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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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The Convention further tenders its thanks to Senator Sumner, for his noble efforts to cleanse the statute-books of the nation from every stain of equality against colored men.

And also to Gen. Butler for the course he has taken in suggesting a way for lifting the slaves first to the condition of contrabands, and then to the position of freedom.

And to all other noble workers, both in our legislative halls and elsewhere, who have contributed to the being about the improved state in which, as colored men, we find ourselves to-day.

9. Resolved, That we witness, with the most grateful emotions, the generous and very successful efforts that have been made, and are still in operation, by the "National Freedmen's Relief Association." the "American Missionary Society," the "African Civilization Society," and their auxiliary and kin deed bodies, for the mental and moral instruction, and the domestic improvement, of the colored people in our Southern States, who have hitherto been the victims of that impious slaveholding oligarchy, that is now in open rebellion against our American Republic.

10. Resolved, That we view with pride, and heartily indorse, the efforts of the gentlemen composing the faculties and elective boards of the "Institute for Colored Youth" at Philadelphia; the "Avery College" at Alleghany City, Penn.; the "Wilberforce University" at Zenia, O.; and the "Albany Enterprise Academy" at Albany, O.; to develop the intellectual powers of our youth; and for opening a field for the honorable employment of those powers.

11. Resolved, That we are indebted to the publishers of the "Anglo-African," "Christian Recorder," and "Colored Citizen," for the manifestation of the intellectual energy and business tact which they have shown to the American people by the publication of those journals; the contents of which are complimentary to the heads and hearts of their conductors, and the people whom they represent.

12. Resolved, that a committee of three -- consisting of John S. Rock and George L. Ruffin of Boston, and William H. Day of New Jersey -- be appointed to revise, correct, and

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