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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.

1865SC-Charleston.14.pdf

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16

FOURTH DAY. THURSDAY, November 23.

Convention met this morning at 10 o'clock.

Rev. J. C. Gibbs invoked the Divine blessing.

The roll was called. The minutes of the previous Afternoon Session were read and approved.

The special order, being Resolutions on "Central Committee," was taken up. It was debated by Messrs. J. C. Desverney, J. J. Wright, Poinsett, DeLarge, Gass and others. A motion to recommit, with instruction, was adopted, and it was so ordered.

Brevet Major-General Saxton and Captain Ketchum having just come in, on motion of Mr. LeLarge, they were accorded a seat on the floor of the House, which was acknowledged by the distinguished guests in brief speeches.

General Saxton said that he did not come to make a speech; he simply came to pay his respects to the Convention; he sympathised with the object, and hoped that the time was not far distant when we would get all we may ask for.

Captain Ketchum followed a pretty much in the same strain.

Mr. M. J. Camplin read a series of Resolutions relative to education, the establishment of a banking house, etc., etc., which were referred.

The Business Committee submitted Resolutions relative to freedman and abandoned lands, which, on motion of Mr. Nash, and after some debate, and the reading of a paper by by Mr. Samuel Bennett bearing upon the subject matter of Resolutions, were indefinitely postponed.

Messrs. Bram and Moultrie begged for leave of absence, important business calling them away. Granted.

The Business Committee submitted Resolutions, recommitted this morning, with amendments. On motion, they were adopted, to wit:

Resolved, That a Committee of five from Charleston, and one from each other District, be appointed; and that when this Convention adjourns, it stand subject to the call of said Committee; and they are hereby required to give necessary publicity to said call, so that those Districts not now represented may be so whenever we may meet again, agreeably to which the following gentlemen were appointed, viz:

STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE.

Charleston. - PAUL MCCALL POINSETT, ALFONZO J. RANSIER, WILLIAM DART, JOHN BONUM, SAMUEL L. BENNETT.

Colleton.- F. C. DESVERNEY.

Chester. - FRANCIS DAVIE.

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