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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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Dr. J. McCune Smith spoke in favor of his resolutions. They were opposed by Mr. J. C. Bowers.

Rev. Stephen Smith moved that each delegate pay one dollar to defray the expenses of the Convention.

Mr. Morrell moved to amend by saying that each delegate pay such an amount as he shall feel able.The amendment was carried. The roll was then called, and the collection taken up.

The Convention then agreed to hear a full report of the Finance Committee on the following morning.

The Convention then resumed the consideration of Dr. Smith's resolutions, which were discussed up to the hour of adjournment.


The Convention met pursuant to adjournment, J. J. Gould Bias in the Chair.

Dr. Smith's resolutions being in order, Dr. J. McCune Smith, Dr. J. J. G. Bias, Wm. J. Watkins and Frederick Douglass spoke in favor of said resolutions, and Josiah C. Wears, Charles H. Bustill and Robert Purvis against them.

Dr. J. McCune Smith moved that the report of the Philadelphia delegation be amended by striking out of it so much as deemed the establishment of an Industrial School as inadvisable, and incorporating the resolutions as a supplement. It was adopted.

The Convention adjourned till the following morning at 9 1/2 o'clock.


The Convention met pursuant to adjournment, the President in the Chair.

By permission, Rev. Thomas P. Hunt addressed the Convention on the advantages of Agricultural pursuits. After which the Business Committee reported a number of letters from delegates elected, but unable to be present.

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