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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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which they were interested. He stated that various bills touching the subject had been laid before them, and that before this session of Congress closed, they intended to lay before that body an amendment to the Constitution, declaring universal manhood suffrage throughout the United States, which, should it pass, would be left to the States for their ratification.

At the conclusion of Mr. Weir's address, Mr. Downing respectfully urged upon the committee the necessity of the passage by Congress of an act providing that in the payment of bounties to colored soldiers, no distinction shall be made but that those borne on the muster rolls as slaves, shall receive the same bounties allowed to other soldiers for the same period and term of service.

With reference to this question, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee instructed them to seek an interview with the Committee on Military Affairs, whom they were assured would render satisfaction in the matter. The interview was decidedly a pleasant one, and lasted for about one hour, and concluded evidently to the satisfaction of all.

Interview with the Senate Committee on military affairs.

MR. ALEXANDER CLARK, Chairman, spoke as follows: Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the Committee, we appear before you as a special committee appointed by the National Convention of the Colored men of this country, who have just closed its session in this City, to make known to your honorable body, the wish of that Convention, and solicit your earliest interest and assistance upon the subject of bounty to colored soldiers who entered the volunteer service as slaves. You are well aware, gentlemen, of the unjust discrimination made by the laws regulating bonnties toward that class of soldiers, and we ask your assistance in the passage of an act that will put them on an equal footing with those who receive full bounty and pay.

Hon. Henry Wilson, Chairman of Senate Committee, on Military Affairs, replied as follows:

GENTLEMEN: I am pleased to meet you, and am happy to inform you that there is now a Joint Resolution passed the House and I feel to assure you, that it will be adopted, and become the law of the land. I here present you a copy of the Joint Resolution.

Names of Committee appointed by Convention:

A. CLARK, of Iowa.

J. W. BROWN, of Pennsylvania.

W. H. HUNTER, of Pennsylvania.


H. M. TURNER, of Georgia.



3D SESSION—S. R. 190.


DECEMBER 17, 1868.

MR. POMEROY asked, and by unanimous consent obtained, leave to bring in the following joint resolution; which was read twice, referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.


Relating to the bounties to colored soldiers who entered the volunteer service as slaves.

1 Resolved by the Senate and House of

2 Representatives of the United States

3 in Congress assembled. That all men

4 who volunteered to serve as soldiers

5 or as cooked for three years or during

6 the rebellion, and were honorably dis-

7 charged receive the same additional

8 bounty, upon the same terms and con-

9 ditions, as other soldiers who have re-

10 ceived and are receiving under the acts

11 of July twenty-eight, eighteen hundred

12 and sixty-six and the several acts

13 amendatory thereto, notwithstanding

14 they may have been borne upon the

15 rolls as slaves.

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