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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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tation thus tendered, and say to them that it will afford me pleasure to visit the Convention before it adjourns. Very Respectfully,


RALEIGH, N. C. Oct. 4th, 1866.

GENTLEMEN: I have the honor to express my grateful sense of the compliment paid me in your invitation of yesterday to be present at your Convention in this City, as well as for the flattering manner in which that invitation was conveyed.

In reply thereto, I beg leave to assure you that it will afford me much pleasure to be present this afternoon: say about half past 3 o'clock, if I may be allowed to attend simply as a listener, and as a silent friend, much interested in whatever interests you or your cause. If not, then I must ask the indulgence to postpone my visit to a future occasion. I am Gentlemen,

Very Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant


Col. 8th U. S. Inf'y. Comanding.

Messrs. J. R. Caswell, of Wake county, Chairman, Henry Pope, of Randolph county, John Hyman, of Warren county, J. E. O'Hara, of Wayne county, John Porter, of Davidson county.


Messrs. J. R. Caswell, Harry Pope, John Hyman, J. E. O'Hara, John Porter.

I herewith acknowledge the invitation this day received at your hands to be present at the meeting of the Convention of the colored people of North-Carolina now in session.

I shall be glad to see something of the workings of your Convention, and will be present at such times as my duties will permit.

Very Respectfully &c.


Brv't. Maj. Gen. Comanding.

RALEIGH, Oct. 4th, 1866.

Mr. J. E. O'Hara, Secretary of the Convention of Colored People now is Session.

SIS: I have just received your note on behalf of the Convention to visit and address your body before its adjournment.

It will not be in my power to make an address before the Convention. But understanding that you have assembled for the purpose of suggesting and adopting the best means for the moral and educational improvement of your people, in a new and critical condition, I desire to express my approval of the objects of your Convention.

It is all-important to the colored as well as the white population, that every thing possible be done to elevate and enlighten the colored race in a true knowledge of their duties and responsibilities in their new condition.

I am sure you will eventually find the most efficient and cheerful encourage

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