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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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Fountain, and referred to the committee for condensing the Minutes.

Mr. Hughes submitted the following preamble and resolution, seconded by Mr. Hinton, viz. Whereas, it is the duty of this Convention, to guard the general interests of the coloured community of this country; and whereas, it is conceived that all vain expenditures of time and pomp in dress, are deleterious in their effects, inasmuch as they tend to impoverish us, and to increase the prejudice and contempt of the whites. Therefore, Resolved, That we disapprove, will discountenance and suppress, so far as we have power or influence, the exhibition and procession usually held on the fifth day of July annually, in the city of New-York ; and all other processions of coloured people, not necessary for the interment of the dead.

On motion of Mr. Shadd, Resolved, That this resolution be made the order of the day for 3 o'clock to-morrow, P. M.

On motion of Mr. Peck, seconded by Mr. Drayton, Resolved, That this Convention organize itself into a National Society, for the general improvement of the free people of colour in the United States, and that a committee of seven be appointed to draft a constitution for the government of said society. After some remarks in favour and against the resolution, it was laid on the table for future consideration.

The committee on the first section of report on business proper to be acted on, reported. The report was accepted, and taken up by sections for adoption. Adjourned till 3 o'clock, P. M.

Afternoon Session.

The President in the chair. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Drayton. The roll was called and the Minutes of the morning session were read. The unfinished business of the morning was taken up for consideration, when, on motion, a suspension was ordered, to receive the report on contested Delegations. The committee reported Messrs. Bird, Butler, Gardner, Whipper and Purvis to be the legally appointed Delegates from Philadelphia; the report was adopted, and such parts of the Delegation as were present, were admitted to their seats.

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