Search using this query type:

Search only these record types:

Exhibit Page
Simple Page

Advanced Search (Items only)

Home > Conventions > Transcribe Minutes > Transcribe Page

Scripto | Transcribe Page

Log in to Scripto | Create an account | About the Project | Advanced Instructions | Share your story

Minutes of the Freedmen's Convention, Held in the City of Raleigh, on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th of October, 1866


« previous page | next page »

This page has been marked complete.



  • Type what you see in the pdf, even if it's misspelled or incorrect.
  • Leave a blank line before each new paragraph.
  • Type page numbers if they appear.
  • Put unclear words in brackets, with a question mark, like: [[Pittsburg?]]
  • Click "Save transcription" frequently!


  • Include hyphens splitting words at the end of a line. Type the full word without the hyphen. If a hyphen appears at the end of a page, type the full word on the second page.
  • Include indents, tabs, or extra spaces.

Current Saved Transcription [history]



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

You don't have permission to discuss this page.

Current Page Discussion [history]