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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 Mr. Price, seconded by Mr. Smith, it was unanimously Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to inquire into the expediency of promoting the science of medicine among our people in the United States.
Which resolution was afterward referred to a committee already appointed on a similar subject.
On motion the convention then adjourned.
Tliursday morning June 4th.
President in the chair. Prayer by Mr. Rhoades. Roll called, and minutes of the preceding meeting read by the secretary.
On motion of Mr. W. Whipper, seconded by J. F. Cook, it was unanimously
Resolved, that this convention recommend the formation of auxiliary societies to the American Moral Reform Society, in all the cities, towns, and villages, in the U. States where our people are located, and they are hereby requested to send delegates to anniversary meetings of the parent institution.
The following resolution moved by the same gentlemen was also after much discussion adopted :
Resolved, that each society formed auxiliary to the American Moral Reform Society, contribute at least five dollars, at each annual meeting to aid in promoting the objects of the said society.
The following resolutions presented by Mr. James H. Fleet and seconded by John F. Cook were unanimously passed.
Resolved, that this convention recommend to the free people of colour throughout the U. States, the propriety of petitioning congress and their respective state legislatures to be admitted to the rights and privileges of American citizens, and that we be protected in the same.
Resolved, that this convention recommend to the free young men of colour throughout the U. States, the propriety of forming and promoting societies for their improvement in moral and literary knowledge.
Mr. Price, of the committee to whom was referred the suggestion in relation to manual labour schools, offered the following as their
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