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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.

1871SC-Regional-Columbia_Proceedings 18.pdf

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this subject, and utterly repudiating the use of any fraudulent means by which it may be accomplished, as an abstract question, we favor the annexation of San Domingo: Provided, That nothing in this resolution, shall be contracted as casting any reflections upon that great and good man, (Hon. Charles Sumner,) in his opposition to the manner in which such acquisition in sought to be accomplished.

Mr. SIMMS, of Georgia, offered the following resolution, which was laid on the table:

Resolved, That the ladies attending the sittings of this Convention as visitors be invited to seats upon the floor, instead of in the gallery.

Mr. WALLS, of Florida, introduced the following resolutions, and moved their immediate consideration:

Resolved, that the safety, as well as the advancement, of the colored people of the South, demands the preservation of the reconstructed State Governments, and laws upon which said Governments are based; and these blessings can only be assured, in the future, by the continuance in power of the Republican party.

Resolved, that whereas perfect unity of purpose and harmony of action, mutual confidence, and zealous co-operation between all classes in the party and both races is absolutely needful to insure success; therefore we deprecate all attacks upon any class within the Republican ranks, believing that those who have come among us from the North, and who have been faithful to Republican principles and to the Republican party in the past, can be safely trusted in the future.

Mr. QUARLES hoped that the consideration of the resolution would not be forced upon the Convention at this time. He objected to it in its present form. The resolution called upon the Convention, indirectly, to pledge itself to a political party. He claimed to be as good as a Republican as any member on the floor, but thought that the Convention should go no further than to pledge itself to the support of the principles of Republicanism. But the resolution says "Republican party."

He moved that the revolution be referred to the Committee on Resolutions.

The motion was not agreed to.

After further debate, participated in my Messrs. Campbell, Walls, Whipper, and Elliott,

The question was taken on agreeing to the resolution, and decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Grey, of Arkansas, introduced the following preamble and resolutions, which were referred to the Committee on Resolutions and Communications:

Whereas, in view of the general activity in the various States, consequent upon the importance of the coming political campaign of 1872, many very worthy representatives of the people have been pre-

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