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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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The following gentlemen were appointed.


WILLIAM RICH, of Troy, "



JOHN WANDELL, of Schenectady. } Central Committee.

Adjourned to meet at 7 o'clock, P. M.

Thursday Evening.—President in chair. Prayer by H. H.. Garnet; minutes read and approved. The Business Committee offered the following resolutions.

12. Resolved, That immediate emancipation is right and safe, that common justice and Declaration of American Independence sustain and urge the measure; and that the abolition of slavery in our own state in 1827, and in the British West Indies prove that the measure is safe.

13. Resolved, That the prejudice exercised against the colored inhabitants in the nominally free states is unjust in the extreme, and predicated on unjust basis, and cannot be supported in truth to apply to our condition in these United States; and if such be the case we ought to have the right of suffrage given to us.

14. Resolved, That in the opinion of this convention total abstinence from all intoxicating liquors is the only hope of the drunkard and the only safeguard of the temperate.

Resolution 12 was advocated by Messrs. Garnet, Wm. P. Johnson, and Lewis Washington, and adopted.

Resolution 14 was laid on the table to be first in order tomorrow morning. Adjourned.

Friday Morning.—Vice President, John Wandell, in chair. Prayer by H. H. Garnet. Minutes read and approved.

Resolution 14 was then taken up and adopted after its merits were discussed, and its adoption recommended by Messrs. Myers, Washington, Moreton, Garnet, R. Johnson, and W. P. Johnson.

The resolution which was laid on the table at the first session of the convention recommending a general convention of the citizens of New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut on the suffrage, was then taken up for further action. It was urged by Stephen Myers, and opposed by H. H. Garnet,

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