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Minutes of the National Convention of Colored Citizens; Held at Buffalo; on the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th of August, 1843; for the purpose of considering their moral and political condition as American citizens.
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question was fully and fairly discussed warmly on both sides, and the resolution was adopted wIth but 7 dissenting voices.
Resolution No. 6 was called up, read and adopted wIthout debate.
Resolution No. 7 upon Agriculture, was read, and on motion referred to a committee of five to consider which and report as early as possible. The chair announced the following gentlemen on saId commIttee. Charles B. Ray, of New York, chairman, A. M. Sumner, and W. H. Yancy of Cincinnati, O. D. Jenkins, of Columbus, O., and Sampson Talbot, of Lockport, N. Y.
Resolution No. 8, upon the mechanic arts was read, and on motIon referred to a committee of three to consider which, and report at the earliest possible period. The chair announce the following gentlemen on said committee. Robert Banks, of Detroit, Mich., Geo. Weir, of Buffalo, and James Fountain, Utica, N. Y.
Resolution No. 9 on Temperance, was called up, and after a few remarks from several gentlemen, setting forth the glorious influence, and happy effects of the Temperance movements upon the community, and urging upon the Convention the importance of practically holding up those principles in our several communities, the resolution was adopted.
Resolution No. 10, offered to the Convention under rule 13, by Wm. C. Munro, was on motion laid upon the table, to be made the order of the day immediately after the opening of the evening session.*
The hour for adjournment having come, the Convention adjourned to meet at half past 7 o'clock.
5. Resolved, That it is the duty of every lover of liberty to vote the Liberty ticket so long as they are consistent to their principles.
6. Resolved, That we believe that it is possible for human governments to be righteous as it is for human beings to be righteous, and that God-fearing men can make the government of our country well pleasing in his right, and that slavery can be abolished by its instrumentality.
7. Resolved, That this Convention recommend and encourage agricultural pursuits among our people generally, as the surest and speadiest road to wealth, influence and respectability.
8. Resolved, That this Convention recommend to our people the importance of aspiring to a knowledge of all the Mechanic arts of the age.
9. Resolved, That among the various and important measures for the improvement of our people, this Convention view the principles of Temperance as of vital import, and we urge the hearty adoption of them by our whole people.
Evening Session.—The Convention met as per adjournment. Henry Johnson, one of the Vice Presidents in the chair. Prayer by the Rev. Geo. Weir, of Buffalo—the roll of the Convention was called—the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The resolution of Wm. C. Munro being the order of the day, was called up and Mr. Munro proceeded to discuss the subject matter of the resolution, which he did in a very forcible manner. He endeavored to show the absurdity of several decisions having been made in inferior courts, that colored men though native and free born were not citizens. Mr. Munro thought it high time for us to speak out upon this subject, and that the present was the time. The resolution was opposed by R. H. Johnson. While this question was pending, the committee to whom bad been
- This resolution after having been called up and discussed two several times, was indefinitely postponed and finally voted to be expunged from the minutes.
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