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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 42.pdf

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Administration or the Republic party. Where, in the whole course of my life, can they point to one act that will warrant such a belief? I have, from the very commencement of my political life, voted the regular ticket, even when I know some men on the ticket were despisable scoundrels. Yet I was so true to the party that I swallowed that dose, objectionable as it was to me. In the face of these facts, where was the evidence? What was the cause of those gentlemen making these assertions? But asI will not have an opportunity to go into an elaborate argument, I will say, in justification of the remarks made by the gentleman from Georgia, (Mr. Quarles) that it seems to me a man cannot have an independent opinion in the Republican party. That gentleman said nothing, that I know of, that would render him liable to the charge of being anti-Republican. Every speaker that rose here jumped on my friend from Georgia.

The house of 8 P.M. having arrived, the Convention adjourned.

FOURTH DAY. Columbia, S. C., October 21, 1871. The Convention assembles at 10 A.M., and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

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