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Report on the Virginia State Colored Convention held in Richmond, May 27, 1869.

1869VA-Richmond-day1.4.pdf

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Several others spoke, and the Committee on Credentials made their report: which was adopted. About one hundred and twenty members were reported present.

Much discussion ensued as to whether the permanent officers should be elected by the body, or a committee should report nominations. Propositions and "Pints of order" innumerable were offered and raised, and it was evident that there were two parties aiming for the chair. Lester was prominent in opposing a committee and in favoring the election by the "body of freemen." He called the pervious question; whereupon, for the first time, some confusion ensued, and every man seemed anxious to speak first. Richmond was evidently ahead of all the delegations, and even Bayne was put down. In the midst of all this, Lindsay arose, and with considerable indignation exclaimed: "Mr. President, is it possible? Is it possible? I hope not. sir. The idea that in the matter of the free system of rippublican government will the majority rule the minority? Does the delegates to a delegate body like this say that we shall have these return committees., and be so anxious to be set up in that chair?

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