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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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have unanimously agreed to recmmend the Convention to empower the National Council to revise saId ConstItution.

J. S. ROCK, C. L. REASON, J. C. BEEMAN, W. J. WATKINS.

The Report of the Committee was adopted.

The Committee on Statistics then submitted the following

REPORT.

1. That the Statistics presented to them in this Convention are entirely too few to make up a Report upon.

2. The Committee have in possession, however, copious statistics in relation to the colored population, free and slave, which they think it important should be published as a reply to the many slanders recently heaped upon us.

3. The cost of Printing 5000 copies of these statistics wIll be not less than two hundred dollars; and as the CommIttee have not the means for such publication, they respectfully request the direction of the Convention as to the best mode of procuring their publication.

Respectfully submitted.

A. S. DRIVER, WM. C. NELL, J. McCUNE SMITH, STEPHEN SMITH, SAMUEL T. GRAY.

The Report was adopted, and ordered to be incorporated in the Minutes.

The resolutions offered in the afternoon session were discussed by Messrs. F. Douglass, Wm. J. Watkins, Rev. J. C. Beman, and Messrs. J. C. Bowers, J. C. Wears, C. L. Remond and Dr. J. S. Rock, and were adopted.

The following resolutions were also discussed separately:

Resolved, That we recommend the colored people to turn their attention to inter-state traffic and trade, and to commerce with foreign countries. Adopted.

Resolved, That the devoted labors of the abolitionists of the land, to bring about immediate emancipation, endear them to us, and we give to all of them in these endeavors the right hand of fellowship. Laid on the table.

A vote of thanks was then tendered to Mr. E. V. Clark for his report, and it was ordered to be incorporated in the minutes.

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