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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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FOURTH DAYS PROCEEDINGS. SATURDAY, Jam. 16th, 1869. The Convention met at 9 30, A. M. Rev. H. H. Garnett, of Pennsylvania, in the Chair. Prayer was offered by Rev. W. T. Long, of Florida. The minutes of the last meeting were read, and G. A. Mabson, of North Carolina, moved their approval with the necessary corrections. Bishop Campbell was not satisfied with the portion of the minutes which stated that the report of the committee on the formation of a National League had been adopted and~the report referred back to the committee with certain instructions. He had come to the Convention to agitate the question of suffrage. They had but one object in view, and did not and could not approve of the plan of taking hold of a hundred subjects, and thought they would fail in the organization of a League if they were not careful. Mr. Everett, of Virginia, was also dissatisfied ~with the minutes, and wanted them corrected. Mr. Mabson, of North Carolina,Qthought the debate unnecessary, and called for the question on ~he approval of the minutes. Mr. Downing, of Rhode Island, was of the opinion that the report was re- ferred back to the committee. Several members rose to a point of order. Mr. Downing opposed the formation of an Equal Rights League. The im- pression had gone out of the Convention that the colored people had decided to disconnect themselves with other organizations, and form one of their own, and he would enter his solemn protest against the action of the Convention in sanctioning the organization of such a League. He thought it would be pro- ductive of evil to the colored men, and would work against them. Mr. Mabson called for the question on the approval of the minutes; and they were approved, as corrected. Hon. John Trimble, of Tennessee, was introduced to the Convention amid applause. Mr. Alexander Clark, of Iowa, offered the following: Resolved, That when this Convention adjourn it adjourn to meet on the second Tuesday in January, 1870, in the City of Baltimore. On motion, the resolution was laid on the table. Mr. Green, of Pennsylvania, i~resented a letter of fraternal greeting from the District Grand Lodge of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Sai aria. Referred to the Committee on Equal Rights League. Mr. Clark ~tated that he held in his ir ud a proclamation from the Governor, of Iowa, striking out the word white from the Constitution of that State. He mox ed it be spi cad on the minutes of the Convention. Carried.

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