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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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The committee to whom was referred the duty to ascertain how many manual labour schools are established in the U. States; for the instruction of coloured youths, beg leave to state, that as far as the committee have been able to learn, there is but one, which is located in the village of Peterborough, Madison County, N. York State, founded by Gerritt Smith, Esq. The number of scholars is limited to eighteen ; at present there are but nine : this school has been in operation one year. In conclusion, your committee beg leave to offer the following resolution for your consideration and adoption.
Resolved, that this convention recommend to their auxiliaries and to the free people of colour throughout the United States, the propriety of taking up collections, and opening books, and receiving subscriptions to aid in erecting a manual labour college, to be located in some place hereafter named by the American Moral Reform Society of the free people of colour. Furthermore, that each auxiliary society or delegation shall transmit to each annual meeting of the American Moral Reform Society, a report of the amount subscribed and collected ; and when a sufficient amount shall have been obtained, the annual meeting of the Moral Reform Society, of the free people of colour, shall then proceed to the location and erection of a manual labour college.
Those who voted in favour of the above report as amended, are Messrs. Downing, Closson, Ogden, Woodlin, Smith, Clark, Whipper, Cook, Fleet, and Reuben Ruby, President. The gentlemen voting on the contrary, are Messrs. Johnson, Niger, Eddy, Gordon, Morell, Cornish, Van Brakle. Price, and Lippins.
On motion of Mr. Morell, seconded by Mr. Eddy, it was
Resolved, that this convention do recommend to our people annually to assemble in conventions, by delegates for the purpose of devising ways and means for our future elevation.
On motion of Mr. Whipper, seconded by Mr. Downing, it was Resolved, that this convention, request the board of managers of the American Moral Reform Society, to establish as soon as possible a press, to be the organ through which the principles of our institution, shall be made known to the world. And be it further Resolved, that the delegates to this convention do, immediately on their return home, use their efforts to obtain subscriptions for the same,
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