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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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W. H. GIBSON, Kentucky. R. DEBAPTIST, Illinois. ALEXANDER CLARK, Iowa. ADAM HOWARD, West Virginia. J. W. SIMMS, Georgia. CHAS. PETERS, District of Columbia. T. W. STRINGER, Mississippi. D. WADKINS, Tennessee, F. COOK, Virginia. C. H. LANGSTON, Kansas. H. ELLSWORTH, Alabama. E. D. BASSETT, Pennsylvania.


W. H. DAY, Delaware. LEWIS H. DOUGLASS, New York. G. B. VASHON, Rhode Island. W. D. FORTEN, Pennsylvania. C. H. THOMPSON, New Jersey.


W. J. WILSON, New Jersey. C. B. PURVIS, Pennsylvania. WM. WHIPPER, New Jersey.

A motion was then made to adopt the report of the Committee on Credentials.

Mr. Mabson insisted that while the men had the helm in their own hands they should retain it, and moved that the report be adopted, excepting the name of Miss Johnson.

Dr. Brown moved to lay the motion on the table.

Mr. Bowers, of Pennsylvania, agreed with Mr. Mabson.

Mr. Downing cautioned them as to how they acted in regard to admitting or rejecting the lady. He was sorry that she had presented herself, but could not vote against admitting her to a seat.

Mr. Brown, of Pennsylvania, said that as a Delegate, he owed his election to 50 ladies of Philadelphia, and hoped the lady would be admitted.

Mr. J. M. Simms called their attention to the fact that on Wednesday they had passed a resolution admitting all duly elected Delegates.

Mr. I. C. Weir stood here as an advocate of woman's suffrage, and to exclude them from seats in this Convention would be too much like the actions of the occupants of the White House, who had excluded the colored race for two hundred years.

Rev. J. Sella Martin, of New York, hoped the Convention would throw all prejudices aside and admit the lady, as a Delegate to the Convention. They were not tied down to any conventionalties—they had no right to exclude any Delegate, as it was a Convention of men, and the term "men" in the Bible meant men and women.

Mr. Alexander Clark favored the admission of Miss Johnson or any other lady.

Mr. Weir called for the previous question, and it was put and carried.

Mr. Weir moved that Mr. Robert Purvis, of Pennsylvania, be admitted Carried.

J. B. Murray, of Pennsylvania, offered the following:

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