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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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New York, W. C. Nell, Boston, A. G. Beman New Haven, A. M. Sumner Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Convention adjourned to 7 o'clock, P. M.
FRIDAY EVENING MEETING.
Called to order by V. P. Pennington. Singing Liberty song. Prayer by Mr. Lyall. On motion, the reading the afternoon's proceedings was dispensed with, and upon a call, the Report on Abolition &c. was again read by Mr. Douglass.
H. H. Garnet resumed his remarks, to shew the necessity of qualifying certain expressions contained in the Report, and urged so much as related to "Religion sanctifying Slavery," be amended by a substitute to read Religion, faIsely so called. Another objectionable feature was the word "Moral Suasion," and was in favor of adding after Suasian and "Political action." His time having expired, it was voted to allow him to finish his remarks.
W. W. Brown advocated the Report and urged that Moral Suasion was needed in order to convince and convert the white people here in favor of abolishing Slavery.
F. Douglass took the floor again to explain and advocate the Report.
A. G. Beman was in favor of adding "political action." [Mr. Beman while on the floor made allusion to an article contained in a daily paper of Troy, which article reflected quite severely upon the doings of the Convention, and particularly upon some of his remarks made use of in his address the evening previous, and appealed to the audience if such an attack was just. The response was one of indignation towards the writer of said article.]
Andrew Jackson resumed in favor of the Report, and upon call of previous question a vote was taken and the Report was lost.
The Finance Committee reported $9 07 collected. On motion it was Resolved that this Convention adjourn sine die at 12 o'clock to-morrow (Saturday.) Song, and adjourned to 9 o'clock A. M.
FOURTH DAY. SATURDAY MORNING, OCT. 9.
Convention called to order by Vice Pres't Harris. Prayer by Mr. Spense, of Troy, N. Y. Minutes of Friday afternoon and evening were read and approved, when H. H. Garnett, from the Business Committee, reported a series of Resolutions numbering 7, 8, 9, 10; all of which were adopted.
The following Resolutions were submitted by ----- -----: " Resolved, That the creation and permanent establishment of a Banking Institution by the colored people of the United States is a measure which deserves the attention of this Convention.
"Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed by this Convention to report on Banks and Banking Institutions."
Mr. A. Jackson moved to adopt them. Thomas Van Rensselaer spoke in favor of a Banking Institution originating among the colored people of the U. States, because they at present contribute to their own degradation by investing capital in the hands of their "enemies." Messrs. M. A. Jackson and W. C.
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