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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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shall be the founders of towns, and villages; and as they grow up, they may grow with them, and may give tone and character to a just and liberal public sentiment.

Let a few families select a good spot, having favorable water privileges, and other advantages—let them subdue the forests, erect their mills, and build their workshops, and in a few years they will have a thriving village. Or let them go to some youthful towns just springing into existence.

In conclusion, the committee would advise families and individuals to leave the large cities, and repair to the country, and by observing the other recommendations in the report, they will use the best and most certain means to promote our happiness and enfranchisement.



The above document was on motion accepted and laid on the table for further action.

Rosolutions No. 9, 10 and 11 were then presented by the Business Committee.

No. 9. Resolved, That the political elevation of the free people of color is a subject in which all should be interested.

This resolution, after an eloquent support from Francis Dana, was adopted.

No. 10. Resolved, That this Convention request the delegates to interrogate the members of the legislature from their districts on the subject of the right of suffrage without the property qualification, and solicit their aid in favor of our petitions when presented. Adopted.

No. 11. Resolved, That the delegates to this convention be requested when they return to their constituents, to urge upon them the propriety of forming political associations in the counties in which they live, for the purpose of collecting monies to publish and circulate facts, relative to our position in the political world, (and for such other purposes in keeping with our object as such associations may deem necessary,) that the truth be known. Supported by Wm. P. Johnson, and adopted.

The document from the Business Committee was then called up for further action thereon. After speaking by H.H. Garnet and Robert Johnson, in favor, and Richard Thompson against, it was adopted. The Convention then proceeded to elect the Central Committee for the ensuing year.


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