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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

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The Convention was called to order. The President, Rev. W. C. Munroe, in the Chair.

Prayer by Rev. E. Hart, of Penna.

The President proceeded to deliver an Inaugural Address, explanatory of the nature and objects of the Convention, and the purposes we have met to accomplish.

Dr. M. R. Delany, Chairman of the Business Committee, reported the Rules of Order, (being such as usually govern deliberative bodies,) and one additional rule, prohibiting any member from speaking longer than ten minutes, nor more than twice on the same subject, except by permission of the Convention. Also the following order of business:

1. Adoption of a Platform.

2. Report on Plan for Establishing a Paper.

3. Constitution of National Board of Commissioners.

4. Report on Plan for Finance.

5. Report on Political Destiny of Colored People.

6. Report on Emigration Society.

7. Resolutions.

8. Miscellaneous Business.

The report was received and adopted.

On motion a Messenger was ordered to be appointed.

By a further motion, Edward R. Parker, Esq., of Penna., was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms of the Convention.

Dr. Delany offered a resolution expressive of the sense of the Convention in relation to the death of Henry Bibb, Esq., of Windsor, Canada West, which occurred on the morning of August 1st, 1854. (See resolution A.)

The motion being supported, Dr. Delany proceeded to deliver a short but eloquent and touching eulogium on the life and character of the deceased. The motion was put to vote and carried unanimously.

The Committee on Business reported, through their Chairman, a Platform for the Convention, which, on motion, was received. A motion to adopt it article by article, was lost.

On motion, the Platform went through a second reading, previous to the vote of adoption, when it was put and carried unanimously.

It was resolved that the Convention will hereafter commence their

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