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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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Room of the building, for the election of their officers, which resulted in the choice of the following gentlemen:

President—Dr. M. R. Delany.

Vice President—Wm. Webb, Esq.

Secretary—Charles W. Nighten, Esq.

Treasurer—Thomas A. Brown, Esq.

Auditor—Edward R. Parker, Esq.

All of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the seat of the Executive.

The document offered by the Rev. Augustus R. Green, containing the sketch of a Constitution for the organization of an Association respecting the purchase of Lands, was now taken up and referred to the Board of Commissioners for their disposal.

Landed associations, as such, met with little favor from the Convention, all rather encouraging the policy of each individual securing for himself a sufficient Homestead in a good Farm of One Hundred Acres, more or less, to suit the individual.

A vote of thanks being returned to the President and other officers of the Convention, for the able and impartial manner in which they conducted its affairs during the sessions—having transacted business equal to the duration of a season, and of vastly more importance than any other similar body of colored people ever before assembled in the United States—the Throne of Almighty God was solemnly invoked upon all our doings by the President who previously read from Psalms 124, when the Convention adjourned sine die.

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