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Proceedings of the Colored People's Convention of the State of South Carolina, held in Zion Church, Charleston, November, 1865. Together with the declaration of rights and wrongs; an address to the people; a petition to the legislature, and a memorial to Congress.


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upon the members for that support in the preservation of order and the general conduct of business, commensurate with the purposes for which they had met.

On motion of Mr. Poinsett, a Committee, of three, on Finance, was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Poinsett, Bonum and Dart.

On motion of Mr. Nash, a Committee of five was appointed to draw up a set of Rules for the government of the Convention, consisting of Messrs. Nash, Camplin, Brodie, Edwards, and J. J. Wright.

On motion of Mr. DeLarge, a Committee, consisting of one member from each District, was appointed on the General Business of the Convention, as follows : R. C. DeLarge, Charleston; J. J. Wright, Beaufort; John Chesnut, Kershaw; James McPherson, Orangeburg ; A. G. Baxter, Georgetown; Francis Davie, Chester; F. C. Desverncy, Edisto Island; C. White, Greenville; S. E. Gailliard, John's Island; Matt Brooks, Sumter.

On motion, two Door-Keepers and a Sergeant-at-Arms, were appointed to wit: James Price and John Freeman, Door-Keepers, and John Brown, Sergeant-at-Arms.

On motion, the Convention adjourned over to 10 c' clock Tuesday morning, 21st.



The Convention met this morning pursuant to adjournment.

Rev. E. J . Adams invoked the Divine blessing.

Judge Cowley, of Massachusetts, was invited to a seat on the floor of the House. The Judge being present, acknowledged the compliment, and made a very fine speech. He counselled moderation, dignity and firmness, and advised the prosecution of our claims to citizenship. We had the right to meet in convention and to memorialize the powers that be. J. J. Wright, from the Committee on Rules, reported the following


FIRST.—There shall be two daily sessions. Morning Session from 10 A.M., to 2 o'clock P.M. Afternoon session from 5 P. M., to continue at the will of the Convention.

SECOND.—One-third of the enrolled members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

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