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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, James Jackson, R. Livingston, L.D. Beckett, John. Carrasol, John H. Smothers, Cato Jackson, Thomas Whitbeck, Samuel Serringson; York La Ture, C. F. Selden, John Landon, Thomas Johnson, H.J.M. Rogers, Peter Hornbeck, R.P.G. Wright, Wm. P. Johnson, H. H. Garnet*—39. The protest was not admitted.

Ulyssis B. Videl, then rose and tendered his resignation as Chairman of the Business Committee. His resignation was accepted, and Mr. Wm. P. Johnson appointed in his place.

Wm. P. Powell, offered his resignation as a member of the Business Committee. Accepted, and Samuel Serrington appointed to fill the vacancy. Messrs. Videl, Smith and Powell then severally gave in their resignations as members of the convention. The resignations of U. B. Videl and W. P. Powell, were acted upon and accepted.

The Business Committee offered the following resolutions:

3. Resolved, That as the equal privilege to vote would, if rightly exercised, ensure to our people an additional measure of protection and respectability, and would open to us means and incentives to improvement now wholly lost to us, therefore, it is both our interest and duty to do our utmost to secure this privilege. Adopted unanimously. Adjourned.

Thursday Morning.—President in chair. Prayer by Richard Thompson of Albany. Minutes of the preceding evening were read and approved. On motion, the Secretary was permitted to enter on the minutes the reasons for the resignation of Messrs. Vide!, Smith, and Powell as members of the Convention.

The Business Committee submitted the following resolutions for the consideration of the Convention.

4. Whereas, in a republic its great and destinctive feature is the "consent of the people," they signifying their approbation for or their dissent from such rules and laws as have being by the exercise of their voting power,—and whereas a numerous minority of the people of the state of New York (viz: the colored portion thereof) are not permitted fairly to vote, and are as a consequence governed without their consent, Therefore

Resolved, That for the completion of that feature of Republicanism in our state government hereabove instanced,


  • On account of an omission in the roll, H. H. Garnet did not vote on taking the question; but his name by his request was subsequently added.

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