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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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June 5th, Friday morning.

President in the chair. Prayer by the chaplain. Roll was called. Minutes of the preceding meeting read.

The resolution of the previous meeting, in relation to appointing officers was then called up and after much debate was adopted, and the house proceeded to the choice of the committee, which resulted as follows; viz. Messrs. Whipper, Smith, Purvis, Van Brakle, and Lippins. On motion of Mr. Morell, seconded by Mr. Van Brakle, it was

Resolved, that a committee of five be appointed to report to the next annual convention, as near as practicable, the actual number of coloured slave holders in the U. States, with their names and location, and the number of slaves held by them : as well as any incidents connected therewith, and also to suggest such measures, as may be in their opinion best calculated to remedy the evil complained of.

Messrs. Morell, Price, Woodlin, Smith, and Van Brakle, were appointed.

On motion of Mr. Purvis, seconded by Mr. Frederick A. Hinton, it was unanimously

Resolved, that this convention recommend the Liberator, a weekly paper published by our devoted friends Garrison and Knapp, in Boston, as eminently deserving of the support of every free coloured citizen in these U. States.

Resolved, that it is further especially recommended to all who subscribe for papers devoted to our cause, to bear in mind, that patronage includes a punctual compliance with the terms of subscription.

Mr. Whipper, of the committee to report proper officers for the government of the American Moral Reform Society, reported the following citizens of Philadelphia as its officers, which was unanimously received and adopted.

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