the chair. The roll having been called and the minutes of the morning session read, Resolved, that fifteen be a quorum to proceed to business.

Resolved, that the Secretary be paid twelve shillings per day, for his services during the session of this Convention.

On motion of Mr. Barbadoes, Resolved, that 2000 copies of Mr. Hamilton's address be printed for gratuitous distribution, and that a committee of three be appointed to prepare Mr. Hamilton's address for publication.

Messrs. Hamilton, Jackson, and Barbadoes, were appointed said committee.

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