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

1869VA-Richmond-day1.5.pdf

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And then, Mr. Chairman, as to this thing of the taking up of prolongation of time, I don't know what the gentlemen want; but I suppose they will retire, not to arise dissatisfaction. But we can vote down thar propositions. We don't spend time here in contenin at whether the county or town gentleman shall be at the chair, and I don't propose that we shall lose time with those aspirin gentlemen for future puppos, God knows what it is."

Here it was supposed that Lewis was done, and Bayne was declared to have the floor. Lewis said that he didn't give up the floor.

Bayne: "Well, I hope you won't make no debate, but go on, and let us know when you get through, and what you got to say."

Lewis: "Well, then, I'll go on, but I don't want to be acted on by this guide of minutes and limitations. Now, Mr.Chairman, as to this wire-workin' of riteration for any puppos; I, as a true delegate, I wants to git rid of it."

After further remarks, Lewis was followed by Bayne, who favored a committee. He was frequently interrupted, and in the corse of his remarks said that if meetings of colored men were not acquainted with parliamentary law before the war they were used to it now.

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