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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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received the nomination for Senator from Missouri, which was received with applause.

Mr. Whipper, of the Finance Committee, stated that they had collected about $126, and offered a resolution asking Delegates to make up the amount due by their absent colleagues, which, he said, would make up about $320.

Mr. Matthews, of Baltimore, stated that there were a number of Delegates present who refused to pay their dues.

He was requested to hand the names of such gentlemen to the Secretary.

Mr. J. M. Langston, of Ohio, insisted upon knowing what bills were stand-ing against the Convention, that they might know what they were paying for

Mr. Matthews reported that it was printing, &c.

Mr. Langston stated that the report showed that none but colored men had charged them for printing, and he moved that further action on the part of the Finance Committee looking to raising money for publishing the proceedings of this Convention, be suspended until a full report is had from the Business Coin- mittee, and we have opportunity to determine whether matter reported by them is worthy of more permanent form of publication than that given by the newspapers of the country.

He said that the colored men of this country must come up on three things, viz: education, character, and crowning these two, the almighty dollar. [Applause.]

Mr. Whipper insisted upon his resolution.

Mr. Downing, Chairman of the Business Committee, said that a sub-committee was arranging an address to go before the American people, and that a committee had been appointed, with Mr. Weir, as their chairman, to go before the Judiciary Committee upon the suffrage question, and he thought that ought to be published, and if so, it must be paid for.

Joseph Mitchell, of Alabama, was enrolled as a Delegate.

Mr. Bowers, of Pennsylvania, spoke at length in favor of the resolution offered by Mr. Whipper, and of having the proceedings published in pamphlet form.

Mr. Weir thought that even in business matters there was such a thing as being penny wise and pound foolish. He opposed Mr. Langston's motion. They wanted to show the contentrated wisdom of their people, and how would they feel to lay a newspaper on a Congressman's table and say: "Mr., here is last weeks newspaper." No, sir, he wanted it in pamphlet form, that they might present them to those who are not here to hear the proceedings.

Mr. Sorrell, of Baltimore, stated that if it would only stop the discussion he would say for the Delegates of his State, that they would be responsible for the entire debt standing against the Convention.

The previous question on Mr. Whippers resolution was not seconded.

The question was then put on Mr. Langston's motion and carried.

Rev. Rufus L. Perry, of New York, offered the following:

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