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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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9. No member shall be interrupted while speaking except when out of order, when he shall be called to order by or through the chair.

10. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate.

11. No member shall speak more than twice on the same question without the consent of the Convention, nor more than 15 minutes at each time.

12. No Resolution, except of reference, shall be offered to the Convention, except it come through the business Committee; but all resolutions rejected by the Committee may be presented directly to the Convention if the maker of such wishes to do so.

13. Sessions of the Convention shall commence at 9 o'clock A. M., and 2 o'clock, P. M., and shall close at 1 o'clock, P. M., and at 6 o'clock P. M.

The Report accepted and the Rules adopted.

On motion, the following persons were appointed a committee, to prepare and report business for the Convention:—H. H. Garnet, C. B. Ray, Leonard Collins, Lewis Hayden, Willis Hodges.

On motion of C. B. Ray, a Roll committee was appointed by the chair, viz: Wm. P. McIntrye, Stephen Myers.

H. H. Garnet, on behalf of the business committee, presented a series of resolutions, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, which were accepted and Resolution No. 1 adopted, and a committee of two, on Agriculture, was accordingly appointed, viz:—C. B. Ray, Willis Hodges.

Resolution No. 2 was taken up and adopted, and a committee of three on Temperance, was appointed, viz:—S. Myers, J. W. C. Pennington, L. Collins.

Resolution No. 3, on "Universal Freedom" was taken up and warmly discussed by several; and an amendment by J. McCune Smith, viz: On the best means of abolishing Slavery and Caste in the United States, was adopted, and the following committee appointed:—Fred'k Douglass, Thos. Van Rensselaer, John Lyle, R. D. Jenny, Alex. Crummell.

Here Thos. Van Rensselaer moved that no members be designated by titles. Amended by J. Mc.Smith, "That the Secretaries obtain names of delegates in full, and omit titles."

On motion of W. W. Brown, to appoint a Finance Committee, the chair nominated W. W. Brown, Stephen Myers, Wm. S. Baltimore.

Resolution No. 4, on Commerce, was taken up and adopted, and the following were appointed a committee:—J. W. C. Pennington, W. C. Nell, R. D. Kenny, Peyton Harris, Chas. Seth.

Resolution No. 5, on Printing Press, &c., was taken up and adopted, and a committee of three was appointed, viz:—J.McCune Smith, Wm H. Topp, G.B. Wilson.

Resolution No. 6, on Education, was also adopted, and a committee of three appointed, viz:—Alex. Crummell, J. McCune Smith, P.G. Smith.

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