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Minutes of the Freedmen's Convention, Held in the City of Raleigh, on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th of October, 1866


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of Fayetteville, J. R. Caswell of Raleigh, J. D. Ballad of Rowan, C. D. Pierson of Newbern.

After appointment the Committee retired.

On motion Jos. R. Tucker, of Craven, was elected Vice President.

On motion Jas. E. O’Hara was appointed Secretary.

On motion the Chairman was empowered to appoint a Committee on Rules.

The following gentlemen were, therefore, appointed to draw up rules for the government of the Convention: Rev. G. A. Rue of Craven, H. Locket of Wake, and J. R. Page of Chowan.

On motion a special Committee of three, consisting of Rev. A. Bass of Orange, John Hyman of Warren, and S. Highsmith of Duplin.

On motion Dr. Brown, of Hertford, was invited to address the audience, which he did in an eloquent manner, confining himself to the subject of Education and Equality before the law.

On motion Mr. Williamson of Franklin, Mr. Tucker of Craven, and Mr. Sykes of Pasquotank, were invited to address the Convention, which they did, each in his turn, making good and earnest appeals to the people to consider the object for which they were assembled, and further urging the members of the Convention faithfully to discharge their duty towards God, towards their fellow-man, and towards themselves.

On motion Mr. Leary was appointed as Secretary, but he declined on the ground of inexperience. The Convention not taking his excuse, Mr. Leary was oblige to serve in the capacity of Secretary.

On motion Jas. E. O’Hara, of Wayne, was appointed to act as reporter of the Convention for the press.

The Committee on Rules then made their report through their Chairman, Rev. G. A. Rue:

We, your Committee on Rules, beg leave to offer to this honorable body the following rules for the government of this Convention during its hours of sitting:

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