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and our unabated confidence in President U.S. Grant and his administration, and in behalf of our people and ourselves we acknowledge our obligations to him for his just and clear appreciation of the true condition of affairs in Louisiana, and for the prompt and efficient support given thereafter to our State government; and we express the earnest hope that the national Congress, at its approaching session, will, as a matter due alike to truth and to the will of the great masses of the people of this State, sustain the action of the President in maintaining the present State government, by promptly admitting to his seat in the Senate of the United States Hon. P. B. S. Pinchback, the duly elected Senator from the State of Louisiana, and the several Republican Congressmen who were elected from said State on the fourth of November, 1872.
Resolved, That our heartfelt thanks are due and are hereby tendered to Senator O. P. Morton, the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Elections and Qualifications, for his able report on the Louisiana case.
Resolved, That we appreciate highly the services of Senator J. R. West, not only in his watchful care of the interests of the State in the national Senate, but for the steadfastness with which he has fought for our rights in our present disturbed political condition, and we pledge him our continued support.
Resolved, That in the official conduct of Hon. E.H. Durrell, judge of the United States District Court, State of Louisiana, this convention recognizes the ability of an accomplished jurist and the patriotism of a profound statesman, and tenders to him, under the cloud of misapprehension and calumny to which he has been subjected by the venom of partisanship, the expression of its highest admiration and respect.
Resolved, That we pledge our hearty and undivided support to the State administration of which his Excellency William P. Kellogg is the head, feeling and knowing it to be the legally elected government by a majority of the votes cast at the election November 4, 1872, and that our congratulations are offered to him that, notwithstanding the stupendous obstacles he has had to encounter during the past year, his administration has been eminently successful: that our thanks are hereby tendered to him for his prompt approval of all laws passed during his administration for the protection of the rights of the citizens of this State.
Resolved, That the odious distinctions made and ostracisms practiced in various parts of this country on our people on account of color renders the passage by Congress of Hon. Charles Sumner's supplemental civil rights bill—the last special legislations we trust we shall need—absolutely necessary for our protection in the enjoyment of rights guaranteed to us as citizens of the United States, for the perfect obliteration of race antagonisms and for the establishment of that mutual confidence and genuine reconciliation essential to the future peace and prosperity of the people of Louisiana, and our Senators and Representatives in Congress are specially requested to urge most seriously upon Congress the passage of this salutary measure.
Resolved, As the sense of this convention, that the prime industrial necessities of the State of Louisiana, in common with her sister States of the Mississippi valley in order to protect production, give access of the same to the markets of the world and to secure a market adequate to the products annually furnished by us, require a more perfect system of levees along the Mississippi and its tributaries, a more reliable outlet to the Gulf and a more enlightened and equitable system of tariffs upon American products than now exist in Cuba and other Spanish American countries, and that we therefore earnestly request the United States Congress to nationalize the levees of the Mississippi and its tributaries; to contract the ship canal from Fort St. Philip to Breton Island sound that shall be free to the commerce of the world, and to revise our treaties with all Spanish American countries so as to place the same upon the basis of reciprocal
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