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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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3. The President shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the convention.

4. All motions and addresses shall be made to the President; the member rising from his seat.

5. All motions (except those of reference,) shall be submitted in writing.

6. The previous question shall be always in order; and until decided shall preclude all amendments and debates of the main question, and shall be put in this form; "shall the main question now be put?:

7. No member shall be interrupted while speaking, except when out of order; when he shall be called to order by or through the President.

8. A motion to adjourn shall be always in order, and shall be decided without debate.

9. No member shall speak more than twice on the same question, without leave, or over fifteen minutes at each time.

10. The sessions of the Convention shall commence at 9 o'clock in the morning, and 2 in the afternoon.



The business committee submitted by their Chairman the following resolutions.

1. Resolved, That the impartial bestowment to us of the suffrage right, by an alteration of the 1st section of Art. 2d, of the present constitution of New York, would be an act worthy the people of this truly great state, and a valuable contribution to the cause of freedom worthy the people, because it would be an alliance of just action with patriotic profession.

An accession to the cause of freedom, because, it would be a so much nearer approach of the majority of the state to the recognition of that principle which teaches a regard for man, because of his manhood. Adopted without discussion.

2. Resolved, That we claim the extention to us of the Elective Franchise, because it is but just that we should possess it; inasmuch as we have never forfeited it by an opposition to law, and have always been and are now willing to bear the burdens of the state.

This resolution was opposed by James Hall, of Lansingburgh, on the grounds that it intimated that we were willing to bear the burdens of the state without participating in any of its privileges, especially the right of suffrage, and

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