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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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Hon. O. J. Dunn, Lieutenant Governor; Hon. P. B. S. Pinchback, Senator, 2nd District; James H. Ingraham, J. Willis Menard, Hon. C.C. Antoine, Senator 21st District; Captain Arnold Bertouneau, Messrs. Aristide May, B. Joubert, H. Bouseigneur, A. C. Barber, A. L. Boree, and ordered enrolled.

Mr. J. X . Me a d, of that Delegation, was introduced by J~ M. Las~gston, and said that he xv ~s sorry to find himself dis~ppointed in the material of the Con- vention. He had expected to find hero something to remind him of the gran- deur we read about of the ioma i Senate. He regretted to find them so disor- clerly, and that they were saying nothing about ~ suffrage. He reb retted that he h~d ~ot been here to vote for the admission of bliss Johnson, ci -. e~ n- sylvania. He thoight the greatest lever in thei way was i themselves. All wanted to be big men. They had but oi e voice in the South, md that was to know no distinctions of color or sex. Unless they concentrate their po ver they would never attain to any political power. He hoped that this would be the cud of disfranchisement, but agreed that the righf of the black ma~ in the South were not secure. [This synopsis of Mr. iLenards remarks Is imnerfect from the frequent inter uptions by hisses, ~nd calls to sit down.]

Mr. A. Clark, of Iowa, offe ed the following ~esol itions, which were -eferreu to the Business Committee:

Resolved, That the tendency toward an enlarged freedom which distinguishes our ge, which in England, bears the name of Reform; in Ireland, the title of Fenianism; in Enrope, the name of Progress and in this Government, the name of Radicalism,impresses ns with the firm conviction, that onr claims to universal suffrage and impartial justice, at hoi c and abroad, will soon be secured to all.

Resolved, That while we most cheerfully nejinowledge our gratitude to all who have la- bored and voted for the removal of the unjust disabilities against our people, in regard to voting, we are under special obligations to the Radical Press and people, of the distin- guished State of Iowa; and also, of Minnesota, for their able advocacy of impartial suf- frage, and their late gr~at victory at the polls.

Resolved, That the right of Suffrage is among the natural rights of man, in a P epublican government, formin~ the most valuable part of the common liberties, of all the citizens, of which they cannot justly be deprived, except for the punishment of crime, in individual cases.

Mr. D. K. Parker, of P. C., o~ered the folloxving: Resolved, That this Convention do place unwavering confidence in U. S. Grant and Schnyler Colfax, as fit men to prcside as President and Vice-President of this nation.

Resolved, That a com~sittee of five be appointed by the President of this Convention. to wait on the President and Vice-President-elect, and inform them that the Colored people of this nation hail their election with inexpressible joy.

Referred to Business Committee.

Dr. J. W. Stephenson, of New Jersey, offered a resolution, encouraging youn~ colored men to st dy Medicine, that they might do away xvith tho barbarous treatment as practiced by the white physicians of the South towards the colored people. Referred to Business Committee.

The following was offered by F. G. Barbadoes, of Massachusetts.

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