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Proceedings of the National Convention of Colored Men; held in the City of Syracuse, N.Y.; October 4, 5, 6, and 7, 1864; with the Bill of Wrongs and Rights; and the Address to the American People

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NATIONAL CONVENTION OF COLORED MEN,

HELD IN THE CITY OF SYRACUSE, N.Y.,

OCTOBER 4TH, 5TH, 6TH, AND 7TH, 1864.


The National Convention of Colored Men assembled in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, in Syracuse, N.Y., October 4, 64, at 7 o'clock, P.M. Rev. Henry Highland Garnet, of Washington, D.C., called the Convention to order, and read the call. John M. Langston, Esq., of Oberlin, O., was chosen temporary Chairman; and Wm. Howard Day, of New Jersey, and St. George R. Taylor, of Pennsylvania, Secretaries.

The Convention then united in singing,—

"Blow ye the trumpet, blow;"

after which, Rev. Mr. Garnet offered up a fervent and eloquent prayer.

On motion, the Chairman appointed a Committee on Credentials, consisting of—

FREDERICK DOUGLASS, of New York;

PETER H. CLARK, of Ohio;

WILLIAM W. BROWN, of Massachusetts.

A motion was made to appoint a committee of one from each State, to nominate permanent officers for the Convention.

Mr. Stephen Myers, of Albany, moved, as a substitute, that the Convention proceed to elect its officers viva voce.

Rev. Elisha Weaver, of Philadelphia, moved that the original motion and the substitute lie upon the table until the Committee on Credentials made their report. Carried.

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