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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 6.pdf

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Resolved,—That we look earnestly and confidently to all professors of religion among our people, to manifest engagedness in this cause; and whereas the Ministers of the Gospel as spiritual guides, and as teachers and leaders in morals, have it in their power, both by their preaching and examples, to give vigorous furtherance to the cause of moral regeneration. Therefore,

Resolved,—That we call upon the Ministers of the Gospel, to lend their invaluable agency in the promotion of this cause; and, to endeavor by all the means in their power, to commend the habits of Temperance, and Abstinence from Alcoholic drinks among the people of their charge, and especially at weddings and entertainments.

On motion,—the set were accepted; taken up separately, and adopted.

The Business Committee submitted the following preamble and resolutions:—

Whereas, a regular and proper organization is alone fitted to give strength and promote the efficiency of a cause of a moral nature. Therefore,

Resolved,—That this Convention deem it requisite to form those plans, and adopt those measures which seem calculated to promote unity of effort, and community of feeling. Therefore,

Resolved,—That a Central Executive Committee, consisting of twenty-one members, be located in Philadelphia, under whose control shall be placed the general interests of the cause in the States here represented, carry on correspondence in order to excite action, and also, to obtain and keep in the field Agents.

Resolved,—That there be Local Committies appointed in the chief town in each State, whose purpose shall be to promote State and county Conventions in their respective States and districts, to form Societies, and keep Agents in the field, so far as it is possible and expedient.

Resolved.—That Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, District of Columbia, Trenton, New Jersey, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware; be the several localities where Committees shall be appointed.

Resolved,—That those Committees be earnestly requested to employ all the agencies, and put forth all possible exertions to bring into action all the moral power of our people in each State, County, City, and Town.

On motion—they were accepted, taken up in succession, and adopted.

On motion—it was Resolved, that the number of Vice Presidents be increased by an addition of two: the power being given to the President. Rev. Thomas Watkins, of Baltimore, and C. W. Gardiner of Philadelphia, were appointed.

The Business Committee Reported the following:—

Whereas, the establishment of a paper, was presented as one of the purposes for which this Convention was called; and, whereas this subject has engaged the attention of several members, and has

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