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Reports on Two Iowa Conventions

1857IA.5.pdf

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Mr. Emanuel Franklin of Davenport was called for and addressed the convention in a short and pertinent speech, urging prompt and considerate action in furthering the views presented by Mr. Clark.

Addresses were also delivered by Mr. Corbin and by Sergt. Mason.

The convention also appointed a committee of ten, one from each company, to prepare resolutions. Also a committee of ten, one Sergeant from each company, to prepare and publish an address to the people of Iowa. On motion, Alexander Clark was added to the committee.

The convention also appointed a committee of ten, one Sergeant from each company, to draw up a petition to be signed by each man in the regiment and to be presented tot he next Legislature of Iowa, asking for the extension of the right of suffrage, so far as the Legislature can act in the premises. Alexander Clark was appointed to convey such petition to the capital and secure its presentation to the Legislature at its next session.

The following resolutions, as reported by the Committee, were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That we, the soldiers of the 60th U.S. Infantry, formerly the Iowa African First, having returned home from the battle field, and feeling conscious that we have discharged our duty as soldiers in the defense of our country, respectfully urge that it is the duty of Iowa to allow us the use of our votes at the polls; believing as we do and must that he who is worthy to be trusted with the musket can and ought to be trusted with the ballot.

Resolved, That we recommend our colored friends all over the State to prepare and cause to be presented to our next Legislature petitions asking of that body the action necessary to initiate the amendment to the State Constitution, by the adoption of which the right we desire will be secured.

Resolved, That we recommend to our people throughout the country that patient pursuit of education, industry and thrift which will certainly be rewarded with increasing intelligence and wealth.

Resolved, That we recommend to our people everywhere to abstain from the use of intoxicating drink and from frequenting saloons.

Resolved, That we still have confidence in the President and the Republican Administration; and rest in the hope that they will do all that can be done to secure us our rights and protect our friends in the South from wrong and oppression.

Resolved, That we mourn, as we ever must, the sad fate of the martyr-President, Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator and devoted friend of our race, yet rejoice that the great work which God appointed him to perform has been so nearly accomplished that the wrath of the oppressor is utterly powerless to prevent a full and glorious consumation.

The Convention then closed and adjourned, with three rousing cheers for Col. John G. Hudson and the officers and men of the 60th U.S. Colored Infantry; three cheers for Governor Stone, ex-Gov. Kirkwood, H. Price, H. O’Conner and Jacob Butler, and three cheers for A. Clark and the officers of the Convention.

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