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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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James H. Henderson, of Troy,

William P. Powell, of New York,

Francis Thompson, of Schenectady.

On motion of Patrick H. Reason,

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to make out the roll of this convention. Adopted.

The following members were appointed as the above committee. Richard Thompson of Albany, Clarence P. Seldon of West Troy, and Francis Simson, of Schenectady.

On motion of Henry H. Garnet,

Resolved, That all persons favorable to the object of the convention be requested to enroll their name as delegates.--Adopted.

On motion of James McCune Smith,

Resolved, That the committee on the roll, act also in discharging the duties of a finance committee. Adopted.

On motion of Patrick H. Reason,

Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to draft rules for the government of this convention. Adopted.

In accordance with the above resolution, the following persons were appointed:- James McCune Smith of New York, and George B. Moreton, of Troy.

During the absence of the Business Committee opportunity was offered for any gentleman having resolutions to present them for the consideration of the convention.

Dr. James McCune Smith offered the following, which was seconded by Mr. Stephen Myers.

Resolved, That this convention recommended a general convention of the citizens of New York, Pennyslvania and Connecticut for the purpose of obtaining an extension of the Elective Franchise to all citizens, without regard to color, in each State.

This resolution was supported by Messrs. Smith and Myers, and on motion of the mover, was laid on the table for further consideration.

The committee on Rules submitted the following, which on motion were adopted.


1. Upon the appearance of a quorum, the President shall take the chair, and the convention be called to order.

2. The minutes of the preceding session shall be read at the commencement of each meeting, at which time mistakes, if any, shall be corrected.

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