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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 33.pdf

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On motion of Mr. ELLIOTT, the report was recommitted to the Committee on Finance.

The PRESIDENT requested the chairman of each delegation to hand to the Secretary a list of names of the delegates elected from their respective States.

Mr. WHIPPER moved to postpone the assessment for the payment of the expenses of the Convention until the enrollment of delegates shall have been completed.

After debate. participated in by Messrs. Whipper and Grey, the question was taken on the motion of the member from South Carolina, and decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. JOHNSON, of Louisiana, the Convention, at 3 P.M., adjourned.


The Convention re-assembled at 5 P.M., and was called to order by Mr. JOHNSON of Arkansas.

The roll was called, and, a quorum answering the their names, the Convention proceeded to business.

Mr. SYKES, of North Carolina, introduced the following, which was referred to the Committee on Education:

Resolved, That this Convention recommend to the early consideration of Congress the establishment of a system of national education, the regulation of which shall be under the direct control of Congress.

On motion of Mr. DeBRUHL, of Texas, the reporters of the press were invited to seats on the floor.

Mr. JOHNSON, of Arkansas, introduced the following preamble and resolution:

Whereas, there has been a growing desire upon the part of the people of the South to put forward the name of some prominent citizen of the Southern States for the position of Vice President of the United States; and whereas, in the administration of the affairs of the State of Arkansas, as its Executive officer, Governor Powell Clayton, now United States Senator, by his firm and just execution of the laws, has placed his State in the front rank of the reconstructed States, therefore, be it

Resolved, That we hereby endorse the course of ex-Governor Powell Clayton, and respectfully recommend him to the consideration of the National Republican Convention as a candidate for the Vice Presidency of the United States of America.

Mr. DeBRUHL, of Texas, introduced the following, which was referred to the Committee on Emigration:

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