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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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1. There shall be two regular daily sessions of the Convention. The morning session shall commence at 9.30 o'clock, a. m., and adjourn at 12 o'clock, m. The afternoon session shall convene at 2 o'clock, p m., and adjourn at 5 o'clock, p. m.

2. One-third of the members of the Convention shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

3. No member shall leave the Convention without permission from the Chairman, and no member shall be recognized or his motion received as before the Convention unless the Speaker is within the bar of the Convention.

4. No member shall be allowed to speak more than twice upon the same question, unless by special consent of the Convention, and not longer than ten minutes the first time and five minutes the second time.

5. Relying on God for the rectitude of our intentions, to secure equal rights, therefore, each session shall be opened with religious devotions by the Chaplain.

6. Should any member or members of the Convention be found intoxicated during the sitting of the Convention, he or they shall be excluded from its sessions.

7. We recommend that there be a session each night during the Convention and addresses be made by such gentlemen as the Chairman may appoint.

Mr. Ellison, of Wake, enquired if the rule concerning intoxicated members meant that they should be entirely excluded from the Convention.

Jas. E. O'Hara, of Wayne, arose and defended the rule, stating that there was but one fault which he saw, and that was the rule was not stringent enough.

On motion Messrs. J. R. Good of Craven, Green of Gates, and Carson Johnson of Warren, were appointed to address the Convention, which they did in a noble and patriotic manner.

On motion Rev. G. A. Rue was appointed Chaplain of the Convention.

On motion the Convention adjourned, according to rule.


Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Jas. H. Harris in the Chair.

The minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved, with slight corrections.

The Committee on Credentials then reported through their Chairman, Mr. J. T. Schenck:

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