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Proceedings of the State Convention of Colored Men of the State of Tennessee, :with the addresses of the convention to the white loyal citizens of Tennessee, and the colored citizens of Tennessee. : Held at Nashville, Tenn., August 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 1865.
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126 STATE CONVENTIONS, 1865
make known their grievances to Major General Fisk, or his agents, through the Central Committee at Nashville.
2d. Resolved, That the said Committee co-operate with and assist, all agents of the Freedman's Bureau, and benevolent societies, in the establishment of schools.
By Mr. Madison, of Shelby:
Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the State Central Committee, and its branches in the various counties, to prepare as accurately as possible, a return of the number of our people in each section; the occupation followed, property owned by them, taxes paid, the number of children and adults attending schools, the various places of worship owned by the people, and all such other information, as showing our progress, will be of advantage to the cause.
Resolved, That the State Committee cause the publication of these figures and facts in the Colored Tennessean, so that the world may know of our true condition.
The Business Committee, through its chairman, Elder Watkins, reported back addresses to the colored people, and to the loyal white citizens of Tennessee, which were read by delegates White and Rapier, amid the profound attention of the Convention. The Committee further reported that the preparation of the protest to Congress, would be remitted to the State Committee.
[The addresses are not inserted here, because they were not ready for publication at the time of going to press. We will give them next week. --Ed.]
Mr. Rapier moved that fifteen hundred copies of the Colored Tennessean, containing the proceedings of this Convention, be taken at the rate offered by the publisher, $50 per thousand.
After considerable discussion this was adopted.
Mr. Madison of Shelby, introduced the following, which was adopted:
Resolved, That this Convention return its most sincere thanks to our worthy President, Vice Presidents, Secretaries and other officers, for the able and important discharge of their duties. And to the reporter of the Press and Times, Nashville Union, New York Herald, and Cincinnati Gazette, for the promulgation of our proceedings from day to day, and to the people of Nashville, for their hospitality to the delegates of this Convention while attending the Convention.
J. R. White, of Davidson, introduced the following, which was adopted:
In as MUCH as each member of this Convention is thoroughly convinced that we, the colored citizens of the United States, have many good and true friends in the United States, in England and other foreign nations who feel a deep interest in our present and future welfare. Therefore,
Be it Resolved, By this Convention, that we tender our sincere thanks to them, and pledge ourselves never to act unworthy of their respect and friendship, and we pray a continuance of their exertion in our behalf, until we arrive at fulness of citizenship.
Resolved, That our gratitude is due to the national Congress, for the passage of the bill organizing the Freemen's Bureau, and that we most sincerely return our heartfelt thanks to the President of the United States, for the just consideration of our position, evinced in the appointment as the head of the bureau, of that christian gentlemen and soldier, Gen. O. O. Howard, and of such worthy coadjutors as assistant commissioner for this State, Brig. Gen. C. B. Fisk. By the establishment of this bureau, and in the appointment of such officers as those we name, we recognize another proof of the spirit of justness and kindness which animates the American people towards us, and in that spirit we determine to follow its advice and aid its purpose.
Resolutions of thanks were passed to the Nashville Press and Times, and Union, for their advocacy of our claims in the past.
Resolutions setting apart the birthday of President Lincoln, and the 1st
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