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Report of the proceedings of the Colored National Convention held at Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 6, 1848.
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Mich; W. H. Topp, New York, and Thomas Brown, Ohio; and on motion two were added to that Committee, viz:—J. L. Watson, and J. Malvin, of Ohio.
On motion, a Committee on Rules for the government of the Convention was appointed—D. Jenkins, of Ohio, Chairman.
Also, Committee on Finance, G. W. Tucker, of Michigan, Chairman.
The President was conducted to the chair by A. H. Francis, and after an able address from the President and the appointing of the above Committees, the Convention adjourned to 2 1-2 o'clock, P.M.
Wednesday, 2 1-2 o'clock, P. M., Second Session.
The Convention met, President in the Chair. After some remarks of the President as to the requisites to good order, the Business Committee not being ready to report, opportunity was given for a volunteer speech or song. The time not being taken up, the President sang with applause, a liberty song.—Mr. Allan Jones, of Ohio, spoke of the object of the Convention, and followed with a narrative of his slave-life. He said he had earned for his master $10,000, and after he had paid for his liberty, $360, and yet some people would say he was "not able to take care of himself."
The Committee on Rules here reported, and after the discussion of proposed amendment, the Report as a whole was adopted. Messrs. Cox and Day, were here called out to sing a Liberty song.
F. Douglass then offered the following resolution:—That this Convention commends the conduct of Capt. Sayres and Mr. Dayton, in their noble attempt to rescue from cruel bondage 76 of our brethren in the Capital of this Republic, and that we deeply sympathise with them in their present unjust and atrocious imprisonment. F. Douglass made a few remarks in its support. A. H. Francis, of N. Y., made a few remarks on an article in the "Cleveland Plaindealer," abusive of Bibb and the Buffalo Convention, asserting that the article was false in fact and cringing to prejudice in principle. Henry Lott supported the resolution. Frederick Douglass followed, speaking of the principle involved, namely, the morality of running away. After remarks in accordance with the invitation of the President by Messrs. Patterson, Fitzgerald, Lewis, J. M. Langston, Watson, of Oberlin, and Jones, of Ill., the Business Committee reported a portion of the Declaration of Principles [See Resolutions 1, 5.]
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