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State Colored Men's Convention


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State Colored Men's Convention

Third Day.

The convention was called to order at 12:!5 P.M., Governor C.C. Antoine in the chair.

Prayer was offered by Rev. Daniel Cain, of Baton Route.

The reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed with.

MR. T. W. Wickham offered a resolution that the convention proceed to the election of ten delegates, five white and five colored, to go to Washington to present the Louisiana case to Congress.

Mr. Green, of Orleans, offered an amendment, proposing the names of J.H. Ingraham, James Lewis, T.B. Stamps, J.H. Burch, James Longstreet, A.K. Johnson, John Ray, E.L. Weber, David Young and H.C. Dibble.

Mrs. Green subsequently withdrew his resolution, to be called up later.

Mr. Burtonneau, of Orleans, desired to add to the list the names of two more delegates to represent the Creole element of Louisiana. He nominated Hon. B.F. Joubert and E.C. Billings, Esq., and moved the committee be increased to twelve.

Mr. Ladd, of Orleans, desired to offer an amendment, which he believed would be satisfactory to the Creole element.

Points of order were raised by Mr. Gair, of East Feliciana, Mr. Allain, of West Baton Rouge, and Mr. Ladd called for the previous question.

Mr. Murrell, of Madison, desired to withdraw the name of General James Longstreet, as he would not be able to attend.

Mr. Gair then obtained the floor for ten minutes, by consent, on a privileged question. The question was how the convention could select the wisest brain. He deprecated the making of motions, like the previous question moved by Mr. Ladd, which prevented the proper discussion of affairs. He thought that New Orleans had been considered too much in these delegations. He asked the convention to vote down the previous question.

[Mr. Young, of Concordia, in the chair.]

Colonel Lewis was accorded the floor and was proceeding to address the convention.

Mr. Murrell, of Madison, made the point that the previous question should be voted on, but the convention refused to order the main question.

Colonel Lewis proceeded. He deprecated the attacks the gentlemen had made on the different opinions expressed. He only proposed to speak on the question of the committee of twelve. Mr. Joubert had stated he would be unable to attend at Washington. Other gentlemen had said the same thing. He thought not more than half the committee would be able to attend. The convention ought to select a committee with power to send those who were able to go.

Mr Burch state his name had been used as a member of that committee, and he wished to withdraw it. When the committee was organized it was a unit, and came

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