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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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JOHN P. BURR, President,



John B. Roberts,

Stephen H. Gloucester,

Joshua Brown,

Thomas Butler.

The report of the New York delegation in relation to the improvement of their people, was received, read, and on motion of John F. Cook, referred to the committee on condensing reports.

The credentials and report of J. Peck of Carlisle, Penn. was received and read. J. Peck was admitted as a delegate.

A petition from Providence, R. I., was received and read, and on motion referred to the committee on condensing reports.

The report on the condition of the people in Essex county, New Jersey, was received, read, and referred to the committee as above.

The report of the committee on distinctions in travelling, and associating in churches with the whites, was taken up, and on motion adopted as amended.


Your committee have had under consideration the subject assigned to them, and beg leave to report the following as the conclusion of their investigations.

First, that this Convention request ministers of the Gospel, in the different sections of our country, to use their influence in their several churches, to extinguish the prejudice, if any there exists, which debars colored members from equal rights and privileges in the same. And also, do recommend to our people and the friends of our race, to patronize those lines of stages and steamboats, which make little or no distinction among their passengers.

On motion of W. Whipper, seconded by R. Purvis,

Resolved, That we recommend as far as possible, to our people to abandon the use of the word "colored," when either speaking or

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