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Proceedings of the Colored People's Educational Convention held in Jefferson City, Missouri, January , 1870.


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On motion, a committee of three were appointed to prepare rules for the government of the Convention.

The following were said committee: Thomas Morton, Wm. P. Brooks and Moses Dickson.

On motion, the Convention adjourned to 7 o'clock, P. M.


The meeting was called to order by the President, and prayer was offered by Rev. E. Cartwright.

The Recording and Corresponding Secretary being absent, the chair appointed Thomas Morton Secretary pro tem.

The Vice President and Treasurer were then conducted to their seats.

The bar of the Convention was established.

On motion, E. S. Woodson was elected Sergeant-at-Arms.

The Committee on Rules for the government of the Convention made their report, as follows, which was received and adopted:


1. The President shall be the presiding officer of this Assembly. He shall decide all points of order, subject to an appeal to the house. He shall have the casting vote.

2. Disobedience to the Speakers second call to order shall subject the offender to a public reprimand by that officer, unless dispensed therefrom by unanimous consent.

3. Reconsideration of a vote shall be had only upon the motion of a member who voted affirmatively in the matter sought to be reconsidered.

4. A vote to suspend the rules shall be equivalent to a vote to go into committee of the whole.

5. No motion, seconded, shall be withdrawn by the maker thereof, except with the unanimous consent of the house.

6. All resolutions shall be submitted in writing.

7. No member shall speak longer than ten minutes at any one time, nor more than twice on the same subject, without permission from the Speaker.

8. All resolutions shall be read once and referred.

9. Privileged questions shall be those of adjournment, reconsideration, and commitment.

10. Upon going into committee of the whole, the house shall elect a chairman from the floor.

11. All voting shall be viva voce, except upon a call for a division of the house, when the vote shall be taken by tellers.

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