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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 on High Schools made the following report:
The committee to whom was referred the resolution relative to the number of High Schools in the United States that admit colored students upon an equal footing with the rest of the community, beg leave to report, that, so far as they have been enabled to ascertain there are within the several states, six Colleges, or High Schools, viz.: Oneida Institute, in the state of New York, of which the Rev. Beriah Green is the President; Mount Pleasant, in Amherst, Mass. Mr. Hubbard principal; Canaan in the state of New Hampshire, the Rev. Mr. Kimball, principal, one in Ohio, viz. the Western Reserve; one in Gettysburg in the state of Pennsylvania, and one in the city of Philadelphia, of which Miss Buffum is principal.
Your committee now suggest the propriety of the following resolution :
Resolved, that this Convention recommend the youth of our people speedily to embrace the present opportunity to procure a classical education, and that the thanks of this Convention be tendered to the Directors and Professors of all such institutions, for their generous philanthrophy and liberal patriotism in thus acknowedging the imperishable rights of man.
BENJAMIN CLARK. JOSHUA P. B. EDDY, THOMAS DOWNING.
On motion of William Whipper, seconded by A. Price, it was unanimously Resolved, that this convention do most heartily congratulate the friends of religion, morality and equal rights on the happy termination of slavery in the West India colonies, and do rely with the utmost confidence, that the operation of those principles will bring forth the same happy result to our much favored, yet GUILTY country.
On motion of R. Purvis, seconded by F. A. Hinton, it was unanimously Resolved, that, in proportion as we find the spirit of Colonization dying, prejudice diminishes. Therefore, we desire the friends of human liberty never to cease smiting the monster until its ghost has ceased to delude the philanthrophy of the nation.
On motion of Mr. Morell, seconded by Mr. Clark, it was Resolved, that this Convention recommend to our people to discountenance and refrain from witnessing the pro-slavery farces and apelike exhibitions, commonly known as Colonization meetings.
On motion of Mr. Powell, seconded by Mr. Purvis, it was
Resolved, that this Convention place no confidence in a society recently formed in Boston, called the American Union,"
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