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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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13

AFTERNOON SESSIONS—2 O'CLOCK, P. M.

Convention assembled pursuant to adjournment.

J.H. Harris in the Chair.

The unfinished business of the Convention was then taken up, which was the receiving of assessments from the delegates.

A letter from ex-Gov. Thomas Bragg was then read to the convention, as follows:

Raleigh, Oct. 3d, 1866.

To the members of the Convention of Colored People now in Session.

I have received your polite invitation to attend the session of your Convention. I have only time to say that my engagements are such in the Superior Court now in session, and likely to be in session for the rest of the week, that I cannot possibly avail myself of your invitation. Otherwise I should be glad to accept of it. I approve of its object and hope it may result in effecting something for the benefit and improvement of your people. Every good citizen should desire this, and I assure you it will always give me pleasure to contribute in any way that I can to such a purpose. I am Very Respectfully, Your Friends, &c.,

THOMAS BRAGG.

Shortly after reading ex-Gov. Bragg's letter, Gov. Worth was announced. Upon which the Sergeant at Arms escorted him into the house. He was then introduced to the President of the Convention by J.E. O'Hara, and by J.H. Harris to the Convention.

The Governor then proceeded to address the Convention. His discourse was on morality, education and religion. He urges the people to acquire habits of industry. sobriety and honesty ; he also spoke touchingly on the late war ; of the present position and feelings of the most intelligent classes of both races, and in conclusion strongly urges upon them the importance of acquiring knowledge and wealth.

He was then cordially greeted by J.R. Good as a personal friend, and one who voted for his emancipation in the legislature of 18—.

A vote of thanks was then tendered to the Governor by the Convention, upon which the President expressed the feeling and gratitude of the Convention.

The Convention then sung "Sound the loud Timbrel," after which the Governor retired amidst loud and hearty cheers.

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