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Proceedings of the Convention of Colored Men, Held in Edwards Opera House, Parsons, Kansas. April 27th and 28th, 1882.


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RESOLVED, That Mrs. Augustus Wilson, of Parsons, Labette county, be requested, and is hereby appointed, to bear this memorial to its destination, and lay it before congress.

RESOLVED, That Mrs. Wilson be requested to present the matter in person to our own Senators and Representatives in Congress and urge them to press its claims upon that body with as life delay as possible.

MR. PRESIDENT:—Believing in the power and influence [of?] women in doing good, I offer these resolutions, In every age of the world women, physically feeble, has ever been powerful. Strange contrast, but none the less true. Her influence in the world is felt and acknowledged. I may, with your permission, refer to our own great republic. To whom does she owe her greatness. I answer: to the moral training of her sons, by God fearing mothers. Washington, who was "first in peace, first in war, and first in the hearts of his countrymen," was indebted to his mother, who under God sowed the seeds of virtue, truth and justice into the young and tender heart of her darling boy, who could not tell a lie, even at the risk of his father's displeasure. J.Q. Adams, the great Lincoln, Garfield, the beloved, and a host of the brightest lights in American history owe that greatness to women. Timid, yet courageous. Look at the beautiful Queen Esther, a Jewess, sharing the throne of the Persian king through moral courage. Risking her life, saved her nation from annihilation at the hands of the powerful but wicked Haman, Had I the time, Mr. President, I could take [up?] hours in calling up the heroic

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