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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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A collection was then taken to defray the expense of the present meeting.

A messenger was then sent to enquire of the Committee on Permanent Organization whether they would be able to report at this session or not. The messenger reported that they would be ready to report at about fifteen minutes.

Mr. W. E. Matthews, of Baltimore, was called on for a speech, but declined in favor of Mr. Myers, of Maryland, who gave a brief statement of the progress of the Colored Men's Ship Yard in Baltimore.

Mr. Douglass added his testimony to what had been said by Mr. Myers in reference to the ship yard.

The question of determining upon the place of holding the sessions of the Convention elicited some debate, but was finally determined in favor of holding the permanent sessions of the Convention at Israel Bethel Church.

PERMANENT ORGANIZATION.

The Committee on Permanent Organization made their report as follows:

FOR PRESIDENT:

FREDERICK DOUGLASS, of New York.

VICE-PRESIDENTS:

F. G. BARBADOES, MASSACHUSETTS.

J. D. WAUGH, RHODE ISLAND.

J. S. MARTIN, NEW YORK.

O. S. B. WALL, OHIO.

H. H. GARNETT, PENNSYLVANIA.

R. SORRELL, MARYLAND.

W. H. GIBSON, KENTUCKY.

R. DEBAPTIST, ILLINOIS.

ALEXANDER CLARK, IOWA.

A. HOWARD, WEST VIRGINIA.

G. W. LONG, FLORIDA.

GEORGE MABSON, N. C.

FIELDS COOK, VIRGINIA.

J. C. TATE, TENNESSEE.

W. H. DAY, DELAWARE.

W. E. MIDDLETON, KANSAS.

C. H. LANGSTON, Kansas

J. M. SIMMS, GEORGIA.

JOHN F. COOK, DIS'T OF COLUMBIA.

T. W. STRINGER, MISSISSIPPI.

SECRETARIES:

E. D. BASSETT, PENNSYLVANIA.

JAMES J. SPELLMAN, NEW YORK.

WM. T. JONES, PENNSYLVANIA.

A. M. GREEN, PENNSYLVANIA.

The report was received and adopted.

Messrs. Garnett, Downing, and Nesbit, were appointed to conduct the President to the chair.

Mr. DOUGLASS was conducted to the chair amid hearty applause. He thanked them for the honor they had conferred upon him, and invoked the assistance of his hearers in maintaining order and dignity in the execution of business. He would omit to make a speech, as might be looked for, but would proceed at once with the business of the Convention.

A motion was made to form a Business Committee of one from each State.

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