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Record of action of the convention held at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., July 15th and 16th, 1863, for the purpose of facilitating the introduction of colored troops into the service of the United States.


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Cause a delegation (the number to be determined by your own direction) to be appointed to represent your vicinity in the formal meetings of the Convention. This to be done in a meeting, held with sufficient publicity to warrant the representative character of the delegates. In addition, secure the attendance of its many of your people at the Mass Assemblages, to be held each day in the beautiful grounds selected for that purpose, where addresses may be expected by the ablest champions of the cause.

Cause List to be sent through your delegation of the names of those willing to join such a force on the assurance of the conditions stated. Let there be earnest work in this direction. In addition, you're requested to authorize any respectable colored man to get a list of forty men, capable of bearing arms, who are willing to join the service as above contemplated, under the command of the person designated, as a Commissioned Officer.

Respectfully, your obedient servants,

EDWARD GILBERT, LEWIS FRANCIS, } Sub-Committee of Com- JAMES FAIRMAN, } mittee of City of N.Y.

Please forward the name and address of the Chairman of your Local Committee at the earliest convenience to Edward Gilbert, 111 Broadway, N.Y.

Persons attending the Convention can expect every attention from the Local Committee of Poughkeepsie.

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