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Proceedings of the National Conference of Colored Men of the United States, Held in the State Capitol at Nashville Tennessee, May 6, 7, 8 and 9, 1879.


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at Vicksburg by the representative heads of these several arms of indu to the Negroes of the country may meet a happy fruition.

J. W. Cromwell said that the resolution did not go far enou

An appeal to the boards of trade would be ineffectual. The ored people planted too much cotton. They should raise their own? meat.

The author of the resolution said he was willing to insert ?? amendment including an appeal to the planting interests. The amendment was agreed to and the resolution adopted.

           Several delegates rose to a question of privilege, but the Chairman
stated that they could proceed only by unanimous consensus.

Objection was made.

            E x -Governor P.B.S. Pinchback, of Louisiana, chairman of the Committee on Address, presented a report, which was read Rev. Allan Allensworth. [See A appendix K .] 
            After the reading of the report the Conference took a recess until

2 p.m.

                                   AFTERNOON SESSION.
              Samuel Lowery rose to a question of privilege, and read an

editorial published in the American of Thursday, with reference to meanderings North, while gleaning facts on silk culture. He (?) he went North with letters from men of eminence, of both co(?) and both parties, and the mission was indorsed by all. He went there, not to get money, but to see the machinery used in silk manufacture. He made some money preaching, but that was his (?) He would inform the editor of the American, that generous friends of his, who knew so much about the feelings of his race, that if the editor proposed to become the agent of the colored race and not the Conference, he would give him a full account of his trip to (?) North.

              At the suggestion of ex -Governor Pinchback, the report of

Committee on Address was read a second time. He said it was by far the most important paper to be presented to the convention since it was the address which was to go forth to the people of the United States as the voice of the convention on all topics. It far more important than the report on migration, for the Iatter was only an expression on one subject.

           Several delegates arose with points of order.

Governor Pinchback asked, energetically, if he could not speak without interruption. He said that the paper was not exactly what he wanted it to be. He supposed that each member would come prepared to furnish statistics of all the crimes committed in South during the past five or six years. It was at first intended to make the convention a Southern one, but Northern delegates were invited.

        Here G. W. Gentry arose excitedly and exclaimed several times

"Mr. Speaker! " but Gov. Pinchback did not yield the floor,

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