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State Colored Men's Convention


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Resolved, That as the sense of this convention and the constituents thereof we acknowledge and return our sincere thanks and support to the national Republican party of the nation for the progress made by our race since their enfranchisement, and despite the terrible disabilities imposed upon them by years of bondage.

Resolved, That in the intelligence, just and patriotic appreciation of the rights and duties of citizenship is a subject of profound gratitude to God and of congratulation to the friends of humanity, and we find in the success that has attended our initial and earliest efforts as freemen not only encouragement for continued and hopeful endeavor in well-doing, but occasion and cause to return thanks to those of our white fellow citizens who have, irrespective of politics, welcomed and cheered us with there sympathy and approval of our struggles to meet the obligations and enjoy the privileges belonging to and growing out of our present condition as American citizens.

The above resolution has referred to the committee on resolutions.

Mr. David Young, of Concordia, was accorded the floor, and stated that he desired the unanimous consent of the convention to invite the Hon. P. B. S. Pinchback to address the convention.

The chair appointed the following committee to escort Senator Pinchback to the platform: Hon. David Young, of Concordia: F.W. Barrington, of Ouachita: T.T. Allain, of East Baton Rouge: C.F. Ladd, of Orleans; William Murrell, of Madison; Peter Joseph, of Orleans.

Senator Pinchback mounted the platform amidst the cheers and applause of the assemblage. Steping forward on the stand Senator Pinchback preceded to state that owing to the importance of the occasion, and this being an opportunity which seldom presents itself for free and candid expression, he had though it proper, quite contrarily to his habits, to have for the occasion a prepared address, in which he had reviewed the most vital points concerning the obligations that this convention was called upon to fulfill. After a few words of apology, pronounced with that placid and

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