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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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Rev. Mr. Anderson, wished to offer a memorial and resolution, asking practical equality in the District of Columbia. Not granted.

Mr. Clark, of Iowa, withdrew the motion for the sake of harmony, and said that he had rather suffer wrong than do wrong.

The Chair stated it would require leave of the House to withdraw it.

Mr. Garnett hoped that they would have chance to vote on the question, and moved that they take the previous question.

Mr. Clark would not ask them to allow him to withdraw.

The previous question was called and lost.

Rev. D. W. Anderson again asked leave to offer his preamble and resolutions, which were received, and referred to the Committee on Business. They read as follows:

Memorial for Equal Privileges in the District of Columbia:

WHEREAS the Charter of this city guarantees to all the loyal citizens thereof equal rights before the law: and whereas it is evident that many colored persons are confined in jail for long months away from their families with great suffering and disgrace;

That these persons upon examination before the Court are often proven guilty of no crime only having a dark skin;

Therefore, we, the colored people of these United States in Convention assembled, do petition the incoming President to nominate two or more Justices of the Peace in and for said District of Columbia, of colored men.

We also petition that the colored people have the right of trial before a Jury of their own color, and not hefore men who yet believe that black men have no rights which white men are bound to respect.

Professor Sampson, of Avery College, Alleghany City was here duly chosen a Secretary of the Convention.

Mr. Downing, from the Business Committee, made the following report:

The Business Committee do respectfully recommend that a committee of seven he appointed, with Izaiah C. Weir as Chairman, to ask for an interview with and hearing before the Judiciary Committee of Congress.

Resolved. That this Convention appoint a national executive committee, to be composed of one member from each State and Territory and from the District of Columbia. The headquarters of this committee shall be at Washington D. C., to whom shall be referred the unfinished business of this Convention, and whose duty it shall be to carry out with Congress, as far as they can, the objects of this Convention, as per resolutions, and said committee fill vacancies from unrepresented States and Territories. The regular meetings of this Committee shall be held once at least in each month. Five memhers of the board shall constitute a quorum, and any member may be represented by proxy. Each Delegation present shall name its member of the Executive Committee.

Resolved, In view of the apparent errors of opinion and of figures in the Census Report of 1860, in relation to the colored people of the nation, that a memorial in the name of this national Convention he presented to the appointing power asking them to appoint for the Census Report of 1870, a census commissioner who has no prejudicia l opinions to ventilate and no prejudice against the colored people to gratify.

Resolved, That a central executive eommittee, composed of seven members with its headquarters at Washington, be appointed to urge on Congress, Capitalists, and other persons, the urgent necessity of lending their immediate influence to secure homes for the

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