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Proceedings of the National Convention of Colored People and Their Friends; held in Troy, NY; on the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th of October, 1847

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On motion of Alexander Crummell, a committee of five was nominated to report a list of officers of the Convention, viz:—Benjamin Weeden, Wm. W. Brown, Willis Hodges, Stephen Myers, Alex. Crummell.

At this stage of the proceedings, the question as to admitting persons as delegates, was debated. Some were in favor of the "largest liberty," others were for making restrictions; the question was subsequently settled by the adoption of the following:—

Resolved, That all gentlemen present, who have come from places from which there is no regular appointed delegation to the Convention, be considered as delegates from those places, and that all other gentlemen be requested to take seats as honorary members.

On motion, the following committee was then appointed to draft rules for the Convention: H. H. Garnet, R. D. Kenny, William H. Topp.

The nominating committee reported as follows:

President—NATHAN JOHNSON of New Bedford, Mass.

Vice-Presidents—J. W. C. Pennington, Hartford, Conn., J. McCune Smith, New York, Peyton Harris, Buffalo, N.Y.

Secretaries—Wm. H. Topp, Albany, Wm. C. Nell, Boston, Mass., Chas. B. Ray, New York.

Which list was accepted and unanimously adopted.

The President elect took his seat, and the Convention joined in prayer, offered by Leonard Collins, of Springfield, Mass.

Mr. Garnet, from Committee on Rules, reported the following, for the government of the Convention.


1. Resolved, That each session of the Convention be opened by addressing the Throne of Grace.

2. Upon the appearance of a quorum the President shall take the chair and call the Convention to order,

3. The minutes of the preceding session shall be read at the opening of each session, at which time mistakes, if there by any, shall be corrected.

4. The President shall decide all questions of order subject to an appeal of the Convention.

5. All Motions and addresses shall be made to the President, the member rising from his seat.

6. All motions, except those of reference, shall be submitted in writing.

7. All Committees shall be appointed by the chair unless otherwise ordered by the Convention.

8. The previous question shall always be in order, and until decided shall preclude all amendment and debate, of the main question and shall by put in this form, "Shall the main question be now put."

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