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

1869VA-Richmond-day2.8.pdf

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he was a colored man, and they could punish the infidelity of those who had done this. If they did not do their duty they could very easily hold them to account after the election, and he hoped they would do so. He thought they had acted wisely in nominating one of their own color, and that they had done wisely in not nominating a converted rebel for the place.

Had a rebel been nominated, Governor Wells might in all probability have been sent to the Senate, and he would have been made Governor thus placing the State somewhat in the position of Georgia. As it was, they had one of their own race; and he understood that Governor Wells was pledged not to accept a senatorship. After saying that he would have something more to communicate in caucus, he concluded.

At the conclusion of Dr.Harris's remarks,Dr. Bayne said that he blessed the day that he had nominated Dr.Harris for Lieutenant-Governor. He had contended for his nomination in the face of the opposition of Captain Platte, who favored the nomination of Dr.Douglass, that converted rebel.

Crokett, of Caroline, objected to personalties being brought before this body, and, by leave of the Convention, made a five minutes' speech. He said that Dr. Bayne did not nominate Dr.Harris. Lewis Lindsey did it, and Dr. Bayne seconded it. He had made a statement that was false, and he knew it. He said that it was a small thing to seize upon personal matters like this to bring them before this body.

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