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Proceedings of the Southern States Convention of Colored Men, held in Columbia, S.C., commencing October 18, ending October 25, 1871.
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pardon me for consuming their valuable time to vindicate myself, when, after having done all that I could, I am to be now branded by an irresponsible agent, having his own personal ends to serve, in bringing up parties unknown to us, and probably unknown to the large majority of the Republican party, for endorsement by this Convention. I am denied, by circumstances that surround me, the power of summoning to my aid fitting language to present my feelings, and whilst vindicating myself, show up the mendacity and falsification of the irresponsible individual who put that rumor in circulation. I came here asking nothing at the hands of the Convention; but simply as a representative man amongst my people, I would be permitted to mingle my voice with yours, and submit what I might be able to suggest for the well-being of the colored people throughout the length and breadth of the country. That has been my only ambition, and I feel that wherever my name has traveled throughout the length and the breadth of the land, among all steadfast Republicans, my name will find a place and welcome.
"I will not detain the Convention longer, but will simply content myself with the statement of these few facts, which can be verified by those who sit around me, and leave this mendacious, irresponsible agent, base calumniator, and vile coiner of groundless fabrications, to reflect upon his course, knowing, if his heart is capable of feeling the sensations of repentance, or his conscience or experiencing the sting of remorse, how he must now feel. I would that this creature were either hot or cold; but as he is neither hot nor cold, but has become lukewarm, I spew him out of my mouth, and leave him to wallow in that ignominy, and sink into that oblivion, that so eminently becomes him.
With these remarks, Mr. Chairman, I leave the subject."
On motion of Mr. PINCHBACK, the Convention then took a recess until 8pm.
At 8pm, the PRESIDENT resumed the Chair and called the Convention to order.
Mr. WALLS introduced the following Resolution, which was agreed to:
Resolved, That the regular hours of meeting of this Convention be ten o'clock A. M., and four o'clock P. M., until otherwise ordered by the Convention.
Mr. S.J. LEE moved that the following persons be invited to seats on the floor of the Convention, which was agreed to:
Hon. S. B. Thompson, of Columbia, South Carolina; Hon. Wm. J. McKinlay, of Charleston, South Carolina; Hon. Henry Cardozo, of Kershaw County, South Carolina; Hon. T. K. Sasportas, of Orangeburg Couty, South Carolina; Joseph Taylor, Esq., Wm. Simpson Esq.,
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