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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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On motion of Wm. Whipper, seconded by S. Smith, it was
Resolved, that the delegates present pledge themselves to furnish a sufficient amount of money to pay for the printing of the minutes, as soon as they can be prepared for the press.
On motion of George H. Black, seconded by S. Smith,
Resolved, That we recommend to our people the 25th day of June, to be kept as a day of fasting and prayer, in behalf of our suffering brethren in slavery.
On motion of W. Whipper, seconded by R. Purvis,
Resolved, That the Christian forbearance practised by our people during their persecution by those mob riots of 1834, merits the praise and respect of the whole Christian world ; and is a most successful refutation of the pro-slavery arguments advanced in this country, by men who are governed by inveterate and warlike dispositions.
Resolved, That their peace, quietude and humility, during that period of excitement, have, in point of civilization and Christian kindness, placed them far above the agitators, abettors, or actors of that humiliating and degrading persecution.
The committee to whom was submitted the various reports on the condition of the free colored population, respectfully report1 that the various documents submitted to their charge, possess much interesting and useful matter, and exhibit the most flattering prospects of our people, throughout the various sections of our country. They have found them too numerous to admit of publication in the minutes, but do most respectfully suggest, that they may be placed in the hands of the Executive Committee of the American Moral Reform Society, together with all other documents that may be committed to their charge, for publication in the anti-slavery periodicals.
On motion of Mr. Morell, it was Resolved, that all the former appointments of Vice-Presidents and Corresponding Secretaries, except those where we have made especial appointments at this session, be continued.
On motion of Robert Purvis, seconded by Wm. Whipper, it was unanimously Resolved, that the thanks of this Convention be, and are hereby tendered to the President, Vice-President and Secretaries, for the dignified manner in which they have discharged their arduous duties.
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