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State Colored Men's Convention

1873LA-State_New-Orleans_Report__1873-11-19_excerpt-8.pdf

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but for my disapproval, would have added to the debt of the State the sum of $7,185,000, and that the act which binds us to pay, without any consideration, $500,000 for the Clinton and Port Hudson railroad, does not bear my name."

We have done wrong, may be, but let not our Fusion antagonists forget their history. This government is administered justly and equally to all people, high and low, rich and poor, white and black. I say to you from the bottom of my heart, I expect your aid and support. We want economy, honest dealing, fair legislation given the people, a fair election from this time out, have harmony between the races, encourage the colored man to save his earnings, educate his children to become good citizens and good officers.

You only want the rights the law gives you, and we all join hands and lift up the good name of this commonwealth, which has been so slandered and denounced. We will march together to the triumph after our trials and tribulations are ever, and will clasp hands on the top of the mountain of victory.

Governor Kellogg's address was one of the most eloquent he ever delivered, and met the approval and aroused the enthusiasm of his entire audience.

Hon. T. T. Allain of West Baton Rouge, then moved that a special vote of thanks be tendered to Governor Kellogg, and the convention manifested its approval by a rising vote.

The convention, with tremendous cheers, rose up in a body, and teh Governor bowed his acknowledgements.

Colonel R. B. Baquie then called for General T. Morris Chester, who was present on the platform, to address the meeting.

General Coester then made a few remarks, as follows:

We regret the peculiar circumstances by which we are surrounded, which necessitates the assembling of colored conventions; but just as long as men are oppressed on account of their color, just as long as a right is abridged or a privilege is denied to the image of God carved in ebony, so long will justice and self-respect convoke colored conventions. We would be willing, now and forever, to disband every organization of whatever character among us, tinctured in the least with color, if our white fellow citizens would only set us the example. With the aid of their powerul public senti-

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