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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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Resolved, That this Convention hereby afforms an unswerving devotion to the great principles of the Republican party. Resolved, That we seud greetings to the several States bordering on the Eastern and Western Oceans from which have so recently come the joyful tidings of Republican victories. Resolved, That we heartily endorse the successful Administration of President Grant, viewing with no less satisfaction his victories in peace than his victories in war, in the reduction of taxation, in his Administration of Foreign and Indian affairs and in his faithful carrying out the policy of the progressive Republican party. Resolved, that U. S. Grant is our chouce as the standard bearer of the Republican party in the in the important campaign of 1872. Resolved, That the delegates from the various States represented in this Convention be instructed to urge upon the colored people of the Southern States the importance of education, patient industry, and temperance, the acquisition of lands and homes, with a view to becoming independent and self-supporting citizens of this great country.
On motion of Mr. GREY, of Arkansas, the Convention took up from the table, for consideration, the resolution relative to the ratio of representation in the Convention, with the amendment, as reported by the Committee.
Mr. GREY said: As far as the amendment is concerned I have no objection to it. In regard to the resolution, I think it is of the utmost importance that the States represented in this Convention should be fully represented, as far as the casting of their vote according to the ratio of representation as set forth in the call. That I think necessary, for the purpose of giving us that equality and influence that will allow us to take an equal stand. Then it will settle another question. I have been informed that there are delegations in the Convention having double their representation. How are we to get at a just and equitable expression of the Convention, if one portion of the States is doubly represented, and the others scarcely represented at all? There must be some system. Equality of representation is the only system, and one that lies at the at the foundation of Republican Government. I cannot see what objection gentlemen can have to that resolution which equalizes representation, especially gentlemen who are in the same condition as myself, only partially represented. Numbers of worthy men have been prevented from attendance by causes over which they had no control If it were not intended to have equal representation, why did we have a suggestion in the call relative to the ratio of representation, why did we have a suggestion in the call relative to the ratio of representation? Then, to preserve that equality, as laid down as between the delegations representing the various States, all I ask is, that each State represented be allowed to cast the full vote of representation it has upon this floor. I am sorry that I have been deeply impressed with the want of justice, upon the part of my colleagues and the efforts made on this floor to overslaugh this matter. This is not a nominating Convention. If it was, perhaps there would have been more interest taken in the matter. I believe, with other gentlemen, that there are grave and important matters to come before this
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