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Proceedings of the Colored National Labor convention : held in Washington, D.C., on December 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 1869.
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The Committee on Rules made a report, which, after considerable debate was adopted.
The Committee on Credentials of Delegates from the States made a report, adding several more to the list as reported yesterday ; which was adopted.
Mr. Martin moved that distinguished colored and white gentlemen be admitted to seats as honorary members. Adopted.
Mr. William Perkins, of Maryland, from the Committee on Finance, made a report, recommending that a tax of $2 be levied on each delegate to cover expenses.
Mrs. Colby, delegate of the District of Columbia, inquired if the ladies were to be included in the persons taxed.
Rev. Mr. Martin said that there was no distinction to be made on account of race, sex, or color.
Considerable debate took place on the question of taxing female delegates and as to the amount of tax levied on the members, many taking the ground that two dollars was more than was necessary. This debase was participated in by Prof. A.M. Green, of this District ; Isaiah Wear, of. Maryland; and B.H. Robinson, of Virginia.
Mr. George T. Downing said he was here at the great expense of his business, and he desired the Convention to come to business. Let us show that we can go down into our pockets, if necessary, to cover the expenses of this Convention. We have no right to tax the delegates two dollars without it is necessary. We have got to publish our proceedings and pay for stationary, and let us bear these expenses cheerfully.
It was finally agreed that one dollar be substituted for two dollars as the tax.
At this point a telegram was read from the Secretary of State elect of Mississippi, (Lynch,) dated Jackson, as follows:
To the President of the Colored Men's Convention:
Seventy thousand triumphant colored Radicals send greetings. [Applause.]
The Chair stated that the Finance Committee had retired to the basement to receive the fees, and he hoped the delegates would send in their amounts.
Mr. Downing, of New Jersey, offered the following, which was adopted :
That the rule usually termed "point of order" has not its usual controlling force: the presiding officer has discretionary judgment in the matter.
A recess was here taken of thirty minutes to enable the delegates to settle the tax wit the Committee on Finance.
The Convention reassembled at one o'clock. Secretary Douglass offered a petition of the Engineers Protective Union of Brooklyn, New York, setting forth the low condition of the colored race, and asking the Convention to encourage equal rights ; that they be admitted into work-shops on the same terms as white men. Referred to the Business Committee.
Prof. A.M. Green asked the attention of the Convention to a newspaper article, which he read in relation to the purposes of this organization, in which a hope was expressed that the colored men would avoid the mistake made by the white men's conventions held at Chicago and New York. In view of those suggestions he offered a resolution "that a committee of five be appointed, in connection with the Secretary, to secure the publication of authentic reports of the Convention in one or more of our city journals and that said committee are hereby instructed to negotiate with the publishers of these proceedings to retain such matter as can be thrown in circular form
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