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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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FRIDAY, OCT. 5TH, 1866.

Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

James H. Harris of Wake, in the chair.

Devotional exercise by the Chaplain, Re. Geo. A. Rue.

Roll called and rules read by Secretary, J.S. Leary.

Reading of Minutes of previous session by Secretary Cawthorn.

On motion, the Minutes of the previous session were approved.

Dr. Brown, Chairman of the Business Committee, having been called away, on account of his family being sick, the duty of Chairman devolved on Re. George A. Rue.

On motion, Mr. Ballard was appointed on the Business Committee.

Ex-Gov. W.W. Holden was announced.

J.R. Caswell then invited him to address the Convention.

He was introduced to the audience by James H. Harris.

Gov. Holden spoke with much plainness and feeling. He told them that if two years ago any one had predicted that the colored people would be free, holding a Convention like this, and would be visited and addressed by the Governor of the State on their duties and responsibilities as a new people, that person would have been regarded as wanting in sanity. He said this to impress upon them a due sense of their situation and responsibilities. If their liberty had been assured them in so short a time, with protection by law to their persons and property, they might well look forward with hope to the future. He was glad the Governor of the State had visited them and made them a speech. It would do good here, and do good among the Northern people.

Gov. H. said the father of his country, GEORGE WASHINGTON, by his last will and testament emancipated his slaves ; and that ABRAHAM LINCOLN, the saviour of his country, by the force of circumstances which must have been shaped by Divine Providence, had put his hand to a document which had liberated four millions of slaves. It would be useless for those

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