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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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Here J. C. Morell called for the reading of the declaration of sentiment which was read by the secretary. He then requested the mover to make some explanations, in support of the resolution.

Here F. A. Hinton introduced Edwin P. Atlee of Philadelphia, who addressed the convention with much fervour and good feeling concerning our condition. A.H. Price's resolution was again read, upon which a warm and animated discussion arose; after which it was withdrawn by Mr. Price, and the following substituted by F. A. Hinton, seconded by S. Smith :

Resolved, That it is the sense of this convention, that we do form a National Moral Reform Society.

Which, after much debate, was adopted.

On motion of J. C. Morell, seconded by J. H. Fleet,

Resolved, That a committee be appointed, to inquire into the expediency of devising ways and means by which colored students of medicine may obtain a regular and legal diploma.

Adopted and referred to Messrs. Morell, Fleet and Hinton.

On motion of W. Whipper, Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to prepare a constitution for a National Moral Reform Society.

Whereupon Messrs. Whipper, Smith, Price, Crosby and Powell were appointed.

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to condense the reports of the several delegations.

Whereupon Messrs. Purvis, Whipper and Closson were appointed.

On motion of J. P. B. Eddy, seconded by Mr. F. C. Lippins,

Resolved, That hereafter delegates to our National Convention be elected by the people in general meeting assembled.

Which, after much discussion was laid over, the hour of adjournment having arrived.

Wednesday morning, June 3d.

After prayer by the Rev. E. Crosby, the house proceeded to business. Alfred Niger of Providence, Rhode Island, Benjamin Clark of York, Pennsylvania, and Joshua Woodlin of Burlington, N. Jersey, appeared and took their seats. A report of the situation of the people of colour, in Burlington, was read and received, also one from York, Pennsylvania. Mr. Purvis of the committee appointed to consider the claims of the presses in our favour presented the following report.

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