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Minutes of the State Convention of Colored Citizens, Held at Albany, on the 18th, 19th, and 20th of August, 1840, for the purpose of considering their political condition.

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After the President had taken his seat, and declared the Convention open for regular business, it was, on motion of Charles B. Ray,

Resolved, That all persons favorable to the call for this Convention, and who have come under that call to deliberate in the doings of these meetings, be requested to hand in their names to the Standing Committee, as delegates to this Convention. Adopted.

Resolved, That a Committee of two, consisting of Charles L. Reason, of New York, and Rev. Eli N. Hall, of Albany, be appointed to draft rules for the government of this Convention.

Resolved, That a Committee of ten be appointed, to suggest, in a becoming form, business for this Convention. Adopted.

The following gentlemen were appointed as the Business Committee:

CHARLES B. RAY, of New York, Chairman.

JAMES W. DUFFIN, Geneva.

CHARLES S. MORTON, Albany.

ELIMUS S. RODGERS, Whitesboro.

JOHN WENDELL, Schenectady.

ARMSTRONG ARCHER, Williamsburgh.

THEODORE S. WRIGHT, New York.

PATRICK H. REASON,

FREDERICK OLNEY,

GEORGE BALTIMORE, Troy.

  • ABNER H. FRANCIS, Buffalo.

After adopting these preliminary arrangements, at 12 o'clock the Convention adjourned, to meet at 2 o’clock P.M.


Tuesday afternoon. The Convention assembled as per adjournment, and was opened with prayer by the Rev Eli N. Hall, Albany.

The Committee on Rules submitted the following report, which, on motion, was as a whole adopted.

RULES.

1. Upon the appearance of a quorum, the President shall take the chair, and the Convention be called to order.

2. The Minutes of the preceding session shall be read at the commencement of each meeting; at which time, mistakes, if any, shall be corrected.

3. The President shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Convention.

4. All motions and addresses shall be made to the President, the member rising from his seat.

5. All motions (except those of reference,) shall be submitted in writing.

  • Mr. Francis, of Buffalo, not being present when the appointments were made, was subsequently placed on the Committee.

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