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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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believing it to be only Colonization in a new dress, or a wolf in sheep's clothing.

On motion of Wm. Whipper, seconded by Robert Purvis, it was

Resolved, that our duty to God, and to the principles of human rights, so far exceeds our allegiance to those laws that return the slave again to his master, (from the free states,) that we recommend our people to peaceably bear the punishment those inflict, rather than aid in returning their brethren again to slavery.

On motion of J. Cornish, seconded by Mr. Morell, it was

Resolved, that this Convention, in the name of the people it represents, present its special thanks to the Ladies constituting the Female Anti-slavery Society throughout this country, believing their untiring exertions and irresistible influence to be a most powerful auxiliary in the great cause of emancipation.

On motion of J. F. Cook, seconded by Mr. Morell, it was

Resolved, that this Convention recommend to their auxiliary Society at Baltimore, to grant free citizens of color to participate in selecting and electing delegates to our Convention by paying a sum not less than twenty-five cents per annum.

The following persons were appointed Vice-Presidents and Corresponding Secretaries in the following places, as agents for the Annual Convention of the Free People of Colour.

MAlNE—PORTLAND.

C. C. MANUEL, V. P. J.M. JOHNSON, C. S.

RHODE ISLAND—PROVIDENCE.

GEORGE C. WILLIS, V. P. Wm. J, BROWN, C. S.

MASSACHUSETTS—NEW BEDFORD.

RICHARD G. OVERING, V. P. RICHARD C. JOHNSON, C. S,

NEW JERSEY—NEWARK.

J. D. CLOSSON, V. P. HENRY OGDEN, C. S.

PENNSYLVANIA—PHILADELPHIA.

DANIEL B. BROWNHILL, V. P. JAMES NEEDHAM, C. S,

MARYLAND—BALTIMORE.

NATHANIEL PECK, V. P. ROBERT COWLEY, C. S,

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA—WASHINGTON.

AUGUSTUS PRICE, V. P, JOHN F. COOK, C. S,

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