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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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COLORED NATIONAL CONVENTION.
J. Jones, of III., here proposed an amendment to the preamble, as follows:
Whereas, American slavery is politically, as well as morally, an evil of which this country stands guilty; and whereas, the two great political parties of the Union have, by their acts and nominations, betrayed the sacred cause of human freedom; and "whereas a Convention," &c., which was accepted, and the preamble, as amended, prefixed to the 13th Resolution.
The Secretaries were instructed to prepare a synopsis of the proceedings of the Convention, and forward it to Mr. Harris, Editor of the Cleveland Herald, and to the Editors of the North Star, as they had said they would be happy to publish them free of charge. H. G. Turner, Editor of the Cleveland True Democrat made a similar proposal.
It was also resolved to print 500 copies of the proceedings in pamphlet form, and the Secretaries were appointed a Committee of publication.
Convention then adjourned.
Friday, P. M., 2 1-2 o'clock. Sixth Session.
Convention assembled, Vice-President Jones in the Chair.
Prayer by Rev. William Ruth, of Colchester, C. W.
The 11th Rule was suspended, and 5 minutes voted as the allotted time for speakers. No. 19 was called up for reading.
When Frederick Douglass appeared and Dr. Delany asked that the President might now have the attention of the Convention as he was to leave at three o'clock, and had a few parting words to give.
The President's valedictory was able, eloquent and earnest, and a vote of thanks was passed by acclamation. [See Resolution, No. 20.]
No. 49, on motion, was recommended to the consideration of the people of the United States.
22d Resolution being the next in order, was on motion laid on the table. The 23d Resolution was about to be amended so as to pass a vote of thanks to the Sheriff having charge of the Court House, and to all the citizens of Cleveland for their hospitality, etc., as well as to Judge Andrews and the Cleveland Bar, when A. H. Francis, who with his lady had just returned from the Steamboat Saratoga, and had brought back with him Frederick Douglass, proposed that the resolution should read, "to all the citizens of Cleveland excepting one!" He proceeded to state a fact. He went on the steamboat Saratoga, was asking for a cabin passage, was refused by the Clerk,
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