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

1869VA-Richmond-day2.9.pdf

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Here an address from the Committee on Business embodying all the ideas set forth in the resolutions above was read; which we were unable to obtain, it being in an unprepared state.

Lewis Lindsey thereupon arose and said:

"I arrise, sir, not to create disagreement, but in the vindication of the constituency by which I represents, and I never intends in a delegate body like this to intrigue the people by which I represents. I believe in the sovereign power of rulin by taxation and a regular system of any yether means. I gave out those resolutiosn in regards to this matter, and asking the military to see that the power of the inflooence was duly advance not by the Conservative party, which is nothin' more' an a mere minority." Lewis then continued in an egotistical strain until his five minutes had expired.

A resolution was offered by Bland expressive of sympathy with the family of Joe Holmes, which was adopted by a rising and silent vote.

The Convention, after transacting unimportant business, went into secret session.

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