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Proceedings for the North American Convention held in Toronto, Canada, 1851


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Pursuant to a Call, the convention assembled in the St. Lawrence Hall at the hours of 10 o'clock.

The House was call to order by Mr. J.T. Fisher, who moved the appointment of Mr. Henry Bibb as chairman, pro tem, and on motion of Mr. J.S. Cary, seconded by Mr. Thomas Smallwood, Mr. James D. Tinsley was appointed Secretary, pro tem.

On motion of J.T. Fisher, Seconded by D. Hollins, the Chair appointed a committee to nominate permanent officers, and the same committee to examine the credentials of delegates.

Moved by Jabez P. Campbell, seconded by JD Fisher that this committee consist of three persons, and that they report at two o'clock.

Committee, —James Thomas Fisher, Hiram Wilson, and Josiah Henson.

On motion of WH Harris, credentials were received from the following delegates:

Toronto—Thomas Smallwood, James D. Tinsley, John J. Carey, William H. Harrison, David Hollins, J.T. Fisher.

Niagara—Rev. F. Lacy, B. Hoyt, William Scott, Isaac Washington, D. Goodley, G. Moragn, G. Brackston.

Dawn—Josiah Henson, G. Carey, W.P. Newman, J. Wilson.

St. Catherines—L.P. Barton, J. Anderson, E.B. Dunlop, H. Grey, H. Wilson, Dr. Lawson.

Buffalo, US.—H.R. Thomas, P. Harris, B.F. Young, Rev. Jabez P. Campbell, J. Simpson, G. Weir, jun., J. McLean.

Burlington, Vermont, US.—J.T. Fisher.

Utica—Free Will baptist Mission—R. Cheney.

Montrose, PA—A.L. Post

Sandwich, OW.—H. Bibb, A. Smith, H. Brent.

Windsor—Israel Campbell.

Chippewa—A. Anderson.

Toledo, Ohio—H.F. Stanton.

Hamilton—F. Russel, J. Burns.

Norwich—J. Wagner, F. DeGroat.

Chatham—J.C. Brown.

Syracuse—J. Lisle, James Baker.

Albany—William H. Topp.

England—John Scoble, Esq.

Port Hope—Henry Grey.

Jamaica, WI.—Mr. Anderson

Pittsburg PA.—Dr. M.R. Delaney

Dover, CW.—Isaiah Clifford.

Moved by J.T. Fisher, that the Convention now hear the report of delegates, which was carried.

Moved by the Rev. J.P. Campbell, that the chair address the convention, and also state the object of the call.

On motion of Rev. H. Wilson, a business committee of five persons was appointed: the following persons were nominated by the chair to act in that capacity, and report at two o'clock: J.T. Fisher, Hiram Wilson, J.P. Campbell, George Carey, and B.F. Young.

On motion, the convention adjourned to meet at two o'clock.


Minutes of the forenoon session were read and approved.

The President announced the first business in order would be, to hear reports from committees.

The committee on Officers reported the following persons:

President—Henry Bibb.

Vice-Presidents—J.C. Brown, Chatham, CW.; T. Smallwood, Toronto; H.F. Stanton, Toledo, Ohio.

Secretary—James D. Tinsley, Toronto.

Assistant Secretary—J.J. Carey.

On motion of Rev. H. Wilson, that the report be adopted: while this motion was pending, an amendment was offered by Mr. Scoble, seconded by Mr. Campbell, that Mr. J.C. Browns's name be stricken from the list as vice-president, and some respectable person be appointed in his stead; the subject of which was referred to a committee of seven, which made the following report:

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