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

1882KS-State-Parsons_Proceedings-22.pdf

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sex. "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." (Denoting success or victory.)

"Honor to her who self complete and brave.

Though weak, in strength can carve her pathway to the grave;

And heeding naught what others think and say,

Make her own heart her world upon the way"

The motion prevailed.

In reply to the requests of the Convention that Mrs. Wilson present the Memorial to the Congress of the United States, she said:—

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention:

I thank you for the honor you have conferred upon me in selecting me to present your Memorial to the consideration and wisdom of the honorable body of National Congress, now assembled at our nation's capital. There are others who, no doubt, could serve you better and return to you, not with a memorial of words written upon paper, but bearing to you from the rulers of our nation the boon which you seek, and so richly deserve. But, Mr. President and Gentlemen of the convention, in accepting the honor you have conferred upon me, I will say that while I may not be able to serve you well, and bear to you this boon, and may not have the faith of Queen Esther, the prophecy of Deborah, or the strength of Moses, or Joshua to save a nation, to direct an army, or to divide the waters of the Red Sea and the River Jordan and lead you safely to the other side, I will, by, the help of God, serve you to the best of my ability. Though weak in body I am zealous in your interest; strong in confidence in the integrity and honor of those to whom you appeal, and strong in the faith of God.

Your cause is one of humanity and your claims reasonable and just, and I believe it will be granted you. The United States should give you at least a burying ground for yourselves, yuor wives and your children; for your loyalty to the government in times of war, and for your services at the ballot-box in time of peace, It may not be to-day or to-morrrow; you may

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