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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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2nd; The Morning Session shall meet at ten oclock A. M., and adjourn at three oclock P. M. 3rd, The Evening Session shall meet at half-past seven and adjourn at ten oclock P. M. 4th, One third of the members of the Convention shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, at any of the sessions. 5th, No member shall be allowed to speak more than twice upon the same subject, without special leave of the Convention; and not longer than ten minutes the first time, and five the second. 6th, All resolutions of business, shall be read before the Convention, and then referred to the Business Committee, or a Special Committee, without debate, which shall consider the same, and report back to the Convention. And any resolution not reported by the Committee to whom referred, may be called up by the mover. 7th, Mathiass Manual shall be the standing rules of order for this Convention on all points not herein provided for. Adopted. The following dispatch was then read: Pirrsnuno, PA., January 14. To Frederic/c ])ouglass, President Suffrage Gonvention, Israel Chi~rch, South Gap itol street, corner B south, Greeting: Suffrage, loyal and impartial; National Rights regulated by National Law. P. II. MURRAY, J. P. SAMPSON, Committee D. M. Association, Birmingham. Mr. Clark, of Iowa, presented to the Convention, Governc)r Merrill, of Iowa, who was received amid applause, and thanked them for the honor conferred upon him. Mr. Downing, Chairman of the B usiness Committee, ofl~ered the foilowin5: Resolved, That we admit to this Convention as honorary members, all distinguished persons who have aided us in our cause of suffrage. A motion was made to declare J. J. Loberts, ex-President o~ Liberia, an honorary member. Mr. Downing moved that the motion be laid on the table. Mr. Green, of Pennsylvania, opposed the motion %o lay on the table, in a lengthy, earnest speech. Mr. Weir, of Pennsylvania, had hoped that, when it was stated to him ~t the close of the afternoon session this question would be brought up, he did not believe so, thinking his friends had better sense. No man has the right, when we come here as American people, to attend to American business, to force this foreign odor under our noses. It was claimed, he said, that he had the right here as others favorable to freedom. He still holds to the Colonization Party who stoned Steven to death. A voice. Yes, he is to speak for them this evening. Mr. Weir, He ran away to Liberia in the time of our need, and hid hinself in the swamps of Liberia, and cried Colonization. [Great laughter.] Mr. Downing said that the idea of negro nationality lay at the base of the Liberian Government, and he was opposed to any nationality based on color.

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