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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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we are called upon by every motive of self political Emancipation to adopt all lawfull and energetic means to secure an equally free exercise of the suffrage; and the majority of the people of the state are bound, in order to be consistent with their professions, to alter that Anti-Republican clause in our constitution which restricts us in the exercise of the franchise, and thereby render the state just and impartial in this essential feature of Democratic governments.
5. Resolved, That our brethren throughout the state be requested to commence immediately circulating petitions, praying the Legislature to extend to the colored citizens of New York the right of equal suffrage,
6. Resolved, That the delegates from each county be a committee to circulate petitions in their districts, and that they forward them to the Legislature at an early period of their session, or to the Central Committee by the first of January next.
7. Resolved, That we spend the remainder of this morning's session in hearing the reports of delegates in relation to the state and condition of our people in the districts which they represent.
Resolutions 4, 5, and 6 were adopted unanimously.
Resolution 7 was laid on the table, to be taken up as being the first business in order this afternoon.
8. Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to superintend the publication of the minutes of this Convention in Pamphlet form, and that the committee be requested to have the same published within eight days after the adjournment of the Convention.
Resolution 8 was adopted, and the following committee appointed: H. H. Garnet, Stephen Myers, and William Rich.
The Convention then proceeded to vote for the place where the next Convention shall be held. By a majority of votes, Albany was selected; and formally announced by the President as the place where the next convention shall be held. The day and month was left with the Central Committee. A motion was made and adopted to reconsider the vote taken on accepting the resignations of U. B. Videl, and Wm. P. Powell. But no further action was taken on this subject. Adjourned.
Thursday Afternoon.—President in Chair. Prayer by Richard Thompson of Abany. By permission given to the Secretary this morning, to record on the minutes of this
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