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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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RALEIGH, OCT 4, 1866
Mr. James E. O'Hara:
Sir: I have received yours of this date inviting me to address the Convention of colored persons of which you are Secretary, now assembled at the African Church in this City for the purpose of promoting the cause of education amongst their race. You assume very truly that I am a friend to your race.
I could not be otherwise so long as I may be regarded as a fellow creature of the race of man ; and I am a warm friend to education everywhere.
Owing to my pressing engagements in highly important cases on trial or about to be tried in the Superior Court of Wake County, now in session, it will be not only inconvenient, but really impossible for me to be present at your Convention.
Allow me, however, to express my pleasure, that your race are striving by peaceful means to elevate themselves in the grade of humanity.
The best means of doing this you can readily appreciate as any one. They are universally acknowledged to be, industry, and education both moral and religious. That idleness is the parent of all vice in an adge as old as time ; and it requires but the observation of a day to verify this truth, whether among the one race or the other.
Respectfully Yours, B.F. MOORE.
BUREAU REF., FREEDMEN AND ABANDONED LANDS,
OFFICE SUPERINTENDENT CENTRAL DIS. RALEIGH, N.C. Oct 3d, 1866.
Mr. J.E. O'Hara, Secretary, &c.
SIR : I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of invitation requesting me to honor you with my presence and to address you during the hours of your Convention.
I regret exceedingly that I cannot accept your kind and flattering invitation to address you, on account of serving on a General Court Martial in addition to my duties as Superintendent of the Bureau of R.F. and A. L. Even had I the time, I do not think I could address you on account of not knowing the object or purpose of your Convention. I hope to be able to visit your Convention some time during the session, and will if possible.
With my best wishes for your success and prosperity,
I Remain Very Respectfully Your Obedient Servant,
Brv't. Col. and Supt.
On motion, that delegates not present at the call of the roll or fifteen minutes afterwards, should be fined unless a good and satisfactory excuse be rendered, created a very lively discussion, which lasted about half an hour. The motion, however, was carried.
The motion that no person should be recognised as a member of the Convention unless they pay their assessments, brought about a very warm debate, several gentlemen participating. Motion lost.
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