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Official proceedings of the Ohio State Convention of Colored Freemen : held in Columbus, January 19th-21st, 1853.


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convention was severally addressed by Messrs. D. Jenkins, R ond, John Watson, Wm. Holliday, T. J. Jean and others.

The committee on rules reported the following for the government of the Convention, which were amended and adopted.


1. At the proper time, the President shall call the convention to order, and, call on the Secretary to read the doings of the preceding meeting.

2. The Business Committee shall have the power to report at any time they may think proper, which report shall lie on the table to be acted upon in the order of arrangement.

3. When any motion is made and seconded, it shall be stated to the convention by the President, at which time members may discuss, but no member shall speak more than twice upon the same subject, nor more than ten minutes each time, unless by leave of the convention.

4. When the convention adjourn it shall be until 9 o'clock A.M. and when it take a recess, it shall be at half past 12 o'clock and re assemble at 2 P.M.; and from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M.

5. The committee recommend Jefferson's Manual as a guide for further rules to govern our deliberations.





L.D. TAYLOR } Committee

On motion, the convention took a recess until 7 o'clock in the evening.


The president in the chair; an anti-slavery song was sung by John Watson and S. Cox. After some conversation about the fare on the Railroad, A. Ferguson was appointed to prepare a synopsis of the proceeding for publication in the city papers.

Wm. H. Day was then called forward and addressed the convention. The convention was further addressed by J.M. Langston and H.F. Douglass.

On motion the convention adjourned till 9 o'clock Thursday morning.

Thursday, Jan. 20.

FORENOON SESSION, —The convention met pursuant to adjournment. President in the chair. The convention was opened by prayer by the chaplain.

Rev. J. Bowman presented the following resolution:

Resolved, That we recommend to our people, education, temperance and religion

Which was laid on the table.

C. H. Langston then moved that the next convention be held in Springfield, Clark county.

J. Booker moved that Springfield, Clark county be stricken out, and Reynoldsburgh, Franklin county, inserted.

Pending which motion, the whole matter was laid on the table to hear the report of the Business Committee.

The Business Committee then reported through their chairman, Wm. H. Day, the following resolutions which were laid on the table to be taken up one by one:

Resolved, That we regard American Slavery, as we have always regarded it — morally as "the sum? of all villainies," politically as the great enemy of Democracy; [illegible], as the rapturer of the ties by which community is bound together: that it should be attacked morally, politically and socially, and that church organi-

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