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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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confidence and patronage, and will do what we can to encourage its progress and further its objects and designs.

10. Resolved, That we heartily regret the refusal of our recent ardent friend, Hon. Gerret Smith, further to serve the cause of the oppressed in the Councils of this Nation, and hope that on due reflection, he may yet consent to lose a meal of victuals, or an hour's sleep, for the cause of down-trodden and suffering humanity.

11. Resolved, That this Convention—as the only free territory in the North of America—recommend to the colored people throughout the "States," as the surest investment in social as well as political economy, to possess themselves with as much land as possible in the Canadas, especially Canada West; the land being now sold at Government prices, at the low rate of One Dollar and Ffty Cents an acre, which may be secured by paying but ten cents on the acre, with ten years to pay the balance of the money, at but six per cent interest. Thus, fifteen dollars will secure a Farm and Homestead of one hundred acres of land.

12. Resolved, That the Printing establishment of the late Henry Bibb, Esq., now in possession of his widow, be recommended to the consideration of the National Board of Commissioners.

13. Resolved, That the printing of this Convention be done at Pittsburgh, Pa., and the time shall not exceed one month from the adjournment.

14. Resolved, That the next Convention held under the Platform of the Cleveland Convention, be held in the City of Cleveland, Ohio.

15. Resolved, That the Free Soil House, kept by Mr. Brown and lady, deserves the patronage of the traveling colored cummunity; the host and hostess being the most pleasant, kind and obliging; their house being in a pleasant and central part of the city: and the boarding houses kept by Mr. John Henderson and Mrs. Julia A. J. Tilghman, be also recommended.

16. Resolved, That the spirit exemplified in the treatment of the Delegates to this Convention at a portion of the public Hotels of this city was highly commendable, and that our most hearty thanks be tendered to the proprietors of the Chase House, Franklin House and New England Hotel, for their kind and gentlemanly attention to those of us, during our sojourn with them.

17. Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be, and are hereby tendered to the friendly citizens of Cleveland, for their lib-

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