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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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mediate appointment of trusty and able men of color to canvas the entire State for recruits; that such persons be enabled to call meetings, address and enlist men; such agents to be duly and properly commissioned by the authorities, State or National, so as to win the confidence of the people, and prove that the inducements held out to them are bona fide and real.

Resolved, That this Convention appoint a State Central Committee, having power to fill its own vacancies, and to appoint Sub-Committees, whose duty shall be that of enrolling and organizing colored troops, as set forth in the call of the General Committee of the Fremont Legion.

Resolved, That the Central Committee shall have the power to call a State Convention of colored men whenever it shall be deemed necessary to do so, or the exigencies of the case may require.

Resolved, That Dr. P. B. Randolph, of Utica, be President of the New York State Central Committee, and that the following-named persons be Vice-Presidents of said Central Committee; John Van Pelt, Glen's Falls; J. M. Loguen, Syracuse; N. D. Thompson, Buffalo; J. H. Townsend, New York; C. B. Ray, New York; J. N. Gloucester, Brooklyn; Wm. Crocker, Binghamton; Wm. Rich, Troy; N. Gibbs, Little Falls; A. Bolin, Poughkeepsie.

Resolved, That the journals known as Principia, edited by Wm. Goodell, and the Anglo-African, edited by Robert Hamilton, both in the City of New York, be, and are hereby selected, and henceforward recognized as the official organs of the colored people and their cause in the State.

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