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Proceedings of the Colored National Convention, held in Franklin Hall, Sixth Street, Below Arch, Philadelphia, October 16th, 17th and 18th, 1855.

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committee deemed the subject impracticable. The committee recommend that a Mechanical Bureau be established in its stead.

On motion, Mr. J. Watkins was appointed to prepare a record of the names and post office address of each of the members.

The following resolution was offered by Rev. E. Kelly, through the Business Committee:

Resolved, That this Convention adopt the platform of principles laid down by the late Rochester Convention, with a view of referring the same to the Business Committee, with instructions to amend that document by striking out every proscriptive feature, and inserting others more liberal, and to simplify it as much as possible, so as to make it as a. whole acceptible to this Convention, and to the people generally.

Pending the adoption of this, the Convention adjourned.


The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Bolden.

Dr. Jas. McCune Smith then read the following resolutions as a substitute for the report from the Philadelphia delegation.

Resolved, That this Convention recommend that in all communities where there is a sufficient number of colored people, that they form associations to be called Industrial Associations, with such rules and regulations as they may deem best for the purpose of encouraging colored artizans of both sexes in the pursuit of Mechanical or Artistic employment.

Resolved, That these associations be requested to correspond with each other, and publish the facts effected by them.

Resolved, That these associations shall hold a convention on the -- day of October, 1857, in the City of -------.

Mr. J. C. Bowers then moved that Dr. Smith's resolutions be indefinitely postponed.

After some discussion the President decided that a resolution offered by Rev. E. Kelly, before the close of the morning session, was in order. Mr. Kelly spoke in favor of his resolution. It was lost.

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