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Proceedings of the National Emigration Convention of Colored People Held at Cleveland, Ohio, On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, The 24th, 25th, and 26th of August, 1854
1854 Cleveland OH State Convention 10.pdf
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The Committee on Credentials reported the following test questions to be propounded to persons presenting themselves as Delegates to the Convention:
1st. Are you in favor of Emigration?
2d. Do you subscribe to the objects and sentiments contained in the Call for a National Emigration Convention, and will you do all in your power to carry out the same?
On motion of W. C. Munroe, of Michigan, the Chair appointed the following Committee to nominate permanent officers for the Convention:
Rev. A. R. Green, of Ohio,
Rev. William Webb, of Pennsylvania,
Rev. W. J. Fuller, of Rhode Island,
J. Theodore Holly, Esq., of New York,
Charles Starks, Esq., Missouri,
Mrs. Mary E. Bibb, of Canada West.
During the absence of the committee, the Convention was ably addressed by the Rev. E. Hart, of Penna.
Wm. Howard Day, Esq., the talented Editor of the Aliened American, being present in the Convention, Dr. Delany, the Chairman, kindly invited him forward to the Secretaries' tables, offering him the privileges of the Convention, stating that, wherever colored people were, William H. Day was free! whether or not he altogether agreed in sentiment on minor points.
Mr. E. P. Walker, of Ohio, moved that the Convention concur in the invitation offered by the President to Mr. Day. This motion was unanimously agreed to.
Mr. Brooks, of Ohio, made a lengthy speech, depicting the evils that colored men have to endure in this country.
Capt. Malvin, of Cleveland, enquired of the Chairman if there would be any remarks allowed that did not tend to Emigration.—He was answered in the negative.
Mr. Brown, of Penna., made some eloquent remarks in regard to extending liberal feelings to those who did not acquiesce with us, by giving them the privilege of making remarks, so that they were not in opposition to the specific object of this Convention.
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