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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 19.pdf

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vented from attending upon the deliberations of this body; therefore, be it

Resolved, that equal justice may be done to all, and that each State may have the full weight of her influence in the deliberations of this body, that each State representation be allowed to cast its full vote, through its Chairman, on all the questions coming before the Convention.

Resolved, that the voting on all questions before the Convention shall be by States, each State being called in its alphabetical order, and the vote of each State announced by the Chairman.

On motion of Mr. PINCHBACK, the President was authorized to appoint a Committee of three on Rules for the government of this Convention.

Messrs P. B. S. Pinchback, W. H. Grey and J. T. Quarles, were appointed said Committee.

Mr. ELLIOTT presented a communication from James A. Taylor, and other gentlemen on Virginia, which was ordered to be spread at large on the journal.

COMMUNICATION

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, October 15,1871

Hon. R.B. ELLIOTT, Columbia, South Carolina:

Dear Sir—We desire you to tender our greetings to the delegates who may be present at your very important convention, on the 18th instant, and, though their Chairman, express the deep regret we feel that duties and obligations of a very grave character, at our own doors, and around our own hearthstones, compel our absence.

We are upon the even of an exciting and important election in Virginia, involving issues so vital to our prosperity, and to our security, as to demand an answer from us, as sentinels on the ramparts, when the cry from below is heard, "watchman, tell us of the night?'

A Legislature is to be elected—a Republican victory is to be secured, that our grievances may be considered, our rights granted, our wrongs redressed. The education of our children, the right of the trial by a jury of our peers, the enforcement, by local legislation, of equal, civil and political rights and privileges; in fine, everything that the heart of a free man can hold as most dear, taxes our energies and faculties, and demands imperatively our presence, our influence, our votes. Important as may be the questions which it will be no less your province than your duty to discuss fully, and consider calmly, and fraught with consequences vast and momentous as your conclusions may be, a deep conviction of stern duty points out to us, at this critical juncture, another field of action, and another arena of contest. We must respond to the battle cry, when the storm and strife ranges wrathfully around our own immediate entrenchments. Treasonable Democracy, and its most truculent and dangerous ally—conservatism, so-called—flaunt their colors again boldly to the front, and encouraged by past successes, seek now to perpetuate, in this Old Dominion, the power they acquired at first, by force, by fraud, and by intimidation. Do you not realize, then, that even as we fell our hearts warming towards our brother, and our prayer and blessings are wafted

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