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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.

1869 National Convention in Washington DC 39.pdf

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GOVERNOR'S PROCLAMATION STATE OF IOWA

To all whom these Presents may come Greeting;

KNOW YE. That whereas the Eleventh General Assembly of the State of Iowa, passed a resolution which was approved April 2, 1866, and which is in the words following, namely:

"BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA. That the following amendments to the Constitution of the State of Iowa, are hereby proposed:

"1st. Strike the word 'white' from Section 1, of Article 2, thereof.

"2d. Strike the word 'white' from Section 32, of Article 3, thereof.

"3d. Strike the word 'white' from Section 34, of Article 3, thereof.

"4th. Strike the work 'white' from Section 35, of Article 3, thereof.

"5th. Strike the word 'white' from Section 1, of Article 6, thereof.

AND WHEREAS, The Twelfth General Assembly of the State of Iowa, passed a resolution which was approved March 31st, 1868, and which is in the words following, namely:

"WHEREAS, The Eleventh General Assembly of the State of Iowa, did in due form, by a majority of the members elected to each of the two houses, agree to proposed amendments to the Constitution, as follows:

"1st. Strike the word 'white' from Section 1, of Article 2, thereof.

"2d. Strike the word 'white' from Section 32, of Article 3, thereof.

"3d. Strike the word 'white' from Section 34, of Article 3, thereof.

"4th. Strike the word 'white' from Section 35, of Article 3, thereof.

"5th. Strike the word 'white' from Section 1, of Article 6, thereof; and entered the same of the journals thereof; and referred the same to the Legislature to be chosen at the next general election, and the same having been published as provided by law, for three months previous to the time of making the choice of this, the Twelfth General Assembly: therefore:

BE IT RESOLVED by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa. That the said amendments aforesaid, and each of them, are hereby ratified, agreed to and confirmed, and the same shall be submitted to the people of their approval, as this General Assembly shall provide."

AND WHEREAS, The said Twelfth General Assembly passed an Act, which was approved April 2, 1868, "Providing for the submission of certain proposed amendments to the Constitution of the State of Iowa, to the People thereof," and the said amendments were submitted to the people of the State of Iowa, in the manner and at the time prescribed by the terms of said act.

AND WHEREAS, An official canvass of the votes cast at the said general election, shows that there were one hundred and five thousand three hundred and eighty-four (105,384) votes cast for the adoption of the first of said amendments, and eighty-one thousand one hundred and nineteen (81,119) votes cast against the adoption of said second amendment, and that there were one hundred and five thousand five hundred and twenty-four (105,502) votes cast for the adoption of the fourth of said amendments, and eighty thousand nine hundred and twenty-nine (80,929) votes cast against the adoption of said fourth amendment, and that there were one hundred and five thousand five hundred and fifteen (105,515) votes cast for the adoption of the fifth of said amendments, and eighty-one thousand and fifty (81,050) votes cast against the adoption of said fifth amendment:

Now, therefore I, SAMUEL MERRILL, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the virtue

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