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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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ment from those among whom you have always lived--who know your real wants, and who will be your best and truest friends.

With acknowledgements to the Convention for their invitation.

I am Yours, &c.


On motion said letters were received and adopted, and the Secretary ordered to have them in readiness for the publishing Committee.

Immediately after the passage of the motion, Maj. Gen. E. H. Carr and Col. Bomford was announced to the Convention, and received in its behalf by J. R. Caswell.

A letter was received and read as follows from John Randolph, jr.:

NEWBERN, N.C., Sept. 30th, 1866.

To the colored citizens of North-Carolina to Assemble in Convention, at Raleigh, in October:

GENTLEMEN: In 1865, when I sat in Convention with you, I esteemed it the proudest moment of my life to be thus associated with such men, and engaged in such a work. In the formation of the State Equal Rights League, you did me the hanor of making me Secretary. This enjoins it upon me to be present at the first Annual meeting of the League, or at the Convention.

I regret very much that circumstances above my control prevent my attendance. But, gentlemen, you may be well assured that if absent in person, I am not in spirit. My heart longs to be with you--not because of the high estimate I place upon my services, but because I am interested, soul and body, in the good work you meet to perform.

The Convention of last year did a noble work, notwithstanding all of us, on our return home to our constituents, did not receive the welcome plaudit of "well done, good and faithful servants." But all was not completed. There still remains a vast deal to do.

It is claimed by some that we now have equal rights in law. How far this is true, you must decide. If you should find it true, then you must consider the extent of our political rights, The education of our people should form an important item in your deliberations; and the laboring interests of our people must not be forgotten. Our people must be taught to confide in each other, and assist each other; the lack of this is doing a destructive work among us. And they must learn, also, men and women, that "the richest treasure modern times afford, is spotless reputatioh."

It must be remembered that these are peculiar times in which we live, and in all your counsel and deliberations, show yourselves "as harmless as doves, but as wise as serpents," to the end that we all may be benefitted, and peace and good-will prevail.

May the Presence of God be with you, and His wisdom direct you, that your duties may be performed with honor to yourselves, and profit to the State and country.

Respectfully, JOHN RANDOLPH, JR.

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