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National Convention at New Orleans, LA

1872LA-National-reports-page80.pdf

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Mr. Jones, of Arkansas, offered a resolution to extend the sympathy of the convention to the orphans and widows of those who have fallen in the cause of the colored people. Adopted.

Mr. T. Morris Chester, from the committee on orators, reported: We have the honor to introduce as the first orator of the evening, Mr. G. Downing, of Rhode Island.

Mr. Downing-I have been introduced as the orator of the evening. I claim no such honor. I have not the gift of oratory. Being sent here by the colored people of Rhode Island, I can say on behalf of my constituents that they are terribly in earnest-that they are true Republicans. They feel they are more indebted to Charles Sumner than any other man. They feel it proper that a bill should be passed securing all civil rights to all colors and classes. They fully indorse Grant's administration. They desire amnesty as a duty and policy; they think, however, that those to be amnestied should first show that they are willing to accept the results of the war.

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