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Minutes of the Fifth Annual Convention for the Improvement of the Free People of Colour in the United States; Held by Adjournments, in the Wesley Church, Philadelphia; from the first to the fifth of June, inclusive; 1835.
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On motion of Robert Purvis, Resolved, That a committee of one member from each state be appointed by the chair, to lay before this Convention, such business as may be necessary to be acted upon, and report to-morrow morning. The president appointed Stephen Smith, Columbia; Augustus Price, Washington City, D. C.; Francis Lippins, Easton; Nathan Johnson, New Bedford; George A. Black, Portland; and Robert Purvis, Philadelphia.
Tuesday Morning, June 2d, 9 A.M.
A quorum being present, prayer was offered by the Rev. Stephen Smith. The minutes of the previous sittings were read and the roll called.
Mr. Purvis of the committee appointed to report business necessary for the action of the Convention arose and stated, "That the limited time allotted the committee had deprived them of extending their investigation as far as they desired, but they had arrived to the conclusion, that they could not better execute the important trust committed to their care, than by recommending to their consideration and attention, the business that engaged the attention of the Convention last year." The report was received, and committees were appointed on the several subjects, brought forward by the committee of inquiry last year, for which the reader is referred to the minutes of 1834. As but few of the committees reported we shall omit their notice at present, together with the rules and regulations, they being the same as those used on former occasions.
3 o'clock, P. M.
President in the chair, the meeting was opened by a prayer from the Rev. Mr. Rhoads. On motion of F. A. Hinton, seconded by R. Purvis, Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed, to inquire into and report in writing, whether we ought, and how far, to countenance, aid, and cooperate with the measures of the American Anti-slavery Society. The resolution was adopted and referred to the committee.
On motion of Augustus Price, seconded by Stephen Smith, Resolved, That this Convention do now proceed to organize an association to be known by the name of the American Moral Reform Society, for improving the condition of mankind, embracing for its creed, the principles contained in the declaration of sentiment published in the minutes of the Convention of last year.
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