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Minutes of the fifth annual convention of the colored citizens of the state of New York : held in the city of Schenectady, on the 18th, 19th, and 20th of September, 1844.

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Pursuant to the preceding call issued in the form of a circular letter, and through several of the public papers, distributed over all sections of the state the delegates commenced assembling at an early hour in the First Baptist Church, in the city of Schenectady, on Wednesday morning, September 18th, and at 10 o'clock, about 30 delegates were present.

The Convention was called to order by the Rev. Henry H. Garnet, of Troy, chairman of the State Central committee, who having read the call, moved the appointment of Mr. Ulyssis R Videl, of New York, as chairman pro tem.

On motion of Mr. Francis Thompson of Schenectady, Mr. Patrick H. Reason, of N. Y. was appointed Secretary.

The chairman having congratulated the delegates, on their assembling together to represent the people in their fifth annual convention on such an important question as the removal of their political disabilities, and hoping that the measures which might be adopted during the session of the present convention, would prove signal in advancing the great object for which we are contending, in a few appropriate remarks, declared the convention open for business.

The following gentlemen, on motion, were elected officers for the convention. The nominations were offered by different members.

RALPH FRANCIS, of Rochester, President.

JAMES HALL, of Lansingburgh,

JOHN WANDELL,. of Schenectady,

Vice Presidents. PETER HORNBECK, of Syracuse, } Vice Presidents


GEORGE W. GORDON, of Troy, } Secretaries.

On motion of James McCune Smith,

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to suggest in a becoming form, business for this convention.—Adopted.

The following members were appointed by the house as the Business Committee.

ULYSSIS B. VIDEL, of New York, Chairman.


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