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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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fore Petersburg, still dwells in the memory of the country, for which he gave the highest manifestations of his loves, and which he hopes will yet prove grateful for his devotions and self-sacrifice.

We had purposed, fellow-citizens, to have invited your attention to the importance of education, and of establishing and supporting schools and colleges among us, and also to have pressed upon your consideration the necessity of cultivating habits of industry and frugality, of engaging in agricultural, manufacturing and mechanical pursuits, and economizing and saving our earnings, and of becoming proprietors of the land. But these topics have been so eloquently treated by the Rev. Bishop Daniel A. Payne, in his letter to this convention, that we cheerfully refrain from saying anything further thereon, and content ourselves by referring you to that able production, as published in the minutes of this convention.

And we shall now conclude by returning with a Cato-like persistence to the all-important subject of universal suffrage, and reiterating and entreating that each and every one of you fellow-citizens, make that matter one of personal moment, and never cease in your endeavors, by petitions and memorials to Congress, to secure its triumph, until that triumph is an accomplished fact. Then, indeed, shall we confidently trust in the prospects of a bright and glorious future for our country. Then will she, proud of the fealty and devotion alike of her black and white children, sit honored among the nations. Then will her renown, acquired by territorial extent, by prosperous industrial enterprises, by the brilliant achievements by her armies and navies, by her successful and laurelled competition in every department of literature, science and art, be eclipsed by her prouder glory, vaunting, that through all her widely extended confines the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, are secured to each and all of citizens of whatever condition or hue.

The report and address were adopted and ordered printed with the minutes.

Mr. Hunter presented the following letter from Bishop Moore, which was read and ordered to be published in the minutes of the proceedings of the Convention:

Letter From Bishop J. J. Moore.

To the President and Members of the National Convention of Colored Citizens of the United States, now in session in Washington D.C.:

GENTLEMEN:—

Permit me through this medium, as one making common cause with you in this noble effort at the achievement of our claims to manhood, to indicate my profound sympathy and interest with you in this grand progressive movement in our history.

As one of the leading functionaries of a prominent religious body in America, duty forbids me yielding to the temptation of silence, under the stirring emotions of such a grand movement for the redemption of our manhood.

Having buckled on the armor thirty years ago to do battle for my race, I am still on duty.

In securing my own consent to give an expression of sentiment before this Honorable Body, the intellectual equals of which, composed of colored men, has never been convened before on the American continent, I felt I would be untrue to Christian civilization, if I did not record my sympathy with this event in our struggles for human rights. Gentle men, when I consider you are here assembled as the grand exponent of four millions of colored American citizens; demanding for them of the National Legislature, impartial or manhood suffrage, in the most urgent and unmistakable language; demanding it in the name of humanity, of justice and Christianity; in the name of the black and white

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