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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 treasurer of the Conventional Board is hereby instructed to pay the expenses of such publication.
Resolved, that the publishing committee, viz. Messrs. Hamilton, Barbadoes, Jackson and Hughes are instructed to carry the above resolution into full effect.
Mr. Easton proposed the following preamble and resolution, seconded by Mr. Luca, which was unanimously adopted: Whereas, there are certain grievances connected with the elective franchise, as now enjoyed by a portion of the free people of colour in our country, which demand prompt and efficient action; therefore, Resolved, that a committee of one Delegate from each State be appointed to consider and report upon the subject to this Convention. Messrs. Butler, Easton, Closson, Pennington, Hutchins, London, Stewart, Barbadoes, and Brewer were appointed that committee.
On motion of Mr. Hinton, seconded by Mr. Hughes, Resolved, that this Convention do most cordially approve of the disinterested and truly philanthropic course of Miss Prudence Crandall of Canterbury, Con., in her devotion to the education of female coloured youth; and we do most cheerfully commend her to the patronage and affection of the people of colour at large.
On motion of Mr. Luca, seconded by Mr. Easton, Resolved, that this Convention recommend to the free people of colour of the United States, the importance of meeting together in their respective locations on the fourth day of July. annually, for the purpose of prayer; that addresses be delivered on those subjects connected with our peculiar situation and· our moral and political improvement; and that collections be taken up on such occasions to aid the objects of the Convention.
Mr. Olney of Canterbury, Con., was introduced to the Convention, and invited to the seat of an honorary member. Adjourned to Monday, 9 o'clock, A. M., when Mr. Van Brackle has the floor, to continue his remarks on the appointment of a committee to report on the subject of abolition.
Monday Morning, June 9.
The Convention met as per adjournment. The President in the chair. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Easton. The roll having
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