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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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Agents could not allow delegates to pass on the road free of charge, unless there should be forty going the same way, which number could not be obtained. Therefore, each member must pay full fare returning home.

The remaining 10th and 11th articles of the constitution of the Ohio State Anti-Slavery Society, were adopted.

The third resolution was then taken up, and while under consideration, J.M. Langston addressed the convention on the importance of establishing and supporting an efficient newspaper. He said we had no medium through which we can tell our wrongs to the world. He hoped the paper would be supported.

Resolution No.3 was unanimously adopted.

The fourth resolution was taken up, and while the motion was pending, the convention was addressed in support of the resolution by E. Davis, James Davis, J. Bowman, T.G. Gene and others. H.F. Douglass moved that that the following amendment be added to the resolution, “That the Colored Churches be recommended to take higher and anti-slavery ground.” After some remarks from H.F. Douglass, W.H. Day, and C.H. Langston, the amendment was on leave withdrawn. The resolution was adopted.

The fifth resolution was taken up, and pending its consideration, J.M. Langston said he would have the convention understand the principles of the Marine Liquor Law. He then read extracts from a sermon of Mr. ------, giving a concise view of the principles of the law. He then descanted at length on the evils of intemperance, and the great evil of liquor drinking among the colored people of Ohio. He thought these practices ought to be corrected.

The resolution was then adopted unanimously. The hour recess having arrived, the convention took? recess till 7 o clock in the evening.


The President having taken the chair, the convention was opened by singing by Messrs. S. Cox and John Watson of Lorain. The Secretary’s report was read and approved. D. Jenkins from the committee appointed to request a hearing from the Legislature, reported that the House of Representatives have had the subject under consideration: the resolution granting us a hearing before their body was lost by a majority of two.

The sixth resolution was then taken up, remarked upon by W.H. Day and adopted.

The 7th resolution was then, on motion, adopted, after some remarks of explanation by Mr. Day, setting forth the practicability and importance of the cotton-flax movement.

The eighth resolution was then taken up, and adopted, after remarks upon its importance by W.H. Day and J. Watson.

The ninth resolution was adopted.

The tenth resolution being under consideration, Mr. Gordon of Cuyahorga, was called to the floor, and proceeded to address the convention on the nefarious and diabolical character of the Colonization Society. He descanted at length on the preamble and resolution presented by

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