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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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POUGHKEEPSIE CONVENTION.

Pursuant to a general call address to the Colored Citizens of the State of New York, a somewhat numerous and highly respectable delegation, representing the entire State, assembled in Poughkeepsie, at 10 A. M., of July 16, 1863. Having been duly called to order, the Convention proceeded to business by electing the following officers:

The Rev. J. W. C. Pennington, of Poughkeepsie, President; N. P. Thompson, Buffalo, and W. C. Marshall, Poughkeepsie, Vice-Presidents; Dr. P. B. Randolph, Utica, Secretary; Chas. E. Vermont, Poughkeepsie, Assistant Secretary.

After various patriotic speeches has been made, the following Manifesto and Resolutions were offered by Dr. P. B. Randolph, and, on the motion of the Delegate from Binghamton, were unanimously adopted by the Convention:

MANIFESTO OF THE COLORED CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, IN CONVENTION ASSEMBLED:

The war now raging so fiercely over the border and fertile acres of this, the best heritage ever enjoyed by man, is not a "fratricidal conflict," as many deem it, but, on the contrary, by reason of the momentous issues at stake and involved therein, is one of the most justifiable wars that was ever inaugurated beneath the smiling,

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