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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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11. Resolved, That in our judgment it is the duty of all men to abstain from the use of ardent spirits and from the traffic in it.
12. Resolved. That it is expedient that the friends of Temperance. without a thought of color, but as one man, unite our efforts to extend the principles of Temperance throughout the world.
13. Resolved, That the Influence of Temperance on the intellectual elevation, the moral character, the social happiness and the future prospect of mankind, is such as ought to obtain for it the cordial approbation and the united, vigorous and persevering effort of all the philanthropic and humane of every class and sex of the country.
14. Resolved, That this Convention earnestly urge the attention of our colored citizens and their friends to the duty of holding State Conventions in their several States, for the purpose of urging, morally and politically, upon the people of each State the duty of acknowledging and establishing all the rights which are withheld from them; likewise to consider all the local interests for their improvement or elevation.
15. Resolved, That this Convention make an Address to the SlavehoIders in this country, and demand of them that they immediately let the slaves go free.
16. Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to carry the above Resolution into effect.
17. Resolved, That this Convention recommend to our people the propriety of instructing their sons in the art of war.
W. C. Nell offered the following Resolves which were passed:
Resolved, That our sincere thanks are hereby submitted to the Committee of Arrangements for having generously volunteered their efforts for the successful accommodation of Delegates to the Convention.
Resolved, That we tender our grateful acknowledgments to the friends at Troy for their agreeable contribution to our comfort while sojourning in their beautiful city.
Resolved, That we would also express our gratitude to the proprietors of Liberty Street Church for the gratuitous use of their house for the sittings of this ConventIon.
A Resolution was adopted recommending the "Ram's Horn," "Nation Watchman," "Northern Star," "Disfranchised American" and "The Mystery," as worthy the encouragement and support of the people.
The amount paid to the Publishing Committee was $34. They received the Minuies from the Secretaries on the 21st of October. The Minutes appear to be incomplete in some instances, but the Publishing Committee have strictly followed the manuscript placed in their hands.
Finance Committee reported $ collected; voted the balance, after paying Printing &c., to go to Committee on Publishing, and after a song the Convention adjourned sine die.
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