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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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Columbia,

Rev. Stephen Smith, William Whipper.

Lancaster.

Rev. J, P. B. Eddy, F. A. Hinton,

Easton.

Francis C. Lippins.

York.

Benjamin Clarke.

Chester.

William H. Chapman, Andrew J. Gordon.

Carlisle,

John Peck.

WASHINGTON, D. C.

John F. Cook, Dr. James H. Fleet, Augustus Price.

N. B. Each delegation paid in five dollars, to carry out the objects of the Convention.

Declaration of Sentiment.

That this Convention earnestly deplore the depressed condition of the coloured population of the United States; and they have in vain searched the history of nations to find a parallel.

They claim to be the offspring of a parentage, that once, for their excellence of attainment in the arts, literature and science, stood before the world unrivalled. We have mournfully observed the fall of those institutions that shed lustre on our mother country, and extended to Greece and Rome those refinements that made them objects of admiration to the cultivators of science.

We have observed, that in no country under Heaven have the decendants of an ancestry once enrolled in the history of fame, whose glittering monuments stood forth as beacons, disseminating light and knowledge to the uttermost parts of the earth, been reduced to such degrading servitude as that under which we labour from the effect of American slavery and American prejudice.

The separation of our fathers from the land of their birth, earthly ties and early affections, was not only sinful in its nature and tendency, but it led to a system of robbery, bribery and persecution offensive to the laws of nature and of justice.

Therefore, under whatever pretext or authority these laws have

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