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Minutes of the Union Temperance Convention of the Colored Citizens : of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

1843 Regional Convention in Salem 5.pdf

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annexed to it. The first and second Resolutions having been adopted; and whilst the third was pending, the Convention adjourned to meet at the School house, at Eight P. M.


Session opened with prayer,—and according to rule.

The President introduced to the Convention, Mr. A. D. Shadd, who addressed the house in a very impressive manner, on the necessity of Total Abstinence, and moral Reform. After which,—On motion,—The third, fourth, fifth and sixth, Resolutions were seperately taken up, and adopted.

The preamble was then taken up, and a warm discussion was kept up, until—On motion,—the Convention adjourned to meet on Wednesday morning at Esion Church, at 7 o'clock.


Session opened with prayer,—and according to rule.

The preamble was called up, and an amendment was offered by John Lewis, of Philadelphia, to make the preamble read thus,

Whereas, the condition of the Colored people in the Union generally, and in the States, which we represent in this Convention particularly, is a sad and depressed one; and, whereas, many of the evils and afflictions which affects us, retard our progress, and prevent our elevation, originate in Intemperance, and the lack of spiritual emotions and activities: and, whereas, happiness is ever attendant upon moral exertion: efforts of a reformatory character, should be adopted to elevate, bless and ennoble a people.

A number of members spoke largely: some against, and some for the amendment, which on the yeas and nays, being called for, it was, as amended, carried by a large majority.

It was—On motion,—Resolved that this Convention adjourn to this evening at half past 9 o'clock, sine die.

The Business Commttee Reported the following Resolutions:—

Resolved,—That not only are we prompted to exertion in this cause, by the frightful ravages of intemperance; but our regard to health and physical comfort induces us to call upon our people to join in the cause of Temperance.

Resolved,—That when we examine the duties promted by religion. and the requirements it makes of its followers; we find them not only in accordance with Temperance, but demanding of us a sympathy in, and a practice of it. Therefore,

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