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State Colored Men's Convention

1873LA-State_New-Orleans_Report__1873-11-20_excerpt-2.pdf

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before the convention with clean hands. All the trouble has come from one ward of Orleans. The country members came to the city to get advice. Having resigned from the committee, he desired to speak his mind. He did not desire to be elected from a convention which at this moment stood before the country as not having power to grapple the question. The committee must not be made up from the discordant elements that had been offered. Better that they stay at home than go to Washington a disorganized body. Some of those composing a faction here would rather rule in hell than serve in Heaven. They opposed and scoffed at the country, and if it were not for the votes of the country for Kellogg these men wouldn't have a bone to pick. The city men may do very well to hold this convention three or four days, so that the country members would be forced to go home and they could have their own way. But if the country members make a charge on you you will never hold another convention in New Orleans. But the city and the country should not be opposed, they should be united and together work that the convention might not be a byword and a reproach. He was willing to have the chair appoint the committee, to have the interests of the party intrusted to Senator Pinchback or to any one who would represent harmony. He would not go to Washington as a member of a committee which would dis-eminate antagonistic ideas. He closed with an eloquent appeal to the convention to harmonize.

It was moved to lay the whole matter on the table.

[Governor Antoine in the Chair.]

Mr. Green briefly detailed the matter in its various stages, and moved that the whole matter be referred back to the committee.

No second.

Mr. Robert Ray, of East Feliciana, moved that the committee of twelve be appointed by the chair.

Seconded by a dozen members.

The main question was ordered.

The motion of Mr. Ray that the chair be authorized to appoint twelve delegates to proceed to Washington to represent the Louisiana case to Congress and to secure a full representation in that committee, was then put and carried.

A motion was made to reconsider the vote.

A motion to table that motion was carried.

Mr. Ladd moved that the convention hear the report of the committee on resolutions.

The motion was carried.

Mr. T.T. Allain, of West Baton Rouge,

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