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Proceedings of the National Convention of the Colored Men of America: held in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 14, 15, and 16, 1869.

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TO THE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL CONVENTION:

Gentlemen:--

The undersigned, a majority of the Committee on publishing the proceedings of the late Convention, deem it due to themselves to state the reasons why the work has been so long delayed.

Mr. A. M . Green, of Pennsylvania, one of the Secretaries of the Convention, and Chairman of this Committee, did not present himself before this Committee with the minutes, until the 21st of January. They were then twice examined, and it was found very difficult to understand them, as they were composed of newspaper clippings, with such written record as he had in his capacity as Secretary made. These were thickly interspersed with marginal notes and figures of reference to resolutions, and obliterations and additions. He was then instructed to revise them immediately and submit them for further inspection. On the 26th of January, he presented three proposals from Washington offices, and one from Philadelphia in which he was interested, to print the proceedings. The lowest bid in Washington, was $200 for 1,500 copies; Mr. Green, proposed to do the work for $175 per 1,500 and give proper security, adding that he could make twenty dollars for himself, which he was entitled to for his services. Upon the refusal to permit the minutes to leave the city, he then declined to give up the papers, and retained them until the 4th of February. We agreed then to pay him as soon as the funds would permit; this proposition he declined, desiring the money then. On the 4th of February, we, desirous of avoiding further difficulty and delay in the matter, gave Mr. Green our joint note. for $20, to obtain peaceable possession of the papers. Thus, nineteen days were wasted On the 5th of February, Mr. Barbadoes placed them in the hands of the printer, and Mr. Green has not since then, given any assistance to the Committee or to the printer.

The following note from the printer in reply as to what time they would be finished closes our report and our labors, the results of which we submit.

Very respectfully and truly, your obedient servants,

GEO. T. DOWNING,

WM. J. WILLSON,

F.G. BARBADOES,

Committee on Publication.

Washington, D.C., March, 1869.

GREAT REPUBLIC BOOK AND JOB PRINTING ESTABLISHMENT, NO. 499 ELEVENTH STREET, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Washington, February 25, 1869.

To the Publishing Committee:

Gentlemen:--

In reply to your note of the 25th, I beg leave to say that the difficulties encountered in the publication of the report of the proceedings of the Convention, were greater than usually falls to the lot of the printer. The "copy," was badly prepared,

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