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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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FREDERICK DOUGLASS, of New York.
W.W. RUBY, Maine.
JOHN B. SMITH, Massachusetts.
JAMES JEFFERSON, Rhode Island.
ABRAHAM J. MORRISON, Connecticut.
WILLIAM RICH, New York.
S.G. GOULD, New Jersey.
JOHN B. REEVE, Pennsylvania.
WILLIAM KEELING, Virginia.
ABRAM H. GALLOWAY, North Carolina.
CHARLES P. HEAD, Mississippi.
JAMES H. INGRAHAM, Louisiana.
PETER LOWREY, Tennessee.
JAMES M. SCOTTRON, Florida.
PRESTON G. WELLS, Missouri.
JOHN MALVIN, Ohio.
H.P. HARRIS, Michigan.
EBENEZER D. BASSETT, Pennsylvania.
ABRAM SMITH, Tennessee.
JOHN P. SAMPSON, Ohio.
ROBERT HAMILTON, New York.
EDWIN C. FREEMAN, Connecticut.
The report of the Committee was received, the name of Frederick Douglass being greeted with great applause.
The report of the Committee was then adopted as a whole.
The temporary Chairman then conducted the President elect to the chair, and introduced him to the Convention.
Mr. Douglass, upon taking the chair, said:—
"GENTLEMEN,—I thank you very sincerely for the honor you have conferred upon me, by selecting me from among your number to preside over the deliberations of this Convention. While I am grateful for the position you have been pleased to assign me,—I say it without the least affectation,—I accept it with the utmost diffidence, and distrust of my ability. There are, at least, a score of gentlemen present who could preside better than I can. If you have chosen me because of any belief in my ability to conduct the proceedings of this Convention with special decorum and dignity, I dear you have made a mistake, which will become more and more apparent during the progress of the Convention; but if, as I supposed is the case, you have called me to this position as a mark of your consideration for my labors in our common cause, I am vain enough to admit that the compliment is not wholly undeserved; and, as such, I am grateful for it. For the order
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