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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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Resolved, That the Rev. Mr. Rhoads be and is hereby appointed chaplain of this convention.

W. Whipper, of the committee to whom was referred the resolution in relation to the formation of a National Reform Society, submitted a constitution as their report, which was received, taken up by sections, and adopted.

On motion of Mr. Price, seconded by Mr. Closson, it was unanimously Resolved, That this convention do adjourn on Friday evening next, sine die.

On motion of Benjamin Clark, seconded by John D. Closson, it was unanimously

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be tendered, through the President and Secretary, to the Hon. John Evans, of York, Pa., for his noble defence in the case of the wife of John Williams, of Middletown, Pa., and the rescue from the jaws of slavery, of his two infant children.

On motion of William P. Powel, seconded by Mr. J.P. B. Eddy, it was Resolved, That the Conventional Board bring in the report of their proceedings of last year, a statement of the funds, and all other business left in their hands to transact, on Friday morning next.

On motion of W. Whipper, seconded by A. Price, it was unanimously Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to prepare an address to the people of the United States, giving an exposition of the principles of our society, and the wants of our people.

Whereupon Messrs. Whipper, Price, and Niger were appointed.

On motion of Mr. W. P. Powell, seconded by Mr. Crosby, it was Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to prepare the minutes of this (the Fifth) Annual Convention of the Free People of Color, for publication.

Messrs. Whipper, Hinton and Fleet were appointed that committee.

On motion of Mr. Benjamin Clark, seconded by Mr. Lippins, it was unanimously Resolved, That this Convention hail with joy the progress of the temperance reformation among the colored, as well the white inhabitants of our country ; and as intemperance and slavery are closely allied, this convention recommend to our people the formation of temperance societies, which we believe will facilitate the cause of immediate and universal emancipation.

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