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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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THIRD.—No member shall leave the Convention without permission from the President, and no member shall be recognized, nor any motion received, as before the House, unless the speaker or mover is at the time within the bar of the Convention.
FOURTH.—No member shall be allowed to speak more than twice upon the same question unless by special permission of the Convention, and not longer than ten minutes the first, and five minutes the last time.
The first rule, as originally reported, provided for one daily session. At the suggestion of Mr. DeLarge it was amended as here reported.
On motion of Mr. Ransier, the reporters of the city papers and the representatives of other journals who may be in the city were accorded seats upon the floor of the House.
On motion of Mr. J. J. Wright, it was ordered that all resolutions be read to the House by the introducer, before their reference to the Business Committee
The Business Committee presented a series of resolutions. Mr. DeLarge moved that they be made the special order for 12 o'clock M. The question as to whether or not the resolutions were properly before the House, provoked quite a spirited debate between Messrs. J. J. Wright, Ransier, DeLarge, Simons and Chesnut.
The previous question being called, the President declared the resolutions as the business proper before the House.
On motion of Mr. Chesnut, it was ordered that all resolutions receive two readings before being put upon its passage.
On motion of Mr. Ransier, they were then made the special business for this afternoon at 5 o'clock. It subsequently appeared, however, that in consequence of the entertainment to take the place here this evening, the Convention would be unable to transact any business. The vote was then reconsidered and by unanimous consent, the resolutions were made the special order for 10 o'clock A.M. to-morrow.
On motion of Mr. Edwards, Maj. M. R. Delaney was made an honorary member of the Convention, on motion of Mr. DeLarge, Capt, O. S. B. Wall was also accorded the same. Both of the distinguished gentlemen acknowledged the compliment and made pertinent and eloquent addresses.
The Business Committee then reported the following resolution on Education. After some debate, they were then read according to Rule, and unanimously adopted:
Whereas, "Knowledge is power," and an educated and intelligent people can neither be held in, nor reduced to slavery; Therefore
Resolved, That we will insist upon the establishment of good schools for the thorough education of our children throughout the State; that, to this
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